Republicans vs Democrats - Finding Common Ground

I'd like to address the issue about how Democrats and Republicans are becoming so antagonistic towards each other, so widely separated by differences in ideologies, and their differing opinions about such things as health care, religion, immigrants, taxes, abortion, and a myriad of other controversial topics. It would seem that there is nothing the two warring parties can agree on.

It does not help the two bickering factions to find common ground, when they see our elected officials tearing into each other on a daily basis, either. Our elected officials in the White House are certainly giving a poor example of unity, respect for diversity, or tolerance for others' opinions!

I am not trying to be confrontational with anyone, though I have, in the past, voted as a Democrat, and I do believe that the strong among us must take care of the helpless via some form of social programs. I don't see this as a heavy burden. I probably agree with some traditionally "Republican" views like making government smaller, etc. But I don't agree with all. I don't see these differences in opinion, however, as reasons for hating each other.

I don't even want to discuss our political differences here, but would just only like to suggest that there is another way of looking at things. Instead of looking at everyone with a microscope searching for faults and differences, perhaps we should be embracing what we, as Americans, have in common.

It doesn't matter whatsoever if we are a "Republican", or a "Democrat", or a purple spotted Easter Bunny. We are all humans and Americans. And by now, we all know there is something very seriously wrong with things in our government and in our country.

We must not continue to allow political affiliations, nor opinions on tangential issues separate us. We are all Americans first! And we must start looking past our differences and beyond them, to our common interests and the preservation of our freedoms, which were fought for at such sacrifice by our ancestors. They never intended that their hard work should end up like it is.

Remember this:

Democrats also love God and Jesus, the American Flag, the Constitution, and Apple Pie just as much as Republicans do! Truly!

STOP LETTING PETTY THINGS SEPARATE US! WE ARE ALL AMERICANS AND OUR FREEDOMS ARE ALMOST ALL GONE NOW. WE NEED TO FIGHT FOR THEM TOGETHER!

I think we can all agree that the US Constitution is something well worth fighting for? Do we not all share that in common?

When we are all locked up in "detention centers" aka "residential facilities", it will no longer matter which political party we voted for. One is just as corrupt as the other. We will just be fellow humans in a world of hurt.

Think about it...

Now go read my hub: "Message to Law Enforcement Officials, Military, and Other Public Servants" here: http://hubpages.com/hub/Message-to-Law-Enforcement-Officers-and-Other-Public-Servants

Try to keep your mind open, and try to understand that we are not enemies, though our political affiliations might be different. Try to focus on what it all means to all of us as Americans, and think about how we can agree that our country is worth saving.

The principles set forth in our Freedom Documents brought our ancestors together to work for a common purpose 235 years ago, when they were oppressed, heavily taxed, and persecuted, because they were principles precious and sacred to all, regardless of their differences in opinions. The principles of freedom, justice, and liberty for all are still the shining summit of human aspiration today. If we focus on these principles, they will unite us again!

We are all in this together, and we will all face the same problems.

I will say here that I disagree with you guys on one thing, though. I do think that the stronger among us must look out for those who can not help themselves. And Health Care should be free for everybody.

But, you as well as I, know that we little guys are never going to change what they intend to do in Washington, and that they will roll right over top of us, regardless.

Having said that, we can agree to respectfully disagree on those secondary issues, but can we ALL agree that freedom and individual rights are worth the effort of respecting each other?

White flag?

Here is where we all need to be:

Protesting at the White House!
Protesting at the White House!
Here! Now, let's have some apple pie.
Here! Now, let's have some apple pie.

What do you think?

Can the Defense of the US Constitution Be the Force That Unites Republicans and Democrats?

  • Yes, it will work. Defending our Constitution & our rights is more important than our differences, and I'm willing to try
  • Impossible, Republicans and Democrats will never be able to work together
  • Not important to me and I don't care
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The Old Firm profile image

The Old Firm 6 years ago from Waikato/Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand

I Read what you said.

