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Pub - Lower taxes
Dem - Higher taxes
Pub - Strong military
Dem - Weak military
Pub - Pro-life
Dem - Pro-choice

Pub - Pro-2nd Amendment
Dem - Anti-gun ownership

So there's four. Look at those four and diced with whom you agree on each one then do the math ... 100%, 75%, 25% or 0%.



Of course there are always exceptions to the rule.

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Nice Tony, greenery
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well stated.
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Thank you ... and that should say decide, not diced haha stupid auto-correct!
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I guess based on those 4 I am republican.
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If you are registered with either party.

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Democrat is a person who believes in the political or social equality of all people. Republicans are generally right leaning and favoring a republic.
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Democrats= more government involvement. Republicans= less government involvement.

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The sooner we start thinking of all of us a just Americans not a Party the sooner we will solve our problems. I see this question and the words "divide and conquer" come to mind. No one wins but the politicians.
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if you think Obama's helping America, you're a republican. if you think bush did a better job in office, you are republican

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Samir, I'm pretty sure Cell meant to say democrat there haha!
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Pretty poor definition, taking two of the worst as examples for their respective parties - kind of like using Charles Manson or Attila the Hun as examples of humanity.
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Listen, we deal with who is in office because the majorit of the people voted for him. We don't always like it ,yet we have to deal with it because WE voted for who was going to be our president. He has not done horribly ,so we still have to man up and get real. WE suffer the consoquenses of who WE voted for. Its time that everyone stops complaining and open our minds up to change and his plans. Be careful what you say sammie1713 because people will get on your case about that. I'm not saying Obama is the greatest or that i voted for him ,but the bulk of America voted to have him in office ,so we have to live with it.
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Well to get to the point I tried to make, I'd rather be a republican and I'd suggest this person to be one too didn't read any of your comments...
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Where does democrats come into play
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actually i would have to disagree. if you think bush was a better presedent then your wrong but still a republican. if you think obama is a better presedent your wrong but your a democrate. eather way the us would have gone down, with obama we just went down faster and harder.
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bush is better
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An outsider's point of view, based on another outsider's point of view. In Iolanthe, W.S.Gilbert explained it this way:

Every boy and every gal
That’s born into the world alive
Is either a little Liberal
Or else a little Conservative!

Now, substitute Democrat for Liberal and Republican for Conservative and you have the American system.

The answer to your question, in a single word, is NURTURE.

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Dozy how do I get myself out of here? Do you know a disappearing act or something. I hate arguing politics. It should just be a biggest liar contest and whoever wins gets the presidential prize. Dang I want out of here. I would pray and ask god to help me out but I just remembered I don't believe in him either......oh no. :(
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toriasmawmaw.............now,,i didnt say you didnt beleive in god.....but,if you do,vote like it......lol
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Thanks Dozy. Mawmaws calling it a night. I do better in a 4 year olds world anyways. Me and Toria will find something much more interesting to get into tomorrow. Good night.
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Sorry Tim. Thought I was talking to dozy. No hard feelings. I should never get into political questions. If I have offended you I apologize. I am great at talking about my grand kids but apparently not politics. Good night.
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Dozy was off elsewhere. Sorry. But you summed it up -- no matter who you vote for, you end up with a politician.
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maam,no offfence taking.....i just gave a simple answer to a simple question..have a good night,and god bless
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William Gilbert of "Gilbert and Sullivan" fame wrote these lines before 1900, and they couldn't be more true today. When I read the questions above this is precisely the lyric that comes to mind. Here! Here!
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He was a clever man, sfarris. I'm afraid that most of us tend to follow our parents' lead ... for a while, at least.
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Oh, and welcome to Ask. I hope you decide to stay.
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Mr_FadedGlory

Does it matter? None of the politicians ever make anything better. None of the politicians ever deliver on what they promise when they're running for office.

