Do you really believe there is a distinction between being a Republican or Democrat?
Who choses who runs anyway? Not us....
No difference, I think they are the same. There are closed minded and opened minded people on each side. The extremists are usually the most closed minded.
awesome question -- the two parties real mandate comes from the same source which work on one thing "Divide and conquer"
We lose either way -- and that is the intent!
Political parties and the agenda infrastructure already present when they arrive causes newly elected representatives of United States citizens to become one of two animals, donkey or elephant. I suppose its similar to the peer pressure we all heard so much about as teens. I think there are brilliant idealists in both parties that are held back for fear of losing favor within their own party.
I wish I were as optimistic as you. Unfortunately, optimism only makes us more complacent, and complacency is the epidemic that is threatening to destroy our way of life.
The two parties are basically the same under the surface. To your second question, the parties have ways of "railroading" voters during the primaries into selecting each party's preferred candidates.
Absolutely, positively, without a doubt there is a huge difference. While democrats have all faith in government to see to all their needs from cradle to grave, republicans believe that you should look to government for a solution only if you have exhausted all other avenues (including charities, family, etc). Also conservatives feel that every person has individual rights and liberties, and the ability to make decisions, while being prepared to face the consequences of those decisions.
I know it is not my place to speak for all conservatives, those are just my feelings about the differences in the two parties.
Good Day boonebartron!
Democrats and Republicans, as far as the parties' management is concerned, have both moved to the Right over the last thirty-five years or so. SInce the 1970s campaigns have become inexorably more expensive. This has compelled the parties to become more supportive of business. For the Republicans this is not even a problem; its almost reflexive for them. But the Democrats had to go along to survive and they did.
Nevertheless they do have somewhat different constituencies. If you want to read more about this, I did happen to write a hub about it a long time ago....
http://wingedcentaur.hubpages.com/hub/W … an-Parties
Absolutely there are very big differences. The ideology is like night and day between the two parties. I am not going to try and sway you as to what party I believe is right or wrong but there are clear differences. If you would like to know more about the parties you can check out my hub on this subject called "Are You In The Right Political Party". It describes both parties and what they stand for. It could help you determine what party you most likely fit into. No candidate in any party will fit your beliefs 100% but you can get close to most of your beliefs and that will determine what party you should be registered with. From there you can break it down to who you vote for by listening to each candidate in the debates.
"Your second question, Who chooses who runs anyway? Not us..." Initially, each person that runs determines if they are going to run, nobody else determines if someone will run or not. The Primary elections or Caucasus in each state will determine who will be the candidate for their respective party. That is why it is important to vote in the correct party that you most closely match in beliefs or ideology. That way you have your say as to who the candidate for your party will be.
It was a very good question and I am sure many other people were thinking about that for a long time but never asked. Thanks.
There may have been differences years ago on the way the parties thought but nowadays Republican or Democrat (just as Conservative and Labour in the UK, I'm English by the way) are just titles. They could simply be called "Party A" and "Party B".
Yes, there are some deep philosophical differences between both parties. If they were really all the same we would not have had all of this bickering over policy these past few months, years really. The Tea Party would have never been created as an alternative to the other main parties. I won't repeat what others have written about the differences.
Not really anymore. They all tell you what you want to hear until they get into office. Then they do whatever they want until it is re-election time.
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