Since there are a lot of smart people on Macrumors I'll try asking this. During the Civil War period in this country, it seems that the Republican Party was THE party to be in looking from our modern perspective. The party of Lincoln. So, what the hec happened to it??? How did it become so infested with these greedy sneaking greaseballs? I mean, Republicans abolished slavery for God sakes. I know politicians are greaseballs by nature but man alive. I can only surmise that it happened during the Political Machine and Boss Tweed period during the Industrial Revolution. Money and Power. Somehow some way that's when the party lost its soul. I'll look further into this. Any discourse is welcome.