The Democratic Symbol Essay

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The Democratic Symbol

The word “donkey” has come to have a negative connotation in today’s society. In Webster’s Handy College Dictionary, the definition for a donkey is “an ass” or “a stupid or obstinate person”. One would presume that with such a meaning, the Democratic Party, one of the main political parties in the United States, would not be associating itself with such a negative symbol. The first use of the “donkey” as the Democratic symbol occurred during Andrew Jackson’s run for president in 1828. Because of his populist views and the slogan, “Let the people rule”, his opponents tried to label him as a “jackass”, but Jackson used the name-calling and turned it into his advantage by placing the donkey on his
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Roosevelt (FDR). Without any ideas on how to handle the crisis plaguing the United States, Roosevelt and his administration tackled the problem by drawing heavily on their experiences working in the Wilson administration during the progressive era (“New Deal”). They realized that government mobilization and a creation of cooperative relationships among various constituent elements were the first steps required to solve the economical breakdown (“New Deal”). Through their approach on how to handle the economical crisis Roosevelt and his administration not only showed their opponents, but also showed the American people why the democratic symbol of the “donkey” stands for intelligence.

Another instance in which the members of the Democratic Party cleverly solved an issue took place in 1936. During the Presidential campaigns of Alfred E. Smith in 1928, and FDR in 1932, the Democratic Party had accumulated a large debt, and it was the job of the Democratic National Committee Chairman, James A. Farley, to find ways of reducing the debt (Stinnett). In his quest to reduce the debt, Farley was able to come up with the plan to use a democratically sponsored event, the Democratic National Committee Dinner, to aid in decreasing the large deficit. Beginning in 1937, during the Democratic National Committee Dinner, held primarily for fund-raising purposes, the price of the “contribution” to the party was to increase

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