A conservative view of national, state and local politics by Steve Fair
Monday, October 21, 2013
Weekly Opinion Editorial
PARTY AFFILIATION IS YOUR FIRST VOTE!
by Steve Fair
People often ask me
the difference between the Republican Party and the Democrat Party.“All political parties are alike,” they will
often say, but is that true?Not
really.I want to point three distinct
differences between the two major political parties:
Republican Party is a party of limited government, Democrats believe in an
expanded government.Republicans believe
in empowering individuals and businesses.They believe that government should have just enough revenue to provide
basic core services, aka roads, infrastructure, law enforcement.Republicans believe in providing those in
real need with a hand up, but not a long term hand-out.The Democrat Party believes government has a
moral obligation to provide for citizens.In addition to core services, they believe the government should provide
food, shelter and health care for every citizen.The money to provide those programs are
collected from the general public in the form of taxes and then redistributed
to those in need.
Republican Party believes that life begins at conception; Democrats believe it
begins at birth.According to
Prolifephysicians.org, there is a universal consensus in the scientific
community as to when life begins.They
state, “According to most elementary
definition of life, life begins at fertilization, when a sperm unites with an
oocyte. From that moment, the being is highly organized, has the ability to
acquire materials and energy, has the ability to respond to his or her
environment, has the ability to adapt, and has the ability to reproduce (the
cells divide, then divide again, etc., and barring pathology and pending
reproductive maturity has the potential to reproduce other members of the species).
Non-living things do not do these things. Even before the mother is aware
that she is pregnant, a distinct, unique life has begun his or her existence
inside her.”U.S. Representative Debbie
Wasserman-Schultz (D-Florida), chair of the Democratic National Committee, says
defining that human life begins at conception is “an extreme and radical
step.”The Democrat Party national
platform statement on abortion says; The
Democratic Party strongly and unequivocally supports Roe v. Wade and a woman's
right to make decisions regarding her pregnancy, including a safe and legal
abortion, regardless of ability to pay.
Third, the Republican Party believes
in the right to keep and bear arms, Democrats believe in restricting personal
gun ownership.Democrats favor more gun
control laws e.g. oppose the right to carry concealed weapons in public places.
Republicans oppose gun control laws and are strong supporters of the Second
Amendment as well as the right to carry concealed weapons for self
In general Democrats
tend to favor an active role for government in society and believe that such
involvement – be it environmental regulations against polluting or
anti-discrimination laws – can improve the quality of people’s lives and help
achieve the larger goal of opportunity and equality. On the other hand,
Republicans tend to favor a limited role for government in society and believe
that such reliance on the private sector (businesses and individuals) – be it
avoiding unnecessary environmental regulations or anti-discrimination laws –
can improve economic productivity and help achieve the larger goals of freedom
and self-reliance. Remember your party affiliation is your first
vote!Are you aligned with your values?
information on the difference in the two major parties, go to http://www.diffen.com/difference/Democrat_vs_Republican.
FAIR- because that's my name and BIASED because the truth is we are all biased-either for something or against it. What's important is that our bias(opinions) are based on right- on absolute truth and not on changing values. What's right cannot change based on a change in circumstances. That is the basis for situational ethics.
Situation Ethics is a theory that is concerned with the outcome or consequences of an action; the end, as opposed to an action being intrinsically wrong. In the case of situation ethics, the end can justify the means. There are no absolutes. Your actions are guided only by your conscience.
A person's view of right can be subjective. But there is a way mankind can definitely know what's right and that is revealed in God's Word- the Bible. As His creatures, we should be biased toward things our Creator is for and biased against those things He is against. May God grant us the grace and understanding to know the difference.
PARTY AFFILIATION IS IMPORTANT! by Steve Fair- written in 2009
How important is political party affiliation? Some people mistakenly believe only politicians need political affiliation, which they use for support to get elected. They contend the electorate or voters, do not need to be aligned with any Party. These same people often state they “support the man, not the Party.” But whether they recognize it or not, they are supporting a party when they “support the man.” Most of the Founding Fathers had a negative view of political parties. In his farewell address to the nation, George Washington warned about political parties saying, “However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.” In spite of Washington's warning, political parties were formed anyway. From 1796 to 1828 the first political parties were formed. Starting with the Federalists and Anti-Federalists, two opposing factions arose. Each was concerned with how the new government was to be organized. The Federalists believed in a strong central government. Their philosophy and beliefs would closely mirror the Democrat Party today. The Anti-Federalists strongly supported the rights of the states. They would more closely align with Republicans today. Since the mid 1800s, the Ds and Rs have been the two major political parties in our country. Political parties flourished in our government mainly for legislative organization and expediencies sake. Why is Party affiliation important for the average voter? Party affiliation is important for three very simples reasons. First, party affiliation is the first vote a citizen casts. When a citizen registers as a Democrat, then they are aligning philosophically with the values, beliefs, tenets, and positions of the Democrats on the issues. Party affiliation “defines” you are and what you stand for. It should be taken as seriously as a vote for a specific candidate. Research what each Party stands for, their positions on issues, and then align with the Party that is closest to your values. Copies of both major Party platforms are available on-line or at the local library. Second, legislatures organize themselves and conduct business using party affiliation. The legislative branch of government is the most powerful arm of the three branches of government. Legislative bodies hold closed meeting of party members, called a caucus to decide on questions of policy or leadership. The Republicans hold a caucus meeting and the Democrats hold a caucus meeting-both at the state and federal level. Unfortunately, conservative, moderate and liberal philosophies do not hold caucus meetings or control the legislative agendas- parties do. When someone says they vote for “the man,” not the party, they fail to understand the power and function of a caucus system in a legislative body. The Party in the majority controls appointments, Chairmanships, the agenda and countless other things through the caucus. Third, party affiliation should be a matter of conviction, not convenience. Often, people align with a party so they can vote in primary elections or based on family tradition or geographies. Even candidates will align, file and run affiliated with a Party they have little philosophical agreement with. That decision is made out of convenience, not conviction. While no political party is perfect or has all the answers, there is a distinct difference between the two major parties and honest citizens should align with the Party that reflects their convictions. The Democrat Party is more liberal than the Republican Party. Liberals believe in more government control of business, the environment and speech, using large bureaucratic programs to address real or perceived social ills and constant reinterpretation of the Constitution. Liberals are more inclined to trust government than the people themselves. They see the role of government as a great provider of goods and services and have little faith in the individual to solve his own problems. Republicans are more conservative than Democrats. Conservatives believe in less government control of the environment and business. They want fewer and less comprehensive government programs to address real or perceived social ills. They believe in personal responsibility and trust individuals to make decisions for themselves. Republicans believe in a strict literal interpretation of the Constitution. A person should find out which of these philosophies best fits their view if they wish to actively participate in the political process. Party affiliation is important. Washington’s prophecy has come to past, and political parties have been used to empower “unprincipled men,” on both sides of the aisle, but like it or not, political parties are a reality in our system of government. Each concerned citizen should evaluate the philosophy, values, beliefs and tenets of each Party and align their party affiliation accordingly.
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