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What kind of government do we need?
Some say the Democrats want big government and federal control of everything. They want to regulate everything. That’s what some say. The Republicans, some say, want business to control everything and competition is the key to national success in all areas. The feds should step back and let nature take its course. At least that’s what some say. Neither has a unified set of beliefs. In the Republican Party, Evangelical Christians represent about 30% of the members. The Tea Party has about 22%. Non evangelical Christians are about 17% of the party; Neocons represent about 20% of the party members. Moderates are about 25% of the membership.
There are overlaps in these groups. In the Democratic Party about 30-40% of their supporters are minorities, which means Blacks, Latinos, Native Americans, Asians and non-Christian groups. The party gets about 60% support from women. White people barely constitute a majority of voters and soon will be a minority. The Democrats have looked to non-whites for support and the growth of their party. So what does each party stand for? Since both have a coalition of conflicting groups, there are only a few issues on which most of their members agree. The Republicans are the most diverse in their membership, and each faction has a different ideological focus.
The party in the last few years has used heavy handed techniques to maintain unity which often includes signing an oath of loyalty to the party line. Sometimes they sound like a religious group warning their followers to not stray from the path. The internal vote trading among these conflicting groups must be interesting when they set the party platform. The Democrats are accused of being anti-business, which is an overstatement. While many of their supporters want to regulate business, they must also advocate business success to generate jobs for the minority groups that support the party. A large portion of the party is devout Christians or secularist Christians, but they have many supporters from different religions such as Jewish, Hindu, Muslim and Buddhist.
The leaders must also tread the line which will not alienate their supporters most which have conflicting views. We have two parties made up of conflicting coalitions. They attempt present an organized front, and they present the voter with a platform of positions the party will take. This leads to the mess in bills and laws which have provisions which are not the subject of the bill or make exceptions in the law for certain individuals or groups as a reward for a vote of support. An American citizen is expected to know what is in the law so they can obey it. Does anyone other than a few lawyers know what is in Obama’s health care law? How can we take a position on it if we only know a few fragments? This kind of lawmaking undermines democracy and encourages graft and corruption. Special interests can get a favorable legal item and not have to get a majority vote on the item. Specifically, a law shouldn’t have anything in it that doesn’t apply to the subject of the law. I don’t like the way our representative system is working, and I certainly don’t want anything to do with either party.