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The Republican Party Platform Of 1936

Written by | April 1st, 2010

For many years, a lot of us were led to believe that The Republican Party were the ones keeping alive the institution of slavery in The United States, or they were somehow the party that was not compassionate to African American citizens over the years. While I do not like to over-generalize, and say that any political party platform, in it’ s totality, speaks for all people who are members of that party – through further research, I have found the inverse to be true: The Republican Party not only freed the slaves, but have also been fundamentally pro-African American since then.

Please read the below paragraph from The Republican Party Platform of 1936:

“We favor equal opportunity for our colored citizens. We pledge our protection of their economic status and personal safety. We will do our best to further their employment in the gainfully occupied life of America, particularly in private industry, agriculture, emergency agencies, and the Civil Service. We condemn the present New Deal policies which would regiment and ultimately eliminate the colored citizen from the country’s productive life and make him solely a ward of the federal government.”

While many, especially on the left, will say, but The New Deal policies, and general welfare programs, helped people (of all colors) immensely, I tend to fall more in line with the thinking of The Republican Party of 1936:

Basic Economics:

First off, all of these programs are subsidized by the tax-dollars of the general public; nothing truly comes from the [public sector] government, but rather, is reallocated from the pockets of one tax-payer and given to the next. Subsequently, these [tax-expenditures] policies limit the amount of economic growth that can take place by the [private sector] people, and true [profitable] job creators. If there was to be any federal aid, I would rather it been used to educate people, which allows people to go out into the world and have dignified careers, and potentially start their own businesses, rather then essentially making people forever dependent on the government.

And such laws are certainly not without unintended consequences:

Anytime the government, presumptuously, creates any large “entitlement” program, they are actually hurting the potential for more private citizens to start a business or expand their business, and thus hire more people. Therefore, I believe, these government policies, over the years, have really stagnated the growth of the “individual,” and have done great harm to our overall economy and freedoms for all citizens, regardless of race and color

The Skeptics:

There is also a more skeptical view held by many conservative people, who believe that The Democrat Party, over the years, knew precisely what they were doing: There was a time in our country when income tax and big entitlement programs did not exist, and the people really were left to vote for candidates who they felt best represented our Constitution, and the overall welfare of our country. Since The New Deal policies of FDR, many people believe that, a great deal of our citizens (of all color) have been drawn to The Democrat Party simply because they are now promising more gifts from The National Treasury.

While this view may appear skeptical, I would believe, there is electoral data that can back up this claim. On top of that, since The New Deal policies, whenever The Republican Party tries to reform these programs, which are burdening our economy, many in The Democrat Party will then make absurd claims that Republicans are not compassionate, or don’t care about people – thus giving the illusion that The Democrat Party is the party of the people. And, even if they [The Democrats] are the so-called party of the people, can they say, these entitlement policies have actually “empowered” the people? Or, do these entitlement policies, inadvertently, keep people from reaching their God-given, natural potential, while increasingly burdening our overall economic stability as a nation?


Further Reading:
• A 124 year (1840-1964), side-by-side comparison, of the major Civil Rights efforts of the Democrat and Republican Parties: In Their Own Words.

• Why Martin Luther King Was Republican

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