Democratic Party (United States)

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Democratic Party
ChairpersonTom Perez (NY)
SecretaryJason Rae (WI)
Speaker of the HouseNancy Pelosi (CA)
Senate leaderMinority Leader
Chuck Schumer (NY)
House leaderMajority Leader
Steny Hoyer (MD)
FounderThomas Jefferson
James Madison
Andrew Jackson
Martin Van Buren
Founded1828; 192 years ago (1828)
IdeologySocial democracy
Social liberalism
Progressivism
Democratic socialism
Populism
Political positionCenter-left to left wing
Website
www.democrats.org

The United States Democratic Party is one of the two biggest political parties in the United States of America. The other is the Republican Party. The U.S. also has several smaller political parties known as third parties. Supporters of this party are known as Democrats.

Every four years the party holds a National Convention where they agree on their candidate for President. The Democratic National Committee coordinates most of the activities of the Democratic Party in all 50 United States. There have been 15 Democratic presidents, the most recent being Barack Obama, who was President from 2009 to 2017. The Democratic Party represents a broad spectrum of leftist ideologies, including classic liberalism, social democracy, progressivism, and socialism.

Philosophy and role in government[change | change source]

Democrats, also sometimes called 'the left', 'liberals' or 'progressives' make up one of the two main political parties in the United States. A mostly Democratic state is sometimes called a 'blue state'. This comes from the party’s main color, which is blue, referring to a state supporting ‘blue’ candidates.

Democrats believe in a strong government with social assistance programs to help members of society. They prefer diplomatic solutions to conflicts, and take a generally protectionist view on trade, believing that trade must be regulated to protect American workers.

Socially, most Democrats believe in social liberalism, taking pro-immigration, pro-gay marriage, and pro-choice views.

Current Democratic beliefs[change | change source]

Generally Democrats support::

  • Progressive income tax
  • Higher corporate taxes and recapturing income from overseas profits
  • Expanding spending on government programs
  • Spending on business, education, infrastructure, clean-energy
  • Expanding rights to Abortion
  • Restrictions of weapons use and potentially dangerous users through government oversight
  • Universal healthcare

Most support for Democrats comes from states in the Northeast, Upper Midwest, and the Pacific Coast, as well as from the state of Hawaii.

Symbols[change | change source]

The symbol of the Democratic Party is the Donkey. Since the election of 2000, the color blue has become a symbol for Democrats.[source?]

President Thomas Jefferson

Historically, Thomas Jefferson, whom the party claims as it founder, has been often seen as symbols of the Democratic Party, particularly emphasized in the annual celebrations of Jefferson Day Dinners held since the days of Andrew Jackson. As such, the Democratic Party is also often referred to as the “Party of Jefferson.”

Democratic U.S. Presidents[change | change source]

President Andrew Jackson
Presidents during the 19th century
Presidents during the 20th century

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President Barack Obama
Presidents during the 21st century

Other famous Democratic Politicians[change | change source]

Vice President Joe Biden
Former senator Daniel Inouye
Senator Bernie Sanders
Bill de Blasio, the 109th and current Mayor of New York City

Independents who side with Democrats[change | change source]

Former Democrats[change | change source]

Republican Ronald Reagan was once a Democrat

Related pages[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. Tom Murse (July 20, 2019). "Was Donald Trump a Democrat?". ThoughtCo. Retrieved September 13, 2019.

Other websites[change | change source]