State by State, Democratic Party Is Erasing Ties to Jefferson and Jackson

by JONATHAN MARTIN | The New York Times  |  published on August 12, 2015

WASHINGTON — For nearly a century, Democrats have honored two men as the founders of their party: Thomas Jefferson, for his visionary expression of the concept of equality, and Andrew Jackson, for his populist spirit and elevation of the common man.

Political candidates and activists across the country have flocked to annual Jefferson-Jackson Day dinners, where speeches are given, money is raised, and the party celebrates its past and its future.

But these time-honored rituals are colliding with a modern Democratic Party more energized by a desire for racial and gender inclusion than reverence for history. And state by state, Democratic activists are removing the names of Jefferson and Jackson from party gatherings, saying the two men no longer represent what it means to be a Democrat.

  • Dave N.

    Clearly the Democratic party no longer resembles either of the two historical figures. I’m sure they are looking for new figures that they can rally behind. No doubt they will eventually find some individuals with strong socialist or communist backgrounds that more closely represents their ideals and social positions. Sadly most people who believe they are Democrats don’t realize their party was hijacked by socialist a long time ago. The fiscal and social moderate Democrats are long gone, the few remaining that would fall into that category are running under the GOP banner like McCain and a few others.

    • Pam

      I have a suggestion for their new “poster boys”, Woodrow Wilson (our first communist/socialist-in-chief) and Saul Alinsky. That pretty much covers it. IMO

  • Rocknrobyn

    “saying the two men no longer represent what it means to be a Democrat.”
    Well, they are right. Jefferson and Jackson were honorable men. Have you seen a high level Democrat lately that the same could be said about?

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