The paper will discuss the Republican Party platform of 1872, 1924, and 2008.
The political arena in the late 1800s was predominantly marked by constitutional amendments, slavery, quest for human rights, liberty, and peace. It seems that Republican Party was well aware of the importance of these important elements and indeed incorporated them in their party platform of 1872. The party advocated for obedience to the law, human rights, and restructuring of financial instruments. The party supported the amendments to the constitution, equality and liberty, world peace, and special consideration on civil service remunerations. Most significant in this Republican Party platform was the advocacy on principles of annual revenue, increase on legislation, honor to state security, negation of federal debt, and additional rights to women.
Considering the Republican Party platform of 1924, it is evident that most of the planks remained unchanged. However, some of the planks were changed perhaps reflecting the changing needs of the American society after a considerable period. For instance, the issues of finance and taxation, improvement of civil service, America’s financial status, and foreign relations among others characterized the 1924 party platform. It is worth noting that the rate of American Revolution between these periods was arguably slow as compared to what has been experienced in the 21st century.