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Republican Party

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The Republican Party, commonly known as the GOP (“Grand Old Party”), is one the major political parties of the United States, the Democratic Party being the other. The Republican party was founded in 1854 by anit-slavery activists and for the most part nationally dominated politics from 1860 through 1932. Of the US presidents, 18 have been Republican, the first of which was Abraham Lincoln, who served from 1861 to 1865, and the last at the time of this article was George W. Bush, who served 2001 to 2009 before Barack H. Obama, who defeated Republican Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts Governor.

American conservatism is what the party’s general position is based on, apposed to the contrasting more liberal position of the Democratic Party. The Republican Party’s position of American conservatism does not completely reject political ideology of liberalism as some fundamental principles of American conservatism is based on classical liberalism. For the most part, the conservatism of the Republican Party is based on its position against the modern liberalism of the Democratic Party. This modern liberalism of the Democratic Party is considered American liberalism of contemporary American political discourse.

The Republican Party holds a majority of seats in the United States House of Representatives and a minority of seats in the federal Senate of the 113th Congress which was elected in 2012. The Republican Party also currently holds the majority of governorships and the majority of state legislatures.

What is civil war?

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Civil war is a war that is between organized groups of citizens within the same country, nation state or republic. Although less common, a civil was can also be a war between two different countries that were created from a former united controlling state. A civil war typically occurs to gain control of land, to achieve independence or to chance government policies. The words “civil war” are derived from the Latin words “bellum civile,” referring to the civil wars that occurred in the Roman Republic in the 1st century BC. Civil war is a very high intensity battle, generally involving armed forces. Civil war can consume huge resources and end with a high number of casualties greatly damaging the stability of a country for years after the civil war occurred.

Since the end of World War ll, civil war typically lasts four years, a big contrast from the average being one and one-half years between the years 1900-1944.

What is Democracy?

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Democracy /deeˈmah kreh see/ is an organization, government, or group that is controlled by the majority of its eligible members. The root of the word democracy is the Greek word δημοκρατία(dēmokratía), which means “rule of the people” from around 400 BC, this was to represent the political systems that existed during that time.

Democracy as a form of government is when all eligible citizens have a say in the decisions of how the land is governed. In a democracy each person is allowed an equal vote and to participate directly, or through elected representatives, for the creation of laws and development. Democracy allows the ability to practice self pursuit of social, economic and cultural growth.

Democracy is in contrast to monarchy, where power is controlled by one person, or oligarchy or aristocracy where power is held by a small number of people. Many modern governments are a mix of democracy, oligarchy and aristocracy. Democracy allows people to have control of the people that rule and lead them, and allows the removal of such people of authority without requiring a revolution.