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What's up my brother? How art thou?
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Very discouraging right now. Quit blaming, start doing, seriously!
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Blaming who? And start doing what? Can you be more specific?
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Faded - I wasn't talking about you...I meant all the politicians who supposedly want to make a change. It seems as if there is always too much BS Red tape for anyone to get anything done. Too much political correctness.
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Things are a lot more bleak than we can imagine.
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This is kinda like a modern day version of the Great Depression.
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Yes, but on the subject of voting Democrat or Republican, it really doesn't matter.
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Read my other comment brownsexy88
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The sooner we start thinking of all of us a just Americans not a Party the sooner we will solve our problems. I see this question and the words "divide and conquer" come to mind. No one wins but the politicians.
And yes I have placed this comment/question here in several places as I believe this with my whole heart.
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It's an excellent comment, and very true. Do you see the people running for office? OMG, what a joke! If Americans united, the candidates, would crap their pants. Every single one of them, would drop out immediately.
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Exactly
Hell they'd do that if everyone who could vote would vote.
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the politishans are just sneaky. they try and take away our fredom but they can't as long as we know we have the declaration of independence. oh and just to let ya'll know 1 i am a very smart person cuz 2 im younger than a lot of ya'll on here and i have a hole lot more scince than an politishan is cuz IM 16 and can tell you everything on the declartion of independence when a politishan has to read of a projector.
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Okay, great. But, you might want to turn on the spell check, 'cause I could barely understand your last comment.
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lol you may be younger but smarter than all of us? i doubt it your not the only person who can remember the declaration of independence, or any thing else for that matter,your just a fresh mouth little kid who thinks they know every thing. so dont come in here acting better than any one else and tryin to insult us all with your giant ego till you've lived past your additude. learn to speak to us adults with respect it will get you farther in life than just spouting off a bunch of nonsense.
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Thank you Gus. And this kid wonders why no one thinks she's smart. I think her last statement was proof right there.
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i agree Former
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One lies more than the other. Which one? That's up to US to figure out...

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The lesser of the 2 evils? We're screwed
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Big time brother, big time...
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YOU are a republican until you can't afford to be one ,like all those republicans living in their cars or under a bridge. They will be voting democrat this time around

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A liberal is just a conservative who hasn't been mugged by reality yet.
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I thought it was the other way around - you are a Dem until you accumulate some money and then you are a Repub to try and keep it.
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Money doesn't have anything to do with it. Republicans rich and poor have a common enemy. Control freak marxist leftists.
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i wounder why the republicans dont have money? answer: because the democrats like to take our money and give it to the democrats who stay home, dont work, and spit out babies.
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Listen to all the candidates. When the two are actually running, do your research on them on the computer and that will help you decide. I liked a specific candidate until I did some research on him. I usually vote a specific party as that was what my parents did. The times I voted the other party, I was sorry. In the last election (hint) I wrote in a candidate's name. I truly believe that if the candidates took the money they threw away for campaigning and used it to help the poor & middle class, we wouldn't have as many problems. Listen to the candidates and vote your "gut feeling." Pardon my language, but it is a crap shoot at best.

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Republicans don't want change
Democrats do
However at this point in time these are really just words NO matter who you vote for everything has to go through congress which is way in the majority of Republicans which are the epitome of keeping the rich-rich and the poor-poor, partially because they believe not taxes rich companies allow said companies to have more money to open more jobs, to be honest it's been that way for a rather long time, and it's not working k ^-^

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Now this is a dumb post - the president's plan to raise taxes on the so called rich, is to raise the rates while keeping in place all the loopholes allowing his cronies to pay less then working class people - is this "change"? While I feel the rich need to pay more, the Republican idea of removing the loopholes seems to achieve this way better then Obama's idea. The repub's plan seems to me to be real change NOT keeping the status quo.
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Republicans want change. They just don't want leftist change. We would love to go back to founding documents and principals. Real change real Americans can believe in.
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Life is silly word play anyways, your vote doesn't really mater.
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There is no simple answer to your ?. Answers here are limited to 1200 characters so I'll try to submit a multi-part answer. I was going to suggest that you read the platforms though after having just reviewed the DNC (Dem National Committee) platform I realize that you will glean no honest representation of today's Dem Party from that overview.As a recovering Dem I can tell you that today's DNC feigns support for the little guy, yet promotes the interests of the few, the wealthy and the power hungry. Hailing from a union household I can tell you that theDNC is deeply entrenched in an unholy alliance with unions.Not to promote the wellbeing of the workers but to fill the coffers of the union pension, Health & Wellness funds ?cause union leadership has been stealing from the rank & file for decades.Dem's & union leaders are very old friends who have been promoting and protecting each other for going on 100 years. So if you support heavyhanded thievery and denying a workers right to decide if union membership is right for him or her then you might be a donkey.Check"right to work state" for a better understanding of how Dems want us to have to pay them for the privilege of having a job

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Once I was a Democrat. Then, one day I woke up, grew up, and realized that I had worked really hard to build a life which includes something worth losing (family, business, property) that I wanted to protect from money-grubbing thieves. That?s the day I became a Republican.

