In the US Primary Elections what we've got is basically four candidates for the Office of President. Two are hoping to lead the Republican Party, two are hoping to lead the Democratic Party, and I'm quite sure that like most people who enter politics all four are just a little bit nuts. Oddly the Democratic Party has it's origins in the Democratic-Republican Party which was Thomas Jefferson's brain child. Jefferson was a Founding Father, no girls involved, he was the Second Us Vice President and to give you an idea of him in his long political career he was a US representative in Paris during the Storming of the Bastille, he was a slave owner from Virginia and in the Preamble to the Declaration of Independence Jefferson wrote "All men are created equal."
The Republican Party, The Party of Lincoln, was founded primarily by
Northerners, pissed off members of the Democratic-Republican Party, Whig type
business liberals, anti-slavery activists and what were called Free-Soilers who
in many ways as I understand it, where kind of Dignity of Labor people rather
than great admirers of Capital. Free Soilers reckoned slavery was inefficient
and therefore wrong. Free Soilers had much to do with the post civil war
Homestead Act, which was designed to grant land to people at little or no cost
and so long as they hadn't taken up arms against the US Government, anyone was
eligible including women, black people and immigrants. Never really accepted the
US Exceptionalism argument, but I do know what a Carousel is.