While it is true that the Republican party used to be the party of Lincoln, and that a higher percentage of Republicans voted for the 1964 civil rights bill than Democrats, modern day Republicans are very different.

In 1964 Democrats from northern states voted almost unanimously for the civil rights bill, Democrats from the south voted almost unanimously against it. The Democrats who opposed civil rights were southern conservatives, they would be Republicans today.

Strom Thurmond was a Democrat, he left the Democratic party in 1964 specifically because he opposed civil rights for blacks. Charles Pickering, the conservative judge appointed to a federal appeals court by GW Bush during a senate recess was a Democrat and switched to the Republican party in 1964, specifically because he opposed civil rights for African Americans. Many Republicans who supported civil rights became Democrats in 1964.

Look at a map of former slave states and compare it to a map of the 2004 electoral college results. Notice a pattern? Ohio, Indiana and Iowa changed from free states in 1861 to Republican states in 2004, Maryland and Delaware changed from slave states in 1861 to Democratic states in 2004. Except for those 5 states, the maps match up exactly.

2004 Electoral College Map:
1861 Slave State Map:
Not all Republicans are racist, but all racists are Republicans.
by juan gomez May 12, 2005
A person who believes that all people should support him/herself. While knowing that the world is a tough place and not everyone has the same opportunities. Therefore it should be in the good graces of the common people to help each other and not a government regulated agency who taxes many of the very people who need help. A republican believes that if all where disciplined a government would not be required to centralized power into one person or committee but instead give the power on to the people.
An Example of a republican is some one who helps some one else instead of voting socialist and hope that they deal with it!
by Levi G July 15, 2005
#politics #slavery #republican #gop #conservative
by NOELLE OHARA April 03, 2011
True patriots who are actually willing to fight for their country. They aren't pussies, unlike Democrats. They are not afraid to get up in your face. If this definition gets a thumbs down, it means your a homosexual idiot.
Ronald Reagan is the perfect example of a great Republican.
#republican #awesome #george bush #ronald reagan #elephant #cool.
by anthonyhelms15 July 15, 2009
Someone who believes that charity should be optional rather than mandated by the government. Also tend to believe in real concrete solutions to world problems rather than believing in "hope" and "change". Believes in lower taxes to stimulate the economy and a limited government to maximize personal freedoms.
When the Republicans held both Congress and the Presidency, the economy grew with the DJIA reaching 14,000 points before Democrats took over the congress and after a year the DJIA dropped over 6000 points.
#smart #responsible #brilliant #intelligent #genius
by husk3rfan9287 June 14, 2009
Someone who is a member of the Republican party. Republicans believe
1. Low taxes- low taxes allow the American people to keep more of their income. They will then have more money and will be able to invest it for their retirement or spend it in the economy. If the money is spent, more job oppurtunities are created and the country's economy goes up.
2. Lower taxes for the rich- the upperclass currently pays 75 percent of all the taxes in this country. Now tell me is that fair? The upperclass hardly ever gets anything out of these taxes because most of it is used to go to policies which help the poor. Democrates only want to tax the upperclass more, even though they make up only about 5 percent of the population and pay for 75 percent of the taxes. The upperclass also puts the most amount of money into social security and gets the least amount back out later on in their retirement.
3. Pro Life- A life begins at the moment of conception. Why would anyone want to even consider killing a baby? It is terrible. Has anyone ever considered that an aborted baby may one day be the one to find the cure for cancer or might be the next Einstein? If you dont want the child then put it up for adoption. So many Americans are looking to adopt children and they need to go to Asian countries to get them.
4. Againt Affirmative Action- A person should not get financial aid or preferential treatment just because of race. Hundreds of white males are being denied to colleges just becasue the college would rather take someone who is black. Affirmative action is only pointing out racism even more and making the problem worse. If racism wants to be ended then the country needs to start treating people as equals and not giving special treatment only because someone is a minority.
5. Is against gun conrtol- The second ammendment states that Americans have the right to bear arms. Republicans believe in the ammendments.
6. Against policies- Republicans are against government policies. They make people dependent on the government instead of relying on themselevs. The job of the government is not to take care of people's financial needs. If people are not smart enough to save their money during the course of their career than that is too bad for them. Democrates are always for creating policies. What people dont understand is that people are going to eventually pay for those policies which will cause higher taxes. Higher taxes takes money away from the people which in return causes GDP to go down and causes the economy to go down.
7. Want tighter border control- Illegal aliens are not acceptable and need to be sent back to where they came from. They come to America and take advantage of the public school systems and usually avoid paying taxes because they are paid under the table.
8. Non intervention foreign policy- Bush is the one acception to this but he is an idiot. Most Republicans believe in a non intervention foreign policy which basically means we dont get involved in other countries business. They dont believe in policing the world, and they mind their own business here in America.
9. Believe in a smaller Federal Government: The founding fathers wanted America to be run by the people and not allow the government to gain too much power. Republicans are usually the party which does not promote policies which control the American's peoples' lives. They want the American people to run themselves and make descions for themselves.
10. Anti Universal Healthcare- Universal healthcare would only cause the American people to pay more taxes to support the system. The upperclass would be called upon once again to pay for most of it even though they already pay 75 percent of America's taxes. Universal healthcare would also discourage compitition which is extremely important for the economy. IF there is no compitiion then doctors will make a lot less money and the medical business will no longer be the money making business it is now. Universal healthcare also causes people to go on waiting lists to get unneeded surgeries done.

