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The Main Policy Differences Between the Democrats And Republicans

Posted by Jay Louineaux on
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Usually, when people think about politics in the United States, 2 parties come to mind. This should not be a surprise. After all, the US system is basically geared to create 2 parties system. Unlike Europe and other parts of the world that generally use a parliamentary system, the US political structure tends to favor a 2 party model.

There are other parties, no doubt. But they don’t do all that well in elections. In fact, the most successful, if you want to use that word to describe their fate, is the libertarian party. The number of seats they hold on the local level is a tiny fraction of the electoral hold of both democrats and republicans.

This 2 party system is not without criticism. A lot of people are saying that there’s really not much difference between the parties. In fact, some of the most vocal critics of the current American political systems say that there is such a thing as a uni party.

In other words, there’s really one party ruling the Unites States. I know it sounds conspiratorial and crazy. But there are actually a lot of people who believe this. They think that the republicans and democrats are essentially just fronts. They’re essentially just masks for a select group of people that really run the show.

It doesn’t really matter who the current and next president is. It doesn’t matter whether they have an R or a D after their name. At the end of the day, the same policies are passed by congress and implemented by the executive.

Unfortunately, this is not true. This is a gross simplification of the democrats and republicans. If you are to look at the details and policy positions of democrat and republican candidates for any office, you can see marked differences.

In fact, depending on which republican and democrat you research, the differences can be like black and white. It can be that extreme. Here are just some of the main policy differences between the democrats and republicans.

Republicans tend to be pro-life

Generally speaking, republicans, in terms of party platform as well as through some sort of “ideological litmus test” tend to be pro-life or anti-abortion. The flip side of this applies to the democrats. If you are not pro-choice, you’re going to have a tough time as a democrat candidate. You might not even make it through the primary.

The same applies to republicans. If you strayed too far to the choice spectrum of the whole abortion debate that’s been raging in the United States for the past 40 years, you might not get elected as a republican.

Republicans favor smaller government

Republicans think that the government that’s closest to the people is the most responsible and is the most worthy form of government. The idea is as you move along the chain and you get closer and closer to Washington, the bureaucrats there and the people who make all sorts of decisions are really so far away from the day to day concerns of people in Main Street, USA.

The whole idea here is to cut the size of government, roll back the scope of the federal governments responsibilities and powers and give more of that power to the people. If this sounds familiar, it should because this is actually enshrined in the US constitution.

However, the constitution was drafted and ratified in the late 18th century. Things have changed dramatically and people’s expectations have changed dramatically. This is why democrats say that the constitution should be interpreted as a living document.

In other words, it has to be in consonance or it must be in touch with people’s needs in the here and now. With that framework, then it follows that government should be large enough to solve problems wherever they appear because the state and local government may seem too small or may not have the proper resources to deal with the problem accordingly.

Republicans favor the second amendment, democrats are more ambivalent about it

The second amendment guarantees Americans the right to bear arms. This is almost unheard of because other governments want guns out of their citizen’s hands. You have to understand that the reason why the second amendment was pushed so heavily by the founding fathers of the United States is because they did not trust a central government.

They just had a revolution. They knew that centralized authority can be a very bad thing. They also believed that an armed society is a polite society. You literally put the power back in the hands of the citizenry.

However, the democrats counter that arms technologies have evolved dramatically since the days of muskets and pistols. Now, people can have automatic or semi-automatic rifles that can kill a lot of people in a very short period of time.

Accordingly, there has to be some sort of rational limit to the right to bear arms. This is a raging debate in the United States which often flares up whenever there’s a mass shooting. As scary as those events may be, when you look at the total number of deaths in the United States in any given year, mass shootings are actually account for a very very small percentage.

Republicans are for less spending and less regulation

Until recently, republicans have been very big on spending cuts. Well, it seems that that has changed under president Trump. But historically speaking, republicans believe that the smaller the government is and the less money it spends, the better off people will be because hey, let’s face it, who is the better judge of how to spend your money?

That’s right. That person is you. So, generally speaking, republicans are for less taxes, less spending and less regulation. The idea is when these policies are pursued, the economy flourishes. And based on the recent results in Trump’s economy, there are actually more jobs than people looking for jobs. A lot could be said about this low regulation, low tax strategy.

Democrats, on the other hand, say that the reason there are so many billionaires in the United States is because the American system is so awesome and it really would be immoral for the government to stand by and let billionaires like Jeff Bezos make so much money while their employees are barely getting by above minimum wage.

The idea is for the government to step in through taxation to redistribute or equalize the wealth so we live in a more equitable society. The idea of inclusive growth is a very democratic idea.

