Class Warfare Blog

November 28, 2017

Why Republicans are Republicans and Democrats are Democrats

When this country was created “of the people, by the people, and for the people,” it was created by a fairly elite group of men. They made sure that a stable society and government was provided for by making sure that Indians, slaves, and women did not get to vote, nor did poorish men. You needed land to qualify to vote, meaning you had to be an elite or near-elite member of society to cast a ballot.

The Founders felt that the very best people to run the government were people just like themselves: well-educated, wealthy men who had the leisure time to reflect on the issues of the day and didn’t have to devote every waking moment to find food and shelter.

They were worried about the affect of wealth on their new government, so this reinforced their suitability for leadership as they were already wealthy and would, therefore be hard to bribe. (Ha! Just raises the price in my estimation.) They were concerned that the “middling” sorts (merchants, tradesmen,, craftsmen, etc.) would get involved and that they could be bought. (They would be proud to know that Congress is literally stuffed with millionaires now!)

In other words they were elitists. They created a government “of the elites, by the elites, and for the elites,” no question.

Those of a conservative bent ended up forming political parties (the Whigs, the Republicans, etc.) that wanted to preserve society’s institutions and hence ensure a stable, secure society. They, like the Founders, thought that this would be achieved by the wealthy being wealthy and the poor being poor, and as long as everyone accepted his lot in life, all would be well. Since the poor were poor and had very few needs, they focused on serving the wealthy as their needs were so much greater. The wealthy needed a court of law and a set of laws to govern their business contracts. They needed trade laws and other laws of commerce. They needed government regulations of banks and markets. The poor made no such demands.

The Democrats had to necessarily differentiate themselves from these conservatives, so they had to adopt stances less favorable to the elites and more egalitarian, just to be different enough to attract votes.

Now I know that this is much more complicated, that there are and were cliques, and factors, and movements, oh my! But at the core, this is what the two major parties in this country stand for. (Or stood for, before the Democrats began selling out to wealthy interests.) If you look at any issue now, you can parse it for these stances. Take the current “Net Neutrality” issue. Current the Internet is quite egalitarian, on a first-come, first-serve basis. There is a movement afoot, to drop this policy so that certain streams of information can be favored while others disfavored. (Guess who gets to choose!). The people behind this are the wealthy leaders of the giant telecom industries. The people against are net rights activists, aka the Internet masses.

So, now that I have given you this information, which party is against net neutrality, in your opinion? If you guessed the GOP, you got it in one! Another way to look at this is, if the GOP is for it, it serves to maintain the elite in their current, or even elevated, status. The elites are the business owners, not its workers.

The founders believed in providence, that is if they were wealthy it was because they were superior to the others and the cause was divine providence. (God controls all things and wouldn’t make an asshole wealthy, now would he?) Today’s elites still have this belief: their wealth identifies them superior (even when they inherit it!) and if they are superior, who better to run things?

The secular and religious elites promote only programs/legislation that enhances their status and positions as elites. They are able to con ordinary folks into voting with them by advancing dishonest campaigns (They want to take away your guns! They are baby murderers! There is a war on Christmas!).

Consider the current administration’s “tax reform” plan. They started out saying they were going to simplify the tax structure and then offered a plan that made it more complex and, by all accounts, advantages the wealthy. (If the GOP is for it … duh.) Plus, they are willing to lie and cheat to get the bill passed, which the elites have always been willing to do, because, well, they know better what is needed.

So, pick any particular issue you want: if the GOP is in favor, then it favors the elites; if the Democrats are in favor, it disfavors the elites. It is that simple because the core motivations are that simple. This is changing as I write this as more and more Democrats are captured by the wealthy class to serve their interests. If the elites capture the Dems, then we might as well carve “of the elites, by the elites, and for the elites” in stone in the capital and have done with it.

 

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6 Comments »

  1. Reblogged this on Scotties Toy Box and commented:
    A well written post that explains clearly the difference between Republicans and Democrat party, and the reasons why in general terms. It is an easy to understand informative post and I recommend it highly. I also agree that a huge majority of democrats have become what I call corporate democrats. I stole the term from the TYT Network news shows. I am a progressive democrat and support that model for elections and will vote from progressive democrats over corporate ones. There are several new organizations making a large difference in the political landscape. I look at the progressives that recently won in so many local elections. Thanks Steve for an informative read. Hugs

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    Comment by Scottie — November 28, 2017 @ 2:51 pm | Reply

  2. $Amen$ Well said!

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    Comment by inspiredbythedivine1 — November 28, 2017 @ 3:34 pm | Reply

  3. Reblogged this on Nesie's Place and commented:
    Simply put and well said! Stay woke! 💯💯💯

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    Comment by Felicia Denise — November 28, 2017 @ 4:23 pm | Reply

  4. Abraham Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt, both presidents of the people, were Republicans. Which were probably the only two who bucked the elitist trend. But I get your drift and agree wholeheartedly that the all the parties today are run by the elites. Hell, it takes a a hundred million dollars to run for president these days.

    I believe it would take a complete outsider, like Zorkerborg, to come in, pretending to be “one of the rich boys” and totally flip positions and fight for the common plebe. Not that I think Zork could be trusted to do this – the guy’s a thief and liar as far as I’m concerned.
    But someone like that “could” change the tide that is drowning all of us below the 75th percentile.

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    Comment by Anony Mole — November 28, 2017 @ 6:36 pm | Reply

  5. Yep, history is complicated, but it often *can* be distilled to just a few words. For me, those words are: “Not a single thing the GOP stands for is appealing to me. *Some* of the things the Democrats stand for are appealing to me. Therefore I will always vote Democrat.”

    (I would love for a viable party to arise to the left of the DNC, but I believe we first need to destroy the Republican party. Which we can’t do as long as 40+% are voting for them. Or 90%, as is often the case here in Texas.)

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    Comment by Anderson Connors — November 28, 2017 @ 6:59 pm | Reply

  6. You’ve got a lot of history wrong and even what you got close to right is presented out of context in such a way as to skew the readers’ perception. That being said, the GOP does favor the productive and successful (not necessarily the same group, though there’s some overlap) and the Dems do seem to hate those same people.

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    Comment by jonolan — November 29, 2017 @ 8:30 am | Reply


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