Some common misconceptions: Democrates seem to believe that all Repbulicans support the war in Iraq. That is completly wrong and by no means true. Befor Bush, Republicans were always anti-war and were for a none intervention foreign policy.
Democrates also seem to believe that Republicans want to tax the lower class more. That is not true. They want lower taxes for all people.
Democrates seem to believe that Republicans want to get rid of soscial security, welfare, medicare, and the minimum wage. That is completely false. Republicans do find those policies somewhat valuable and they only want to prevent further unneeded policies to be formed because taxes would only increase.
Some famous Republicans:
Abraham Lincoln- abolished slavery
Teddy Roosevelt
Ricahrd Nixon- brought troops home from Vietnam
Ronald Reagon- promoted low taxes and caused the economy to be great in the 80's.
#republican #conservative #gop #reps #reagan's party
by hardcorerepublican554 December 04, 2007
noun: someone who believes the following: 1) evil should be prevented when possible, or if not, punished (hence captital punishment, war on terror, etc.)- 2) innocence should be protected (hence "pro-life,") - 3)people should earn their living, not be stuck in an entitlement mindset as a result of a welfare state - 4) the U.S Constitution does not guarantee unlimited personal freedom, but freedom with responsibility - 5) non-Americans have the privilege to enter the country legally and make a positive contribution to American society, and those who enter illegaly are criminals - 6) a government that can give its citizens everything they need can also take it away; wealth should be achieved through the personal investment of time and effort - 7) merit is based on achievement and character, not on skin color or ethnicity - 8) a free market encourages competition and market self-stabalization, while socialism and communism breed corruption, inefficiency, and oppression.
adj: describes a system or belief that is in accordance with the above principles
"The Little Red Hen" is a children's story that exemplifies the Republican mentality that those who do not contribute their time and effort toward something do not deserve to enjoy its benefits.
#republican #welfare #democrat #capticalism #democracy #terrorism #pro-life #pro-abortion #anti-abortion #pro-choice #affirmative action #constitution #freedom #america
by Samuel Jones May 03, 2007
The upper class in American society of which the poor are jealous. Generally the hardest workers in a comunity, republicans actually contribute to the GDP. Not the party that sold American nuclear plans to China (that was Bill Clinton). The only contributor to logical thought in the United States of America in the modern day.
The legislative, judiciary, and the executive branches of the American Government are currently run by the Republicans. (ouch to all you democrats)
#conservatives #elaphant #powerful #rich #intelligent
by CaliforniaKid September 28, 2006
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