“Conventional” wisdom over the years

The Wall Street Journal Online has an interesting timeline that links to the American Presidency Project and its documentation of major party platforms.

As the 2012 conventions approach, it’s worthwhile looking at some of the older platforms, some of them containing planks that were controversial at the time. By all means have a look at the Harding/Coolidge and Coolidge/Dawes Republican platforms of 1920 and 1924 – one item that was new to me was that the GOP in 1924 proposed the establishment of a cabinet-level department of education, perhaps ironically, one of the departments that today’s conservative Republicans would like to abolish.