Free Soil, Free Speech, Free Labor and Free Men What was the Free Soil party? Right-wing Republicans today would have us believe that the 'free stuff' movement came out of the Democratic party, and it did. The free stuff faction of the old Democratic party, helped form the GOP. The old Democratic party is the political party, first led by Jefferson and Madison, that waged political battles against the Federalist and Whig parties. The GOP has it's roots in the populism of free stuff. Lately, the free stuff has gone to big businesses and not the people. The latest crew of GOP Presidential hopefuls is promising as much free stuff as the democratic Socialist, Bernie Sanders is promising. The GOP base supports now, and has always supported, free stuff. They GOP base are just ignorant of facts.