Keep the differences above in mind if you come across somebody who says that there’s really not much difference between the political parties in the United States. There are actually quite a lot of differences. The policy variances I outlined above actually form just the tip of the iceberg.

Some Digital Devices that can be Found in the White House

Posted by Jay Louineaux on
Daily News

If you’ve been paying any attention to the news, you know that mobile phones are more than welcome in the Trump White House. Otherwise, there’s no way Donald Trump can make all those controversial and popular tweets.

Regardless of your politics, please understand that, since mobile devices have become standard devices in today’s White House, all bets are off.

It used to be that all communications from the White House has to go through a rigid hierarchy. This is how you maintain the integrity of the message. This is how you keep people in line. This is how you make sure that dissenting voices never get an audience.

It worked well for quite some time. But unfortunately, thanks to the rise of modern technology like Twitter, all bets are off.

Washington, D.C. at the White House.

Twitter, by its very nature and setup, encourages people to post their ‘hot take’ on anything they are monitoring or tracking. While this is perfectly fine for people tracking a food truck’s route so fans of the food truck can plan ahead, this can be both funny and dangerous when it comes to the President of the United States sharing his thoughts.

With Twitter, you can basically get anonymous tweets from people claiming to be insiders of the Trump White House revealing all sorts of controversies. On top of that, there are all sorts of online forums, message boards, as well as Facebook Pages and Facebook Groups. These create a massive worldwide, borderless, free distribution system for information.

Now, even somebody as lowly as a White House intern or an intern at a White House contractor can get the word out regarding the things they claim to have seen or heard in the White House. This is why the digital devices that can be found in the White House really opens up a new vista in how we are to treat channels of power and how we’re going to process information from those channels.

How exactly can you tell which is official and which is unofficial? How much weight can you give to the word of somebody who claims to have worked in the White House? And just because they had a mobile phone or just because they had some screenshots, is that enough?

It seems that, as technology continues to evolve, it can always be said that human methods of coping with such technology will always remain ten years behind. Remember the Hillary email scandal? Well, this is due to the fact that there are digital devices that can be found in the White House.

Hillary had access to mobile devices. She also had access to laptops. It’s really mind-blowing how certain protocols were not followed. And a lot of this really has to do with the disconnect between what people were used to and how technology has quickly evolved.

The argument could be made that email is not exactly new. After all, email predated the internet by at least a decade. So how can anybody say with a straight face that email technology is still so cutting edge that people using it should be given some sort of pass or at least not be put under such extreme scrutiny?

Well, regardless of where you fall in this controversial issue, the truth is, digital devices that can be found in the White House pose great risks. While it’s easy to see the benefits that they can theoretically bring to the table, we may have a situation where it creates more problems than it solves.

The Issue of Trump Twitter Use

I guess in terms of ideals, what Donald Trump is doing with his Twitter account is the stuff that dreams are made of. For the longest time, there are lots of pundits on TV, radio and elsewhere who are constantly saying, “It would be nice if we get 100% transparency and accountability from the government.” They keep repeating it like it’s some sort of mantra.

Well, how do you think they’re reacting now that we have a president who actually just tweets whatever he’s thinking based on the latest hot button issue on the internet? Well, it’s a mixed reaction. For every person who is glad to see an unprecedented amount of candor and candidness from the most powerful and important person on the planet, there is no shortage of critics.

A lot of people are saying that this is unpresidential. A lot of the stuff that Trump tweets, especially the Charlottesville racial incident, casts the presidency in a bad light. In fact, Trump makes so many off the cuff remarks that a lot of people are saying that his Twitter use has really cheapened the presidency.

They wish he was like Obama. When Obama became president, he didn’t use Twitter as a personal soapbox. Whatever pronouncements came from President Obama had to go through a fixed hierarchy of people.

And even then, people still misspoke. Even then, there was still a need for damage control. Oftentimes, people had to walk back all sorts of statements made by other people that may be loosely connected with the presidency, and it was still a mess.

But then, there was still some sort of semblance of control. Not so with Trump. Accordingly, it’s a very disconcerting. And to many people, desperate times because they think that a madman is running the country.

Well, let’s be clear here. If you were to broadcast everything you thought, I’m sure you would come off as crazy as well. I know I would, and most other people I know.

The truth is, when you’re dealing with something that is as close to unfiltered thought as possible on Twitter, things will not hit the mark from time to time. Things will come off harsh, and things will come off bad. It’s just the way it is because that’s the high price we pay for authenticity, sincerity and candor.

Now, this doesn’t mean that I’m Donald Trump’s number one fan. Far from it. But this does just highlight the intersection of a political discourse and the types of digital devices that can be found in the White House.