We are immersed in a “supposed to” political environment.
If one is a Republican, one is supposed to be pro-life, for unregulated gun ownership, against stem cell research, especially embryonic stem cell research, cynical toward the premise of global warning, for a government diminished when “unwarranted entitlement” programs for the poor and needy cease and support a very tough, no turning back, shoot on sight cessation of illegal immigration which starts with rounding up and deporting as many of the 14 million or so illegal immigrants as possible who are in this country.
Likewise, Democrats are supposed to be pro-choice, for highly regulated gun ownership, if not for the banning of personal firearms altogether, in support of stem cell research no matter where the stem cells come from, certain about global warming, knowing unquestionably that human beings, especially the manufacturing sector, are singlehandedly effectuating the end of life on earth in a way in which no natural incident could ever accomplish that, support a large bureaucratic government who hands money, without question, to anyone who doesn’t want to work or assume the responsibility of self sufficiency and for instant citizenship for those in this country illegally who want citizenship and the same kind of free care and feeding given to Americans who don’t want to work.
There was a day when Republicans or Democrats didn’t have to follow their party’s platform like robotic lemmings. In the sixties, there were Democrats who told their constituents what they stood for and were elected in spite of the fact that they didn’t support every plank of the Democratic platform. In a way, that still exists in the Democratic Party, which is why it is less successful than the Republican Party.
During that same time frame, Republicans were similar. Eisenhower was as moderate a president as any which has led this nation and John Lindsay, the Republican mayor of New York City, Nelson Rockefeller, the Republican governor of New York State and New York Republican Senator Jacob Javits, again, of New York, may have stood left of John Kennedy on many issues.
For sure one’s party affiliation mattered little after Richard Nixon was caught coordinating illegal covert operations by which he spied on his Democratic Party opponents and lying to the nation about it. Richard M. Nixon was headed for impeachment and removal from office, which is why he quit.
In today’s political world, as mentioned above, Republicans stick together even if they are privately repulsed by the innocent blood which adheres them to one another. Don’t expect too many Republicans to break with their party.
As mentioned, Democrats, too, have issues with which most of them agree with one another, although the Democratic Party is proud of its ability to open up the field to opposing viewpoints, giving the appearance of the Keystone Cops and, ultimately, losing most elections.
I’m an assistant editor at OpEdNews and, consequently, wear my Progressiveness on my sleeve. My opinions, however, are not formulated by the Democratic Party or even the Socialist or Green Parties. I look at an issue, research it as thoroughly as I can and come to a conclusion based upon the research. I look at the affect the issue will have on society and, if it’s adverse, I normally don’t support the issue.
Even though the Republicans and the Democrats are absolutely positive that they’re correct about global warming, I’m not a scientist and I have to listen very closely to what scientists say about global warming and how many scientists say it.
Admittedly, having worked for a Fortune 500 global chemical corporation for twenty-five years, I do know that we human beings pump substances into the atmosphere. Some of these substances may already be part of the atmosphere, but I’d be very naïve if I didn’t think that human beings are interrupting the natural balance of these substances and that just can’t be easy for Nature to accommodate.
The other issue that Republicans and Democrats unequivocally know the answer to is illegal immigration. This, too, is a subject that is not black and white, no matter what some say. There are a great many shades of gray working here and I sometimes become confused as to what the correct answer to the problem is.
However, I know what the answer isn’t.
I mention that some people see the issue as black and white. These are the people who say such things as, “What part of illegal don’t you understand?”
Although I’d rather not paint any group of people with an infinitely broad brush, most of the people described above are asking that particular question of the illegal immigrants. They know what they’re doing. They’re walking through deserts in unbearable heat to sneak into The Former United States of America. They have no intention of becoming American citizens. They are illegally entering The FUSA to work for wages significantly higher than those paid in their native countries. Or, possibly, there isn’t any employment in their native countries. Nonetheless, they’re breaking American law and they know it.
It’s easy. One shouldn’t rob a bank, abuse a child, drive drunk or enter a country illegally. Those who break the law need to be punished or, in the case of illegally entering a country, deported, if not punished first and then deported.