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The Democrat/Republican Divide for the Layman

In ultimately simplistic terms, the 2 parties are to differ in this way: Big Government vs. Small Government. Democratic Party aims for the first concept; Republican Party’s aim is the second.

Taken to their furthest extremes, the Democratic ideal leads to Socialism and the Republican ideal leads to a kind of Anarchy.

I’d like to broadly generalize it this way: The Republican class is the working class, while the Democratic class is the intellectual class. This is such a widely sweeping statement that it’s quite often a wrong assessment, but it’s a philosophy that we can observe in the daily operating world. Those that work to build wealth for themselves and their family end up being Republican, crying “stay away from my pot of gold, it’s mine!” while the more reflective and philosophical personalities believe in Democratic standards of helping the weak and running society as a collective. Democratic focus is less centered on ownership.

The first position exemplifies Anarchy, the second, Socialism.

How large should a nation be? In the U.S., we have four levels of hierarchical Government: Federal, State, County and City, each with its own evolving sets of jurisdiction. All the current Republican candidates for President believe in lowering the amount of power the Federal Government has, leaving many decisions in the hands of state legislatures.

Racially, minority groups traditionally lean toward Democrat because money and assistance comes from social aid programs and racial minorities are typically on the low end of the fiscally endowed spectrum in America.

Gays often lump themselves in with Democratic views because that party professes a more accepting social liberalism in contrast to the traditionally American views believed to come from fundamentalist Christian philosophy which is not accepting of homosexual lifestyles.

The Republican Party aligned itself, many years ago, with the Christian majority in a bold and decisive political move. They can now brag themselves up as the party offering classic family values. The exception to this generalization is the stance of minority groups, who do have a large number of Christian and religious adherents, but still side with the Democrats based on the party’s alignment with humanitarian aid programs for the materially oppressed.

Economically, the wealthy are Republican, desiring less restriction in material attainment.

The Urban/Rural divide sees Republicans in the country, Democrats in the city. This is largely race, finance and religion based.

One final issue to look at is War. The Republican Party is known more as the gun toting group less aligned with empathetic programs. They edge out as the group more supportive of Warlike policies of international engagement.

It is interesting to note that the term ‘Isolationist’ is currently in wide use against any politician wanting to pull out of wars across the world. It is as if military force is the only way to interact with the rest of the world.

Is war the only medium we can use for international communication?

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8 responses to “The Democrat/Republican Divide for the Layman

  1. neenergyobserver 01/09/2012 at 12:32 am

    I’ll have to disagree on some, here’s how I see it.

    “Those that work to build wealth for themselves and their family end up being Republican, crying “stay away from my pot of gold, it’s mine!” while the more reflective and philosophical personalities believe in Democratic standards of helping the weak and running society as a collective.”

    True, as stated, trouble is most people will remove the last three words. If you dig a little deeper, you will find that (within these overly broad generalizations) Republicans are far more generous with charity, most just don’t believe in using the power of the government to remove the money they earned to help a faceless group that could (and are) far more efficiently helped by private organizations.

    “The Republican Party aligned itself, many years ago, with the Christian majority in a bold and decisive political move.”

    The Republican Party (as well as the Democratic Party) were formed by the Christian Majority. In the case of the Republicans by the Abolitionists.

    “One final issue to look at is War. The Republican Party is known more as the gun toting group less aligned with empathetic programs. They edge out as the group more supportive of Warlike policies of international engagement.”

    Uh, no. Most Republicans like war less than Democrats, the difference is that Republicans have learned than when you are respected and/or feared, people will not mess with you as you go about your normal activities. They also recognize the difference in the world that American Exceptionalism has made in the lives of people worldwide.

    Thanks for your time.

  2. C Spencer 01/09/2012 at 1:18 am

    When I was a kid circa 1950’s the CEO’s tended to be Republicans and the worker bees tended to be Democrats. Has this changed? Can you give more support for your writing?

  3. C Spencer 01/09/2012 at 3:03 am

    “In 1828, Andrew Jackson was elected President. He was a new kind of politician who got support from many different kinds of people, especially poor and working people in the country, rather than just from rich people in the city. He changed his party’s name to the Democratic Party, because he believed in democracy. He is called the first President of the United States from the modern Democratic Party.

    The Democratic Party at that time stood on a platform that government should be limited. Many Democrats supported expansion, opposed the federal government interfering with state governments, and opposed a national bank, like Jackson did.”

    http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Democratic_Party

    This is only Wiki, but it seems to disagree with your first point.

  4. chadsorg 01/09/2012 at 3:27 am

    Ms. Spencer, no it has not changed. I wrote this from observation. I wrote this after researching Ron Paul and how he differs/confers with the Republican party. I’m disgusted by Obama and his betrayal of the American people. I’ve been talking with so many people about the current state of politics that some realizations have come to me, concerning the programming that the Governmental machine has instituted in our minds.
    I’m disgusted by the failure of this system and I fear further indoctrination of Slavery by this 2 party system that I prefer to call ‘theatre’.

  5. chadsorg 01/09/2012 at 3:30 am

    I wrote this after discovering what Fascism means:
    Fascism is this:
    1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism
    2. Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights
    3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause
    4. Supremacy of the Military
    5. Rampant Sexism
    6. Controlled Mass Media
    7. Obsession with National Security
    8. Religion and Government are Intertwined
    9. Corporate Power is Protected
    10. Labor Power is Suppressed
    11. Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts
    12. Obsession with Crime and Punishment
    13. Rampant Cronyism and Corruption
    14. Fraudulent Elections
    see the whole essay here:
    http://www.rense.com/general37/char.htm

  6. chadsorg 01/09/2012 at 3:36 am

    Cindi, Andrew Jackson was assassinated, I’m told, for trying to mess with America’s financial system, as was Lincoln and JFK. Now we have Ron Paul doing the same and I’m amazed that he’s so still alive, being so outspoken about the abolition of the Federal Reserve.

  7. chadsorg 01/09/2012 at 7:39 pm

    here’s an incredibly informative neutral article educating us more accurately of the party differences, currently, including views held by Libertarians:
    http://www.alternet.org/story/153692/why_ron_paul_challenges_liberals_to_come_up_with_real_solutions_on_finance_and_war

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