Democrat vs. Republican

Democrat
Republican

This comparison examines the differences between the policies and political positions of the Democratic and Republican parties on major issues such as taxes, the role of government, entitlements (Social Security, Medicare), gun control, immigration, healthcare, abortion and gay rights. These two parties dominate America's political landscape but differ greatly in their philosophies and ideals.

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Philosophy Liberal, left-leaning. Conservative, right-leaning.
Economic Ideas Minimum wages and progressive taxation, i.e., higher tax rates for higher income brackets. Born out of anti-federalist ideals but evolved over time to favor more government regulation. Believe taxes shouldn't be increased for anyone (including the wealthy) and that wages should be set by the free market.
Social and human ideas Based on community and social responsibility Based on individual rights and justice
Traditionally strong in states California, Massachusetts Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas
Symbol Donkey Elephant
Color Blue Red
Founded in 1824 1854
Website www.democrats.org www.gop.com
Senate Leader Harry Reid Mitch McConnell
Chairperson Debbie Wasserman Schultz Reince Priebus
Famous Presidents Franklin Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Bill Clinton, Woodrow Wilson, Jimmy Carter, Barack Obama Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan, George Bush, Richard Nixon

Contents: Democrat vs Republican

edit Origin of the Democratic and Republican parties

The Democratic Party traces its origins to the anti-federalist factions around the time of America’s independence from British rule. These factions were organized into the Democrat – Republican party by Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and other influential opponents of the Federalists in 1792.

The Republican party is the younger of the two parties. Founded in 1854 by anti-slavery expansion activists and modernizers, the Republican Party rose to prominence with the election of Abraham Lincoln, the first Republican president.

edit History

Since the division of the Republican Party in the election of 1912, the Democratic party has consistently positioned itself to the left of the Republican Party in economic as well as social matters. The economically left-leaning activist philosophy of Franklin D. Roosevelt, which has strongly influenced American liberalism, has shaped much of the party's economic agenda since 1932. Roosevelt's New Deal coalition usually controlled the national government until 1964.

The Republican Party was founded in 1854 by anti-slavery expansion activists and modernizers, it rose to prominence with the election of Abraham Lincoln, the first Republican president. The party presided over the American Civil War and Reconstruction and was harried by internal factions and scandals towards the end of the 19th century. Today, the Republican Party supports a pro-business platform, with further foundations in economic libertarianism and a brand of social conservatism increasingly based on the viewpoints of the Religious Right.

edit Differences in Philosophy

While there may be several differences in opinion between individual Democrats and Republicans on certain issues, what follows is a generalization of their stand on several of these issues. A Democrat is typically known as a supporter of a broader range of social services in America than those advocated by Republicans. Republican philosophy is based on a limited influence of government and a dominant foreign policy.

Republicans are considered on the "right" end of the political spectrum while Democrats are on the "left." The far right generally is pro-religion, anti-bureaucracy, pro-military, pro-business and pro-personal responsibility.

Republicans, are usually considered conservative (fiscally as well as socially), maybe a little pious, pro-business and against the bureaucracy often associated with big government. They see big governments as wasteful and an obstacle to getting things done. Their approach is Darwinian in that the strong shall survive, cream rises to the top, etc.

To the far left of the spectrum are the extreme liberal, or the most extreme democrats. Democrats are considered more liberal. Democrats tend to favor an active role for government in society and believe that such involvement – be it environmental regulations against polluting or anti-discrimination laws – can improve the quality of people’s lives and help achieve the larger goals of opportunity and equality. On the other hand, Republicans tend to favor a limited role for government in society and believe that such reliance on the private sector (businesses and individuals) – be it avoiding unnecessary environmental regulations or heavy-handed anti-discrimination laws – can improve economic productivity and help achieve the larger goals of freedom and self-reliance

edit Individual and Community

Republican philosophy leans more towards individual freedoms, rights and responsibilities. In contrast, Democrats attach greater importance to equality and social/community responsibility.

edit Democratic vs Republican stand on controversial issues

The Democrats and Republicans have varying ideas on many issues, some of which are listed below. These are broadly generalized opinions; it must be noted that there are many politicians in each party who have different and more nuanced positions on these issues.

edit Military

Republicans: Prefer increasing military spending and have a more hard line stance against countries like Iran, with a higher tendency to deploy the military option.

