I wonder now where the word "party" ever connected with politics. It is about as dismal a mess as I want to see.
Anyway, my husband and I do correspond with Republicans, and even have them as friends. :)
We mutually irritate each other.
A friend sent this to my husband. I'll give you first the taunt and then my husband's response.
The best description of Republican versus Democrat ideals I have heard....
A young woman was about to finish her first year of college. Like so many others her age, she considered herself to be a very liberal Democrat, and among other liberal ideals, was very much in favor of higher taxes to support more government programs, in other words redistribution of wealth.
She was deeply ashamed that her father was a rather staunch Republican, a feeling she openly expressed. Based on the lectures that she had participated in, and the occasional chat with a professor, she felt that her father had for years harbored an evil, selfish desire to keep what he thought should be his.
One day she was challenging her father on his opposition to higher taxes on the rich and the need for more government programs. The self-professed objectivity proclaimed by her professors had to be the truth and she indicated so to her father. He responded by asking how she was doing in school.
Taken aback, she answered rather haughtily that she had a 4.0 GPA, and let him know that it was tough to maintain, insisting that she was taking a very difficult course load and was constantly studying, which left her no time to go out and party like other people she knew. She didn't even have time for a boyfriend, and didn't really have many college friends because she spent all her time studying.
Her father listened and then asked, 'How is your friend Audrey doing?'
She replied, 'Audrey is barely getting by. All she takes are easy classes, she never studies, and she barely has a 2.0 GPA. She is so popular on campus; college for her is a blast. She's always invited to all the parties and lots of times she doesn't even show up for classes because she's too hung over.'
Her wise father asked his daughter, 'Why don't you go to the Dean's office and ask him to deduct 1.0 off your GPA and give it to your friend who only has a 2.0. That way you will both have a 3.0 GPA and certainly that would be a fair and equal distribution of GPA.'
The daughter, visibly shocked by her father's suggestion, angrily fired back, 'That's a crazy idea, how would that be fair! I've worked really hard for my grades! I've invested a lot of time, and a lot of hard work! Audrey has done next to nothing toward her degree. She played while I worked my tail off!'
The father slowly smiled, winked and said gently, 'Welcome to the Republican party.'
Now one might say that both girls could find better balance in their lives, but Rick threw out this challenge. "If anyone has a better explanation of the difference between Republican and Democrat I'm all ears."
Here is Steve's eloquent and well-considered reply.
This makes a great story. And if I believed that the boost I got from my parents in work ethic, the place I was born, and my native intelligence were earned by my efforts and all of my own choosing, I might be inclined to agree. Also, I might find it easier to agree if I didn't rely on so many people whose faces I have never seen, or whose lives I barely know. There are people in powerplants all over the country who help to deliver power so that I can write these words. There are folks in Indonesia and China who labored over the hardware I'm using. There are other folks in Martinique, of all places, who sit down and make shirts, some of which I wear. There are some good people in Germany who engineer the car I drive, and others in Japan who built my motorcycle. There's a really decent guy who runs the gas station I frequent, and some good people who work in the supermarket where I buy my groceries. There are dedicated farmers out there whom I've never met, yet they toil to grow the food that I eat.
Some of these people were as fortunate as I was to be given a good start in a wealthy country with lots of opportunities. Many of them were not, yet are not lesser human beings than I.
This is notwithstanding the worst of "Republican" ideals, where it is considered perfectly acceptable to produce no product, add no value, and trade huge sums of money on Wall Street whilst skimming off considerable sums for one's own quest for a third house, fifth car or twentieth Armani suit and to amass huge fortunes in order to influence law in order to increase even further the theft of the labor of others. It seems it is considered perfectly acceptable to produce products whose sole purpose is in the destruction of human life, and to profit mightily from one's efforts. It is ok to "buy" companies, using other people's money, for the sole purpose of looting the wealth and reputation built on years of hard work by thousands of people. It is these "Republican" ideals which I find very hard to swallow.
Several years ago, someone from the U.S.Chamber of Commerce called me and said that it was vital that I call my Congressional representatives immediately about a pending bill having to do with health insurance. I asked for particulars and he told me that they were considering a bill to require businesses with as few as three people to buy health insurance for their employees. I said that in fact one of my priveleges in owning a small business was to help it be successful enough that I could do just that, and that we considered it an obligation to offer our employees, the ones who help to make the company successful, the same benefits in return that I would want in their place.
I am not a communist; I think that people are motivated by the fruits of their labors. I am not a Christian, although I believe that Christ's message "Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you did for Me." was one of the most important advances in human thinking. I am not a Socialist, yet I believe that a society which refuses to care for the least of its citizens has no claim to the title of "civilized." I'm not a very good Democrat, since I feel that doing right by people means that you must give them a sense of self worth as you give them a hand. And I am not a Republican, because I have no wish to further those whose sole claim to wealth and power is that their family ties, old school bonds, or "place" in society entitles them to steal from their fellow citizens. Most of all, I feel that those of us who were fortunate enough to be born here and do well have an obligation to all of those around us to help out in the way that uses the talents we were given.