Thursday, April 02, 2009

Putting my finger on it

The difference between Democrats and Republicans (or liberals and conservatives, if you prefer) boils down to this:

- Democrats see the United States as a society - a staggeringly huge and diverse crew that won't agree on everything, yet is served best when people cooperate and have a shared stake in the future. Trying times require sacrifice from everyone, just as prosperous times benefit all. People are given tools to succeed, but also have help if success doesn't always come. They understand that if someone fails, we all have the ability to fail; thus, it is in our best interest to make life as good for as many people as possible - not just because it ensures societal well-being, but simply because it's the right thing to do.

- Republicans see the United States as a giant game of Monopoly. Everyone is simply circling the board, hoping to acquire as much as possible and avoid taxes and jail time. If one wins, they credit their skill, drive and merit. If they lose, they blame it on the dice. With the right money, they can buy themselves out of jail and squeeze blood out of those who land on their holdings. The idea is not to cooperate with others, but to beat them in every way possible, using the banks and community chest when convenient. Houses make way for hotels and other revenue cows. Most players give up before too long. If you lose, it's because you are less of a person, and thus aren't worthy of even a bank favor in your error. Whoever has the most cards wins. God Bless America and no place else.

Apply that to every current issue, and everything makes perfect sense.


E.J. said...

You are pure genius, man

Chris said...

That's a pretty broad brush to paint both ideologies with. The brush is so broad that it even slapped me, a libertarian, up the side of the head and now I have a headache.

Ian McGibboney said...

So where is it wrong?

And don't get me started on the libertarian philosophy. At the risk of being broad yet again, I'd say it combines most of the worst qualities of the left and right.