Democrats have a very rich, long history of racism. The Ku Klux Klan was the creation of racist Democrats. Al Gore's father, recently deceased Dem. Senator Robert Byrd (a KKK recruiter), & Pres. F.D.R. (aka The Butcher of Haiti) were all notoriously famous racist Dems. VERSUS Pres. Lincoln, who signed the emancipation proclamation, and was our first Republican president, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Frances Rice, and Frederick Douglass were all notoriously famous Republicans.

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Are you kidding me? You're going to go on a public website and accuse democrats of being racist? Are you aware that our black president is democrat? Are you aware that republicans were notoriously against women's liberation? That republicans are NOW against gay rights? Why not bring those issues up?
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Republicans = Me
Democrats = We

Democrats = Christmas
Republicans = Halloween

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What kind of peacenik raised you?

Republicans=America
Dems= Communism
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Oh please
That sounds ridiculous
You may not like Democrats, but give me a break
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After reading most of these answers, it appears that no one has a clear idea of what each party stands for. People with Democratic values believe that; government should have a strong role in controlling where and how wealth is distributed, government should provide a safety net for the poor and disadvantaged as well as a protector of the public welfare. Republicans believe in personal freedoms with laws and regulations protecting the people from unscrupulous, dangerous and unethical practices - limiting governments' infringement on people's lives and freedoms. Both philosophies can provide a good form of government, but when politicians abuse the public trust with corruption, greed and misuse of power neither philosophy works for the benefit of the public. The philosophies then work only as a smokescreens to mask politicians true motives. So choose the candidate not the party.

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Are those the only two options?

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Those are the two that always win. The others get shoved aside of any type of televised debate.
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republicans and democrats are 2 wings of the same bird. We whant change? Elect something else then democrat and republicans for USA sake.

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example a republican would help you get a job so that you can afford to live on your own. give you the tools . while democrats will help you by giving you what you need. give you a place to stay and etc

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Good answer, very much like the old *give a man a fish, feed him for a day, teach a man HOW to fish and you feed him for life*.
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Most democrats think the country owes them. To realize just how much the democratic party has changed, I will (try to be accurate) quote John F. Kennedy: Ask not what your country can do for you, but rather what you can do for your country. Republicans in general believe that a smaller government than what we have would be better. Libertarians believe "that government which governs least governs best". I wish that the citizens of our country were ready for Ron Paul. He is a Libertarian member of the Republican party.

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While I agree totally with this post, Ron Paul (unfortunately) can't win nor is he savvy enough to deal with the entrenched career bureaucrats. He would be crucified.
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The government that governs least governs best?... If true, then Somalia must be a great place to live.
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You need to study and see what you belive is right for our nation and then when you turn 18 register with the party you think is best suited to govern the nation. Being either is not like being white or african american your not born into it you make a decision about what you think is best fo the country. Do not listen to the people who are set in their beliefs you make your own decision

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Reoublicans are 100% Christians and against abortion! I'm republican!
Democrat are the oppisite ugh ewwww

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Lol my mom is a democrat and she is against abortion and a christan. Abortion and religon has nothing to do with politics. Er...religon doesn't
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Go research "tubal ectopic pregnancy" and then ask God if it is un-Christian for a woman with one to an abortion...or not to be allowed to have an abortion.
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I've been a registered republican for years. I am Not a christian nor do I feel that I have the right to tell someone else what they can do with their body. BTW this includes things like..oh say..prostitution or drug laws. If you want to fill your body with poison and go tripping in the wild blue, go for it. Just don't expect me to pay your bills when you crash.
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You're 13 you have no idea what you are. Do you even know what you'll wear to school tomorrow? My point is you're young. You'll change your mind 100 different times.
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Behind these specific issues lies the fundamental difference between Republicans and Democrats: one side trusts that people are competent and can take care of themselves (defined as individual responsibility) - grown people don't need guidance and support (excepting a need for an occasional safety net). This perspective allows for personal freedom and smaller government (leading to lower taxes). The other side believes people are not able to make their own life decisions and require guidance and support, and the "other side" are the ones to provide it. This perspective requires larger government (to provide the guidance and regulation necessary for those who might make the "wrong" decisions), leading to more taxes, etc. This difference can be a matter of degree: both understandings may be present in one (Democratic or Republican) person, but more of one side than of the other. Translation: Your view/understanding of people will determine the stance you take on many "Republican" or "Democratic" issues.
Which party is which side (above)?

