Usage of terms

Discussion in 'Politics' started by StefanM, Mar 5, 2008.

  1. StefanM

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    I have a question.

    Why do so many refer to the Democratic party as the "Democrat" party.

    I know there is the subtle dig of disrespect, but what does it really accomplish?
     
  2. Revmitchell

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    because it bugs them.
     
  3. Palatka51

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    Well, if Obama is the popular winner and the "super delegates" choose Clinton will they deserve the name "Democratic"? Even the name Democrat will have been a misnomer.
     
  4. StefanM

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    It bugs me because it's bad English. :D
    -StefanM, Republican
     
  5. EdSutton

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    A quick lesson in grammar and political history, and not intended as a subtle dig, at least by me:

    'Political "ID"' / Political party

    'Federalist' / Federalist Party

    'Whig' / Whig Party

    'Republican' / Republican Party

    'Democrat' / ______ Party

    (You fill in the blank.)

    The grammatical reason has to do with the fact that 'democratic' is an adjective, unlike the other terms, including "Democrat" that are both adjectives and proper nouns. There is no such thing as an individual who is a "Democratic".

    Is is actually perfectly permissible to describe the Democrat Party as a democratic party, BTW.
    One might also say that an example of a democratic party is the Democrat Party.

    Whether or not either is, or is not an accurate description and/or is, or is not defensible is another story entirely, but not one I am interested in for this discussion

    While a Political Party may style itself in any way it wants, I guess, this is an improper use of grammar. That is why I may refer to Democrat Party. Anyone else will have to speak for themselves.

    Ed
     
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  6. carpro

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    :thumbs: I agree with you.
     
  7. dragonfly

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    And we all know, that is what Jesus would do, right?
     

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