What is wrong with the Republican Party is what has always been wrong with the Republican Party, even when they were Federalists, National Republicans, and Whigs. They are the weak party in a two-party system of political corruption. The thing that makes the Democratic Party the strong party is a Supreme Court decision made in 1803, Marbury v. Madison, which made the judicial branch of government stronger with regard to legislation than Congress. Marbury v. Madison gave the Supreme Court the power to impose slavery on the United States right up until the Confederate army started firing on Ft. Sumter. The Civil War gave Lincoln the opportunity to re-assert the power of the executive and legislative branches, one time in 200 years.