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Nice work ... and we know which one is which, I hope the person asking the question will figure it out :-)
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Hey, if you like to spend more money than you have on stuff you know you don't need just to impress your friends then you're a democrat or a single man.

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I agree that this describes a Donk, but when I was single I was loaded because I made may more than I spent haha :-)
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Republicans generally favor a regressive tax system, meaning the middle class & poor pay a larger percentage, smaller government - meaning less government agencies & services and favor less regulation.

Democrats favor a progressive tax system, the tax rate increases as the taxable base amount increases, they favor larger government & more regulation - on pollutants into the environment & financial systems for example.

If you don't agree with either party, you could resister as an independent. There are other political parties such the Reform Party & the Green Party, but depending on the state you live in you may not be able to vote in a republican or democratic party if you are not registered for that party.

For a full listing of political parties go to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_political_parties_in_the_United_States

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"...a regressive tax system, meaning the middle class & poor pay a larger percentage..." This raises two question: 1) what is a regressive tax system (which sounds ominous) and 2) a percentage of what?
1) SSIMON555 does not know the meaning of a Regressive Tax System: "Regressive Tax System" is defined in Wikipedia as: " a tax imposed in such a manner that the tax rate decreases as the amount subject to taxation increases" - meaning that everyone pays the same amount on the first xxxx.xx dollars, then the wealthier folks have to pay additional on the extra income, just not as much. This is an incentive to make more money, to improve the economy, although everyone pays the same on the first chunk, after which people with moderate incomes pay nothing (no additional income) and the wealthier pay more, just not at the same rate. If you begrudge the wealthier person an advantage on something that you do not have, then go back to school and get a better job, and you will have the same advantage.
2) A percentage of what?: if this means a larger percentage than the zero percentage currently paid on their income by 47% of the population, I am all for it. If this means a larger percentage than the amount currently paid by wealthier foks, that would be oppressive. Whatever the percent, everyone should pay the same. Please clarify your use of the term "larger percentage."
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"A regressive tax is a tax imposed in such a manner that the tax rate decreases as the amount subject to taxation increases" straight from wikipedia. The more you earn, the less you pay.
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Simon: read my comment above: ...everyone pays the same amount on the first xxxx.xx dollars, then the wealthier folks have to pay additional on the extra income, just not as much."
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Haha 8 answers were removed! ... I love this question.

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Roughly translated Francois Guizot (Google him) said "If you're not a liberal when you're 25, you have no heart. If you're not a conservative by the time you're 35, you have no brain."

So how old are you?

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Great quote, except I thought it was Churchill and 20/40? :-)
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the word "your" in this question should be spelled "you're" because it is asking if YOU ARE... not the possessive "your", as belonging to, as in "your clothes". You're is a contraction (combination) of you are. This is a very common grammatical error in American English these days. Thought I'd take the opportunity to explain the difference as well as when each should be used. Thanks

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True
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You are a Democrat if you use "your" when you should use "you're."

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Really? So that's the secret! Thanks!
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Hahaha and WAS instead of WERE! Haha
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Graveyard: It's really funny how many English professors are democratic-- and liberal. As for the answer: demographics, religion and career leanings are strong indicators. If you're trying to analyze your interests, here's a few questions to start your thought processes: Do you trust the rich and powerful to naturally do what's good for their fellow Americans or do you feel they need laws to stop them from destroying other people's chances for success? Abortion is really a question of whose humanity and health do you value more: women or zygotes? Another question you can ask is whether you like the buying power of 300 million people or 50 separate units (or states' rights)? Do you trust states to handle questions that you consider important well or do you think that the answers the federal government are better? In short: LISTEN TO YOURSELF, DO YOUR THINKING AND RESEARCH THEN REGISTER AND ABSOLUTELY GO VOTE-- WRITE YOUR REP AND SENATORS WHEN YOU'VE GOT AND OPINION AND KEEP ACTING FOR WHAT YOU FEEL IS THE BEST FOR THE COUNTRY. THE USA NEEDS YOU THINKING AND ACTIVE.

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If you want to know what republicans are like, just watch Fox News for a little while. After you see what fools they make of themselves, you'll decide to be democrat.