Democrats: Prefer lower increases in military spending and are comparatively more reluctant to using military force against countries like Iran, Syria and Libya.

edit Gun control laws

Democrats favor more gun control laws e.g. oppose the right to carry concealed weapons in public places. Republicans oppose gun control laws and are strong supporters of the Second Amendment (the right to bear arms) as well as the right to carry concealed weapons.

edit Abortion

Democrats support abortion rights and keeping elective abortions legal. Republicans believe abortions should not be legal and that Roe v. Wade should be overturned. Some Republicans go so far as to oppose the contraception mandate i.e. requiring employer-paid health insurance plans to cover contraception.

A related point of divergence is embryonic stem cell research - Democrats support it while Republicans do not.

edit Gay rights

Democrats tend to favor equal rights for gay and lesbian couples e.g. the right to get married and adopt children. Republicans believe that marriage should be between a man and a woman so they do not support gay marriage or allowing them to adopt children.

edit Death Penalty

Opponents of the death penalty form a much higher fraction of the Democratic Party when compared to the GOP.

edit Taxes

Democrats support progressive taxes i.e. they want high-income individuals to pay taxes at a higher rate. They support higher taxes on the wealthy to pay for public programs. Republicans support tax cuts for everyone (rich and poor alike). They consider higher tax rates on the rich a form of class warfare.

edit Minimum Wage

Democrats favor increase in the minimum wage to help workers. Republicans oppose raising the minimum wage because it hurts businesses.

edit Role of Government

One of the fundamental differences between Democratic and Republican party ideals is around the role of government. Republicans favor a small government — both in terms of the number of people employed by the government and in terms of the roles and responsibilities of government in society. For example, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is a government agency that many Republican presidential candidates love to deride as an example of "useless" government agencies that they would shut down.

Another example is the food stamps program. Republicans in Congress are demanding cuts in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (or SNAP), while Democrats want to expand this program. Democrats argue that with unemployment rate high in the economy, many families need the assistance provided by the program. Republicans argue that there is a lot of fraud in the program that is wasting taxpayer dollars. They also want to institute clauses that force beneficiaries of the program to take more personal responsibility through measures such as mandatory drug testing, and looking for a job.[1]

edit Civil Rights

Abraham Lincoln belonged to the Republican Party, so the roots of the party are in individual freedom and the abolition of slavery. Indeed, 82% of the Republicans in the U.S. Senate voted in favor of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 while only 69% of Democrats did. The Southern wing of the Democratic party was vehemently opposed to civil rights legislation.

However, after the passage of the Civil Rights Act, there was a sort of role reversal. Todd Purdum, author of An Idea Whose Time Has Come, a book about the legislative maneuvering behind the passage of the Civil Rights Act, says this in an interview with NPR:

SIEGEL: How much of the Republican Party in Congress supported the civil rights bill as it still was? And how many voted for cloture to break the filibuster?

PURDUM: Well, the final vote in the Senate for the bill was 73 to 27, with 27 out of 33 Republican votes. So in proportional terms, the Republicans supported this bill much more than the Democrats did in both houses.

SIEGEL: A few weeks after Lyndon Johnson signed that bill into law, as we heard at the beginning, the Republicans go and they nominate Barry Goldwater for president, a Republican who had voted against civil rights. And their legacy is jettisoned at that moment.

PURDUM: In some important way that was the beginning of changing the Republican Party from the party of Lincoln into the party of white backlash which is, frankly, reputation that in the South particularly endures to this day, and has hurt the Republican Party as a national brand in presidential elections.

Republicans believe that Purdum's point of view is misleading because Goldwater supported previous attempts at passing a Civil Rights act, and desegregation, but did not like the 1964 Act because he felt it infringed on States' rights.

