I don’t know about you, but I am growing tired of the discussion about the origins of the Democratic and Republican Party. I think it’s safe to say that most of America knows and accepts the fact that the Republican Party initially supported racial equality while the Democratic Party supported segregation. It’s history. And quite like the rest of historical events, both parties have evolved.
But who cares about the political party system anyway? I mean we (the voters) should be focused on the individual stances of each presidential nominee, and not their political party affiliation. In fact, if you take a look at each candidate’s voting record, you may be shocked to find that many presidential candidates are not faithful ideological members of their political party. Moreover, if you have been watching the 2008 presidential debates, you may find that a number of the candidates don’t represent your interests or concerns, and that they may not support many of the things that are most important to you.
For example, if you believe that the country is doing well under the current administration, you would likely support a Republican presidential candidate. But, if you desire domestic and or foreign policy changes, you may decide that the best way to achieve that change would be through the election of a Democratic presidential candidate.
For the first time in America’s history, two very non-traditional candidates are vying for the presidential office. Traditionally, this office has been held by affluent white men. But, for the first time since 1789, there are two viable candidates who are positioned to break with that well established tradition. Hillary Clinton, a white female, and Barack Obama, an African-American male, are seeking the Democratic nomination for the 2008 presidential election. This is not the first time that either a woman or an African American has run for the highest office in the country. However, this is the first time in America’s history that both a female candidate and an African-American male candidate are being taken seriously by the American people.
In contrast, the Republican Party has changed minimally since 1789. To date, all the Republican candidates are white and male.
-Miriam Archibong, Atlanta, Georgia