The central U.S. opened like a fissure, threatening a volcanic eruption spewing out hate clothed in white supremacist ideology, spreading its deadly gases over the land. Officials tossed out legitimate voter registrations, closed down voting places, prevented people from gathering in dissent, used fear tactics of old, and replaced reasoned messages with propaganda, the hope for peace through justice dies.  Using reason when the population writhes in emotion, intelligence has a huge barrier to cross.  

According to Democrat_vs_Republican

Right-leaning voters hold that taxes should not be raised for anyone; wages should be decided by the free market. Social ideas rest on individual rights and laws. They support increased military spending. They oppose gay marriage. The left opposes Roe v. Wade and tend to be anti-abortion. A majority of Republicans support the death penalty. They believe government regulations hinder free market capitalism and job growth. The rights want to privatize health care and education services. They tend to live in the central states. 

Left-leaning voters tend to believe in progressive taxation; support minimum wage increases; favor government regulation of banking and financial institutions. The Left tends to base its values on community and social responsibility. They support a decrease in spending.  Some support Gay Marriage, family planning, and abortion. The Left strongly support the death penalty with a significant fraction opposed. They think there should be government regulations to protect consumers. Public money supports for universal healthcare and education. They support a "pathway to citizenship" for immigrants; oppose separating families at the border. They tend to live in the coastal states. 

~ Democrat vs. Republican

So, how vote you on the issues?

"This comparison examines the differences between the policies and political positions of the Democratic and Republican parties on major issues such as taxes, the role of government, entitlements, Social Security & Medicare, gun control, immigration, healthcare, abortion, environmental policy, and regulation. These two parties dominate America's political landscape but differ greatly in their philosophies and ideals."

IMHO there is no such thing as a free market, policies and practices determine the direction of the economic life. Also, I think Climate Change is real, it is critically important, and we will have to learn new skills if we are to meet the challenges of the changing Earth. 

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Worth repeating: "IMHO there is no such thing as a free market, policies and practices determine the direction of the economic life."

From "The Myth of the ‘Free Market’ and How to Make the Economy Work for Us" (Robert Reich, Huffington Post):

One of the most deceptive ideas continuously sounded by the Right... is that the “free market” is natural and inevitable...

By this view, if some people aren’t paid enough to live on, the market has determined they aren’t worth enough. If others rake in billions, they must be worth it... the “free market” knows best.

In reality, the “free market” is a bunch of rules about (1) what can be owned and traded (the genome? slaves? nuclear materials? babies? votes?); (2) on what terms (equal access to the internet? the right to organize unions? corporate monopolies? the length of patent protections? ); (3) under what conditions (poisonous drugs? unsafe foods? deceptive Ponzi schemes? uninsured derivatives? dangerous workplaces?) (4) what’s private and what’s public (police? roads? clean air and clean water? healthcare? good schools? parks and playgrounds?); (5) how to pay for what (taxes, user fees, individual pricing?). And so on.

These rules don’t exist in nature; they are human creations...

The interesting question is what the rules should seek to achieve. They can be designed to maximize efficiency... or growth... or fairness... Or some combination of all three...

The rules can even be designed to entrench and enhance the wealth of a few at the top, and keep almost everyone else comparatively poor and economically insecure.

Which brings us to the central political question: Who should decide on the rules, and their major purpose?...

(Ellipses and bolding mine; the whole thing is worth reading!)

Well put, thanks!


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