Monday, 22 February 2010
On this day...
The Republican Party opened with its first national meeting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1856. The GOP, or 'Grand Old Party', sits on the right of the American political spectrum and has boasted such presidents as Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Ronald Reegan and, latterly, the Bush family. Often considered strong on defence and international affairs, the party can be seen as advocating traditional values and of course, tax reduction.
Of course, as with many American companies, musicians and celebrities, writers are often allied with one of the two major political parties. Among the supposed Republican contributors are: Thriller writers Tom Clancy and Clive Cussler, crime author Patricia Cornwell and even teenage favourite Stephanie Meyer. Clancy in particular has donated vast sums of money and has even been mentioned in conjunction with office. On the other side of the aisle, horror writer Stephen King, blockbuster John Grisham and civil rights activist Maya Angelou are seen to be prominenet supporters. Yet whatever party, whichever political affiliation, American writers are some of the best in the world.