Although Detroit is solidly in the hold of the Democrat party the Republicans have hopes in neighboring Oakland County. They have had a firm grasp on the County Executive position for more than two decades and also have held a majority of seats on the county commission.
To understand the difference we must understand the foundation of the Republican Party.
Max Impact, a Rochester Hills company that operates a cultural information website says, "the Republican Party was founded in 1854 with a goal to end slavery in the United States. The party’s belief system was embraced by the northern states and six years later the republicans had taken the White House with Abraham Lincoln at the helm."
According to Max the party's original slogan was “free labor, free land, free men”. The tag line summarized the belief system that continues today which supports the idea of a business community growing jobs and wages set by a free market.
Early Republicans thought keeping property and other taxes low would make it so that people could own their own property.
Even the early Republicans had a strong belief in the military according to Max Impact.
You can learn more about the culture of Republicans highlighted by this series of Detroit’s political views is taken by permission from the “Political Cultures” section of the educational website getmaximpact.com. Locally relevant additions were made with permission by your Detroit political buzz examiner.
Portions copyright © Max Impact, used with permission.
- “Detroit: An American Autopsy” by Pulitzer Prize-winning Fox 2 journalist Charlie LeDuff.
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- “Political Cultures” is a website with information about the five main political cultures.