posted on Aug, 2 2011 @ 07:09 PM
I have been reading a LOT of political threads recently, since the news has been so caught up in the mess in Washington. I am extremely disheartened
to see how we seem to label ourselves as "Democrat" or "Republican" and then we BASH the other party.
On these threads of ATS, I have seen members spewing hate toward the opposing party. I have seen insane stereotyping that is clearly wrong, unless
50% of Americans are sociopaths, which I know is not true. BOTH parties are guilty of this stereotyping.
Let's take a moment and try an experiment. When you reply, I want you to tell me this in your answer:
1. With which political party do you affiliate yourself, and why?
2. In YOUR opinion, what does your party stand for?
3. What are the BIGGEST misconceptions you believe the opposing party has about your party?
4. What are some things that you see in the opposing party that are GOOD? You MUST answer #4!
Can we establish some ground rules? Can this be a thread where we DON'T try to bash the other party? Can this be the thread where we DON'T have to
try and make ourselves sound smarter by making fun of others?
I really think that it is important for us to understand one another. I don't like how it seems like Americans are divided, when really, we all want
the same things for our country: prosperity for as many Americans as possible.
I'll go first:
1. I consider myself to be a libertarian, because I believe that government exists to perform only the basic functions outlined in the Constitution.
However, I generally vote Republican, because I think the Republican party is more supportive of the philosophy of personal responsibility, rather
than the philosophy that government is the panacea for all ills. I have attended several tax day tea party rallies, because I am absolutely convinced
that my tax dollars are being wasted by politicians in Washington (on things like turtle tunnels and bridges to nowhere.)
2. I'm going to speak about the Republican Party here. I believe the Republican Party wants to see a strong America, which is defined as an America
where the citizens are educated and contributing members of society. In a perfect Republican America, everyone would finish school with a
well-rounded education (remember that the Republicans developed No Child Left Behind, which starts with the philosophy that ALL children can learn.)
After school, adults would be employed and work supporting their families, and in this perfect world, no one would need public assistance. Since we
know we do not live in a perfect world, however, the Republicans believe that the government is here to act as a safety net for those who need
short-term help. Republicans would also like to see affordable health care, but we do not believe it is the government's role to provide it.
Instead, we think that health care could be made more affordable by doing things such as allowing consumers to shop for health insurance in the same
way they shop for other types of insurance. Above all, we don't think that it is the government's job to be everyone's everything.
3. Liberals seem to have many misconceptions about conservatives. First of all, we are not heartless; in fact, Republicans lead the nation in
charitable giving. We do NOT want to see children starving in the streets. We believe in helping our neighbors. We do NOT think that government
should support big business either--that's one of the biggest misconceptions about the Republicans, in my opinion! YES, many Republican politicians
seem to be in the pockets of big business, but guess what??? SO DO many liberal politicians! Those politicians who are constantly working for the big
businesses who lobby them are NOT following the will of the average conservatives!!!!! The average American conservative wants government to STOP
giving special breaks to businesses.
4. I believe that the Democrats sincerely want to help Americans. (In saying that, realize I'm talking about the average liberal AMERICAN, not the
liberal politicians. I think the politicians of both parties, with few exceptions, are out for themselves.) I think that liberal sincerely believe
that the best way to help those that are more fortunate is for the government to make laws that protect the average person.
Can we do this, ATS? Can we explain our views, and then see the good in the other party? Or are we destined to be divided, prejudiced, and