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Wednesday, September 3, 2008

The Democratic Donkey and Republican Elephant

Ever wondered what the story was behind these two famous party animals? According to this web site, The now-famous Democratic donkey
was first associated with Democrat Andrew Jackson's 1828 presidential campaign. His opponents called him a jackass (a donkey), and Jackson decided to use the image of the strong-willed animal on his campaign posters. Later, cartoonist Thomas Nast used the Democratic donkey in newspaper cartoons and made the symbol famous.

Nast invented another famous symbol—the Republican elephant.

In a cartoon that appeared in Harper's Weekly in 1874, Nast drew a donkey clothed in lion's skin, scaring away all the animals at the zoo. One of those animals, the elephant, was labeled “The Republican Vote.” That's all it took for the elephant to become associated with the Republican Party.
Democrats today say the donkey is smart and brave, while Republicans say the elephant is strong and dignified.
I don't know if there are symbols for politicians in Canada and other countries but these are sure well recognized here in the USA.
Here's my advice.............Pay attention and listen....then VOTE your choice, and then.........shut up and be the best grateful American you can........millions of people around the world would love to have this privilege, don't forget it.


Lady Di Tn said...

Amen. I will drink to that. I have never been fond of Kid Rock but since he made the statement that all celebratives shut up and just vote I think I have changed my opinion of that weird looking man. Peace

JeanMac said...

Thanks! Learned something today - and yes, in USA and Canada, just vote!!! Not everyone has the privilege.

dabrah said...

Elephants and donkeys as symbols of political parties is a new concept for me. I really had never heard of that before, but it's quite interesting.

Granny Annie said...

Thanks again. We can always count on you for interesting tidbits of information:-)