Was George W. Bush the Last Republican President?
Are Republicans going the way of the Whigs?
The Whig Party formed in the early 19th Century because of a dispute over tariffs. The Tariff of 1828 protected the industrial states in the north at the expense of the agricultural states of the south. The Tariff of 1832 was slightly better, but the south continued to bear the bulk of the burden. After Andrew Jackson’s re-election, South Carolina passed a state law intended to nullify the Tariff of 1832. Jackson vehemently denied South Carolina’s right to nullify Federal Law. Some of Jackson’s political coalition disagreed with the President. Those dissenters formed small “Whig” parties. (The name “Whig” implied that Jackson was not unlike England’s George III.) By 1839, the Whigs had coalesced into a national party and nominated their own presidential candidate. The first Whig President, William Henry Harrison, took office in 1841.
Throughout the 1840s and into the 1850s, an ever-widening schism developed within the Whig Party … the anti-slavery “Conscience” Whigs and the pro-South “Cotton” Whigs. By the mid-1850s, several leading “Conscience” Whigs helped to form the Republican Party. In 1861, Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated as the first Republican President.
The Presidency in the 21st Century
So far, the 21st Century has seen three Presidents … the Republican, George W. Bush; the Democrat, Barack Obama; and Donald Trump. Donald Trump was the Republican Party’s candidate in 2016, but he is a Republican in Name Only … a RINO. Let’s compare the Republican and “Trumpist” Parties:
Will the “Trumpists” continue, or are they a brief, but painful, anomaly. Will the “Trumpist Party” go the way of the American Party (aka the Know-Nothings) or will the Republican Party go the way of the Whigs?
Was George W. Bush the last Republican President?
Let’s hope not. The editorial policy of The Truth Today does not agree with many Republican policies, but we find the policies and behaviors of the “Trumpists” to be absolutely abhorrent.
The Truth Today would like to thank Rachel Maddow for bringing the possible fate of the Republican Party to national attention back in September of 2016.