The quote below shows the platform of the Democratic Party a little over a century ago. That party certainly has changed. Of course the Republicans have also changed, assuming the Fascist role while the Democrats have assumed the Socialist one.
And, both parties now stand opposite of Freedom and Liberty; fighting amongst themselves over the coercive powers of taxation, regulation, and control. Jim Fedako
We are opposed to state interference with parental rights and rights of conscience in the education of children as an infringement of the fundamental Democratic doctrine that the largest individual liberty consistent with the rights of others insures the highest type of American citizenship and the best government.
— Democratic National Platform