Republican beliefs as represented by the following sentiments of the Rev. William J. H. Boetcker over 100 years ago:
You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot help the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by encouraging class hatred. You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than you earn. You cannot build character and courage by taking away man's initiative and independence. You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.
Note that these sentiments were repeated by Ronald Reagan as representative of the ideals of the Republican Party. Reagan incorrectly attributed them to Abraham Lincoln. However, despite their not being Lincoln's, they are consistent with Abraham Lincoln's beliefs.
Until recently, Thomas Jefferson was considered the father of the Democrat Party. But as has become abundantly clear (see Notes below), over the past 50 years the Democrat Party has moved far away from Jeffersonian beliefs to those of Karl Marx, which can be summarized quite neatly in Marx's most famous belief:
From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.
Notes: Thomas Jefferson quotations that disqualify him as the "father" of today's Democrat Party:
A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned - this is the sum of good government.
Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition.
Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.
I do not take a single newspaper, nor read one a month, and I feel myself infinitely the happier for it.
I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.
I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than those attending too small a degree of it.
If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.
When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.
There are many other Jefferson quotations that would similarly disqualify him as a modern Democrat.
Welcome to the Republican Party, Thomas Jeffereson. You can take a seat next to JFK.
Biography - Bob Webster
Bob Webster, a 12th-generation descendent of both the Darte family (Connecticut, 1630s) and the Webster family (Massachusetts, 1630s) is a descendant of Daniel Webster's father, Revolutionary War patriot Ebenezer Webster, who served with General Washington. Bob has always had a strong interest in early American history, our Constitution, U.S. politics, and law. Politically he is a constitutional republican with objectivist and libertarian roots. He has faith in the ultimate triumph of truth and reason over deception and emotion. He is a strong believer in our Constitution as written and views the abandonment of constitutional restraint by the regressive Progressive movement as a great danger to our Republic. His favorite novel is Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand and believes it should be required reading for all high school students so they can appreciate the cost of tolerating the growth of unconstitutional crushingly powerful central government. He strongly believes, as our Constitution enshrines, that the interests of the individual should be held superior to the interests of the state.
A lifelong interest in meteorology and climatology spurred his strong interest in science. Bob earned his degree in Mathematics at Virginia Tech, graduating in 1964.