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I'll agree with you there, I'm a republican. But that's just BAD television. I love the Daily Show, and Colbert Report.
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Or watch MSNBC and watch Donks make ... well, jackasses of themselves haha
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LOL! Aww, c'mon. You can't knock Rachel Maddow. She's great.
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Steven Colbert trumps all of them!
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If you care about others, especially those less fortunate than yourself, then you are a Democrat. If you want the rich to get richer and could care less about the less fortunate, you are a republican.

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Simple but, elegant answer to a complex question. And closest to the truth. Good job Rob.
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Wrong, 'Pubs contribute more to charity than Donks.
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For the tax deduction
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Your right BP, they should stop because that's not a good enough reason to give to charity.
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This answer is the hype and bs that democrats want you to believe, but isn't true.
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If you're about appealing to your base and holding onto power, you're a Republican. However, if you are about appealing to your base and holding onto power, you're a Democrat.

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Simple. Democrats are complete socialists, Republicans are 1/2 way socialist. conservatives are 0% socialist. Democrats color all facts with emotions, Republicans color some facts with emotions, Conservatives tell it like it is. Democrats spend their time devoted to Facebook and twitter and get news from corrupt sources, republicans spend some time on Facebook and twitter and get news from a somewhat reliable source. Conservatives get on with life and don't spend life as a computer modem, and listen to facts uncolored by emotion. Democrats are communists who want to drag americans, old people, young children, and the unborn off a cliff with em.

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Democrats are Communists?
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The sooner we start thinking of all of us a just Americans not a Party the sooner we will solve our problems. I see this question and the words "divide and conquer" come to mind. No one wins but the politicians.

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It seems to me (and this is just my opinion) that people would rather focus on our differences and not our similarities. It's VERY frustrating.
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How about if we abolished Parties and created the all-inclusive Federalist Administration? And you can tell American could never agree on anything by how many Parties there are, especially how big two of them have become.
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Or, we could start by removing the pay, prestige, and any desirable features of being a politician. We'd get so far just by doing that.
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I had a friend who was prominent in the Regan (Rep) administration, who told me a democrat would give you fish, a republican would give you a fishing pole, and show you where to catch your own fish. When the democrat was out of office, you would be hungry and vote him back in. When the republican or democrat was in office after you got your fishing pole, you would not be hungry. The gentleman I am speaking of was Black. I have annoyed a lot of democrats with that analogy over the years. He finished his definition by asking who was your friend, and who was out for himself. No apply that to the trillions of dollars this administration has printed, and you will see where we are headed.

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Maybe you're both. Winston Churchill said, "If you're not a liberal when you're 20 you have no heart. If you're still a liberal when you're 40 you have no brain." Ann Coulter, David Horowite and Dick Morris all started out as democrats, to name a few.

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what does that mean.
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It means that something can sound good but when you see it in practice it's not really so great.
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I don't believe anyone truly can say they are either Dem or Rep anymore. Neither party is what they once were. I have fallen back on a lost party called Federalist. The party whom wrote our Constitution and founded our original government. It stated that the role of the Federal government was very simply, to defend the United States and print currency so that states could trade. It stayed out of individual States laws and business. People paid LESS Fed tax and a higher State tax. Your tax dollars stayed in your local state, county and cities. It's a shame that Democrats have nearly become socialists. A downfall this country took as a result of FDR. It's true that Dems love to spend money and create more laws on the books. It's true Reps encourage the wealthy to keep their money. Problem is, you give your average Dem American a million dollars, he or she will blow it. You give a Rep a million dollars he'll invest it, and that my friend will create jobs! Seeing how I won't have a Federalist Nominee to vote for, I'll vote with someone who believes in this, those willing to give up their freedom and liberty for a false sense of security, shall have and deserve neither! Ben Franklin.

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One green thumb, on the way!
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It's true- Federalists did draft the Constitution; the Republican and Democratic Parties are extremely confused, hypocritical, confused, confused, confused, neo-offshoots of the true American Party. It's funny; when you look back at the Conservative Movement in Europe during the early 1800s, it was only created as a response to the new Nationalist and Socialist breakouts of the French Revolution and Napoleonic Eras. Some may call it reactionary, but it mixed in some very neo-policies. The term "Conservative Movement" (and all "Conservatives" were brought about by movements) is an oxymoron.
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Why do you have to be either? You don't always want to vote along party lines like a little sheep, cos often the party lines are dead wrong and hurt other people, like when one party wants to take money from those who need it the most in order to give it to the wealthy. Register as an independent. No matter what you register as, you can still vote however YOU want to. Both political parties have let we, the people, down badly. They've degenerated into squabbling children. Remember, there's the Green Party, the Independents, the Libertarians-read up on each party-find out what their "party line" is. If one "talks" to you, then you've found the party for you. If not, then be an Independent and think for yourself.

