When Will We See Change?

Topics: Democratic Party, Barack Obama, President of the United States Pages: 2 (3232 words) Published: June 12, 2013
When will we see Change? A Critical look at Barack Obama and the democratic party.

Charles Kerber POLS 202 9AM American Government Livingston

This paper will take a critical look at the history of the democratic party, its most recent 2012 election, its current presidential candidate Barack Obama, and the latest platform.  While the paper may read as being highly critical of President Obama, it should be caveated by the fact that this is an extremely trying time in the history of the United States, and the government is under considerable pressures from outside terrorism threats and international relations, to severe recession and domestic economic concerns.  Nevertheless, one must look critically at President Obama, and answer has he really given us “change we can believe in”?

Biography & history The Democratic party went through a number of iterations before it became the current democratic party.  The party began as the anti federalists under the leadership of Thomas Jefferson and James Madison.  Thomas Jefferson a former secretary of state under George Washington's administration who had resigned to protest the fiscal policies of Alexander Hamilton.  These two rivals would become the basis of the first two political parties of the United States.  Alexander Hamilton favored the constitution, the creation of a national bank and repayment of the revolutionary war debt with federal funds.  Under this philosophy they would name themselves Federalists, for their leaders support of ratifying the constitution.  Jefferson, Madison and their supporters opposed these policies, including ratification, and took the name the “Anti­Federalists”. Later by the 1790s, the anti­federalists began calling themselves "Republicans, or Democratic­Republicans, terms that had become popular after the French Revolution in 1789" (Dye 208).  The Democratic­Republicans gained historic significance following the election of...
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