After the Civil War, the party dominated in the South due to its opposition to civil and political rights for African Americans. Though the U. The Federalists, including George Washington , John Adams and Alexander Hamilton , favored a strong central government and a national banking system, masterminded by Hamilton. But in , supporters of Thomas Jefferson and James Madison , who favored decentralized, limited government, formed an opposition faction that would become known as the Democratic-Republicans.
Liberal Democratic Party (Japan)
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In the middle ground between the dominant Labour Party and Conservative Party , the Liberal Democrats occupy a centre-left libertarian position. The Liberals became a recognizable political party in the midth century. Dedicated to the extension of civil rights and social welfare, they were the principal opposition to the Conservative Party until the rise of Labour in the early 20th century. Almost from the very founding of the SDP, the Liberals and Social Democrats were allied with each other, presenting themselves as the alternative to a polarizing choice between radical Labourites and Conservatives. The Alliance gained 23 percent of the vote in but still suffered from the electoral system and widespread criticism that it lacked a coherent identity and program and an effective leadership. On March 3, , the two parties formally merged as the Social and Liberal Democratic Party, and in the party adopted the present name. Paddy Ashdown, a former Liberal and a member of Parliament for Yeovil Somerset , was elected the first leader of the new party in July
Liberal Democratic Party of Germany
Pan-European liberalism has a long history dating back to the foundation of Liberal International in April It evolved into the European Liberal Democrat and Reform Party ELDR Party in , when it was founded as an official European party under that name and incorporated under Belgian law at an extraordinary Congress in Brussels, held on 30 April the day before the enlargement of the European Union. On 10 November , the ELDR Party adopted the name of the alliance between the two parties, to match the parliamentary group and the alliance. Executive Vice President.
The history of the party dates back to 16 June , when a Berlin-based group led by Waldemar Koch and his father-in-law Eugen Schiffer took the initiative in refounding the Weimar-era German Democratic Party. Among the new anti-fascist parties, Liberal Democratic Party was the most anti-communist at the time. Arthur Lieutenant, the spokesman of LDP on the matter, declared that under those circumstances and concerning reproaches laid against East German liberals, any co-operation had been made impossible.