Amanda GarciaBertha GallegosOlajumoke FaladeMariana ReyesPSCI 2306Dr. Byham9 May 2017Dominant Political Parties in TexasOnce the Revolutionary War was over, the thirteen colonies were in need of a governmentthat can be fair and right. Having a monarchy was something that the colonies wanted to avoid asa result of their past ruling of the tyrant king. The Articles of Confederation was born but only lasted for a bit as the new government seemed too weak to tax and rule over the people. Soon, our Founding Fathers unite and create what is to be the basis for the United States: The U.S. Constitution. The whole play of the political parties was not a huge idea at the time; the main concern was basically ruling the newly founded country and not too keen on the idea of separating. George Washington was elected the first president of the new country by the people. During his two terms, there was no remote idea of political parties. The country seemed to be at its beginnings and Washington knew for a fact that if there were to be different political views besides, the good of the people in the country, chaos would break loose. Instead of having a unified country, there would be a revolution and a lash between morals and ideas instead of focusing on the same justifications and unifying the country. Alas, Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson both had different ideas in mind. From Hamilton rose the Federalist party that favored a strong centralized government while Jefferson had the Democratic-Republicans; this
party deals with wth having more power control to the colonies. How does this relate to Texas itself? Once the establishment of political parties has taken its roots in U.S. politics, it has also done the same in its other colonies. Throughout history, the U.S. claimed land and established thestates. Texas was originally territory owned by Mexico at the time. After being “won” by the U.S., it became a country that was also conflicted with various ideals. The state went through the Civil War debating whether slavery is good or bad. Texas had turned away from the U.S. and joined the Confederacy. This whole cycle of change also affected the Reconstruction period afterwards which was a lot of anger and stubbornness from Texas. Reason being was due to the fact they had to pledge allegiance to the U.S. and adopt the Thirteenth and Fourteenth amendment which came with a fight against these new rules.Within these time frames, the main ideas of the two political parties had changed drastically through the years. There was a sense of confusion as politicians tried to find their place in the political world. Democrats seemed like they were republicans and vise versa. It was a cycle of finding the right party as well as finding the right people to represent them. Despite its trials and tribulations, Texas has found what they stood for, at least in the political sense.