I’ve heard many and dramatic descriptions of what the differences of the current political parties in America are. Often times it seems people down-play difference in an effort for peace and understanding. This is a bit dangerous because it denies the truth of the situation and those who buy into it will eventually wake up one day and find their circumstances at odds with their moral core. The party in power may effect their life in ways they did not want, whether it is the party with whom they associate themselves or not. The truth will always prevail eventually. With this in mind, I’ve come up with the following definitions which I believe are broad enough to be applied universally to the two main parties in America today. Of course, individuals in each party will vary somewhat but these definitions would apply to them in their general beliefs.
1. Democrats love equality more then freedom. Republicans love freedom more than equality.
Evidence of the love for equality taken to the extreme can be found in many South American countries. An example: The legislature in Venezuela recently voted to give their president the power to rule by decree “for the next 18 months.” This is because they love his promises to make the rich poorer and the poor richer. The Democratic party’s love of equality, if taken to extremes could lead to dictatorship because freedom, by its very definition, allows that being free will inevitably lead to some inequality because of natural variation in God-given talents and abilities. The reverence for equality beyond equal opportunity goes against the natural state of the fallen world. Some people will be born beautiful and some will be born ugly; nothing will change that. Some will have a knack for accumulating wealth others will not. Some are naturally motivated and able to work hard and earn rewards, others will be lazy or unmotivated. It is only important that we not judge or label or artificially limit people because of their differences.
Of course, we are morally obligated, by our very natures, to take care of those who are unable to take care of themselves. We nearly all do this when we raise helpless children. But, this is a natural instinct and should not be regulated or controlled through artificial means by removing it from the individual and placing it in the hands of a man-made inhuman system such as the government. Most of us don’t want the government to raise our helpless children. It should not take away our right to help our neighbor in our own personal way.
2. Democrats see government as the answer to all of life’s problems. Republicans see government as the cause of all of life’s problems.
This definition is exaggerated to point out what the default or first reaction the two kinds of people have when introduced to a problem.
Democrats usually assume blame lies with others or no one and therefore the government should right the wrong by creating laws for protection or correction to deal with the problem. They believe it is wrong, or at least uncaring, not to use every available resource to fix the problem and that many more problems need to be discovered and healed.
Republicans usually assume the problem is the result of meddling by the government or some other unnatural influence, and the problem would correct itself if the improper influence is removed. That is, if the problem truly exists and is not made up or exaggerated to give the government more control in some other unforeseen area.
It all comes down to blame. To what degree are individuals, families and communities responsible for their own actions and the consequences thereof. There are cases or problems where the blame lies with no one or with an uncontrollable influence and it would be proper for society to step in and form or alter a government to correct the problem. There are many, many more cases where the undesirable influence or problem is the direct or indirect result of personal choices and it would be improper to use the rule of law and coercion to correct or shield the consequences of the action. Two wrongs never make a right.
3. Democrats want the government to wipe our butts for us. Republicans want the government to stay the hell away from our butts.
I like this definition simply because it illustrates the attitude of the two different parties. One wants to relieve all unpleasant experiences and the other is private and suspicious of others wanting to relieve them of the consequences of their own actions.