What have Democrats and ‘Liberals’ ever done for America?
Take Thomas Jefferson for starters. Jefferson, considered the first ‘liberal’ president, was sworn into office on March 4, 1801 as a ‘Democrat-Republican’ who were the liberals of their day. He was thought of as the ‘People’s President’ and sometimes called the "Negro President" since his election victory was gained through the ‘Three-Fifths Compromise' which fractionally counted slaves in slave states, providing more electoral votes for those states. Jefferson, being a 'planter' who owned slaves was viewed favorably by the agrarian southern states and their votes inflated by the slave component put him over the top in the election.
Jefferson’s presidential opponent was John Adams of the Federalist party, the arch-conservative group of the time, led by Alexander Hamilton who was killed by Aaron Burr in a duel in 1801. US President John Adams described Hamilton in 1815 as "the most restless, impatient, artful, indefatigable, and unprincipled intriguer in the United States . . .” Sounds just like a Karl Rove kind of guy doesn’t he?
What did Jefferson, this ‘First Democrat’ and liberal of his times ever do for America? Try these from our history:
Jefferson was one of the Founding Fathers;
Jefferson was principle author of the Declaration of Independence;
Under Jefferson the US purchased the Louisiana Territory from France now, 23% of all current US territory, and includes:
all of Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska;
parts of Minnesota that were west of the Mississippi River;
most of North Dakota,;
nearly all of South Dakota;
northeastern New Mexico,;
portions of Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado;
Louisiana west of the Mississippi River, including the city of New Orleans.
Another Democrat-Republican: James Monroe What did he do?
Monroe annexed Florida and ‘West Florida’ from Spain in 1819!
Take yet another Democrat, President James Polk. What did Polk do? Well actually, Polk annexed more territory for our country than anyone else, even more than in the Louisiana Purchase:
This Democrat negotiated the Oregon Territory Treaty of 1848 and the Mexican Cession of 1848 which added 1.2 million square miles of territory to the United States;
Mexico's size was halved, while that of the United States increased by a third;
California, Nevada, Utah were added;
Most of Arizona, and parts of New Mexico, Colorado and Wyoming were included in the Mexican Cession;
The annexation of Texas was recognized.
Take yet another Democrat, Franklin Pierce. What did pierce do?
Pierce negotiated the Gadsen Purchase, which added an area the size of Scotland to the United States. including most of southern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico.
Take yet another Democrat - Andrew Johnson. What did Johnson do?
Johnson bought Alaska from Russian in 1867!
If we took out all the land area contributions to our country made by liberal Democrats, the rest of us would never again have to listen to the rantings of right-wing crazies from:
Arizona, Arkansas, Alaska, California, Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Idaho, Iowa, Oklahoma, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, most of Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, most of North Dakota, South Dakota, New Mexico, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wyoming!!
Those bozos would all still be polishing the brass on their saddles, jingling their spurs, drinking strong Spanish coffee or Russian slibovitz and taking their siestas through the noon hours! Amazing, isn’t it? Liberal Democrats are the ones who made American territory what it is today! Trouble is, we evidently got a lot of immature idiots along with the territory.
In fact, the ONLY territory gained by the United States under ANY Republican President, which is now a state are the Hawaiian Islands, annexed in 1898 President William McKinley. Hawaii was run as a virtual Republican oligarchy controlled by five private monopolistic companies until becoming a state in 1959. Puerto Rico was annexed at the same time - and under similar auspices, and you understand how Puerto Rico is, don't you?
That sounds exactly right for the way the Republicans like to run things doesn’t it?