Staying Aware

Founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1792, the United States Democratic Party was originally aimed at fighting for the Bill of Rights. This political party originally stood for:

  • constructing the Constitution
  • opposing moneyed interests and the interests of elites and aristocrats
  • opposing the idea and creation of a national bank
  • opposing moneyed interests and the interests of elites and aristocrats.

While these interests have evolved over time, the Democratic Party still maintains some of its original principles. Today, the Democratic Party’s major political campaigns in national politics include ways of combating terrorism, issues of homeland security, fighting for labor rights, promoting environmentalism and preserving liberal government programs.

Over the centuries, the Democratic Party’s structure has evolved and become quite complex. The Democratic National Committee, which is at the top of the party hierarchy, is responsible for promoting all campaign activities of the Democratic Party.

The Democratic Party also encompasses many committees, including (but not limited to):

  • College Democrats of America
  • Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
  • Democratic Governors Association
  • Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee
  • Democrats Abroad
  • Young Democrats of America.

In generally, the Democratic Party tends to have more liberal stances than the Republican Party, the other major political party in the US. Modern issues addressed by the Democratic Party include:

  • civil liberties
  • environmentalism
  • equal rights
  • progressive taxation.

In this section, our articles will discuss all aspects of the Democratic Party, including a thorough history of the party and its creation, information on the structure of the party, the party’s current stance and what stances the party has taken in the past.

History

The Democratic Party was created from Anti-Federalist ideas in the early 1790s. Early Democrats were:

  • against the construction of a national bank
  • for states’ rights
  • for the formation of a Constitution
  • opposed to the ideas of elites and aristocrats.

Learn about the creation of the Democratic Party, how it was formed and the evolution of the party with our article on Democratic Party history.

Structure

The US Democratic Party, headquartered in Washington, D.C., is involved in almost every aspect of the election and campaign process.

Particularly, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) plays a large role in the Democratic Party and is responsible for promoting all Democratic Party campaign activities, as well as the Democratic National Convention.

Along with the DNC, many other committees and Democratic Party groups come together to form the party’s overall structure.

Stance

The Democratic Party is generally looked at as a left-wing, liberal party. Representing and protecting working Americans has always been a goal of the Democratic Party. Guaranteeing personal liberties for all is another inherent goal of this party.

While the Democratic Party adopted its first Party National Platform 1840, every four years, it sets forth its most current beliefs in the Party National Platform. Currently, environmentalism and labor issues are at the top of the Democratic Party’s priority list, but there are many other issues outlined in the party’s platform and stance.