This thread is for addressing the lie that the two major political parties "switched platforms" at some unspecified point in time (supposedly occurring somewhere between the wide range of years of 1860 and 1936) First, the lie: The Republican and Democratic parties of the United States didn't always stand for what they do today. During the 1860s, Republicans, who dominated northern states, orchestrated an ambitious expansion of federal power, helping to fund the transcontinental railroad, the state university system and the settlement of the West by homesteaders, and instating a national currency and protective tariff. Democrats, who dominated the South, opposed those measures. After the Civil War, Republicans passed laws that granted protections for Black Americans and advanced social justice. And again, Democrats largely opposed these apparent expansions of federal power. Sound like an alternate universe? Fast forward to 1936. Democratic President Franklin Roosevelt won reelection that year on the strength of the New Deal, a set of Depression-remedying reforms including regulation of financial institutions, the founding of welfare and pension programs, infrastructure development and more. Roosevelt won in a landslide against Republican Alf Landon, who opposed these exercises of federal power. So, sometime between the 1860s and 1936, the (Democratic) party of small government became the party of big government, and the (Republican) party of big government became rhetorically committed to curbing federal power. Eric Rauchway, professor of American history at the University of California, Davis, pins the transition to the turn of the 20th century, when a highly influential Democrat named William Jennings Bryan blurred party lines by emphasizing the government's role in ensuring social justice through expansions of federal power — traditionally, a Republican stance. But Republicans didn't immediately adopt the opposite position of favoring limited government. Read more at https://www.livescience.com/34241-de...platforms.html Now, the truth: The "party switching" BS is a lie. It never happened. Demonkkkrats, since their founding in 1828, have always been the pro-slavery party. Republicans, since their founding in 1854, have always been the anti-slavery party. What is funny though is that the Demonkkkrat's own website starts off their own history in the 1920s with "women's suffrage". Why is that?? Why do they wish to skip over a whole century of their own history?? Oh, that's right, they wish to: skip over their history of supporting slavery... skip over their opposition to Republicans ending slavery (and their subsequent formation of the KKK)... skip over their opposition to giving reparations to slaves (you know, the people who ACTUALLY experienced damages during that time period)... skip over the fact that Republicans formed and funded Howard University... skip over Demonkkkrat opposition to making black people citizens... skip over the fact that Republicans fought against the KKK that the Demonkkkrats founded... skip over the fact that Demonkkkrats OPPOSED allowing black people to vote... skip over the fact that REPUBLICANS elected the first black representatives and senators... skip over the fact that DEMONKKKRATS implemented and supported Jim Crow Laws... skip over the fact that REPUBLICANS were already supporting women's suffrage in the late 1800s, and that it was REPUBLICANS who led the women's suffrage movement... skip over the fact that DEMONKKRATS continued to support the KKK (and its domestic terrorism) in the early 1900s... Then, there's more history from the 1920s and onward that the Demonkkkrat Party website conveniently leaves out, including: supporting the lynching of blacks continued KKK support their mental enslavement of blacks via the "New Deal" economic benefits that they gave to blacks their opposition to civil rights during the 1930s-60s their internment of Japanese Americans their continued support for segregation the fact that a Demonkkkrat shot MLK the fact that Demonkkkrats created the modern day welfare system ... and the list could go on and on and on... Meanwhile, the Republican Party website starts their history off right from the very beginning of 1854 when the Republican Party was formed, and truthfully speaks about their anti-slavery reasons for forming. It also gets into the fact that Republicans were the party to create national parks, have the first black governor, have the first woman representative, grant citizenship to the native tribes ("Native Americans"), have the first hispanic senator, have the first Asian-American senator, place the first woman on SCOTUS, and etc... The parties NEVER changed. The Demonkkrats are still the same hateful racist compulsive pro-slavery bigots today that they were at their formation, and the Republicans are still the same anti-slavery freedom-loving liberty-advocates that they were at their formation.