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The Difference Between Republicans and Democrats
Townhall.com ^ | June 24, 2014 | Cal Thomas

Posted on 06/24/2014 3:18:12 PM PDT by Kaslin

It is a line I have used to open speeches on the lecture circuit for years and it never fails to get a laugh: "I'm happy to be here tonight from Washington, D.C., where the only politicians with convictions are in prison."

That's only partially true. Democrats have convictions. They know what to do with power when they get it and how to isolate, even punish, any member of their party who dares to take a different position on an issue. Republicans seem to constantly react to the policies of Democrats or slam each other instead of making a case for the superiority of their ideas. It doesn't help Republicans that they lack the Democrats' uniformity.

President Obama's approval ratings continue to plummet while polls showing that voters think the country is on the "wrong track" seem to be on the rise. Republicans should focus less on scandals and policy failures and begin promoting a positive, inspirational and motivational message that reminds Americans of who we are, where we came from and what we can be again. Rather than settle for a Democratic nanny state, Republicans should feature in their speeches, political ads and conversations the virtues of liberty and the benefits and personal satisfaction that come from the power within each of us to make decisions that can improve any life far better than government.

Telling America's story might inspire a younger generation to reach back and consider the values that sustained this nation in the face of numerous challenges. Good history is worth repeating.

Cynics might say it is too late, that government has grown too big and there are far too many dependent on it to turn the country around and embrace liberty and personal responsibility. What the country needs is the political equivalent of a Rev. Billy Graham to rally the nation. A spiritual revival would be even better, but that's for a Higher Authority to direct.

Americans should never have to "settle," even in the midst of a failed presidency, as this one is by any objective standard. Americans have always believed we can do things better than other nations and we have proved it in the past.

inspiration-motivation-perspiration, rather than the envy-entitlement-greed culture in which we are now immersed. "We can do better," said John F. Kennedy during the 1960 presidential campaign. Indeed we can. Indeed we must.

As I write in my book "What Works: Common Sense Solutions for a Stronger America," we didn't just crawl out of a cave; we don't have to discover fire or invent the wheel. We have a history of problems that were solved, challenges met and innovation encouraged and rewarded. Why do we continue to conduct political discourse that sounds like stale sitcom dialog and lob the same rehearsed and focus-grouped sound bites at each other to no effect? Why not try something old that worked?

Given their party's deplorable state of disunion and the country's fixation on self, a Republican "revivalist" will have to sell his or her platform based on self-interest, featuring men and women who have overcome by making right choices, if we can still define "right" in a country that increasingly considers all choices equal.

Republicans should promise that if voters allow them to regain control of all three branches of government, an outside auditor will be named to go through the federal government, recommending to Congress which agencies can be reduced in size or even eliminated. Congress would require itself to accept the auditor's findings, as with the Defense Base Realignment and Closing Commission, which has been charged with increasing the Defense Department's efficiency by the realignment and closure of unnecessary U.S. military installations.

This will be a challenge for Republicans. We'll soon know if they can meet it and, more importantly, whether voters will respond to such a message. The time may be right for someone with real convictions and the courage to state them, regardless of what polls say.

Meanwhile, God save us from popular opinion and from politicians whose only convictions come in a courtroom.


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1 posted on 06/24/2014 3:18:12 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

based on the headline I was imagining it might say:

Nothing follows.


2 posted on 06/24/2014 3:21:45 PM PDT by KC Burke (Gowdy for Supreme Court)
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To: Kaslin

Republicans say they want to be the fiscally responsible, pro life(ish) wing of the Progressive Movement. That’s the only difference. Of course, such a thing cannot ever really prevail.


3 posted on 06/24/2014 3:22:22 PM PDT by cdcdawg
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To: Kaslin
IIRC it was Mr Reagan who once said “to Republicans every day is the 4th of July.To democrats every day is April 15th.
4 posted on 06/24/2014 3:23:41 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Rat Party Policy:Lie,Deny,Refuse To Comply)
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To: Kaslin

What is the difference between Democrats and Republicans? Not much. We have liberals and liberals light. Both parties are run by global interests and big money not by “we the people”


5 posted on 06/24/2014 3:25:26 PM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: Kaslin

Lately the only difference has been the spelling.


6 posted on 06/24/2014 3:27:05 PM PDT by cotton1706 (ThisRepublic.net)
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To: cdcdawg

Especially since that’s an oxymoron.