In any case, the present dynamic is that minorities like African Americans and Hispanics are more likely to vote Democratic than Republican. However, there are prominent African American Republicans like Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, Herman Cain, Clarence Thomas, Michael Steele and Alan West, as well as Hispanics like Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Alberto Gonzales and Brian Sandoval.

edit Voter ID laws

Civil liberties groups like the ACLU criticize the GOP for pushing for voter ID laws — Republicans believe these laws are necessary to prevent voter fraud while Democrats claim that voter fraud is virtually non-existent and that these laws disenfranchise black and Hispanic voters who tend to be poorer and unable to obtain ID cards.

edit Logos of the Democratic and Republican parties

Republican Party (GOP) logo
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Democratic Party logo
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edit Red states and Blue states list

Due to the TV coverage during some of the presidential elections in the past, the color Red has become associated with the Republicans (as in Red states – the states where the Republican presidential nominee wins) and Blue is associated with the Democrats.

The Democratic Party, once dominant in the Southeastern United States, is now strongest in the Northeast (Mid-Atlantic and New England), Great Lakes Region, as well as along the Pacific Coast (especially Coastal California), including Hawaii. The Democrats are also strongest in major cities. Recently, Democratic candidates have been faring better in some southern states, such as Virginia, Arkansas, and Florida, and in the Rocky Mountain states, especially Colorado, Montana, Nevada, and New Mexico.

Since 1980, geographically the Republican "base" ("red states") is strongest in the South and West, and weakest in the Northeast and the Pacific Coast. The Republican Party's strongest focus of political influence lies in the Great Plains states, particularly Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska, and in the western states of Idaho, Wyoming, and Utah.

edit Famous Republican vs Democratic Presidents

Republicans have controlled the White House for 28 of the last 43 years since Richard Nixon became president. Famous Democrat Presidents have been Franklin Roosevelt, who pioneered the New Deal in America and stood for 4 terms, John F. Kennedy, who presided over the Bay of Pigs invasion and the Cuban missile crisis, and was assassinated in Office; Bill Clinton, who was impeached by the House of Representatives; and Nobel Peace Prize winners Barack Obama and Jimmy Carter.

Famous Republican Presidents include Abraham Lincoln, who abolished slavery; Teddy Roosevelt, known for the Panama Canal; Ronald Reagan, credited for ending the Cold War with Gorbachev; and the two Bush family Presidents of recent times. Republican President Richard Nixon was forced to resign over the Watergate scandal.

edit Control of the White House

This graphic shows which party controlled the White House since 1901. You can find the list of Presidents on Wikipedia.

U.S. Presidents by political party since 1901

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Anonymous comments (40)

December 18, 2013, 2:34am

The Stimulus Package should not have been put into effect. If a company can't survive, then it should not survive. It's like not putting down an injured dog.

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September 20, 2012, 11:39am

I am republican, and I am not wealthy nor have extra cash sitting around. I don't use credit cards to help stay out of debt yet I pay on a mortgage and a car. I go to college on my dime when I can get a class here and there and work full time. I do not want what I do earn after taxes to get taxed more to go to someone else's pocket because I simply earn more than them. I didn't run off to college and take a student loan or take a break after graduating high school years ago. I have started at the bottom, making minimum wage. As time went on, I gained experience in my job field. As I gained more experience in my job field, I became more valuable to employers. As I became more valuable to my employers, I began to earn higher wages. I feel I have earned where I am at, and I am still going further. I feel I took a legit path to becoming financially secure. Why should I have to surrender a portion of what I earn to someone that says it should be entitled to them as well? Everyone starts somewhere, and most of the time it's from the bottom.

