Definition of “Democrat”

Thursday, September 20th, 2007 11:06 am by Neal

Neal Boortz has a definition for Democrat that, in its contemporary accuracy, demonstrates how well the meaning of the word has held up over the centuries. This etymology of Democrat is from a book on our Founding Fathers by an renowned historian.

Joseph J. Ellis wrote a book called “Founding Brothers, The Revolutionary Generation.” I ordered my copy this morning. One of the reviews for this book says “This book is really unique in that it gives a really interesting perspective not only on the men [our founding fathers] , but the dynamic between them.”

Now in that book by this renowned historian you will find some tasty information on the origination of the word “democrat.” Many times I’ve told you that our founding fathers were none too fond of the idea of democracy, or, as they viewed it, mob rule.

Here it is:

“… the term “democrat” originated as an epithet and referred to ‘one who panders to the crude and mindless whims of the masses.'”


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