History of the Republican Party (1854-2016)

To understand the context of Republican voters
settling on Donald Trump, let’s take a look at the history of the GOP. The Grand Old Party was formed by antislavery
forces in the 1850’s. Back then, the Republican party was actually the progressive party in
American politics. The first Republican President was Abraham Lincoln, who was elected in what
political scientists say was the first of three critical elections in American history.
Before Lincoln was even inaugurated, seven southern slaveholding states had seceded from
the Union, setting the stage for the Civil War. Lincoln and the Republicans in congress
who controlled the Union won that war and freed the slaves. But after Lincoln was assassinated,
during reconstruction, the Republican Party punished former leaders of the Confederacy
by not allowing them to vote or hold office, and gave former slaves the right to vote.
This turned whites in the south against the Republican Party for the next 100 years and
led to the creation of the Klu Klux Klan and Jim Crow laws that enforced segregation and
took the vote away from blacks. In 1896 the second critical election in American
history gave William McKinley the presidency and the Republicans large majorities in both
houses of congress. This time-period cemented the Republicans as the party of low taxes,
conservative social policies, and anti-government intervention in the economy, although legendary
President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt tried to push the Party in a more progressive direction. Fast-forward to after the stock market crash
of 1929 when the country was in the depths of the Great Depression, but the Republicans
refused to take direct government intervention to help the economy, leading to the third
critical election in American history, in 1932, when Democrat Franklin D. Roosevelt
and his New Deal Coalition defeated incumbent Republican President Herbert Hoover by 413
electoral votes. “That the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Roosevelt
then enacted the most progressive social programs in history, won reelection three times, and
led the US to an eventual victory in WWII. The Republican-controlled congress never wanted
to be out of power for that long again, so they approved the twenty-second amendment
to the constitution, which limited presidents to just two terms in office. After the war Roosevelt’s Democratic successor
Harry Truman integrated the U.S. military – a move that angered many white southern
Democrats who began switching to the Republican Party. In 1952, Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower – the
World War II Supreme Allied Commander – became President. His centrist governing style went
a long way toward normalizing Roosevelt’s expanded role for the federal government. In 1964 Democratic President Lyndon Johnson
signed the Civil Rights Act which was intended to end discrimination, especially in the south.
This moment, more than any other, defined the parties as we still know them today, with
the Democrats coming full circle from being the party of the Confederacy 100 years earlier,
to ultimately embracing diversity and equal rights; whereas the Republican Party shifted
significantly to the right on social issues as it happily took in the many white voters
abandoning the Democrats. This shift was on full display, as 11 southern
states voted for the Republican Richard Nixon. Six years after Nixon’s Presidency ended
in disgrace after the Watergate scandal, the Republicans finally had a leader they could
be proud of in the former actor and Governor of California Ronald Reagan. Reagan took advantage
of a bad economy and the Iran hostage crisis to defeat sitting President Jimmy Carter in
a landslide and became the father of modern conservatism with deep tax cuts and a massive
buildup of the U.S. military that helped facilitate the fall of the Soviet Union. Reagan was followed by his Republican Vice
President, George H.W. Bush, who helped cement many of Reagan’s signature policies. Bill Clinton’s democratic presidency was
dangerous for Republicans in that he was a charismatic white southerner capable of making
inroads with the Republican base, so to counter his appeal, they highlighted his infidelities,
a tactic that was largely successful in tainting his presidency despite Clinton’s success
in building a strong economy and securing a relatively peaceful world. Clinton’s troubles led to the victory of
Texas Republican Governor George W. Bush over Clinton’s Vice President Al Gore in one
of the closest elections in history, a contest that was ultimately decided by the Supreme
Court. “Just moments ago I spoke with George W Bush and congratulated him on becoming the
43rd President of the United States.” Bush actually lost the popular vote to Gore by
more than a half million nationwide. The 2001 attacks sent Bush’s approval ratings
into the stratosphere, but his presidency quickly went awry. Instead of continuing the
