[Federal] Political parties in the United States

SOURCE:  Wikipedia, 2020-05-30

In the United States, there have usually been two main political parties. Since the 1860s, these two main parties have been the Republican Party and the Democratic Party. The Democratic Party has the most seats in the House of Representatives while the Republicans hold a majority in the Senate.

The three largest parties aside from the two main political parties are the Libertarian Party, Green Party of the United States, and the Constitution Party in respective order [see Minor American parties].

The United States has only two major political parties: the Democrats and the Republicans. There are also smaller parties that aren't as well known. These parties have a duopoly, meaning that they share almost all the political power in the country. Most democratic countries have more than two parties.

Democratic Party

The Democratic Party was started in 1828 as a pro-slavery party and its first President was Andrew Jackson in 1829. However, through the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s, the Democratic party became a proponent of racial equality. Many 20th century United States Presidents such as Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and the most recent past President Barack Obama are Democrats. They have 45 out of 100 seats in the U.S. Senate and 233 out of 435 seats in the House of Representatives. 24 out of 50 state governors are also Democrats. The party generally promotes liberalism and is often classed as a left-wing party. Currently, the party has 60 million registered voters across America.

The party's philosophy of modern liberalism advocates social and economic equality, along with the welfare state. It seeks to provide government intervention and regulation in the economy. These interventions, such as the introduction of social programs, support for labor unions, affordable college tuitions, moves toward universal health care and equal opportunity, consumer protection and environmental protection form the core of the party's economic policy.

Democratic National Committee

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) is the governing body of the United States Democratic Party. The committee coordinates strategy to support Democratic Party candidates throughout the country for local, state, and national office. It organizes the Democratic National Convention held every four years to nominate a candidate for President of the United States and to formulate the party platform. While it provides support for party candidates, it does not have direct authority over elected officials.

Its chair is elected by the committee. It conducts fundraising to support its activities.

The DNC was established at the 1848 Democratic National Convention. The DNC's main counterpart is the Republican National Committee.

Democratic Presidents

Republican Party | GOP [Grand Old Party]

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  • The Republican Party was started in 1854 as an anti-slavery party and its first President was Abraham Lincoln in 1861. Others include Ulysses S. Grant, Benjamin Harrison, Theodore Roosevelt, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush and Donald Trump. Twenty-six out of 50 states have a Republican governor. It has around 55 million registered voters across America. Currently, the Republican Party is identified as conservative.

    The party philosophy centers around social and economic independence, and a capitalist economic system. It is also known for its pro-life efforts, anti-regulatory policy, and reduction of government intervention in the economy, as well as being in support of privatized health care.

    Republican National Committee

    The Republican National Committee (RNC) is a U.S. political committee that leads the Republican Party of the United States. It is responsible for developing and promoting the Republican political platform, as well as coordinating fundraising and election strategy. It is also responsible for organizing and running the Republican National Convention. Similar committees exist in every U.S. state and most U.S. counties, although in some states party organization is structured by congressional district, allied campaign organizations being governed by a national committee. Ronna McDaniel is the current committee chairwoman.

    The RNC's main counterpart is the Democratic National Committee.

    Republican Presidents

    Minor American parties

    There are several minor parties in the United States. Duverger's law predicts that this two-party government is normal for single-district, first-past-the-post voting systems. In contrast, proportional representation and voting methods such as ranked choice voting tend to produce multiparty government.

  • Libertarian Party: a libertarian and liberal party which has around 411,250 registered voters as of March 2016. It is a third party and promotes a non-interventionist foreign policy and civil liberties.

  • Green Party: a left-wing environmentalist party that promotes social democracy and respect for diversity, peace and non-violence. It has around 250,000 registered voters.

  • Constitution Party: a far-right party that promotes American nationalism, Paleoconservatism, Christianity, the anti-abortion movement, and greater attention on the U.S. Constitution. It has around 100,000 registered voters.

  • Notable Independents

  • Andrew Yang (2021-present; former Democratic Party member; founder (2021) Forward Party).

  • Donald Trump, 2011-2012 [Democratic, until 1987; Republican: 1987-1999, 2009-2011, 2012-present]

  • Bernard Saunders, 1978-present [Democratic: 2015-2016, 2019-present)]

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