reply to post by Tecumte
You ask a valuable and probing question. I'm really glad you asked.
Consider Christianity. Just the word brings up powerful emotions. On ATS it seems like you'll get fury as much as anything else, but no matter.
Ask someone what a Christian should be. You'll probably get answers like kind, forgiving, non-judgmental, loving, church going, you know the kind of
When one looks at an individual Christian, one may see someone who is pretty nice, good at forgiving, too judgmental, and maybe skips church a lot.
Or perhaps it will be some other combination of failures and successes.
You see, there are two different descriptions for Christians, what they are, and what they should be. I see the same thing for Democrats and
Both parties have standards which are filled with good, but differing, principles. Just as there are wide gaps between Christinity and Judaism, there
are wide gaps between Republican and Democrats (as political theories). The problem many have is that they don't separate the party principles from
the party members.
Even though the Democrat party is more comfortable with big government, some individual Republicans can also be for big government. ( Remember the
Christian that skips church?) There can even be small government Democrats.
For me, the questions are: Are their principles clearly different? Yes. Does adoption of those principles affect my life? Yes. Can I ever
completely trust one of those misbegotten, Janus -faced, fundamentally dishonest, power seeking, snail slime licking, sycophants? Well, let me
But, as I said, the parties' principles are different. Looking only at those principles I would prefer to live under the Republican party. I don't
know if my income would go up, but i suspect I'd be freer. (Yes, I know I should be considering the Greens, the Libertarians, the Socialists, etc.
but I can only keep up with so much.)
My life on a personal level? That's tough. One, we don't know what would have happened had a particular failed law or regulation passed instead of
being tossed aside. Oh, there are some obvious ones, like Solyndra and Fast and Furious, that we know had bad effects without corresponding good
Thanks again for the question. Let me know if I didn't answer it, and I'll try again (only at not such great length)
OK. Wait a minute! Got one. I have a friend (no, it's not me) who is a very large woman, amply endowed. For obvious reasons she HATES wearing a
seat belt. Federal highway people issued a regulation saying that any state that didn't require seat belts would lose federal money. Our state
caved. (our legislature was solidly Democrat)
Oooh, Ooooh, I 've got another one. As much as she hates seatbelts, I hate the little swirly, pig tail lightbulbs. Hate everything about one. I
had one burn out and took it the fire department for proper disposal. (See, I'm not a monster.) The fireman said they didn't accept them, that I
would have to drive it to the County seat, 40 miles away, they MIGHT know where to take it.