Not a Yank.

Got the same shit down here. (While "They" have us fighting amongst ourselves, "We" let ourselves be manipulated as they choose.)

Whatever the constitution we work under, regrettably the aim seems the same, to take away our freedom and ability to exist independently, thus making us a subservient ant colony.

Communism failed in Russia years ago for what may be a glaringly simple reason. - The western world has swung so far towards a two tier society (rulers, workers) that Communism was superseded, albeit surreptitiously, by a more restrictive regime.

Regards,

TOF


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

I just believe the two party system as this is is broken. These will keep half the country at the other half. I believe there are differences at the local levels but not at the top. I can see the failures after the elections. I am neither. I don't believe that the current administration will improve things that matter in my lifetime. However, I can clearly see that the opposition wishes to be in the white house next and will sabotage any and all efforts it can. I'm speaking of what I see in the present. It's inherent. The breaking down of our and any society is with the loss of the Golden Rule. Thanks


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ecoggins 6 years ago from Corona, California

I agree with Micky Dee that the two party system in America is broken. Whenever one side is in power,the other side does what they can to gridlock the system and blame the other party and regain power. It is a senseless vicious cycle. Moreover, what's up with secret votes called in the middle of the night (e.g. the Senate vote for healthcare)hoping that the members of the other party won't have enough members present to obstruct the proposed bill. (I'm a Republican for healthcare reform by the way but think holding votes in the middle of the night is ludicrous.)

The role of government is to create an atmosphere through which every citizen has the opportunity to thrive to their optimal potential. Government does not have to do it; it only needs to provide the infrastructure for it to happen.


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Contrarian 6 years ago

From my perspective, there is no "Right/Left" dichotomy. Both seem to be hand in hand, one with the other, politically at least.

Both have at their core the subversion of what little is left of our Constitutional Republic, and have no concern what so ever for the simple protection and maintenance of Liberty or freedom.

Without Law, there is no freedom. Without the Constitution, we are slaves.

Period.

Literally, we are now at the point where any other considerations pale, and our very lives are now in the balance.


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eovery 6 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

How can I side with and find common ground with a group of Liberals who want to take away human rights and want socialism. Bottom line they want bigger government to control everything. This is socialism. The Unites States of for two centuries have fought against socialism and communism. A to have a party that is, more or less pushing it. I can't and will not give into them. It is a slap in the face to every serviceman who fought in Korea dnd Vietnam to stop communism. It is slap in the face of past presidents, Kennedy through Reagan, who fought against it in a cold war.

It is a slap in the face for Christians. A lot liberals has abandoned God. They want to destroy Christianity.

And to know shun the fight and give into them, now. I REFUSE TO! For all decency, and for the love of my God and my Savior, I will not!


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yenajeon 6 years ago from California

Well, for the love of my God and Savior, I would find common ground. The bible talks about forgiveness even if you think the offender is wrong.

I loved the hub, and related to it as I am a staunch REPUBLICAN and my boyfriend is a very left wing LIBERAL.

We mutually agree to disagree on many topics and at the end of the day, we know unlike the person above, the bible does not imply that liberals or republicans should hate eachother.

eovery you make it sound like all Christians are republicans. My whole family is Liberal but very very pious Christians.


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MagicStarER 6 years ago from Western Kentucky Author

To The Old Firm, Micky Dee, ecoggins, and Contrarian:

I pretty much agree with everything you say. Both parties are controlled by corporate interests. It has been this way for many years. The foolish ones are the ones who insist on stubbornly following one or the other till death do them part. None of them represent the will of the people. They are all corrupt and using their offices, not for the benefit of the people, but for their own benefit, and to fulfill the purposes of their corporate master/owners. We Americans must stop quibbling about politics and start seeing each other as sisters and brothers.

To Eovery:

Your comment makes me very sad. You make it sound as if all our troubles belong to the current administration, when that is not true at all. Our government has eroded our rights bit by bit over the last 35 years, and it has been done equally by both parties.

