History[ edit ] John Tener organized the first Congressional baseball game The game was organized by Representative John Tener of Pennsylvaniaa former professional baseball player. Deep, dark rumors were in circulation that 'ringers' would be introduced, but when they lined up at 4 o'clock the nine Republicans were stalwart, grand old party men, while the Democrats were of the pure Jeffersonian strain.
Democrats and Republicans are the two main parties in the United States.
While recently moderate and alternative parties have become more prominent, Democrats and Republicans remain the two historically largest parties, which hold the majority of the seats in the Senate and in the House of Representatives. Democrats and Republicans have opposing views and positions on several key issues, including economic, political, military and social matters.
After his opponent called him a donkey, Jackson decided to use the image of the animal — which he believed to be smart, brave and strong-willed — on his campaign posters.
The symbol became famous when the cartoonist Thomas Nast used the donkey in newspaper cartoons 1. The Democratic Party started in as anti-Federal faction and grew to become one of the leading political forces of the United States.
InThomas Nast introduced the elephant in one of his cartoons and, with time, the strong and dignified animal became the symbol of the Republican Party 2. The GOP started in — few years later than its Democratic counterpart — to stop slavery, which was viewed as unconstitutional.
Democrat vs Republican 3 The main difference between the two parties is, indeed, their political orientation. The Democratic Party is left-leaning, liberal and usually associated with progressiveness and equality.
Given their different origins and opposing political orientations, the two parties clash on a number of fundamental issues 4: Taxes Republicans believe that both rich and poor should pay the same share of taxes and possibly receive tax cuts. Even if large tax cuts may lead to a decrease in the revenue collected by the government, Republicans believe that, after tax reductions, rich people and entrepreneurs would be more likely to invest and create jobs — thus initiating a trickledown effect that would eventually benefit the entire society.
Republicans also oppose raising minimum wages as such increase could hurt small businesses; and Democrats believe in raising taxes for the upper class and lowering taxes for the lower and middle class to allow the government to boost spending for social programs for lower class Gun laws Republicans oppose gun control laws and believe that one should be able to obtain ammunitions with no registration.
Republicans also strongly support the right of self-defense; and Democrats are in favor of an increase in arm control but recognize that the Second Amendment is an important part of the American tradition and that the right to use firearms should be preserved. Democrats advocate for the reinstatement of the assault weapons ban and believe that the government should make the background check system stronger.
Voter ID laws Republicans are requesting photo identification for voting: Abortion Republicans, largely influenced by religion and tradition, believe that the government should restrict abortion.
Instead of eliminating abortion, Democrats want to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies by enhancing the level of sex education in all schools. An increased awareness would also reduce the number of cases of sexually transmitted diseases.
Same-sex marriages Republicans do not agree with same-sex marriages and believe that a marriage should be between a man and woman only. Republicans also think that gay couples should not be able to adopt children; and Democrats oppose same-sex discrimination at Federal state level and believe that same sex couples should have the same rights as heterosexual couples, including the right to adopt a child.
Limits of the government Republicans believe that a smaller government is better. According to the Republican view, the government should have less responsibilities and should not interfere in the economic sphere; and Democrats believe that the government should have a strong role in helping and supporting Americans.
The intervention of the government in the public sphere includes the creation of regulation for businesses and for the health care system. Immigration Republicans are in favor of strong border controls and push for limits to immigration — in particular from certain countries.
Republicans believe that a tighter control on immigration would benefit American workers and would reduce the risks related to terrorist attacks. The Muslim Ban proposed by President Trump few days after the beginning of his mandate is a clear example of the stance of the Republican Party with regard to immigration and integration 5 ; and Democrats are generally more favorable to open immigration policies.
Indeed, they do not believe that there should be no control and that anyone should be allowed in the country and granted asylum; but they believe that the process to request asylum should be quicker and that mass deportation is not the solution to all problems related to terrorism and unemployment.
Death penalty Traditionally, Republicans are in favor of death penalty and believe it is a just punishment for certain crimes; and Most Democrats are against death penalty and believe that capital punishment should be commuted into life sentences.
Health care Republicans support private health care systems and believe that the regulation of the national health care system should not be entirely in the hands of the government; and Democrats support public universal health care and believe that the government should intervene to assist Americans who struggle to cover their health care expenses.
While the differences between the two parties are clear, not all Democrats have the same ideas and not all Republicans support all the traditional beliefs of the GOP. The two parties have become so big that it is almost impossible to understand where they really stand on certain issues.39% of Americans identify as independents, more than they do as Democrats (32%) or as Republicans (23%).
This is the highest percentage of independents in more than 75 years of public opinion polling.
Democrat Party is an epithet for the Democratic Party in the United States, used in a disparaging fashion by the party's opponents. While historical and occasional current usage includes non-hostile appearances (including from within that party), the term has grown in its negative use since the s, in particular by members of the Republican .
What is the difference between Democrats and Republicans? This nonpartisan comparison examines the differences between the policies and political positions of the Democratic and Republican parties on major issues such as taxes, the role of government, entitlements (Social Security, Medicare), gun control, immigration, healthcare and civil rights.
Democrats and Republicans are the two main parties in the United States. While recently moderate and alternative parties have become more prominent, Democrats and Republicans remain the two historically largest parties, which hold the majority of the seats in the Senate and in the House of Representatives.
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