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April 8, 2014, 2:28am

A) I strongly agree and disagree with both parties Ideology.
B) I believe that because of how polarized American politics is today, people can't agree on anything even if both sides like the idea.
C) George Washington warned against political parties.
D) Political parties cause divisions in American people even during our revolution.
E) Abraham Lincoln said that "a House divided cannot stand." The Civil was fought over the political issue of slavery.
F) The political parties evolve and change over time.
G ) Every time a new issue comes up the parties fight over the side that will gain them votes, because their current ideologies don't contain anything related to the issue
H) Examples include: Slavery, Civil Rights, The Populist Party, the Progressive Party/Bull Moose, etc...
I) The parties today may be classified as conservative or liberal, but America really invented these classifications, and really both party are just a collection of standpoints bouncing around the whole spectrum of ideology, ethics, and logic.

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October 18, 2012, 5:25pm

Lets not forget the lobbyists. Get rid of them, and congressman and politicians wouldn't know what to do with themselves

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November 6, 2012, 4:38pm

Sadly they are both out for themselves. If having to pick between the two, I have no choice but to vote for Romney. America cannot afford another 4 years of Obama. I can barely afford the gas for my car now and inflation as a whole has spiraled out of control under his watch. I cannot think of one good thing Obama has done in 4 years and no he did not capture any terrorists, our military did and they would have been just as successful regardless of who is sitting in the White House.

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April 5, 2014, 12:01pm

Very clear you want to be slave vote Democrat
Freedom vote Republican
I will NEVER BE AGREE 100% but I like and love fredom I running away from a country very democratic like so I chose To be a REPUBLICAN also depends on the candidate. But hate to depend from the government things always end like my country where I came from Honduras one of the most poor and dangerous country thanks to a democratic ideas.
I vote Republican.

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March 23, 2014, 1:28am

The republican party of Lincoln was a progressive party that disappeared by the 1880s. It was composed of NE abolitionists who opposed slavery on moral grounds, and poor white laborers who opposed slavery because they saw slave labor as an economic threat. The party that formed after it was an entirely different party. They retained the "republican" name, but their agenda was a corporate/plutocratic one. You're providing the history of a name, when you should be providing a history of a platform, or set of core values. Names are arbitrary and meaningless. Values are the defining characteristic of a party and the coherent thread you trace back through time.

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October 21, 2013, 10:55pm

I need more information!!!

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May 10, 2013, 8:02pm

Debty is Bushes fault? ya right. Obama TRIPLED it in 2 years!
how? ya right. you say.... Google "Obama Stimulus"

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February 19, 2013, 9:13am

good site

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January 25, 2013, 8:58am

Quit blaming the President. ( whoever it may be this time or next, or previously) The problems are the fault of the people WE voted on to represent us. Republican or Democrat. Who cares? When we ALL start acting like AMERICANS, maybe just maybe we will see some "change".

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January 15, 2013, 3:50pm

Basically you should have to pass a test to vote. Nothing really hard. Basic stuff. How many Senators does your state have? Um, 2. Roughly how much is the national debt? 16 .4 trillion and climbing fast. Who is the Vice President? Joe Biden. Nothing tricky. But just enough to show that you have a clue. I mean should total clueless idiots be able to influence elections?

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November 15, 2012, 3:33pm

You do realize in the constatution we have the right to over throw the government if they try taking away our rights. But people are to lazy to try. they give the government all the power and then complain like children

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November 6, 2012, 8:07pm

To all, whatever party you vote for, you got to know that it's all an hoax! The decision is already made by the Elite groups!! This voting poll is just a charade, a game this Elite group has come up with in order for the people to think they are in control, but no average citizen has any say as we are merely a pawn in their game called 'Mind Control'You may think this i am just another extremist, but whatever party You voted for in the past, ask yourselves, "As my life changed at all?" I dare say your lives would have changed in the negative more than the positive! It is not this elected canditates that make the laws, they are also pawns in their game, they are held on a string and being dictate to just as we are!! When i say the Elite group i mean the Rothschild family (not jewish but german bloodline and the name means Red shield, the founders of salvation army, always collecting money for the needy, yet the needy keep needing, surprise surprise!), Rockefellers, Kinsingers etc. They are who are deciding the outcome of the elections anywhere in the world as they own the big Banks. If you think you have a say in this election, then you are very dillusional!! Do yourselves a favour, read "The protocols of Zion" and maybe then you might understand the rules of the Game...

