Filed under: Domestic Policy, Foreign Policy, Freedom, Politics | Tags: Culture War, Democrat Demagogues, liberalism, Republicans
There is a big difference in the way that Democrats and Republicans approach policy. Understanding the basic differences are important. These, of course, are over-simplified generalities, and they don’t apply to every Republican or every Democrat. Over time, though, it’s a pretty good guide.
Democrats are the party of good intentions. They really do mean well. They want to help the underdog and the needy. Because they mean well, they especially resent being criticized. Questioning the possible consequences of the policy is simply obstruction and downright meanness. If a policy does not work, it is either because of Republican obstruction, or because not enough money was invested to make it successful. The answer is better funding.
Republicans care about consequences. And they care about liberty. They are not impressed with good intentions. They want to know if it works. And if it doesn’t work, they want to get rid of it and start over with something that will work. That doesn’t mean that they always know what will work. They don’t. Everybody often has a different idea, and some of the ideas are really dreadful. But they care about workable policies that do what they are intended to do. Liberty is not negotiable, but infringements on liberty are sometimes poorly understood.
These differences are especially noticeable in the two parties think-tanks. Democrat think-tanks are devoted to discovering ways to win policy debates, and raise funds. They are often very successful at this work.
Conservative think-tanks are devoted to figuring out what works. They do studies and write summaries and argue with the authors of competing studies. Then they try to get people to read their long studies and to understand the complications involved in policies. They write articles and make speeches to conservative groups.
Democrats make up sound bites that are focus group tested.
Feel free to make additions or subtractions or just argue if you choose.
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