strong economy he inherited from Clinton, W. Bush instead invaded Afghanistan and Iraq,
two costly wars that the Republicans combined with deep tax cuts, creating a massive hole
in the US budget. By the time Bush left office, his approval rating was below 30%, turning
many Americans against the Republican Party. In the final weeks of the 2008 election the
economy collapsed, undermining the credibility of the Republican nominee John McCain, and
handing the White House to Barack Obama – the nation’s first black President – who won
a convincing victory with large majorities in both houses of congress. Upon taking office,
Obama moved quickly to enact his reformist agenda, which included overhauling the Health
Care system, jumpstarting the economy with an $830 billion jobs and infrastructure stimulus
package, and passing financial regulatory reform to rein in the excesses of Wall Street. Out of power and desperate to stop Obama and
the Democrats from achieving too much, Republican elected officials and powerful conservative
media outlets began to make thinly veiled racial attacks on Obama to stir up passions
among their mostly white supporters; passions that the party’s 2008 Vice Presidential
nominee – the rural Alaskan governor Sarah Palin – had flirted with during the previous
campaign. It worked, and with the help of right-wing mega-donors, like the Koch brothers,
who spent hundreds of millions of dollars to stop the Democrats from acting on their
electoral mandate, Republican voters came out in full force in the 2010 midterm election,
handing the Republicans back the House in the biggest congressional swing in more than
60 years. But Republicans in congress didn’t live
up to their promises to repeal Obamacare or many of the other achievements of President
Obama, further frustrating their voters–the culmination of which was the birther movement,
spearheaded by none other than Donald Trump, who insisted that Hawaiian-born Barack Obama
was actually born in Kenya. “I want him to show his birth certificate.” In the eyes of most Americans, Trump was embarrassing
himself. Obama even taunted Trump to his face several times. “All kidding aside, we all
know about your credentials and breadth of experience. [Laughter]” That was likely
the moment when Trump made up his mind to run for President, as his ego couldn’t handle
becoming a laughingstock at the hands of his archenemy. But the same outlandish behavior
that made Trump the butt of jokes, also made him a favorite among Republican primary voters. It also helps that Donald Trump is an expert
at using America’s media culture to his advantage, and in his campaign for the Republican
nomination he simply doubled down on the braggadocio, “go ahead, go ahead – Donald – don’t get
nervous” translating his appeal with the tv-obsessed masses as the tell-it-like-it-is
billionaire into millions of actual votes to become the Republican Party’s 2016 presidential
nominee. To color in the picture I’ve drawn of how
we got to Trump, here are the more colorful words of Matt Taibbi, a writer for Rolling
Stone, who offers an autopsy of the Republican Party that is so unwaveringly true that I’ll
repeat it at length–his article is linked below. Quote, “The rise of Trump’s ‘throw the
bums out’ vibe was the inevitable consequence of the basic dynamic of the party, which by
the end was little more than a collection plate for global business interests that were,
if not foreign exactly, certainly nationless. There was a time in this country – and many
voters in places like Indiana and Michigan and Pennsylvania are old enough to remember
it – when business leaders felt a patriotic responsibility to protect American jobs and
communities. Mitt Romney’s father, George, was such a leader, deeply concerned about
the city of Detroit, where he built AMC cars. But his son Mitt wasn’t. That sense of noblesse
oblige disappeared somewhere during the past generation, when the newly global employer
class cut regular working stiffs loose, forcing them to compete with billions of foreigners
without rights or political power who would eat toxic waste for five cents a day. Then they hired politicians and intellectuals
to sell the peasants in places like America on why this was the natural order of things.
Unfortunately, the only people fit for this kind of work were mean, traitorous scum, the
kind of people who in the military are always eventually bayoneted by their own troops.
This is what happened to the Republicans…” Thanks for watching. And a big thanks to Audible.com for sponsoring
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get a free audiobook when you sign up for a 30 day free trial membership. I’d recommend
Team of Rivals about the first Republican President, Abraham Lincoln, and how he led
America through the civil war. It’s one of my favorite books of all time. And normally
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that through the link below, I think you’ll be happy you did. Until next time, for The Daily Conversation,
I’m Bryce Plank.

Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

  1. I see 12.560 "views" but only 130 "likes" about Joan Baez. American people, what happens? Are you closing the door of Universal Love? The lyrics of those songs have a sense. Joan try to wake up our intelligence, notre conscience,. If not, it means that the Humanity (and YOU and Me) is running, not towards Love and Peace but hate and WAR…. and Death! If we don't understand this, our End is near, so pray only for your little person but your (our) responsability goes on. Universal Love is the only way, the only Door. Even Jesus Christ speaks  so. Signed by a little, little Frenchy. Que l'Amour soit plus fort que la haine. Je vis à Nice et j'ai autour de moi des blacks, des hispanos, des musulmans, la mondialisation est inévitable. Un vol de libellule en mer de Chine déclenche un tsunami aux USA. Do not forget. Thanks for the 130 like.

  2. Wrong! there are many factual inaccuracies in your video! I hope people aren't taking you seriously because you're continuing to propagate the lies of the Party who started the KKK (democrats) because they wanted to keep their slaves. What a shame!

  3. Wait the Civil right were lead by the republicans! KKK was part of the Democrats at that time. The party did not switch voters until the 1990s until then a lot of state were back and fourth

  4. I love how they just say the 22nd amendment was just passed. Like dude you need 2/3 of both congress and senate. It wasn’t just something republicans did. There was real need and reason for it.

  5. I have a few qualms with some of your "facts":

    1. The Two Parties did not "switch sides" the Republican historically may have been more "tolerant" however there was always a belief in limited government, individualism and adherence to the Constitution. How come Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton won southern states if the south "switched sides?" How come Dwight Eisenhower won states like Tennessee, Florida, and Louisiana in 1956 after he used the government to desegregate schools? The election map you used to highlight Nixon was the 1972 election.

    Of the politicians that voted against the Civil Rights Act, only 1 became a Republican. Al Gore Sr and Robert Byrd stayed life-long Democrats.

    So why did the Republicans start performing better in the South?
    1. The southern states became more industrious and less agriculture based
    2. There's a larger population of evangelical Christians who are pro-life
    3. Democrats only do well in states where the majority of the population lives in large urban centers.

    2. The only reason why the US Federal Budget was balanced in the 1990s was Republicans contract with America, which gave them control of the House and the Senate in 1994.

    3. The Tea Party was not a racist movement, the Tea Party was a protest over career politicians and the corruption in Washington in both parties. Now it fizzled out because for one it eventually took on a pro-war positions, causing the libertarian grassroots to leave, and in 2012 many of the socially conservative Tea Party candidates lost in the general. However the anger exists because most Republicans are elected on the promise to balance the budget and cut spending. Over the last twenty year government spending has increased beyond the rate of inflation government spending has increased 58%, vs inflation has only increased 41%.

    Trump won because able to reach out to those blue collar democrats who were told by Democrats, white people don't belong in their party anymore.

    4. George Soros spends nearly as much money as the Koch Brothers when it comes to funding political activist groups. Stop using boogeymen both right and left.

  6. This video is very bias. They place Obama on a pedestal. We have all experienced the fall out of his actions. Chicago is also evidence of how effective his leadership. Trump is never given credit. He has done more to help America in his first year than Obama did in eight.

  7. This is all a lie. The Republican House/Senate put into law the Civil Rights act. Presidents can't make law.

  8. I do not have the time to point out everything false in this propaganda. In time, the dislikes will outnumber the likes and the comments will do the video the justice it deserves. In the mean time, I'll get back to mowing my lawn, with the $1500 mower I just bought, at the house I just bought, thanks to our booming economy that our Republican POTUS has created.

  9. LOL. Not even 15 seconds into this, and the bias of liberalism is revealed. As usual, it's presented insidiously – either by insinuation or falsely stating content as fact when is opinion or bold nonsense. Why cannot the left be honest? Because they know if the populace truly knew their ideals and intent, they citizenry would never accept. For proof.. look to the recent 30 years of liberals (often extreme ones) running as moderates. Claiming to be 'moderate' is an easier sell than being honest and proclaiming their far-left intentions.

