Welcome to DU! The truly grassroots left-of-center political community where regular people, not algorithms, drive the discussions and set the standards. Join the community: Create a free account Support DU (and get rid of ads!): Become a Star Member Latest Breaking News Editorials & Other Articles General Discussion The DU Lounge All Forums Issue Forums Culture Forums Alliance Forums Region Forums Support Forums Help & Search

General Discussion

Showing Original Post only (View all)

Cyrano

(15,162 posts)
Wed Jun 12, 2024, 01:01 PM Jun 12

Are Democrats more decent people than Republicans? [View all]

Answering “Yes” seems kind of self-righteous and arrogant. Yet, comparing the ideology and public actions of both parties, it’s hard to not arrive at “Yes.”

For many decades, Republicans have fought against Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, civil rights, universal voting rights, and every government program that benefited all American citizens. In short, they claim to believe that government has no business in people’s lives, other than keeping the peace and defending the country.

But is that what they really believe? They seem to have no problem with government helping the rich and powerful when it comes to taxes and special privileges. Yet, Republicans rarely if ever stand up for the rights and needs of the average person.

Democrats are by no means “saints.” But, for the most part, they are in favor of virtually everything that Republicans are against. They are for government working to improve people’s lives. They are in favor of a clean, healthy environment. They have empathy for and are willing to reach out to those in need. And most Dems instinctively believe in these words from the Declaration of Independence:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. -- That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed …”

(Some may doubt the existence of a “Creator,” but still believe in these “unalienable Rights.”)

Can anyone argue that Republicans actually believe in, or live by those words? Their agenda has always been portrayed as a reasonable, viable set of beliefs that, they claimed, just happen to differ from ours. But Trump has ended that masquerade. The greed, the cruelty, the hatreds, and the lust for absolute power have all been laid bare. At this very moment, most Democrats live in dread of what will come to pass if Republicans win (or steal) the levers of power in the upcoming election. And for any who doubt their intentions, check out the freedoms that the current Supreme Court has already taken away from us. -- Doesn't appear that they're acting with "... the consent of the governed."

So, it seems that my answer to the headline question is, "Yes." What's yours?

(Note: This post is a generalization about members of the two parties. It is not an attempt to claim that each individual Dem is a better human being than each individual Republican.)
18 replies = new reply since forum marked as read
Highlight: NoneDon't highlight anything 5 newestHighlight 5 most recent replies
Latest Discussions»General Discussion»Are Democrats more decent...