Democrats or Republicans: The lesser of two evils?

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Introduction.

OPINION| Until politics become relevant, the average American pays little to no attention to politics. Political pundits who appear on networks like CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News, get paid to actively follow politics. However, the average American only pays attention when it's an election year. Some don't care or pay attention even then. Since many people choose to not do their own research on candidates, many develop a thinking that one political party is better than the other. Is this really the case when it comes to the two major political parties in America; Democrats and Republicans? Is one party really better than the other, or is choosing between the two the lesser of two evils? These are the questions I want to explore in this article, and hopefully I can receive feedback on it. Please continue reading.

Political stereotypes.

People who are interested in voting in elections, usually develop their political views from their environments while growing up. The general consensus among people is that Democrats tend to be for the poor, while Republicans tend to favor the rich. This way of thinking often stays with some people throughout their lives, even when they're old enough to think for themselves when it comes to these issues. There are other groups of individuals whose political thoughts and ideas change and develop with added knowledge, and growing with age. For some it's an ever-growing learning process with their minds constantly changing. Some people believe big government is a good thing, while others prefer to have little to no government in their lives. There will always be different views regarding politics, but there are always some facts that can't be denied. Lets explore a few facts regarding both parties.

Democrats and Republicans facts.

Regardless as to whether you prefer a Democrat or Republican in office, there are some facts we have to consider regarding politicians. First off, politicians are elected by the people right? Yes that is correct, but do they always do what is in the peoples best interest? Lets look at healthcare reform for example. There were many congressmen and congresswomen who went against what their constituents wanted in order to get President Obama's healthcare bill passed. Lets use former Michigan congressman, Bart Stupak as an example. Stupak, who is a Democrat, originally opposed the president's proposed healthcare bill. However, he had a change of heart at the last minute -- which lead to a compromise with the White House. Stupak's vote helped get the bill passed, but he paid a huge price for going against what many of his constituents wanted. He received a death threat following the passage of the bill, and decided not to run for re-election. It seems that both political parties are not willing to do what's in the best interest of the people they're working for. Last years budget battle is another example. It appears that neither Democrats or Republicans were willing to make the tough cuts to help lower the huge deficit the country is facing.

More facts, and are Third Parties needed?

There is another point to consider regarding Democrats and Republicans. Most of their campaign contributions come from big corporations, big banks, and lobbyist. Sure, many receive political donations from everyday citizens, but the bulk of their money comes from more well-funded sources. I'm a firm believer that when someone is putting huge dollars behind anything, then that person or corporation receiving the money must do what they say. Maybe this is why the big banks and mortgage companies received bailouts instead of the American people. I think that both parties are out of touch with the American people in general. It's beginning to show more and more than people are getting tired of both Democrats and Republicans. We're seeing proof of it right now in the Republican primary battle currently taking place. Voter turnout during this primary battle has been low in several states. The Illinois primary took place this past Tuesday, and was met with a disappointing turnout. Out of the 1,288,293 registered voters, only 308,063 showed up at the polls. Some may attribute this to a weak field of candidates, but many feel that nothing will change regardless of who ends up receiving the Republican nomination, or who ends up in the White House next. This in turn leads to people staying home instead of going to the polls. I personally believe that a legitimate Third Party is needed in the United States. Sure we have plenty of other political parties, but none of them are strong or organized enough to take on the established Democrat and Republican parties.

Conclusion.

So is choosing between a Democrat or Republican like choosing the lesser of two evils? As I've gotten older and become more aware of politics, I feel the answer is yes. However, like many other things in life, it depends on who you ask. Some people are extremely loyal to a certain candidate or political party. These people most likely are not going to change their way of thinking, and you must tread softly with your words regarding their preference. Politics often tends to bring out anger and heated debates from some people. I know people right now who are quick to get angry if you say anything negative about a candidate they support. This is totally fine in my opinion. At the end of the day, we live in a nation where we are allowed to think what we want. I just wish that more people would broaden their minds and do their own research. What do you think? I would love to see your feedback on this topic. Thanks for reading.

References:

http://www.dailyfinance.com/2010/10/13/the-10-biggest-corporate-campaign-contributors-in-u-s-politics/

http://chicago.gopride.com/entertainment/column/index.cfm/col/981

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Third_party_(United_States)

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2011/03/bart-stupak-a-year-after-health-care-getting-bitched-out-in-airports-how-the-deal-went-down-and-more/72938/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bart_Stupak

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cprice75 4 years ago from USA

Voted up. I agree that another party needs to threaten the status quo. I vote that way quite often as a protest.


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ib radmasters 4 years ago from Southern California

Prospect Boy

It has been the lesser of two evils for many decades, maybe longer.

Both the Democrats and the Republicans have had their turn at the steering wheel for the country and today we are here as a result of both parties.

There has been no forward motion for the country, it only steers left or right. The parties cancel each other out.

The voters need to be independent instead of loyal democrat or republican voters.

Row A or Row B is not the way to go for the country. The voters have to make their own menu, and pick the best regardless of which Row.


