Republicans and their Whig Heritage
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Andrew Jackson and some of his successors were assuming too much power and took the title of Whigs for the party they formed in 1834, denouncing “King” Andrew. Although they were united in their opposition to more traditional Jacksonian Democrats and a strong central government, the Whigs stood for many, often contradictory, things. Nevertheless, they managed to put William Henry Harrison (who quickly died), his Vice President, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor (who also died) and his Vice President, Millard Fillmore, into the White House. The Whig Party disintegrated, however, over the issue of expanding slavery westward with the Southern Whigs returning to the Democrats and the remaining, more moderate, Whigs starting a new party in 1854, one more attuned to the issues of that day, one that they named the Republican Party. Their first elected President was Abraham Lincoln.
The unhealthy diversity now present in the Republican Party is reminiscent of the Whig Party in the 1830’s and 1840’s, and which resulted in that party’s falling apart. The problem is that while the more conservative “Whigs” were able to return to the increasingly conservative Democratic Party in the 1850’s, today’s G.O.P. right-wing conservatives have no place to go, so they are concentrating on taking over the Republican Party, to which they had been welcomed.
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