Date registered: Sep 2004
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RE: Political Preference -- Elephant or Donkey?
My philosopy is Social Democracy, more exemplified by the Social Democratic parties of Europe than by our own Democratic party, which is in turmoil since Bill Clinton stepped down from an active role and at this point is struggling to redefine itself. The Social Democrats of Europe believe government should be the referee between the commom man and the rich and powerful, and it recognizes that there are certain jobs the government simply does better than the market, like insuring a pension for the elderly, a minimum level of healthcare for all, easy and cheap public eduction to the two year college level, and a safety net for the very poor.
At the same time, it rejects overt socialism and the nationalization of basic industry, and all aspects of totalitarianism and discrimination for any reason, including sexual orientation, and seeks the broadest definition of rights as can possibly be granted to a human being, man or women.
It recognizes that in its role as referee, it must be as fair to business as it is to labor. Government must be run efficiently so as not to increase the tax burden, and government must key its educational programs to meeting the needs of business. The objective is to create an environment where labor, business and government work as a team, while Democrats (and Republicans) in the US believe everything needs to be adversarial. In fact, while jingoistic Americans think we have spread our type of "democracy" to the rest of the planet, in real truth it is European Social Democracy and its system of proportional representation that is the most popular form of government on the planet, and the form the former Soviet states chose over our increasing rigged style of government, whose main feature seems to be a system of legalized bribery masquerading as a pluristic society when in fact it is one where a permanenant ruling class argues about the spoils as they continually hone their progaganda machine that tells the masses that it is all really about them and their problems.
I think the Democratic Party has a great deal it could learn from their European SD cousins, but I pretty much vote for them because the Republican Party, especially here in Texas, has become a religous party, a cornpone Likkud or southern-drawl Hezbollah, and like the third world religous parties, is becoming increasingly the party of ranting intolerants and fascistic dreamers. I used to be an independent when the Republicans stood for common sense government, individual responsibilty and free market alternatives, but I find so little of that in any of them anymore, in this state and increasingly at the federal level, that I now identify myself solely as a Democrat.