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.
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 ^-^
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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)?
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.
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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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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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...]
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.)
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.
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.
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
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