The Real Difference Between Republicans and Democrats
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
- Are You a Republican?
- Are You a Democrat?
- The "Issues" are Red Herrings
- So ... Identify and Choose
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?