Democrats.org — the official webpage of the Democratic National Committee — and thus an arm of the continuing Obama campaign, has an “Our History” page. The first line on the page is this doozy:
“For more than 200 years, our party has led the fight for civil rights, health care, Social Security, workers’ rights, and women’s rights.”
There’s lots to say about that, but I’ll just give you a few quotations from the Democratic Party Platform of 1856:
all efforts of the abolitionists, or others, made to induce Congress to interfere with questions of slavery, or to take incipient steps in relation thereto, are calculated to lead to the most alarming and dangerous consequences; and that all such efforts have an inevitable tendency to diminish the happiness of the people and endanger the stability and permanency of the Union, and ought not to be countenanced by any friend of our political institutions.
That the Democratic party will resist all attempts at renewing, in Congress or out of it, the agitation of the slavery question under whatever shape or color the attempt may be made.