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November 2, 2012, 6:14pm

NEITHER ROMNEY OR OBAMA ARE GOOD ENOUGH TO BE PRESIDENT

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October 31, 2012, 10:20pm

Romney is an empty out of touch suit who will say anything to get your vote. Lie after lie. He had a terrible record as governer while his state was 47th in job growth. All the republicans can do is point fingers at Obama for the mess republicans got us in to begin with.

Against all odds Obama has still done great things for our country. He has led with integrity and always done what was right for everybody. I believe he will be remembered as one of our greatest presidents in history after his second term.

Even with a republican house that admitted their priority was to make Obama fail, he still has not failed. Do you really want to go back to 2008 and worse? Republicans played politics at our expense for the last four years and yet still Obama has managed to get some great things done.

Obama 2012 !

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September 27, 2012, 5:16pm

Being informed and aware of your surroundings, Obama isn't a Democrat but a Socialist. And a Socialist is just a step away from Communist. Ask yourself whether you need the government to make personal decisions for you on a daily basis or not.

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October 5, 2012, 10:23pm

As an independant voter I have voted democratic twice and republican once in the past three elections. I have looked at President Obama over the past four years and seriously with what he was given to work with, how can anyone say he isnt trying? Its also not fair to blame republicans for the state the country is in either. It was everyone spending and no regulation. I am in favor of giving the president another four years to LAY a FOUNDATION to get the country back on track. Do people really think that the president, the HOR, or the senate will actually solve this in 8 years?! Get over yourselves. Mitt Romney will not get my vote simply because he has been fact checked waaayy too many times for my tastes and the toungue in cheek comment about 47% of the country was the nail in the coffin. Justify that comment any way you want, but it was prejudiced no matter how you look at it. And the last thing America needs is a prejudiced president who apparently is only concerned for the wealthy and cant be bothered with the anyone else.

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October 5, 2012, 9:33pm

Keep calm and vote Mitt!!!!!!

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October 4, 2012, 5:35am

Hands down the best candidate should be voted into office putting asside democrat or republican views. President Obama clearly stated that if he does not succeed in fullfilling what he came to do, that he would not run for re election. The national deficit was not cut in half like he said he WILL do, all of our troops are NOT home, therefore.....
And also, if one is mexican and "does not care" who runs our country that we live in, then maybe one should move back to their native land and not be on the picket fence about claiming USA as your home and yet instead of being AMERICAN, which is a big mix of cultures, your are "mexican"

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July 1, 2013, 6:17pm

This entry was obviously written by a democrat. All the examples for democrat are positive but republican examples are mostly negative. Someone was very clever to write this

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November 18, 2012, 10:01pm

I am republican all the way baby! Obama is ruining our country! Wonder what all his supporters will have to say in 4 years when things are even worse than now? Of course they'll keep blaming Bush. Lord help the president that has to clean up Obama's mess! My poor children's futures are not looking to good with this fool running our country :(. Watched Obama 2016 and it just confirms that he DOES NOT support this country!

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October 29, 2012, 5:52pm

abortion IS murder because the babies are in the process of forming therefore its murder

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October 4, 2012, 5:59am

Obama was born in 1961, parents divorced in 1964, and went to live with his grandparents in 1971. Boom. HAVE A COMEBACK FOR THAT ONE SINGLE MOM THAT THINKS REPUBLICANS ARE RICH AND SELFISH

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November 5, 2013, 7:48pm

Wow..never ending!

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July 19, 2013, 12:02am

Some of this doesn't entirely make sense - it gives the impression that Democrats and Republicans represent the left and right poles of the political spectrum, for instance, while the modern Democratic party is more centre-left than leftist. (Compare the progressiveness of the tax rates in the 1950s with those of the 2010s, for instance. Or compare Obamacare with the Gingrich, Dole, and Romney health plans.) Most modern Republican politicians stop short of Ayn Rand's extreme-right economics, and very few modern Democrats advocate raising taxes on the
rich to the level they were in the 1960s or 1950s.

