What Do Democrats Believe? Things They Stand For
I have already written an article on Republicans. Of course, it's similar to this one. Obviously, it focuses on Republicans.
Generalizing is a hard because there are exceptions. However, I think there are things that most Democrats believe, though I am not trying to define everyone. Like Republicans, individual Democrats can and will deviate from these core ideas. Still, it's true that most Democrats believe the things below. I'm describing the average Democrat. What do most Democrats stand for? What does the party stand for? If you combine the beliefs of all Democrats, what would that belief system look like?
Keep in mind that, as a group, Democrats support progress. They believe in change. Change is good. Republicans tend to want to keep things the way they are. Also, for the purposes of this article, I will refer to Democrats as the Left and Republicans as the Right. As in left-wing and right-wing.
Please feel free to disagree or qualify anything that I write. Civil debate is important. I welcome all comments in the comments section.
Having said that, here's what Democrats believe.
Let's Look at Some Things Most Democrats Believe
Government Should Help People
It is the role of government to help people. And it should help to solve problems. While Democrats, like Republicans, are capitalists, everyone believe in the free market. Their disagreements are over degree. How much government regulation is okay? The Left clearly believes that government should play a larger role in our lives. Among those roles are regulating business and protecting consumers. Government should also help people with poverty. Basically, the Left favors more government. The Right favors less government.
John Maynard Keynes is a Good Guy
John Maynard Keynes was a 20th century economist. Most Democratic economic theory derives from his ideas. Keynes put forth the idea that supports a government role in regulating the business cycle. For instance, Keynes believed in the idea of stimulus funds as a solution for recession. Traditionally, deficits don't bother the Left. Spending money is fine if it produces growth. Growth pays for itself. Although the Right often accuses the Left of uncontrolled spending, both sides have created much debt. They argue over the kind of debt. The Left prefers welfare debt. The Right prefers military debt. That's one example.
Science Trumps Religion
In their roles as influencers, Democrats believe that science should determine most decision-making. Certainly, Democrats are religious in numbers similar to Republicans, but Republicans have a more fundamentalist outlook. The Right relies on religion more than the Left. When the Left makes decisions about policy, they are more likely to follow science.
The recent pandemic is a good example. In most polls, Democrats followed science and listened to the scientists as opposed to the politicians. The Left was more likely to wear masks and follow guidelines.
The first three points form the foundation of most Democratic thinking. These next points derive from the first three.
Black Lives Matter
Above all, Black Lives Matter is a statement of equality. The movement is a product of years and years of police treating black lives as if they don't matter. The police have a sordid history. People are starting to recognize this. Go read history about the Pinkertons or the Texas Rangers. They hunted black people. They persecuted black people. Both organizations targeted black people for being black.
Democrats recognize that "all lives matter" is a racist statement. They support black people who are fighting for equal rights. They fight so they can receive equal treatment. Democrats believe it's important to embrace our racist past and learn from it, not pretend it didn't happen.
Capital Punishment is Wrong
Generally, Democrats oppose the death penalty. Research shows that the death penalty does not detour crime. Moreover, the Left opposes the death penalty because of hard data. That data reveals many people on death row because of an ineffective legal defense. Those with money can evade the death penalty. Poor people cannot evade the death penalty because they cannot afford good representation. Our legal systems does not apply the death penalty fairly. The Left also believes that the state should have no role in killing people.
Abortion Should be Legal
The average Democrat favors abortion rights. They are pro-choice. The Left wants women to make decisions about their own health care. This includes ending a pregnancy. Further, Democrats believe that allowing safe abortions, even if it means government assistance, is important. Access to abortion is also important. Democrats favor easy access. However, that does not mean people should use abortion as birth control.
Democrats usually support some form of gun control. There is too much gun violence in our country. They believe that gun control works for the greater good. Fewer people will die if there is more gun control. Again, data shows that countries with gun control have fewer gun deaths. The Left recognizes the importance of the 2nd amendment. People have a right to own guns. However, the Left doesn't think that our founders anticipated the many high caliber weapons we have today. Self-defense is important. But a person doesn't need a machine gun.
Gay People Deserve Equal Rights
Gay people deserve equal rights. This includes the right to marry. Further, transgender people deserve protection. Gay people deserve equal rights because homosexuality is not a choice. Democrats usually support most LBGTQIA calls for support and action. Democrats believe that government should not persecute those in minorities. The Left believes that these groups deserve protection from discrimination.
Illegal Immigration is a Bigger Problem That Deportation Doesn't Solve
People emigrate to America for a chance at a better life. We have always been a welcoming land. Democrats believe immigrants enter America with hope. We have a responsibility to be a beacon. The Left supports ways to allow illegal immigrants to stay in this country. This is particularly important if those people are paying taxes and working jobs. Most immigrants contribute to our country. They work hard jobs. They pay taxes. Democrats support penalizing companies who hire illegal immigrants as a first step to curbing illegal immigration.
Democrats believe that most immigration issues, including illegal immigration, are human rights issues. America has an obligation to help persecuted people. When they come to America, we should welcome them, not attack them.
The Left believes in global warming and climate change. They are scientific facts. Democrats believe that humans caused climate change. If we don't act soon, it will be too late. Democrats support government regulation to curb emissions that lead to global warming and climate change. This includes promoting things like electric cars and solar energy.
Democrats believe in the theory of evolution. They do not believe that creationism should be taught in public schools. They believe that creationism is a religious belief and should be taught in church.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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