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American Romance 4 years ago from America

In all fairness the Democrats had over 40 years of total control in the congress. Republicans had it for less than 12 years. The Tea Party is now keeping Republicans honest and therefore we need to support the Republican party. We all want a third party but it will only keep Obama in office.


lovedoctor926 4 years ago

This is one of your strongest articles.. well-written. vote up useful. thanks for sharing.


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Kathleen Cochran 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

In all fairness, there have been seven Republican presidential terms in the past 40 years and only four Democratic presidential terms, so the blame more than balances out.


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ib radmasters 4 years ago from Southern California

Prospect Boy

The whole thing about which party is the lesser of two evils is a red herring. The real problem is that both parties cash in the votes of the loyal party members, and then they pander to the independents to win elections.

The problem is clearly the loyal party voter, and the solution is that everyone should go independent. That doesn't really change the candidates that the party's will offer to the country. But it will change the cashing in of votes.

The fact is that we couldn't have gotten to the pathetic condition of the country today if it wasn't for the loyal party voter, and the parties themselves.

We need a Congress that is an all star team across party lines. And the current loyalty voting hasn't worked ever.

Incumbents of both parties that have more than two terms should be re-elected solely on their record in office. The incumbents are also a big problem, as they are either ineffective, incompetent or corrupt, in any case they need to be shown the door.

Congress is not a sports team that requires blind loyalty, if it were a sports team it would have lost every game.

My opinion is that the 2012 election results won't be any different than that of the 2008 election. The players may change, but the losing streak for Congress and the country will continue until there is a paradigm shift away from party loyalty.

And I do believe that the democratic party over time has been more destructive to the country than the republicans, but the end result is still the same, FAILURE.

The Democrats gave us an Privacy Invasive and discriminatory Income Tax System, The now insolvent Social Security and Medicare Systems. But both parties took the same ride in these travesties to the country.

Now with SS and Medicare flowing red ink, why should we think Obamacare will not do the same damage?

Thanks


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ImKarn23 4 years ago

Politics is of great interest to me - you may know. I very much enjoyed this hub even if we aren't always 'on the same page' politically. As far as i'm concerned - i couldn't care less which 'party' got in - I'd just like to see somebody qualified and committed TO THE PEOPLE for a change. Personally, i believe the 2 party system has become an anchor tied to the future of the democracy - and it's bringing it to a complete halt if it's not dragging it under!


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prospectboy 4 years ago from Texas Author

Hey there ImKarn23. I definitely know that you are interested in politics. You write some great articles on political related topics that I enjoy reading. I agree with you. I don't care much who is in office as long as they are for the people. However, I just think there won't be someone like that since most of these candidates sell their souls to corporate interests. I also agree with you regarding the 2 party system. I just think it's a bad thing that every time an election comes around, there will be a Democrat or Republican in office, and no outside of those parties really has a chance. Thank a lot for your feedback. I didn't expect everyone to agree with me on this topic, but I appreciate you taking out the time to let me know what you think. :)


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prospectboy 4 years ago from Texas Author

Hello there. I see and understand your point and it's a valid one. However, I don't see how things can really change when it seems that both parties are doing the same exact thing. It's hard for me to even tell a difference between who is in office. That's just my two cents. I thank you very much for taking out the time to leave your feedback. It's much appreciated.


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prospectboy 4 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks a lot Doc. People like you inspire me so much.


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prospectboy 4 years ago from Texas Author

Hello sir. Thanks for your feedback. I'm not a Tea Party supporter, but I agree with some of their views, especially the idea of making an effort to bring down the deficits the country is running up. Between the current Republican candidates running for President now, I think Ron Paul is the only one who would bring real change. A lot of his ideology is consistent with the Tea Party. I just don't see it from Romney, Gingrich, or Santorum. At any rate I appreciate your feedback, and thank you for your opinion.


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prospectboy 4 years ago from Texas Author

Thank you very much sir. I'm with you 100 percent. I don't trust neither fully. I appreciate you reading and leaving your feedback.


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prospectboy 4 years ago from Texas Author

Hello there sir. Thanks for the vote up. Yes I do think we need a legitimate Third Party. I think someone who can threaten the status quo would help keep some of these Democrats and Republicans more honest. Thanks a lot for your feedback. I appreciate it much.


MattYunk 4 years ago

Go Republicans! I support them all the way. They are better, for America.


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ib radmasters 4 years ago from Southern California

Prospect Boy

I had trouble trying to figure out who you were responding to in the comments.

My fault.....


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prospectboy 4 years ago from Texas Author

Hello ib radmasters. I agree with you that it's been like this for the longest. I wasn't always that interested in politics. I always had that Democrats for the poor and Republican for the rich mentality since that's how I was brought up to believe. I also agree with you that the people need not be loyal to one specific party. Most American's are not independent thinkers. We pay attention to mainstream news and allow it to brainwash us. Thanks so much for reading and leaving your feedback.