The notion that higher taxes on the rich are always class warfare is an extreme right position - not shared universally in the Republican party.

Lumping contraception in as a subcategory of abortion doesn't make sense - while abortion can be considered a form of contraception, anyone who knows anything about human biology knows that contraception is not a form of abortion.

The characterisation of Republicans as favouring limited government intervention
is inaccurate. Drug prohibition, the surveillance net, contraceptive restrictions, abortion laws, and anti-homosexuality legislation all extend government into people's private lives. While a few Republicans do think the government should scale back its power, this is not a majority belief among Republican legislators.

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November 5, 2012, 3:59pm

seriously people you can't expect Obama to fix al the damage caused in a few short years, no one can. Give it time. People will never be happy with who won. They will always be wrong a few months after being elected. Grow up.

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October 17, 2012, 6:36pm

I am a women making less than $40,000. I am a republican. I work hard to make my money just like everyone should... unles medically disabled or age. Obama is just feeding into the poor, I thought this was an qual country? I am also apro marriage, pro guns, pro religion and pro country. PRO ROMNEY!

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October 11, 2012, 5:07pm

I have one work for any woman who thinks she is being "empowered" to choose whether a baby lives or dies. It's DECEIVED.

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October 8, 2012, 6:35am

I personally believe that the choice to keep a child should be the mother's, due to situational conditions, such as monetary support, social issues, and health. I believe that everyone has the right to marry a person of your choice, whether or not you are of the same gender.
Onto discussion of the political parties and their candidates. the GOP (Republican Party) has a general view that the rich should be taxed less, mostly to pad their pockets. the GOP also tends to focus on non-renewable energy sources, such as fossil fuels, while the Democratic Party tends to support the integration of renewable energy sources, such as solar, wind and tidal power. The Democratic Party also has a tendency towards individual choice, whether in marriage or a woman's right to choose. The GOP is drawn to the position that states that their personal & religious beliefs should be enforced in the USA. America was founded on the concept of religious tolerance and diversity, from Lutheran to Judaism, Orthodox to Quakers, not on the concept of religious uniformity. Such personal beliefs commonly include but are not limited to: no contraception, no abortion (right to life), and the overall integration of church and state.

