The Real Difference Between Republicans and Democrats

David Reinstein,LCSW By David Reinstein,LCSW, 7th Mar 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3-ynehoq/
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Save yourself the hours of reading books about the differences between Democrats and Republicans. A few brief paragraphs pretty much sum it up. The key difference has less to do with any specific issue than it does with one seminal notion.

Commentary: Taking a Close Look

With all the rhetoric coming from the Republican presidential contenders as well as from the White House on a range of topics running the entire gamut (both spoken and unspoken) from the sublimely imperative to the ridiculously asinine, it is easy to lose track of the singular underlying difference in the core beliefs of these two major American political parties.

While there are always specific issues that SEEM to draw the attention and APPEAR to discriminate between the essential beliefs of the two major American political parties, there is, essentially, one core aspect that clearly separates the Republicans and Democrats of the United States.

It is the alliance or disagreement with this one seminal concept that defines each voter as being, in their heart of hearts, either a Republican or a Democrat.

Are You a Republican?

Simply out, Republicans believe that less government is better government. It is not that Republicans deny ANY role for or necessity for government. The believe though that less of it is always an improvement.

Modern Republicans believe, as corollaries to this seminal idea that people should keep and decide how to spend their own money rather than turning it over to the Government as taxes and that private industry should be deregulated. They are convinced that left to their own devices, successful capitalists they will do the right thing. They will make money and this money will 'trickle down' and create both good jobs and overall prosperity in our land.

In this limited pantheon of Republican theology, the ubiquitous presence and power of human avarice and greed is categorically denied as having any determining influence.

The Democrats are seen as being unbelievable naive and selfishly dependent upon an ever-expanding and overflowing degree of governmental management.

Are You a Democrat?

The Democrats, on the other hand, believe that business needs to be regulated by government. They believe this because they don't think it likely that proprietary business, by definition, will appropriately self-regulate in a way that will benefit the populace at large. Democrats believe that greed destroys and that deregulation invites and nurtures it.

Therefore, they feel that more money paid in taxes will allow the Government to provide for the needs of people and take care of the things in society that seem to need taking care of - like regulating big business.

They deny (or at least have trouble seeing) that there may be something self-serving about their point of view and cling tightly to the idea that the Republicans are far from being "Right". From the Democratic point of view, they are clearly and always "Wrong."

The "Issues" are Red Herrings

Within each party, there are always both conservatives and liberals. Pro-life and pro-choice people; Pro and anti-war believers; Religious and secular people. The specific issues are not what align them most fundamentally with either party.

It is their view of the necessary role of Government to assure the ongoing well-being of the majority of our people over time. The specific issues, though compelling in rhetoric, are (more often than not) red herrings.

So ... Identify and Choose

There you have it.

Oversimplified? I suppose so, but that is probably the core difference in a nutshell.

So, decide for yourself. Does your experience in this life and in this country of ours support either point of view more than it does the other?

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
7th Mar 2012 (#)

Maybe oversimplified but it showed some powerful images about the differences between the two.

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author avatar David Reinstein,LCSW
7th Mar 2012 (#)

ABSOLUTELY oversimplified, Peter. What is there about the circus we call 'politics' that isn't? :-}

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author avatar Han Van Meegerin
7th Mar 2012 (#)

Short, but sweet.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
7th Mar 2012 (#)

Perfectly explained David..it gave a clear look at the aims of each party.
However I have heard that the IRS is just an adjunct of a powerful conclave of very rich people and that is where are money goes. The same goes for the FederalReserveBank...who knows. I just wish it could be done by caring and not his constant bickering that leads to nothing but anger and all its followers.
Do you remember years ago when the Mafia decided to go legit...this I think is when they moved into many businesses, banks, food, trucking etc. and still the same things go on but now it is Legit...

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author avatar David Reinstein,LCSW
7th Mar 2012 (#)

Maybe that's the third party people are wanting... The Mafioso Party!

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author avatar Funom Makama
8th Mar 2012 (#)

great work and a wonderful piece!

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
8th Mar 2012 (#)

David, you have reduced it all to the core essence - a great service to have performed. Many thanks. Wonderful job!

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
8th Mar 2012 (#)

Where is the core essence of a corrupt system? What happened to it in 1790s France and 1920s Russia? The anti-Government movement effectively eradicated the corrupt ones. How can we make predictions when the whole system is corrupt?
Onward Occupy!

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author avatar ittech
8th Mar 2012 (#)

Powerful as always ...

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author avatar Tony Barnes
8th Mar 2012 (#)

Very well balanced objective article.

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
8th Mar 2012 (#)

For us outsiders, we feel democrats are better. I love only one American President, Mr. Jimmy Carter. To me he is the best President, if you consider in the macro context.

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author avatar David Reinstein,LCSW
8th Mar 2012 (#)

Mr. Carter was certainly among the most honest people who ever held the office!

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author avatar Buzz
8th Mar 2012 (#)

Can't say much, David, but I agree with Rezaul. I'm pro-democrats too.

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author avatar Tony Barnes
8th Mar 2012 (#)

I agree Carter was very honest...George W. Bush is a man of integrity as well. Not sure how you can consider Carter the best president on any level when he failed on so many fronts to provide leadership.

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author avatar David Reinstein,LCSW
8th Mar 2012 (#)

Tony,
I would never argue that he was the 'best', only among the most honest. As for George W, I could not disagree more. In retrospect, I liked his father a lot more than I realized at the time. No accounting for opinions when they differ, huh?

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author avatar Tony Barnes
8th Mar 2012 (#)

Why do you disagree about George W. There is no evidence he was lying...was he wrong...yes. But, I am not a liar everytime I am wrong about someone. Can you name me one dictator other than Sadaam who once they have had WMD and used them...has suddenly gotten rid of the capability? You can't...because it has never happened before Iraq. You can't just go off of the media hype. The 'Bush lied' mantra is a myth indeed.

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author avatar Tony Barnes
8th Mar 2012 (#)

And, David...it was Md Rezaul Karim who posted above you that said Carter was the best.

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author avatar David Reinstein,LCSW
10th Mar 2012 (#)

I sent Tony a personal note. In general, my experience is that what a person believes is never changed by debate or argument. Somehow, the task is to respect each other's point of view without succumbing to the temptation to try to alter them.

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author avatar Tony Barnes
10th Mar 2012 (#)

And I responded to David's personal note regarding how evidence needs to be considered. To be true to truth...evidence has to be weighed higher than 'points of view'.

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author avatar Kathleen Chevalier
11th Mar 2012 (#)

In response to David's statement, " are convinced that left to their own devices, successful capitalists they will do the right thing." May I respond, that is not true. Conservatives believe in the doctrine of Original Sin and there is only 3 things that keep people from exploiting others: the first is accountability; the second is accountability and the third is ACCOUNTABILITY. Government and a free, ethical press are needed to keep people honest. And the people need to work hard to keep the government and press honest.

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author avatar Kathleen Chevalier
11th Mar 2012 (#)

In my comment above I replaced the word "They" with "Conservatives" for clarity. I used brackets to denote the replacement. The program just dropped the word entirely.

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author avatar David Reinstein,LCSW
13th Mar 2012 (#)

If 'accountability' is win, place and show in the pantheon of Conservative Republican values, that does not seem to square well with the continued push toward de-regulation.

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author avatar Madan G Singh
20th Mar 2012 (#)

Its a wonderful post David. Great info

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