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prospectboy 4 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks for your feedback.


noni 4 years ago

Interesting article. I think that a good reason why people are upset is because nothing gets done. Nothing gets done because the people elected to represent their constituents' interests do not do so. Our votes don't even work, depending on where you live. I think there is a case to do away with congress, submit our votes electronically, and have a true majority of the people decide something. Then theres no argument, pecause the Majority decided it.


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prospectboy 4 years ago from Texas Author

Hello there noni. Thank you so much for stopping by and reading. I think that you're correct that so many people are angry that nothing ever gets done. It seems like a cycle that has been going on for years now. Both Democrats and Republicans have been in charge of this country for decades upon decades, and we are still facing many of the same problems. I still vote mainly because I have a right to, but I just can't bring myself to get excited about voting for a Democrat or Republican anymore. Anyway, I thank you for your detailed reply. Good wishes to you :)


Xakousti 4 years ago

Yes, Lesser of Two Evils is Correct! You never know who to vote for and half the time we are so busy with our lives to pay attention to the "fine print' of these politicians interests. It seems we vote and then what they said doesn't happen & they blame Congress for not passing what they said and yada yada yada..Great Writing and thanks for this interesting Topic that could be neverending! LOL


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prospectboy 4 years ago from Texas Author

I'm with you all the way in your assessments X. Thank you so much for the continued support. I appreciate it a lot ma'am. See you on Twitter :)


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Annette Hendley 3 years ago from London, United Kingdom

I think this happens all over the world. Britain has the same problem. The Conservatives are regarded as the party for the rich and Labour for the poor, but at the end of the day none of them really care about anything but themselves.


Alec Hendley 3 years ago

In America Barak Obama spent millions of taxpayers dollars flying to & fro across America in the presidential Boeing telling a gullible quasi American public what they wanted to hear, the other contender had to pay his own way.

In South Africa Jacob Zuma gave his private mansion a 200 million ZA Rands upgrade at the expense of the South African tax payers. This in the face of extreme poverty in his home area & a health clinic he broke down so he could have the room to expand his huge property.

Both parties are into their 2nd terms in office and in their 5 year terms have not delivered on their previous promises, yet both parties have lived a lavish lifestyles at the common taxpayer's expense. These are therefore obviously two very evil men with absolutely no consciences, but hailed in their particular countries as heroes. Such is the foolishness of "Democracy", since there are more gullible fools than sensible people in every county you will always end up with leaders whose only real skill is stirring up sentiments rather than any major management capability.

Both parties reigns will come to an end in 5 years time. Whilst currently there seems to be very little chance of Jacob Zuma running for USA presidency Barak Obama already has enough admirers in RSA to encourage him to run for office - after all he couldn't be too much worse than Jacob Zuma.

Barak come home - the continent can find place for one more failure to spend his days in unwarranted luxury.

WHY ON EARTH HAS NO ONE PERSUADED CONDELEEZA RICE TO RUN FOR THE AMERICAN PRESIDENCY? NOW THERE IS A PERSON OF COURAGE, CHARACTER, CAPABILITY & GREAT MORALS!! SHE IS WHAT AMERICA NEEDS TO REBUILD A GREAT NATION.


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prospectboy 3 years ago from Texas Author

@Annette Hendley, Thanks for stopping by. Great to know what it's like for you on your side of the world as well. I guess it really does go on mostly everywhere. Thanks again.


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prospectboy 3 years ago from Texas Author

@Alec Hendley, Thanks a lot for your detailed response. I agree with you regarding President Obama, and the millions of dollars he's spent taking trips etc. However, I personally don't feel that Condoleeza Rice would be any better. Both the Democrat and Republican parties are full of corruption, and controlled by corporate interests. She is apart of that game as well, so she isn't an exception. Thanks again for your response.


Sanxuary 3 years ago

It is no longer about what party but what party is going to Represent you. I am amazed by the number of people who vote regardless of the penalties they are inflicting on themselves. In the end, the two currently finance corporate parties are representing no one.


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prospectboy 3 years ago from Texas Author

@Sanxuary, I agree with you. I think you're spot on in your comments. Thank you for your feedback.


Sanxuary 2 years ago

I was brain storming and it occurred to me. There is a way to actually change the current system. We are currently a Republic but what if we wanted to be a Democracy? What would it take? A demand for fair elections that limits the amount of money a single person can contribute. A better election process and one where you have to be elected by the money raised by people who live in your state. What would we have to do to get an ordinary person elected in this country? What would we have to do to actually get an idea past our so called Representatives and what would it take to actually get a vote on key issues. Did anyone vote for mandatory Health Care? I doubt that 9 out of 10 people even care about the 9 out of 10 things we are told are issues on television. My point is that we never have to win a single election, the pressure of a third party or a voice demanding something new in the form of Democracy could be powerful enough. The question is, what can the people do to be heard at all. Can you get louder then the money and all the people they owe to be elected? Why are there only two parties in this country? I am pretty tired of electing failures. When I hear Political donation, I laugh. Do you really think the average money of average people will ever be spent on what you need for change in this country?

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