  10. It can be argued that the new deal extended the great depression and in fact the end of the great depression was World War II


  12. Amazing video , for historic education

    The Confederate states of America (Good at military , worst as economic) and United state of America (Good at Economic /commercial , bad as military ) looks as similar as 'Liao dynasty (Khitan country) (Good at military) VS <Song> Dynasty> ( Good at economic/trade)


    by the way , the <confederation inc >flag looks likes Scotland Flag ? and scolist flat? does the copy right pay to scotland government and public funds to scots language speaker ?

    Scots language

    The D John T native hometown language?

    Finally as wealthiest Switzerland citizenship holder , the nurture Swiss name is <<Confederate >> (Confederation ) << Federal > of Switzerland ,


    We hope in 2047 the People republic of china LLC / AG name would change to <<Eidgenossenschaft of La CHINE>> or <United Kingdom of China of Great China and Northern Mongolia /Tibet and Uyghur>> <<Just Joking>>

  13. Yes I vote for President Trump and Vice President Pence for Last two year's 2016 but right now 2018 the reason I vote for Donald Trump and Mike Pence for Republican President It's because I vote them Republican last two year's 2016 in November 2016 and also I am the United State's Party Republican so I like this video called The History of the Republican Party (1854-2016) that's because I am the Republican Elephant United States Party.🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸.


    USA California Luke Toguchi

  14. You get to Obama and you say he jump started the economy. Yet his GDP was terrible less than 1 percent and never exceeding 2. His unemployment numbers were super high. Trump has decreased the unemployment for everyone with record high of employment for blacks and Hispanics. And his GDP has been over 4 percent for three quarters

  15. Democrats fondle themselves for undoing a problem they caused in the first place. The Republican party has been calling for civil rights since they freed the slave; the difference was, they weren't trying to oppress other races before the civil rights act was signed. Had the Democrats not been in the way; civil rights would have been achieved decades earlier.

    Civil Rights isn't the problem of the Republican party and if Democrats stop trying to get them on that they'll be able to see where the Republican party's corruption truly lies.

  16. Notice FDR who defeated the Republican who started their robbery of the people in the guise of helping people. No mention of the KKK strong arming Black Americans into switch from Republican to Democratic voting in the lie that they would no longer be terrorized.

  17. you should start by saying – SPONSORED by the lefty crap networks of globalist elite. then it will make it clear what you have to say. LEARN HISTORY and present facts instead of your bias.

    your conclusions – SUCK —– and I am not a Republican. LOL. That's why you lost, lose now and will keep on losing. LIES might get you results but will never keep you there. People are not as stupid as you believe.

  18. Did you know that Woodrow wilson a democrat watched the first movie in the White House that movie was about the KKK and all the good things they were doing also he Resegregated the armed forces of the United States military. and FDRs new deal may have extended the Great Depression by a few years and the only reason America got back on its feet was its war economy

  19. This is soo biased its not even funny. Then you lie about president Trump and his voters. Hillary is the one that uses the media. Only station that covered Trump through his campaign was fox and the left media only covered him while talking over it to narrate their propaganda to their viewers! Smh

  20. Warning do not watch this if you want an objective unbiased accurate view of the creation of the Republican Party!

  21. What a great magic show! You missed the part were Clintons Housing Policies lead to the Collapse of the economy in 2008. Which Bush tried to prevent but a Democrat Congress refused to curtail Clintons policies on Freddy and Fannie. Al Franken is quoted saying regarding the Bush adminidtrations warning of the need to revise Fanny/Freddy that everyone should have houses. As a loan processor Government Regulations made it illegal and discrimination to look/consider income in granting loans to minorities.
    Many times a funder lemented getting a loan that the Democrate congress required they Fund knowing that the person was going to default. But their hands were tied by Clintons policies.

