i have never thought about it much, but i'm trying to determine wich i would fall under. what are the basic beliefs of each party?
cut and dry.. the bassic rule of both parties is as such..
Republican- small fed governments, more state control, fed is only a guiding body not the dictating body. Lower taxes, usually on small buisnesses and upper class to allow money to be pumped in to the markets... usually tighter in national security, larger budgest for military Keeping rights and ways of peoples religions recognized in public etc.
Dems- Fed Governemt with more control over states. Higher taxes to fit the need to wipe away government debt. The wish to take realigon out of the public sector... more spending on government programs to pay for those thing that people either cant or have no wish to pay for themselves... those are just basics ..
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- Massive defense budgets.
- Likes to hand out bailout money and subsidies to corporations. It is the equivalent to welfare of the Republican Party.
- Cohesive strategy that extends across all levels of Governments, and extends to all branches of the Government.
- Believes in outsourcing as a solution to rising costs of living
- Less taxes but increases Government spending simultaneously. This is done by borrowing money from other countries.
- President is usually an Authoritarian figure that tries to keep tight reigns on everything from its own party to the public at large.
- Often the Authoritarianism extends to worldwide affairs. For the President and the GOP, you're either with America or against it. Neutrality doesn't exist.
- Believes in Creationism and Intelligent Design over Evolution.
- Believes in religious dogma and Christian principles.
- In short, its pretty much a free-for-all party for the majority of the citizens while some (the rich), get spared.
There you go.
- A large but generally laissez-faire Government. Usually muddled in bureaucracy, which impairs its effectiveness
- Smaller defense budget
- Believes in welfare, WIC, and other social programs meant to support the poor.
- Varying opinions of people from all different levels of income and background stories. In my opinion, this party most accurately represents the American public in its composition.
- Believes in raising taxes for the rich and sealing up loopholes that allow the rich to operate tax-free or with minimal taxation.
- Does not believe in a completely free market.
- Believes in Evolution instead of Intelligent Design.
- Believes in secular societies as opposed to a religious theocracy.
- President usually is a moderate to weak leader, depending on the strengths of their programs and the lower levels of the DNC to strengthen the party. In a way, the President is little more than a figurehead.
- Does not believe in a black and white depiction of the world regarding America. Often tries to establish friendly relations with other nations, instead of the arms-crossed stance.
That's pretty good. I would like to add that Republicans like to base their laws on Christianity, not that they just believe in it. And that Democrats believe in Scienctific Evidence and reasoning over Creationism (as opposed to "Evolution") and other Religous views.Originally Posted by The Experiment
While you're at it primal, check out what Libertarians believe---much closer to what the Founding Fathers envisioned in terms of breaking away from an overbearing and intrusive government (British monarchy in this case).
Unfortunately, the practical application of Libertarianism in modern society gets pretty crazy. As well, although the theory/philosophy is sound IMO, the modern Libertarian party is a mess, and insignificant in terms of competing with the big 2.
There is no real difference between the parties.
It may look like there are differences in the parties, but that is just for show. If you factor out the far-left and far-right kooks(feinstein to santorum). They are usually fairly similar. About a dime's worth of difference.
The line between conservative and liberal has been blurred out along the years.
Textbook meaning of conservative means, small government, limited role of government in your life, and greater individual independence and responsiblity.
Liberalism would be more government regulation, more federal law, more programs for lower-class families, and higher taxes.
Over the last few years political parties have picked and chosen what they want, and there is no more liberal or conservative in the textbook sense.
You think I'm crazy don't you?
Here are some examples if the gov was truly full on conservative there would be no drug laws,no laws opposing abortion, no social security, zero state aid, and no public schools.
Why? These would fall under the category of personal responsibilty and independence.
A true liberal gov would be a socialist party.
Now we have a president who claims to be a conservative and has spent more than any president in history.
I'm not a republican or a democrat,
I vote for who I think will do a better job. So far Ive voted for Bill Clinton(I was going to vote for Perot, but he lost his mind mid-campaign)twice, Al Gore, and John Kerry. Not because they were the best available candidate. I wanted to vote for John McCain. But his own party sold him out to bring in G.W. Bush(My guess is that he would be an easily manipulated puppet, let's be honest Cheney is actually running the show).
They did this with ads and polls engineered by Karl Rove. The same guy behind those "swift boat" ads against Kerry which were incidently false.
Now, I'm going to sound really crazy.
Think about this scenario, our country is actually ran by a shadow government all the politicians you see are just acting. They give us an image of two seperate parties to keep opur eyes off the ball long enough for them to do whatever the hell they want.
And us? We are nothing more than peasants supporting the kings of our society.
It's just two puppets and one puppetmaster.
And we're just subjects.
What would our founding fathers think about America today?
I think they would probably vomit.
P.S. Read "1984" By George Orwell, it really opened my eyes.