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    Republican vs. Democrat Party

    This article breaks down the traditional differences between Democrats and Republicans on main issues.

    The two most prominent parties in the United States are the Republican and Democrat parties. Republicans are considered conservative while Democrats are labeled as liberal. As you read this article, the current party platforms will reveal the current positions that each party traditionally holds.
    With accusations flying and the barb trading between each party, it can be hard to tell where they stand on certain issues. The most “controversial” issues are listed below with each party's view.

    Abortion

    Democrats: It's the woman's right to choose and should therefore be legal
    Republicans: It should not be legal and the government should restrict it as such.

    Gun Control Laws

    Democrats: More gun control laws are needed to address a seemly growing problem with guns
    Republicans: Oppose more gun control laws, citing that it's not what the Constitution calls for.

    Discrimination

    Democrats: It's up to the government to step in and provide a “net” to victims of this practice
    Republicans: Strong anti-discrimination laws are unnecessary. People have morals, as they say, and should be given the benefit of the doubt

    Military

    Democrats: Prefers a decrease military spending. This party also likes to utilize NATO and the UN; never wanting to truly go in “alone” on world issues.
    Republicans: They are known for increasing military spending. They also tend to want to stand alone when dealing with NATO and the United Nations.

    Gay Rights

    Democrats: Usually for gays rights and believe it's apart of their civil rights to be with whom ever they choose.
    Republicans: Tend to hold the view that marriage should be between people of the opposite sex, not the same.

    Minimum Wage

    Democrats: Favor the workers and always seem to support minimum wage hikes.
    Republicans: Don't normally favor minimum wage increases because they say is hurts businesses.

    Death Penalty

    Democrats: Does not agree with taking someone's life as a means of discipline.
    Republicans: The death penalty is necessary to curb violent crimes.

    Prayer in schools

    Democrats: There should be a separation between church and state
    Republicans: It's apart of our nation's culture to place prayer in school and keep it that way.

    Flag Burning:

    Democrats: Flag burning is acceptable because it falls under freedom of speech
    Republicans: Flag burning is unacceptable and is not what the constitution intended.

    Natural Environment:

    Democrats: The environment need to be protect and it's the government's job to enforce laws against harming the environment
    Republicans: Have some environment laws but don't make them too strong, could do more harm than good.

    Taxes:

    Democrats: The people with the most money should pay the most taxes, tax increases are mostly good.
    Republicans: the entire economy can benefit if taxes remain relatively low, tax cuts are the way to go.
    It must be said that these are the positions each party holds traditionally. Each candidate can hold to these views point strictly or they can mix it up a bit. It's not uncommon to find a “liberal republican” or a “conservative democrat”. When it's all said and done, it really depends on the person. Please note that most democrats and republicans differ on the main issues as listed above.

    http://www.socyberty.com/Politics/Re...at-Party.26634

    Is the article accurate in your opinion? Which party/ideology do you support and why?

    Please only reply to this thread if you are American.

    Thanks in advance.

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    It's accurate on the surface. But really when they get into power they all follow policies that are similiar. So I've always viewed America as having a one party government. We have an illusion of democracy. Not alot of difference between a Clinton or Bush.

    I support neither of these "parties". Voting is ridiculous in America. All it does is show support for this corrupt government in my opinion.
    “Providence has been pleased to give this one connected country to one united people, a people descended from the same ancestors, speaking the same language, professing the same religion, attached to the same principles of government, very similar in their manners and customs-Jon Jay, Federalist Papers

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    This article discusses the differences between the Republicans and Democrats by listing their symptoms as if they were describing a cold. This is very superficial. The article could have described the underlying differences just as quickly and easily.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DanseMacabre View Post
    Not alot of difference between a Clinton or Bush.
    That's because Clinton governed as a centrist and had to work with a Congress that was heavily Republican, and Bush is basically a liberal who likes wars and religion.

    A better breakdown of the voters would be something like this:

    Black Nationalists ~10% of the electorate (left on economic issues, mixed on social issues)
    Socialists 20-25% of the electorate (far left, primarily urban whites)
    Hispanic Nationalists ~5% of the electorate (left on economic issues, mixed on social issues)
    Union/Labor voters 5-10% of the electorate (left on economic issues, moderate to right on social issues)
    Populists/elderly ~10% of the electorate (left on economic issues, lean right on social issues)
    Neoconservatives <5% of the electorate (extreme on foreign policy, moderate to left on other issues)
    Liberterians ~15% of the electorate (strongly right wing on economic issues, mixed on social issues)
    Christian/Patriotic Conservatives 30-35% of the electorate (strongly right wing on social issues, moderate to right on economic issues)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Solar Wolff View Post
    This article discusses the differences between the Republicans and Democrats by listing their symptoms as if they were describing a cold. This is very superficial. The article could have described the underlying differences just as quickly and easily.
    i have to agree with this being a superficial article. I would also like to point out that it is not so black and white with even the issues listed here.Like you said they differ on issues so really the articles making a generalization of the party's that these days dont really exist.
    I myself align with the democrats on most issues. I find they look to support the working class of our country not just big money. On big issues i am a conservative. The vote for president this year is a tough one being its not only my president but my boss as well. So i guess who ever wants to cut down hardship deployment time gets my vote this year

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    The differences highlighted in this article are, to me, minor details that those in power draw a disproportionate amount of attention to in order to create the illusion that there are big differences in between the options we have when it election day comes around.

    This way of thinking is a barrier that will have to be overcome if we will make any sort of significant progress as a society.

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    The differences highlighted in this article are, to me, minor details that those in power draw a disproportionate amount of attention to in order to create the illusion that there are big differences in between the options we have when election day comes around.

    This way of thinking is a barrier that will have to be overcome if we will make any sort of significant progress as a society.

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    In practice they are both just different flavors of the same corruption. I don't even bother voting anymore since the court appointed our last governer and the electoral college essentially negates a good 40-50% of the votes cast in my state.

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