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I don't believe that is just about a "president" anymore. It's about his team "players." So you can never be sure what you'll get either way, Rep. or Dem.

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Some people make pretty good points, especially the one who commented about how each party can only do so much. No matter whether they are Republican or Democratic, just vote for the one you think will do something positive with it. I mean Obama is Democratic but looking at the state of the gov't that he inherited, I knew it would be difficult for him to really change anything. In my opinion and looking at some of the policies established when Repub vs Demo were in office-I would say Republicans value less gov't involvement, Christianity, and big business. Demo value more gov't involvement (to regulate big businesses), and freedom to choose religion, abortion, etc. I'm sorry if this isn't really well stated! I think you have to consider which one is more important to you. Watch the news and read articles to help make up your mind. Remember certain newspapers and channels are known to represent one party or another.

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You've said it beautifully.
I agree with you 100%
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There are three basic modes of thought in this country: Liberalism(often referred to, though incorrectly, as Conservatism) - which is the desire for the re-institution of the free-market (without monopolization and the interference of lobbyists) as it was when this nation began, reduction of government to the least level necessary, the withdrawal from foreign nations and their business ...sometimes to the extent of being isolationism, and the return of our monetary base to a "gold-standard". This is often referred to as being a path towards Anarchism or, antithetically, Fascism. This is the historical usage of the word "Liberal", others will recognise it as synonymous for either Progressivism or, if they are Republicans, possibly the Conservative members of the Democratic party, supposing you choose to use it in discussion. The Liberal wishes to protect individual rights and provide the circumstances for as near a perfect Meritocracy as possible, that is: the equality of potential, irrespective of prior means - often the Classical Liberal mode of thought belongs to Republicans and/or Libertarians, [didn't have room to fit it all here, rest is listed as a comment...]

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Conservatism - which is the advocacy for whichever actions may be required for the current form of government, socio-economic structure, foreign policy, and environmental protections to be sustained - these occupy the majority of both major political parties in our nation, and Progressivism - being the tendency to favour government intervention in all forms, wherever deemed applicable at the time of their holding office. Progressives wish to render the society "equal" by mandate, fixing incomes to those determined fair or suitable by "experts", to whom they delegate most of their regulating power. It is often suggested that Progressivism is, or begets, Socialism, Fascism, and/or Communism. Internationalism is prevalent here, as in this case it would be considered that the happenings in other nations are variables which could negatively impact our society. - a portion of both major political parties is occupied by Progressives, a greater number in the Democratic Party. Activist parties, such as the "Green-party" and the "Worker's World party" are also often composed of by Progressives.
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Republicans used sex to defame their opponents and raise questions about "character." (See blow-job-gate circa 1994-2000 when the, then President and Cabinet, had balanced the budget and the economy was in an annual surplus - that was Republicans shaming others over their dalliances). In other words Republicans nose around in others sex lives, for to dig up dirt and sling it at their opponents.

Democrats used the greediness of others to defame their opponents and raise questions about "character." (See Bailouts of banks in two generations now. First was Savings and Loan Economic Crisis; circa 1984-1991. Second was the Bank Lending & Bad Loan Securitization Scandal, circa 2004-2011 and still not "Resolved" to satisfaction of most Americans irregardless of party affiliation.)

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Don't forget that the Republicans aren't afraid to use the Ethics Committee or any other means to demean and derail the Democrats, while Democrats have a really bad history of just rolling over and taking it. Seriously, Republicans turn a guy getting oral sex in the White House into a federal issue, while the Democrats let them start an illegal war and murder tens of thousands of people? Let's get our priorities straight, people.
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One way to look at it is what you want done after taxes are collected. If you want to spend it on social programs, hypothetically in the hopes of helping the disenfranchised, you're a democrat. If you want to spend it to safeguard your money and the money of your fat-cat friends, you're a republican.

Like others have said though, the best thing to do is do your research. Don't vote along party lines. Find those viewpoints that resonate with you and then vote both your conscience and what you believe may do the greatest good, whether it's good for you or not -- and please don't vote your wallet. We already have enough of those people on the Hill, and it's just plain time to get rid of them.