The Patriot Act, Mitary Commissions Act, NSPD 51, illegal wiretapping, war crimes, torture, establishment of secret prisons, secret agencies, private military contractors, illegal wars based on lies, all these things - were put there by the Bush/Cheney Republican Administration!

These things are all still in place, and in some cases even strengthened, under the present democratic administration.

ALL administrations since Woodrow Wilson are working toward the same thing, and it is NOT Socialism. It is COMMUNISM!!!! Only nowadays it goes by a different name. That new name is "Global Government", "New World Order", or "One World Government". The agendas are Agenda 21, Habitat II, and Theosophic One World Religion.

Like many Americans, you are not aware of the forces behind our government. I hope that you will google some of the terms I used in the paragraph above and find out what I am talking about.

I am glad you are so dedicated in your beliefs. I only wish that you would be so fervent in defending our Freedom Documents, the Declaration of Independence, the US Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.

Stop hating so much. We were none of us born "Democrats" or "Republicans". But we are all born human beings. On this we can all agree. When one is not free, none are free. When one is abused, all are abused. Don't let your inflexibility get in the way of your compassion and your love for humanity.

I counter your comment by saying this: I would rather die than defend injustice, intolerance, hatred, and abuse.


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MagicStarER 6 years ago from Western Kentucky Author

To yenajeon: I agree with you. You have struck a chord with me, and I am sure with other Democrats (or Liberals) Most Democrats are Christians just like Republicans are. I don't know how it has happened to make two groups of God-fearing, justice-loving American Christians hate each other so much, when we are all the same.

Republicans talk about Democrats as if they are all atheists, socialists, baby-killing, welfare-collecting vermin. We are not. I have always voted Democratic. Until I found out what REALLY happened behind the scenes of the Clinton Administration. And the Republicans are just as ridiculously corrupt.

I don't belong in either crooked group. So now my political party is just HUMAN.


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eovery 6 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

Magicstar. I did not say the repubicans were right to. I stated what they are doing right, and I do not agree one bit with them. Everyone who supports this needs to go by-by. So I cannot find common ground with any. As you said each is stepping towards the new world order and communism is the flavor of it.

And for your info, I will take Bush back over this yahoo we have now.

Every time congress passes a law, we lose freedom and they spend more of our money. We would be much better off if congress took a year or two off.

Keep on hubbing!


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Wealthmadehealthy 6 years ago from Somewhere in the Lone Star State

My perspective is as always and is the TRUTH When people turned their backs on prayer, and turned their backs on the Ten Commandments, as our founding forefathers set up our Constitution based on Godly Principles, We erred. This is what people do not see and will not see. Look at all the ungodliness in marriages, the adulteries, the homosexuality, the lack of prayer and belief in our God who has made this nation great....yet all turned away...We have become a nation comparable to Sodom and Gomorah and have lusted after everything but God. It is Written what is happening now would happen if the people did not adhere to HIS COMMANDMENTS People have forgotten about why this country was founded as well....they are uneducated as to the fact that Christian people escaping from persecution formed us with Godly principles....those principles have been dashed to the ground.....truth....When/if the people turn their face back to Jesus and turn away from their lusts for money, power, improper sex, divorce without cause and all the other wrong things that are going on, it might change.....I am all for a better government. But we all have to stand together in the Lord FIRST!!!


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MagicStarER 6 years ago from Western Kentucky Author

I had to go cool down for a while before attempting to answer this.

First of all, let me clarify unequivocally that I am a child of God, and believe 100% that Jesus is my Savior and that we must observe the Ten Commandments. ALL TEN OF THEM!!! THIS INCLUDES THE FOURTH COMMANDMENT (Please remember what it is)

OK. Now, our country was NOT founded on religious principles. In fact, in 1797, the United States Senate ratified a treaty with Tripoli (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_of_Tripoli )that stated in Article 11, and started with this statement: "As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion;..."

