Democratic Party supporter and legal professional Kelly Hyman shares a brief history of the U.S. political organization.
One of the two major contemporary U.S. political parties, the Democratic Party was founded around 1828, today making it the world’s oldest active political party. A staunch advocate for social justice, voting rights, and the Democratic Party, attorney Kelly Hyman takes a brief look back at the history of the organization.
“Founded in the late 1820s by supporters of Andrew Jackson, an American soldier and statesman who served as the seventh president of the United States until 1837, the Democratic Party has changed considerably in the years since,” explains Hyman, a Colorado-based attorney who regularly provides legal analysis for shows such as Fox News, and Fox and Friends.
From a dominant initial worldview centered chiefly around social conservatism and economic liberalism before later switching to promote a more social liberal platform and supporting social justice, well into the 20th century, the Democratic Party still boasted many highly conservative views and agendas, according to Hyman.
It was not, in fact, she says, until the 1960s and 1970s that the modern Democratic Party known today began to fully emerge. “Today, Democratic Party supporters are heavily comprised of those living in metropolitan areas and the suburbs, women, millennials, college graduates, and ethnic, sexual, and gender minorities,” Hyman explains.
The modern Democratic Party’s philosophy of liberalism also advocates economic and social equality, along with the so-called welfare state. “The party seeks,” says Hyman, “to provide not just government intervention and regulation in the economy, but also to promote policies centered around the likes of environmental protection, support for labor unions, social programs, affordable college tuition, and universal health care.”
An advocate for voting rights and female empowerment, Hyman goes on to point out that the Democratic Party further works to promote equal opportunities and consumer protection. “Also forming a large part of the core of the party’s policies are stricter gun laws, campaign finance reform, police and immigration reform, LGBT rights, same-sex marriage, and the legalization of marijuana,” reveals the attorney.
Since the party’s inception almost two centuries ago, fifteen Democrats have served as president of the United States. “The first,” says Hyman, “was President Andrew Jackson, while the most recent was President Barack Obama, who held office from 2009 to 2017.”
Subsequently, and following the 2018 midterm elections, the Democrats went on to hold a majority in the House of Representatives and the mayoralty of numerous major American cities. “As of May 2019,” adds Hyman, wrapping up, “four of the nine sitting justices of the Supreme Court have been appointed by Democratic presidents.”
A graduate of UCLA and the University of Florida College of Law, Kelly Hyman is an attorney at Denver, Colorado-based Franklin D. Azar & Associates focused on class action lawsuits and mass tort litigation. A staunch advocate for social justice and women’s rights whose other interests include the law, current events, voting rights, and female empowerment, she is happily married to federal judge Paul G. Hyman, Jr.