  22. 6:10 lmao trump on the view omg that would so not happen these days if trump where to go their oh god loony liberal would riot and maybe try to murder him the dinosaurs that attack trump on the view would get triggers at the sight of him lol i bet the view today would pull a WWE and pretend they never had trump on the view and that they where always against him.

    also i can see your liberalism is showing when your giving obama brownie points as if he saved america single handily from debt when instead he bring it to 30 trillion and made the DNC went bankrupt also its funny how you did not bring up any of the fault obama did like giving free money to Iran pretty much told them to rob us blind made the miltary a joke he care more about other country then america one sided trade deals school lunch program the scam know as cash for cunkers and obama care and that just some of the things he done

    oh by the way wasn't it obama that claim their was nothing he could do about the debt yet claim that trump is going to use a magic wand to get rid of the debt yet good job at failing on mentioning that one

  23. This is bull, stop screwing your vids to the left side of the spectrum. At this point, your vids are so biased some people might think your a communist! Frankly, you should be ashamed of yourself.

  24. I thought this video was about history of the GOP, but noooooo it's just a bunch of crap about how "bad" our amazing president is. If you hate him so much leave the country!

  25. I am United States Republican Party California State Luke Toguchi. 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🐘🐘🐘

  26. this is incredibly one sided and biased. are you going to elaborate on the democratic history from a objective non biased angle? i bet it would be much uglier than this…

  27. First of all this Republicans always promoted Feminism. I support Lincoln, but not when it comes to Feminism, which is Female Empowerment or Imperialist.

  28. What a load of crap. Gop manipulated the media is exactly the opposite of the truth. Clinton grew a robust economy is more BS. Reagan and bush senior did that and clinton took credit for it. Trump beat hillary because she was a POS and voters knew it.

  29. Complete leftist lie. Lol Democrats never did a full circle. Both parties are pretty much still the same other than leftist has taken over the liberal Democrat party.

  30. That is also what happened to the Democrats complete corruption despicable selling out country and the American people for a little piece of pie

  31. The idea that Trump decided to run for President after Obama slagged him off at the dinner is completely false. Trump had been planning the presidency for many years. He promoted the birther theory against Obama to bring attention to himself and to insult Obama. This is something that Obama understood and is the reason for his harsh take down of Trump at the Correspondent's dinner, and it worked – Trump knew that if he ran for president against Obama, then he would lose especially in debates. This is the reason why Trump waited until after Obama had served two terms, then he ran probably knowing that Hilary would be his main opponent once his Republican nomination was confirmed. Trump is many bad things, but an idiot isn't one of them.

  32. Once again my standard answer to such:

    Teachers and other so-called adults who don't feel comfortable being able to shoot back don't need to be around kids. They're setting a bad example. Lot's of fat out of shape teachers are setting a bad example as well.

    We're flying millions of miles an hour through space on a water-soaked fire spitting rock. The only 'safe zones/spaces' are in the minds of morons. If I had a teen he/she would be trained in how to fight back and for damn sure be able to access a loaded weapon in the home if need be. We don't live in a country that destroys everyone's natural born rights because of the actions of a tiny minority.

    We have an epidemic of communism/globalism that must be dealt with as the cancer that it is.

    We MUST get the commies out of the schools and the universities and the textbook companies and teach reality and real history warts and all to children including basic survival skills, martial arts including shooting, physical fitness and military skills as the Boy Scouts were created to do.

    Then ALL young adults must go through some basic military training where they learn basic infantry skills and get further exposed to reality before they are allowed to vote.

    Who deserves to vote? http://www.freekentucky.com/who-deserves-to-vote/

    Yes, the AR15 and its variants is a 'weapon of war.' Stop apologizing to your enemies for your right to kill them.

    What the commie globalist trash hopes to accomplish is our submission. Our failure to hunt them to extinction will ensure their success.

    The right to fight back is the right to private property. The most important ‘private property’ anyone owns is their own life, health, safety, and no one, anywhere, anytime has the ‘right’ to take that from them or deny them their most basic right, that of self defense.

