Skip to comments.The Difference Between Republicans and Democrats
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.
based on the headline I was imagining it might say:
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.
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”
Lately the only difference has been the spelling.
Especially since that’s an oxymoron.
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!”.
I agree. The two parties have one goal, that is to enrich their benefactors.
enrich their benefactors.
At the cost of the people
Up to now and for a longtime, not much difference.
Kal seems to overlook the vast and rapid changes in American demographics. America is no longer your parents country.
I'm old enough to remember when you made sense.
We can do both.
Yeah right. *rme*
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."
That's exactly what Ted Cruz is doing, while at the same time not ignoring scandals, corruption, lawlessness, and failed economic/domestic/foreign polices.
“Telling America’s story might inspire a younger generation”
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.
Bluh, bluh, blather, blather...
Grow your ridiculous moustache back.
Can’t tell if yyouong in the face or long in the tooth....