The people who immigrated here from Europe were escaping from extreme fanatical religious persecution and unsupportable taxation.

Our US Constitution was written with particular attention to making a separation between Church and State. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Separation_of_church_...

Elected public servants were never again to be allowed to use religious rules to tyrannize the American People. Never again did the Founders of our Country want a repeat of the Spanish Inquisitions (Nor any of the other religious fanaticism like the Goa Inquisition, the Protestant Martyrs under Mary, the Expulsion of the Salzburgers from Austria, the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre, the Persecution of Huguenots by Catholics, the Drowning of Protestants in Ireland, the Execution of Mennonites in the Netherlands, Persecution of Jesuits in Great Britain, and the Massacres of Catholics in Ireland), nor any of the other religious persecutions enacted in Europe.

Though some of the co-signers of our Freedom Documents may have been religious, they understood the imperative nature of safeguarding not only Freedom of Religion, but of not allowing religious groups to dominate our government.

This is why we have Separation of Church and State written into our Constitution. Our country was NOT founded on religious principle, but on strictly secular principles.

Now, if religious groups or principles were permitted to run our government and dominate our law-making processes, which religion would we say should be in charge?????

We have a great many religions in this great United States.

We have catholics, lutherans, seventh day adventists, methodists, muslims, hindus, atheists, agnostics, mormons, presbyterians, pentecostals, quakers, mennonites, buddhists, jews, christian scientists, and hundreds of others. Each religious sect has its own set of rules and beliefs completely different from each other. Now, which one should be the one that decides everything for everyone else??? Which one is the one that The Creator ordained as the one true religion?

Should be all be forced to be catholics and pray to saints? Should everyone pray to Allah? Should everyone be obligated to be pentecostals who believe in the "Holy Laughter" movement and fall to the floor jerking and cackling like chickens and call it "the holy ghost"?

You see how problematic it gets?

OK, now, going back to that 4th Commandment. Are you observing it? Do you observe the Sabbath by keeping it holy? When is the Sabbath? Read your bible. It is on Saturday!!! This is the Sabbath Jesus observed, and we are to do as he did, and walk as he walked.

All you right-wing Christian nuts want to rale on about how "Christian" you are all the time. But God himself said that only those who keep his commandments and keep his Sabbath holy are his children, and that it is a special seal between God and his children.

So are you really a Christian? Or are you really the ANTI-CHRISTIAN???

Real Christians can be seen by their works. Love, mercy, compassion, forgiveness, tolerance, patience, and love for their brothers and sisters. Are you doing this when you say that we should not help those less fortunate?

Think about it...


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William F. Torpey 6 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

There will always be liberals and conservatives (Democrats and Republicans), MagicStarER, but never the twain shall meet. It's not the two-party system that's to blame, it's the intransigence of those who seek superiority over others, politically and financially. The difference lies in those who seek money and power and those who seek justice for all. The recent Supreme Court decision by five activist right wing justices is a perfect example of a world view that leaves irreconcilable differences between the right and the left.


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MagicStarER 6 years ago from Western Kentucky Author

Hi William! Glad you stopped in to read my humble hub! I am very much afraid that the rift has gone too deep, and as you say, the differences are now almost so deep as to be good vs. evil. Seems like the evil is expressing itself through politics. I wish I could do something to help people realize that it is "us against them". And should not be American People vs. American People. This is a trap, as "The Old Firm" explained in the first comment on this page. They are using us and dividing us. That way we are distracted from the real issues and not as likely to get together and rise up against them.


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lightning john 6 years ago from Florida

Thank you MagicStarER, for all your info once again. I think this country would be a much better place if more people showed the alruistic thinking as you do! Keep shining brightly!


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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

If the majority of Liberals believe as you do, in our Founding Documents, we can surely come together and find common ground. I have reason to doubt that they do, but your Hub makes me hopeful. Thank you.


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MagicStarER 5 years ago from Western Kentucky Author

It makes me very happy to hear you say this, James! See? It can be done!

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