8 b) Two party System – Adams & Jefferson plus Party Dogma
And John Adams added:
“There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution.”
“Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms (of government) those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny” Thomas Jefferson”
On the surface it appears that there are well defined differences in the agendas of each party. Following is a brief view a few of the supposed issues:
- States’ rights * Right to Life * Balanced Budget
- Strong Support for Military * Lower taxes * Support for Business
Republicans view the opposition as” “liberals( many bordering on pure socialism), “bleeding hearts”, pro-abortion (freedom of choice), anti-military, anti-business, pro-union, tax and spenders and many are atheists.
- Strong Central Government * women’s’ right to choose * Affordable health care * Environmental reform (fight global warming) * welfare entitlement
Democrats view the opposition as: “conservatives” (many bordering of religious zealots), have no concern for the less fortunate; in favor of prayer in school, folks who view the US as solely a “Christian Country” and still view the US as the World’s cop.
It would take a book to delve into all of these issues and understand that most are merely a smoke screen to divide the populace and gain party support to re-election purposes. In this chapter I would like to focus in one very important issue, based on the promoted agendas we should expect that during Democratic regimes the budget deficit would increase at a greater rate than when the Republicans are in charge.
stay tuned in next week for still more on this issue…..