When Erasing Symbols of Slavery, Don't Forget the Democratic Party

In the aftermath of the mass shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC, there are increasing and ever louder calls for the removal of all symbols, objects and persons connected to slavery or the Confederate States of America.  Thomas Jefferson owned slaves, and so all honors given him should be renamed, and all copies of the Declaration of Independence shredded.  Robert E. Lee fought for the South, so all his effigies should be melted down and his rebel flags shredded, even though the Confederacy had nothing to do with the shooting.  The Confederacy is no more; however, there still exists an organization that gained power from instituting slavery and segregation: the Democratic Party. The founders of the Democratic-Republican Party were prominent slave holders, like Thomas Jefferson and James Madison.  Its opponent, the Federalist Party, was founded by abolitionists, like Alexander Hamilton.  While the main point of...(Read Full Article)