    Crime is a red herring for 'gun control.' Always has been. Even if 'gun control' could be proven to reduce common crime it would still be evil as it would render the common people unable to kill government criminals when necessary.

    Governments will always be able to get guns so we should ALWAYS be better armed than the average soldier, sailor, Marine, guardsman, whatever.

    There’s no such thing as a good ‘gun law.’ All gun control is propaganda designed to condition the sheeple to accept more control with total civilian disarmament being the final objective thus all gun control is an act of war. All who forward it should be arrested, tried for treason against human Liberty and executed.

    There's no such thing as a 'right' to work covertly or overtly to enslave those around you.

    Doing what is required to fight tyranny is always 'illegal.' When the blood war starts whatever we can pick up and use or steal and use will be 'legal.'

    The question is not "What will you do when they come for your guns?" but "What will you do when they come for your neighbors' guns?"

    What is a man, really? http://www.freekentucky.com/what-is-a-man-really/

    The words 'illegal gun' aren't in the Second Amendment.

    The only real reason for the militia: http://www.freekentucky.com/the-only-real-reason-for-the-militia/

    The most important things to do: http://www.freekentucky.com/the-most-important-things-to-do/

    It's time to put guns back in the schools and educate children in reality not communist fantasy land.

    What to teach your kids http://www.freekentucky.com/what-to-teach-your-kids/

    Why the commie globalists want us disarmed: http://www.freekentucky.com/why-the-commie-globalists-want-us-disarmed/

    What I told my elected public servants about ‘gun control’: http://www.freekentucky.com/what-i-told-my-elected-public-servants-about-gun-control/

    AR15’s are Weapons of War?: http://www.freekentucky.com/ar15s-are-weapons-of-war-2nd-amendment-fact-admitting-the-truth/

    The origin of the right to keep and bear arms: http://www.willowtown.com/reality/armsorigin.htm

    Christian rebels and modern cowards: http://www.freekentucky.com/christian-rebels-and-modern-cowards/

    Don't be found in a pile of brass. Be found with your brass strung out behind you along an avenue of approach. That's how wars are won.

  33. The accomplishment of Obama was the bathroom law and pushing and forcing by penalty of fining and suing for decent people to obey and accept perverted sexual behavior and the widespread movement of drugs criminals contaminated building materials and food shipped in and increase SEXUALIZATION of children and increasing pedophilia and zoophilia trade and slavers and violent criminals like the nazi tactics of antifa bamn nambla etc while mfg jobs and scientific and technology was shipped out and still on going to the communist slavers esp China. YOU bowed down to perverts corpse cake spirit cooking pedovores. You are a liar. REPENT. YOU FAILED TO PROTECT THE VULNERABLE THE SICK THE WOMEN AND CHILREN AND WIDOWS AND ORPHANS. YOU DISHONOR THE POOR. IS IT NOT THE RICH THAT DRAG PEOPLE TO COURT? STOP THE LIES.

  34. Funny, I vote Republican because I want our boarders closed, my Second Amendment protected, our military strong, jobs brought back to America, America to stand up to the blood sucking world, and less government in my life. The Leftist don't offer that that. They actually prefer to the opposite. Let's not forget barack obama had a very strong role to play when it came to dividing this country.

  35. What a bunch of Left wing garbage. The party switch is untrue. Jimmy Carter won the south as did Bill Clinton. The south votes more Republican today because they believe in the Constitution and the Left Wingers don't. Southerners are Pro Gun, Pro Life, Pro Free Speech, Pro religious freedom to name a few. As soon as Dems end their war on those things they will get the south back….PERIOD

  36. This guy could work for the BBC or CNN so biased. How the hell can black voters vote democrats they literally tried to keep slavery.

  37. Its amazing how they forget that Eisenhower tried to pass civil rights billing before dems but it was shot down by Democrats in the senate judiciary committee

  38. Former Vanderbilt Professor of Political Science Carol Swain explains, the Republican Party was actually responsible for nearly every advancement for minorities and women in U.S. history—and remains the champion of equality to this day.

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