1. Start at the beginning. The first vice president of the Democrat Party was Aaron Burr: After the loss of his seat in the legislature in 1799, he began to organize the Democratic Party in New York City. The group became a political powerhouse that could ensure the election of a democratic President. The ticket was to be Thomas Jefferson as President and Aaron Burr as Vice-President. Aaron Burr 2. Of course, it was Burr who shot and killed Founder Alexander Hamilton. He then plotted sedition against his own President, charged with treason in a conspiracy regarding capitalization on a possible war with Spain. He eventually was acquitted after a trial in 1807. He sailed to England in 1808 hoping to gain support for a revolution in Mexico. He was ordered out of the country and traveled in Europe to Sweden, Denmark, Germany and Paris. There he tried to garner support from Napoleon. Ibid. a. His personal life includes similarities to a number of his party: He was indicted for murder (but not convicted) after the death of Hamilton; arrested and prosecuted for treason by Jefferson (but not convicted). Aaron Burr - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia The die was cast for the future Democrat Party. 3. Burr was not only one of the founders of the Democratic Party- called the Democratic-Republicans at the time- but he began the construction of the political machine upon which the power of that organization is based. Aaron Burr a. Tammany Hall in New York city was, in many ways the model for American municipal corruption. The legacy of Aaron Burrs Democrat party: bribery, theft, extortion seamlessly married to big city machine politics. The evolution of the criminal enterprise known as the Democratic Party built on corruption, to the use of gangsters as a source of its funds, to its philosophical alliance with communism, to it's modern marriage to big labor. The People v. The Democratic Party, Michael Walsh 4. The father of the modern Democratic Party was Andrew Jackson. In the 1820s, the leaders of Tammany threw their support behind Andrew Jacksons quest for the presidency. Tammany leaders met with Jackson before his election in 1828, promised their support, and when Jackson was elected they were rewarded, in what became known as the spoils system, with federal jobs in New York City. With Tammany associated with the Jacksonians and the Democratic Party, the organization was viewed as friendly to the working people. And when waves of immigrants, especially from Ireland, arrived in New York City, Tammany became associated with the immigrant vote. Tammany Hall | Political Machine Ran New York City in the 1800s 5. The Republican Party was formed and an explicitly antislavery party, as opposed to the Democrats, who vied for the immigrant vote by championing slavery. John C. Fremont, first Republican candidate for President, opposed the expansion of slavery under the Kansas-Nebraska Act. The Republican slogan was Free Soil, Free Labor, Free Speech, Free Men, and Fremont. a. Fremont lost to Democrat Buchanan, whose party invented the Kansas-Nebraska Act. allowing the expansion of slavery Buchanan, a Democrat, warned that the Republicans were extremists United States presidential election, 1856 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia b. The Whigs ran former President Millard Fillmore, who represented the anti-Catholic Know-Nothing Party. When President, Fillmore had signed the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, mandating that runaway slaves had to be returned to the masters; the law was upheld seven years later by Roger Taneys Supreme Court, in the Dred Scott decision. c. Some critics of the Dred Scott decision charged that President James Buchanan had conspired with Chief Justice Roger B. Taney to allow further expansion of slavery. [C]ritics included Abraham Lincoln and other Republicans .The historical record seems to indicate that Taney, at the very least, did provide advance notification to the president about the courts decision. Further, it appears that Buchanan, in a clear abuse of his authority, persuaded a Northern Justice to join the Southerners, allowing the decision to appear less regionally partisan. Buchanan-Taney Conspiracy 6. General George McClellan ran against Lincolns second term. Running as a Democrat, McClellans platform was written by the antiwar, borderline seditious Copperheads. The Copperheads, so-called by Republicans who compared them to poisonous snakes, and by themselves after the Goddess of Liberty appearing on copper pennies, The Copperheads were shot through with racism, and increasingly opposed a war that moved from a goal of restoring the Union to one committed to abolition. http://cll.com/clientuploads/pdfs/Copperhead.PDF Good ol Democrats, at it again. a. Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth, an angry Copperhead, a.k.a., peace democrat, (when that meant pro-slavery, of course.) John Wilkes Booth - Liberapedia 7. With the aid and acquiescence of academia and the media since the 1960's, the by any means necessary" Democrat party is the enemy of these founding virtues: individualism, self-reliance, private (as opposed to public) charity, religious belief, religious liberty, personal expression, freedom of both public and private speech, the Judeo-Christian heritage, the right to self-defense, and low taxation. Walsh, Op.Cit. Once educated to the above, Americans will eschew this radical anti-American antagonist, anathema of our values.