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Democrat Party vs. Republic Party

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You've heard the word coming from the mouth of Republicans: the "Democrat Party." It is inarguably a term of disparagement, a purposeful epithet put forth by Republicans and intended to show disrespect for the Democratic Party.

Conservapedia, the right-wing alternative website to Wikipedia, declares "Democrat Party is the grammatically correct term for the Democratic Party"perhaps they prefer the false illusion that their party is somehow more "democratic" than other parties. In fact, the Democrat Party is less democratic than the other political parties."

Democrat Party or Democratic Party?
Democrat Party or Democratic Party?
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It makes no sense that the Democrats acquiesce so easily when callously dissed by Republicans. The proper historical name for the party, of course, is "Democratic Party." 'Democrat' is a noun, but Republicans must feel some glee using "Democrat" as an adjective, and not getting a reaction from their perpetually polite Democratic colleagues: a taunt without response.

The term "Democrat Party" has been around for a long time, as early as the late Nineteenth Century, but it has never been used as much as Republicans do today. Rush Limbaugh loves to say "Democrat Party." Fox News commentators use it, and, of course, so does President Trump.

The Democratic Party should never allow Republicans to get away with this undeniable insult. To sit idly by while being disrespected by the opposition party is a sign of weakness and cowardice. How can the American people think of the Democratic Party as a potent, powerful political party when they allow Republicans to metaphorically spit on them all the time?

So how can Democrats fight back? Simply by turning the tables on the Republicans and referring to them as the "Republic Party." Republicans will moan and groan at this epithet, charging that the Democrats are disrespectful. But it is no different than what Republicans do now when they say "Democrat Party." Turnabout is supposed to be fair play, isn't it?

By repeatedly using the "Republic" adjective, the Democrats will show they are not the sniveling patsies the Republicans assume they are. If Republicans don't like it, they can return to using the proper term "Democratic Party." Who knows? Maybe a modicum of civility between the parties could result (and shock everyone).

Until that day, Democrats need to go on the offensive, to stand up tall and proclaim: "Get used to it, Republicans. From now on, we will refer to you as the 'Republic Party.' It's up to you whether we continue using these childish nicknames. Until then, deal with it."

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