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I understand the confusion. Republicans work hard to load the Supreme Court with conservatives and then become angry when their appointments conservatively interpret the constitution (refuse to do away with habeas corpus, uphold Miranda, support separation of church and state, etc.). When liberal Democrats want a conservative interpretation of the constitution and conservative Republicans want a liberal interpretation of the constitution you begin to wonder if those words still mean what they used to.

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Liberal and conservative was never a reference to Constitutional interpretations (which are actually known as "strict" and "loose"). They were a reference to the French revolution. The royalist reactionaries supported feudalism, the conservatives supported feudalism but wanted some reform, the Liberals opposed feudalism in favor of Democracy but did so peacefully, and the radicals wanted a violent revolution against feudalism. From this comes the traditional political spectrum of reactionary, conservative, liberal or radical. "Left-wing" and "Right-wing" refer to where they sat at conventions, radicals on the left, royalists on the right.
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if you can think, are intellegent and believe the golden rule, then you are a republican, if you feel that others should work so that you can have free handouts, that it is ok to kill babies, and live a poor quality life with government controling you, then you are a democrat.

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There is so much more to it than this.
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I am not a "baby killer" do not live the life you describe and am not looking for handouts. I'm not a "communist" nor am I a "hippie liberal"

I am a registered Democrat for other reasons.

I am not is a Christian. I am not an agnostic or an atheist.
You just can't reduce these things to the few words you have used.
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Where were you when the wizard was giving out brains?
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Haha we have a Democrat posting then! At least according to what he thinks....
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Alrightythen

I became a Republican because my Parents were, then I grew older and became a Democrat. Now I'm even older and I chose the Candidate best suited. So just "Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and give to God what belongs to God" --Jesus Christ

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It'd be nice is Political Parties weren't able to sponsor Candidates, or had nothing to do with the policies enacted once the Candidates were elected. It'd be a lot better; in a system like ours it's better if more Candidates from other parties have a chance; remove the stupid two-way battle.
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Well if you believe in helping out the poor then you are a democrat but if you feel like not helping the poor and just giving more money to rich people then you are a republican

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Democrat = Jackass
Republican = Big strong

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Ridiculous
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yes,how ignorant
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Big strong Jackass= possibly you
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um i'm saying that democrats are donkey's and republicans are elephants meaning democrats more willing republicans big confident...
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The Democrat part might be true, but then Republicans are blind.
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Conservative: Maintains existing views conditions and institutions, Excersizes moderation and caution.
Progressive: Gives freely and generously, includes all people, broad minded and forward thinking.

Some of the other comments belong to the party of Division.

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demescrates are bitches and republecans are nice

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Nice spelling
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And hooked on phonics can change your life forever.
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wrong judgement of democrats
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Democrats are socially liberatarian and economically authoritarian. Republicans are socially authoritarian, economically liberatarian. What that means in the real world is that Democrats think the government SHOULD be able to interfere in the economy, to make sure that the rich don't take advantage of the poor, but SHOULD NOT interfere in people's private lives. Republicans think the government SHOULD NOT interfere in the economy, but SHOULD interfere in peoples' personal lives to make sure they act morally.

Democrats:
Want higher taxes on the rich to pay for more services for everyone, like healthcare and education
Support gay marraige
Support abortion rights
Actively fight for the issues of women and minorities
Support immigration rights
Do not believe religion has much of a role in government.

Republicans:
Want lower taxes on everyone, and the government to provide fewer services
Oppose Gay marraige
Think abortions should be banned
Think enough has been done to put minorities and women on equal ground with white males
Want to increase punishments on illegal immigrants
Believe America is and should openly be a Christian nation

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Republicans tend to be more likely to support wars with other nations
Democrats are willing to sacrifice economic growth to protect the environment, Republicans are willing to cause environmental destruction to improve the economy.
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I personally am extremely left-wing (more than the democrats even), but have given you an unbiased answer, because both sides seem to be presenting only their perspective.
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Well said answer
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I wouldn't necessarily say that Democrats are Socially Libertarian- that seems a more Moderate Tenant to me....
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your a democrat if you like obama

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No- actually, I believe only Republicans like Obama.
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take this test and see... http://www.gotoquiz.com/republican_or_democrat_1

http://www.selectsmart.com/plus/select.php?url=americanpolitic

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Whatever you are, you can't be anything good if you don't like the Beach Boys.

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