Too pregnant to pass up…
Some facts:Once upon a time, the Democrats and the Republicans were of the same party.
were founded in 1791. The United States at that time was considered “Liberal”, and this party was no less, especially when compared to the rest of the world. The distinctions within the party coalesced between 1824 and 1832 over the power of the President verses the Legislature, or more to the point:
The power to create and manage welfare of the people by the people verses that which desires the return of elitism and/or monarchy to Government.
Republicans, as they began to call themselves during this time, absorbed factions of the defunct Federalist Party (Hamiltonians). After 1832, the divisions were solidified into the newly renamed Democrats
. Immigrants and farmers and common folk identified with Democrats whilst the Whigs recruited the well-to-do. In either case, both are liberal down to the marrow in ideology on the concept of Freedom
which was completely foreign to reigning kingdoms dotting the world at this time. Understand that the only other world Democracy was France, and it had been perverted by the Napoleonic Wars, followed by periods of restorations to monarchy.
It’s important to comprehend the significance of Whigs
: They were expansionists, and believed in balance in government, and national unity. Democrats on the other hand were for social, economic and moral modernization. We can read the differences clearly as subordination of the masses towards profit through private enterprise, and a National Bank to control the flow of commerce as a Whig priority
. Conversely, Democrats believed in equality and opportunity with Freedom, and protection from exploitation.
The threat to Union came from within as the country approached the eve of the Civil War, and the issues that destroyed the Whig Party centered upon divisions within over Slavery. The modern Republican Party
cleaved from the Whigs
in 1854 and aligned itself against Slavery, becoming the 2nd oldest party in the United States… after the Democrats. To be fair, Republicans to this very day adhere to the essential Whig plank of pro-business, expansive, heavy industry, free-trade, powerful banking, with strong foreign policy (read: enforcement). The facts with regards to the Republicans is not a question of whether they are conservative because certainly some thrift must be involved to attain these goals, it is instead about conquest and hegemony. At the time of Reagan, Laissez-faire
became a national objective, and it was thought to be achieved through popular adoption by offering tax incentives for the middle classes and by lowering taxes for the rich. This is the beginning of the end of relatively modest deficits (excluding times of war post-WWI).
The modern Democratic Party
is today an amalgamation of social causes, popular activism, and policies of plurality, and includes Progressives, “Liberals”, and Libertarians (whether they like it or not). They have been called the party of radicals
ever since Andrew Jackson killed the Second Bank of the United States. In reference to the Republican Party, Democrats promote “social liberalism”
as opposed to “classic liberalism”
, though some cut to the chase and simply call it Liberals
which is entirely inaccurate. Democrats are in many ways the diametric polar opposite of the Republicans within a narrowly defined spectrum, long favoring farmers, laborers, labor unions, and religious and ethnic minorities, in addition to being against unregulated business, for affirmative action, for progressive taxation, and for common welfare. In the first half of the last century “conservative” elements within the party better resembled their Republican counterparts with fiscal responsibility and pro-business ideology; however this gave way after the election of FDR and with it the rise of socialism.
Both parties will claim to want a balanced budget and a strong defense; however the truth of the matter is that both parties are guilty of being subverted by the Military Industrial Complex (MIC) which is in itself another form of government-sponsored employment. In truth, neither party desires unemployment which is in itself bad for re-election: Following the example of FDR, our government spends loosely to purchase future profit at the expense of our children and their children… There is no accountability; they are both culpable. There was for once a brief glimmer, an open opportunity during Clinton’s Administration with a Republican-led House to have a balanced-budget and a plan to bail us out in 10 or so years; this idea though was jettisoned after 9/11.
There is no question world-wide that the previous Republican Administration adversely harmed American credibility with a phony war. Both parties are guilty of providing carte blanche and open coffers to overt corruption and profiteering beneficing the stakeholders of Halliburton et al. In description, I like the word “pillage”; it’s a little easier on the ears than calling it “bald-faced rape” of American’s fortune.
Through the intervening eight years in office, the Republicans take the House and systematically remove certain checks and balances of regulation to banking and finance and market oversight and mortgage brokerages… under the banner of “let free market reign” – and setting up the big plunder and meltdown just in time for the next sitting president; tank the economy so bad that with a good dose of obstructionism, no matter who was elected (albeit Hillary or Barack) come four years and the garlic & onions scented Republicans will be smelling sweet as rose again.
I don’t buy any of this horse. I don’t support a party with an agenda of obstruction (however both are guilty). I don’t support the nanny-like Democrats that tell me I must have insurance when I’m quite capable of paying my own way. I think that the National Health Care legislation was the wrong thing to focus on at this time when there are other pressing issues; however the blame is not 100%
to Obama as much as it was a short-sighted Democratic politicking maneuver hammer-fisted up our arse by Pelosi & tribe.
Our Government has become so entwined with the MIC, Insurance corruption, Social Security insolvency and entitlements, investment fraud, and service to the National Debt when we’re not subsidizing farmers, giving away foreign aid to corrupt leaders, or otherwise lubricating the public for another porking Deliverance-style. Both of these parties have been around for at least 150 years, and they are both responsible for the misguided small-minded prosecution of privateering. Every now and then we have brilliant leadership, but for the most part, and especially following 9/11 – Government in this United States has been appalling. Citizens’ rights have been reduced. Corporations have been allowed to offshore. Our futures are diminished. And I would sack the lot.Then comes reform.
If my words aren’t banned by now, I have a plan for moving forward.
Ever so slightly motivated to improve the condition beyond passive, KFPS - I have zero interest in attacking indivuals on this forum; it's a waste of time and I'd rather pound dirt. I will however offer opinion that is my own.