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October 5, 2012, 6:30am

http://youtu.be/nWh-G3MFkSA

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December 28, 2011, 3:32am

Both sides are right, and both sides are wrong. On each subject, I could easily find documentation on abuses on both extremes. Rather than choosing a side and digging in, it's about time we started to work together for the common good and stop this bickering. Seems we have forgotten what this country is all about. The rights and privileged of all being protected and shared is the answer. Why should a "Republican" be forced to abide by the principals and laws created by only "Democrats"? Conversely, why the “Democrats” should be forced to abide by the principals and laws created by the "Republicans". While I could comment on specifics, I can see that it would only spark another argument. Can’t you see that we are so divided that nothing good comes from our governing representatives. It's high time that we should look into each other’s eyes and say, let's call a truce. And I am tired of the childish name calling and imitations for those who don't agree with YOU should leave this country. This country belongs to us all. Now if we can't live by the constitution it's amendments, the I say gets rid of it and make a new one. This country barely survived the Civil War and from the sound of it, you all are ready to do that again! Enough! I am a 100% disabled veteran. On my second enlistment, I was medically discharged for what I went through while trying to protect all of our rights, not just one side or the other. Even though, I could have pulled money from the VA system from the beginning, I passed on it and did my best for about 25 years until I could take care of myself no more on my own and I paid my taxes then went to the poles and voted my opinion on each subject and elected official individually, not by just voting my party, which, by the way I don't have. I would not be inclined to join either of your parties. Just look at what it's done for you. Politicians never tell you the truth, that's called politics. Only when I my injuries finally got to me, did I take from this country any compensation for my injuries. Now some of you call me a "leach" on society. Yet many of you cheat on your taxes, dodge service to your country, and other wrongs then demand that it all run according to you specific beliefs. Shame on you all. I often wish I had not survived my service experience so I would not have to witness the behavior and division I see. I would rather be gone forever that to know it was for nothing. Shame on you all. Regardless of your view, you should respect the rights of those who do not agree with you. Every Republican is not a Fascists and every Democrat is not a Socialist. Name calling like that went out in the 3rd grade! Now stop it!! I challenge each and every one of you to take a step to the middle. Then, take another one. While it would be naive of me to think there will never be arguments and opposing viewpoints, I do believe we could do better that this! Only one percent of this nation is a veteran, yet we few did not banc to gather and say to the rest of you, that you had to do it our way.
If you knew what a private in the military makes for the possibility of losing his life so you can fight over who made more or less money than you and who had to pay for what another citizen needs. You try to legislate morality or at least your view of it. It can't be done and remain the America we claim it is. It was supposed to be about freedom, but I don't feed free anymore. Maybe by comparison to some of the places I've been but not free, just the illusion of freedom. And we argue and point fingers and say to those on the other side, it's your fault for the problems this country faces. The constitution was a document created for us to live by. If we can't do that, the burn it and start over. It was not written by GOD! It is not sacred! It was a written by a few men with an idea. If you want to see what is wrong with this country it's greed, greed for money, greed for power, greed for being lazy. Or you’re afraid that someone else paid less to help your fellow citizen along than you, and then claim your religious beliefs. No, we arent’s suppose to live of someone else if we are able in body and mind. Neither can you claim to be a Christian but refuse to help the poor, the aged and the infirmed. You can claim to be a hypocrite though. There is not a scrap of humility among you. Well, I paid a lot of taxes and gave this country of my mind and body, so I refuse to think YOU paid for anything I get now. Well, if you all will excuse me, I need so go deal with my pain and try to live another day in peace. That's just getting harder to do anymore. But don’t worry; I’ll be dying early so it won’t cost you too much more. Now it you don't like what I said here, you're welcome to get the hell out of MY country! (LOL JUST KIDDING ABOUT THAT LAST PART!)

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January 5, 2014, 7:22am

Nicely put. Thanks.

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May 23, 2013, 2:39am

First I'd like to point out that A. Much of Obama's spending was in a stimulus package that helped the economy and B.It's hard to get things done when Congress can get nothing done do to conflicting majorities.

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December 30, 2012, 8:58pm

My state Illinois is pretty much a democratic states. Stricter gun laws, abortion is legal, death penalty is illegal, democratic politicians.

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November 6, 2012, 4:44pm

Everyone needs to re-elect Obama. I haven't worked in years and under his watch I am going to get even better health care than I have now. Why work? Just kick back and enjoy the free house, free cable TV, free health care, free groceries. Life is good. Republicans keep working hard so I dont lose my entitlements.. Yes you owe me so support Obama. I would hate to have to go back to work and support myself and my family.

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October 26, 2012, 7:22pm

Stopping the cells from gathering? What if they're already gathered? What if they've gone from cells to a fetus? Saying that a fetus is just a gathering of 'cells' is wrong. Scientifically, all you are is a 'gathering of cells,' and, therefore, by your logic, you're not a human being with the right to live.
A fetus is NOT a bunch of tissue. A fetus CAN feel pain and distress. A fetus CAN sense when something isn't right -- heart rates rise, limbs flail, attempts to escape from the danger -- all have been documented on ultrasound of a live abortion.

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October 3, 2012, 3:57pm

One Word: Communism

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September 27, 2012, 9:46pm

I like how bill Clinton spoke at the democratic national convention. He was the only president ever to be impeached and he gave speech that people were glad to hear. Don't you think it's kinda ironic that he's there? obviously democrats will vote for anyone that is a democrat.

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September 21, 2012, 2:22pm

My family makes $40,000 a year, I support gay marriage, my IQ is 140+, and I vote republican. Our country cannot AFFORD another 4 years of this. My democrat friends are even voting Romney, because Obama wants to make this country weak. Mitt Romney isn't perfect, but he understands how to turn a profit, and it is for this reason we will improve with him in the oval office.

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