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Monday, September 04, 2006


Difference Between Republicans and Democrats- Which do YOU believe?

Republicans believe...Democrats believe...
...that the United States were founded on the fundamental
principle that individuals have certain rights and freedoms which cannot
be infringed upon and may be restricted only to the degree necessary to
preserve the rights of others.
...that our Founding Fathers did not really mean
what they said when they guaranteed certain constitutional rights such
as the right to freedom of religious expression, the right to keep and
bear arms, and the right to retain the use of private property.
...the money you earn is yours and that government
in a free society has the right to take only as much as is needed to perform
those limited functions, which are appropriate to it.
...government has a right to use your money as it
sees fit to redistribute wealth, establish new spending programs in times
of budget surpluses, and to return to you only that portion of your money
which is politically expedient.
...the traditional family and the values it fosters
are the foundation of American society and their preservation is essential
to our Nation's continued success.
...American society must redefine its values and
the role of the family to fit new lifestyle concepts, which have resulted
from the 60ís counter-culture movement and an attitude that promotes an
abrogation of individual responsibility.
...parents have the right to determine the values with which their
children will be raised and to have the widest possible choice among public,
private and religious schools and that competition will improve public
...the federal government has the right to determine the values which
will be taught in public schools and parentsí choice of schools must be
limited to avoid exposing public schools to competitive forces which would
encourage reform and increase accountability.
...that the free enterprise system is the most effective engine of
economic progress.
...that government regulation and federal control of economic activity
can better distribute wealth and services to the American people.
...high taxes, runaway government spending, and over-regulation of
business and farming punish initiative and stifle economic growth.
...penalizing achievement with higher taxes and increased government
bureaucracy and spending will not stifle economic growth but instead guarantee
prosperity for everyone.
...that with freedom comes responsibility and that individuals must
take personal responsibility for their own actions and our criminal justice
system must be based on this idea.
...individual behavior, including criminal behavior, can be blamed
on "society" and that spending on social welfare programs and improvements
in prison living conditions can combat crime.
...that your property is yours and you have the basic right to make
use of it without unreasonable government restrictions.
...the government has the right to regulate the use of private property
in accordance with narrow special interests without giving just compensation
to owners.
...the preservation of our rights and freedoms must be entrusted to
a strong national defense and of the ability of the United States to negotiate
with other nations from a position of strength.
...we can afford to drastically weaken our military despite the threats
present in an unstable, post-Cold War international environment and the
United States must subjugate its interests to those of the United Nations.
...it is imperative today to re-affirm the traditional freedoms and
values of America to preserve our great Republic.
...that America must adopt a politically correct, multi-cultural set
of values which denies common American heritage and will further divide
American society.
...there can be differences of opinion and that such differences such
result in opponents, not enemies.
...that all whom oppose them are to be treated as enemies.
...that all of America's citizens can enjoy the rights and freedoms
of our country without diminishing the rights of others.
...that some must give up a portion of their rights and freedoms that
others may enjoy those same rights and freedoms.
...that public servants, particularly those whom we elect to office,
must be held accountable to the highest standards of ethical conduct. 

"If a man cannot be trusted with the government of himself, can he be
trusted with the government of others?" [Thomas Jefferson] 

...that loyalty to a discredited leader is a virtue and if other office
holders have committed indiscretions, a sitting office holder should not
be criticized for failing to uphold the highest standards of ethical conduct.

From http://markshannon.com/republicandemocrat.htm
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