Differences

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You can’t look at me and see which half of my face is white and which is black.  A person from another world would see us as completely the same.  Just by looking at each other we can’t tell who is Republican or Democrat.  If we could tell the difference at a glance, we could avoid interaction, or know when to keep our inflammatory comments to ourselves.  Our communication with others could be pleasant and peaceful.

At the beginning of the American Experiment there were no political parties.  The person who got the most votes won the election and became president.  The runner up became Vice-President.  Our new country quickly learned having a president and a vice-president with opposing views made things difficult.  Candidates began selecting a running mate with similar views.  The two party system was born.

Today the two major parties have become polarized into very different camps.  Republicans claim to be fiscally and socially conservative.  Democrats claim to be inclusive and socially liberal.

It is not obvious who is on which team, but I hear people talking about it.  At the YMCA, the local hospital, area restaurants, people talk politics and who is in which party.

We live in the same neighborhoods, maintain our property, raise our children and send them to the same schools.  We stand on main street with our flags for the Fourth of July parade, and the annual Christmas parade to welcome Santa to town.  We shop in the same places, work in similar jobs, pay our taxes, and deal with the same issues of health and happiness.  We belong to the same clubs, organizations, and churches.

The representatives we choose should represent all of us.  The party label should be used as a guide of a similar political approach, but not as a guarantee that a party candidate thinks like you.  Look past the party rhetoric at the entire person, their record and service.

Our political views may be different, but our ballot is secret.  Say whatever you need to get along in the world.  Vote for the best person.  If that isn’t the party candidate, no one will know.

 

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  1. I agree, that’s why I voted Democrat, or did I vote Republican, I might have voted for both. Actually I probably voted for the Publican who offered me free beer.

    Isn’t voting in your country the same as ours, you vote with the mantra “What’s in It For Me?” We do have die hards on both sides and die hards who think they are in the middle voting for fringe whackos and the sort of people that can’t do anything in a two party preferred system but at the end of the day it always comes down to “What’s In It For Me?”

    This is never more prevalent than at budget time when hate for each side is strong because only your favourite side can manage the budget but we all still line up and ask the guy we hate “What’s In This Budget For Me?” and “How Do I Pay Less Tax?” These comments are usually followed by “You Cut Funding For What?” and “I Don’t Want To Pay For That!”

    The most predictable thing about politics is that all those whinging today about the person they didn’t vote for go awful quiet in a few years when their choice gets in and does the same things they blasted the previous guy for.

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