Is the Republican left or right

Where Republicans and Democrats actually stand - and how they came to be


Details of the program for the August 24-27 in Charlotte, North Carolina, Republican Congress are known to few. In any case, the event offers Trump the opportunity to mobilize his base and address those who are undecided. He has been working on it for a long time, using culture war rhetoric and sometimes undisguised racism to fuel the fear of loss and disempowerment of the white population, which has been intensified by the corona crisis and the demands of the Black Lives Matter movement.

These are the issues that brought Trump to the White House: four years ago he railed against migrants and Muslims, today against blacks and the left. It wasn't always Republican issues, however. The party with the elephant as heraldic animal was actually the more liberal of the two political associations when it was founded in 1854. She stood up against slavery, for social justice and more government spending, such as education. Then in the 20th century it took on more conservative traits.

In response to Franklin D. Roosevelt's economic and social reforms in the 1930s, Republicans resisted the expansion of state influence - an important pillar of their identity to this day. In doing so, they argued against the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which forbids discrimination based on race, skin color, religion, gender or national origin. Blacks now moved in droves to the Democratic camp.

The religious right gained importance from Ronald Reagan on. Their influence gradually increased in response to Barack Obama's policies. Under Trump, neoconservative, reactionary forces are setting the course.


The composition and ranking of the speakers at the party convention, which will take place Monday through Thursday in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, will reflect Joe Biden's main task for the next few months: He must bring the recently strengthened left wing of his party on board. That is why Senator Bernie Sanders, who is far to the left, speaks at the party conference to Monday's star guest, former First Lady Michelle Obama, who is still extremely popular today. That is why Biden also relies on a comparatively left-wing program. The fact that the political power couples Michelle and Barack Obama as well as Hillary and Bill Clinton are on the program as well as Sanders is, in turn, an attempt to reconcile the establishment with the progressives. The MP Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez described this dispute as follows: In another country, the moderate Biden, who originally tended towards the far right, and she, the self-proclaimed democratic socialist, would not find each other in the same party.

Diverse, competing currents have always united under the umbrella of the Democrats. The party with the donkey as a symbol has changed considerably in its more than two centuries of existence. In the 19th century, the slave question faced the ultimate test, and even after the civil war it adhered to the principle of racial segregation. At the beginning of the 20th century, the left-wing forces gained influence, and in the middle of the century they prevailed. From then on, the party stood up as a fighter for the workers, minorities and social liberal ideas. Under Trump, the left-wing radicalized itself, for them the progressive approach of their party does not go far enough. (Anna Giulia Fink, August 15, 2020)