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{August 7, 2007}   Republicans Vs Democrats – Pick Your Poison

US PoliticsToday is a great guest post that I thought was apt after the many great reviews I’ve been reading online about the Yearly Kos. Both Feministe and Pandagon blogged about the happenings at this sold out convention. Though I’m not a fan of Markos, the man behind it all, I would still love to have the chance to go to the next Yearly Kos and watch it unfold. Being still fairly new, this was only it’s second year, many people still aren’t aware fo what exactly Yearly Kos is. But as it builds up steam and a reputation it will certainly get bigger and more noticed.

An annual convention gathering people from all walks of life who belong to the Netroots community, the US-based (but globally focused and inclusive) non-partisan grassroots political action community that uses the Internet and blogs as primary tools for: expressing viewpoints, building consensus, acting to change the status quo, mobilizing huge numbers of people and informing each other and the world about current events, grassroots actions, networks, meetings, policy and more.

Now, onto the guest post for those who aren’t quite familiar with how politics are lined up in America here is a short piece to help.

Republicans Vs Democrats 

Currently in the United States there are two main political parties, the Republican Party and the Democratic Party. While not every person ascribes to every belief of their stated political party, generally, the beliefs held are as follows:


Republicans prefer a small federal government, only performing those functions that are specifically stated in the Constitution. They believe the federal government should provide for the defense of the country, mint the money and raise the military. They place the freedom and rights of the individual over that of the majority. They believe that taxes should be for the benefit of local government and are opposed to high taxes. Republicans preserve peace by strengthening defense. The strength of the nation’s economy is in free enterprise and individual and national prosperity. The role of the individual and the family is placed before that of government. Decisions about local matters are made at the local level.


Democrats believe the government should be focused at the federal level. They believe the federal government is empowered to do anything that is not specifically prohibited by the Constitution. They believe that the rights of the individual are less important than the good of all. Taxes should be increased and sent to the federal government to disperse for the benefit of the poorest. Democrats believe that money should be spent on social programs rather than defense. They believe world peace can be based on discussion and good intentions. Democrats believe in stronger business regulations and requirements as well as higher taxes. Democrats have been responsible for many of the social programs that place importance on the government’s role in care giving rather than that of the family. Democrats want more federal and state control over the quality and structure of education, particularly at the local level.

Each party believes that they are doing the best for the country. Let no one think that either one or the other is less patriotic. However, good intensions can still harm the country and its people. Which party, Republican or Democratic, has done the most good or harm to our country? Which party is doing the most good or harm presently? You be the judge at

~Calvin Kuefer is a part time writer and full time Internet enthusiast.

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