7 posted on 06/24/2014 3:31:31 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Kaslin

A democrat gets in a cab and takes it across town and gives the cab driver a $50 tip from taxpayer funds and tells him “Vote Democrat!”.
A Republican gets into a cab and takes it across town, gets out, doesn’t give him any tip, and tells him “Vote Democrat!”.
(an oldie).


8 posted on 06/24/2014 3:32:32 PM PDT by NY Cajun
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To: mountainlion

I agree. The two parties have one goal, that is to enrich their benefactors.


9 posted on 06/24/2014 3:37:05 PM PDT by A message
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To: A message

enrich their benefactors.

At the cost of the people


10 posted on 06/24/2014 3:38:47 PM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: NY Cajun

Like


11 posted on 06/24/2014 3:42:01 PM PDT by VRW Conspirator (Global Warming is caused by illegal immigrants!)
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To: mountainlion

Yes.


12 posted on 06/24/2014 3:42:39 PM PDT by A message
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To: Kaslin

Up to now and for a longtime, not much difference.


13 posted on 06/24/2014 3:43:19 PM PDT by mulligan (I)
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To: Kaslin

Kal seems to overlook the vast and rapid changes in American demographics. America is no longer your parents country.


14 posted on 06/24/2014 3:43:36 PM PDT by AlexW
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To: Kaslin
Republicans should focus less on scandals and policy failures and begin promoting a positive, inspirational and motivational message that reminds Americans of who we are, where we came from and what we can be again.

Cal.

I'm old enough to remember when you made sense.

We can do both.

15 posted on 06/24/2014 3:46:08 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: NY Cajun

Yeah right. *rme*


16 posted on 06/24/2014 3:50:27 PM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: AlexW
America is no longer your parents country.

Our history hasn't changed. The solution to America's problems reside within the American tradition and nowhere else.

"Telling America's story might inspire a younger generation to reach back and consider the values that sustained this nation in the face of numerous challenges. Good history is worth repeating."

17 posted on 06/24/2014 3:57:12 PM PDT by Jacquerie (To restore the 10th Amendment, repeal the 17th. Article V.)
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To: Kaslin
"Republicans should focus less on scandals and policy failures and begin promoting a positive, inspirational and motivational message that reminds Americans of who we are, where we came from and what we can be again."

That's exactly what Ted Cruz is doing, while at the same time not ignoring scandals, corruption, lawlessness, and failed economic/domestic/foreign polices.

18 posted on 06/24/2014 4:02:07 PM PDT by PoloSec ( Believe the Gospel: how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again)
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To: Jacquerie

“Telling America’s story might inspire a younger generation”
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Yes, but America now has largely Marxist public education and media. Not many parents and older people have the time or ability to home school, and others do not have the funds to afford private schools.


19 posted on 06/24/2014 4:10:35 PM PDT by AlexW
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To: Kaslin

Bluh, bluh, blather, blather...

Grow your ridiculous moustache back.

Can’t tell if yyouong in the face or long in the tooth....


20 posted on 06/24/2014 4:14:58 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: Kaslin
Democrats have convictions. They know what to do with power when they get it and how to isolate, even punish, any member of their party who dares to take a different position on an issue...Bob Beckel, longtime 'rat consultant and operative, inadvertently gave away a keystone in the 'rat political playbook this afternoon on "The Five" when he provided what he thought was a tip on successful interpersonal relationships - his advice: never ever admit to your spouse that you've been cheating - even if caught in bed with another woman,tell you wife that she has bad eyesight - maybe it should be called the Beckel Law and be inscribed along with Alinsky's Rules for Radicals somewhaere in the DNC headquarters......
21 posted on 06/24/2014 4:49:22 PM PDT by Intolerant in NJ
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To: Kaslin

Here’s the REAL difference......Republicans THINK their constituents are smart and don’t have to EXPLAIN things.....and Democrats KNOW their constituents are STUPID and will but ANYTHING they tell them!!!


22 posted on 06/24/2014 5:38:43 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion.....the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: AlexW

Ask Everett Dirksen

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lm6fnQ5no0o


23 posted on 06/25/2014 6:35:43 AM PDT by maxsand
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To: KC Burke
based on the headline I was imagining it might say: Nothing follows.

After the Cochran capitulation, the only difference in the parties is which set of lies they use.

24 posted on 06/25/2014 6:38:01 AM PDT by kevkrom (I'm not an unreasonable man... well, actually, I am. But hear me out anyway.)
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To: Kaslin

The democrat party has morphed into the CPUSA.
The republican party has moved left to fill the void.
We don’t have a republican party anymore.


25 posted on 06/25/2014 6:42:38 AM PDT by Texas resident (The democrat party is the CPUSA)
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