Examining the Role of Political Parties in Influencing Voter Choice Across History
The historical and contemporary political landscapes in the United States have often been marked by significant interventions by political parties, particularly during pivotal elections. A notable instance is the 1860 presidential election, where Abraham Lincoln, representing the Republican Party, was removed from the ballot in ten southern states. These states, dominated by pro-slavery Democratic sentiments, excluded Lincoln due to the contentious issue of slavery, which was deeply dividing the nation. Despite this exclusion and winning less than 40% of the popular vote, Lincoln triumphed in the election.
Fast forward to the present, similar efforts are evident, albeit in a different context. Various Democratic lawmakers and voters in several states are actively trying to remove former President Donald Trump from future ballots. These attempts, influenced by the Colorado Supreme Court ruling on Trump's eligibility, largely stem from his alleged role in the January 6, 2021, insurrection. This reflects a continuing trend where political parties exert considerable influence over electoral choices, often sparking debates about freedom and democratic principles.
While the contexts of the 1860 and current scenarios differ, both underscore the significant role political parties play in shaping electoral outcomes. They raise important questions about the extent to which political maneuvers align with the broader ideals of freedom, democracy and freedom of choice.
These historical and contemporary events remind us that the actions of political parties, while constitutionally and legally bound, can deeply impact the democratic process, the fundamental freedoms associated with it, and the values of freedom that each party represents,
Could there be a Political party that does not want you to have your freedom?