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We are rapidly approaching what may well prove to be the
most important election in this nation's history, one that will have a
monumental impact on its future direction. As millions of Americans struggle
with the decision on how to cast their votes they become more and more confused
as they hear many of their fellow citizens proclaiming that there is no
difference between Democrats and Republicans; that they are exactly the same.




It's time that this misrepresentation of the facts is strongly
challenged. It's one thing to simply make a statement that's based on one's
emotions or generalizations but it's an entirely different matter when such
statements have to be supported by concrete facts and evidence. To say that
these two parties are exactly alike is to say that their platforms, their
legislative agendas, political tactics, and the addressing of peoples' needs
and concerns are identical. To advance that unsupported belief is doing a great
disservice to the American people who need to be guided in their decisions by
facts, not by supposition or conjecture.




To say that the parties are exactly the same is like
saying that all corporations exactly the same, that they all are card carrying
members of the profit-crazed entity called Corporate America? That's simply not
true. Those who are causing great damage to America are mostly the giant
transnational corporations who have outsourced millions of jobs, closed many
thousands of plants and use every tactic at their disposal to pay little or no
taxes. But there are thousands of corporations in the U.S. who still employ American
workers, pay them decent wages and benefits, and pay their share of taxes.




Here's yet another example of why we can't just make such blanket
judgments. In this national media should we consider Fox News and MSNBC as
being exactly the same when the former strongly supports the GOP and its
demented agenda and the latter champions the Democratic Party? Would you say
that MSNBC hosts Ed Schultz, Rachel Maddow, and Lawrence O'Donnell are exactly
the same as Sean Hannity and Bill O'Reilly? Both news organizations clearly
support the political ideologies of their own parties and continually show
their disdain and revulsion for the other. While MSNBC fails to offer
appropriate criticisms of Mr. Obama and the Democrats as they should, those at
Fox News march in lockstep with the GOP.




Since I believe that the upcoming elections of 2012 are critically
important to this nation's future and that it is absolutely essential that
Americans are informed and educated about the issues and the clear differences
between the two parties, I will ask once again, as I have in the past: in the
following list, which of these issues involving very important government
programs or legislation are the Democrats and Republicans even remotely close
to having the same positions? I would like everyone who believes that Democrats
and Republicans have the exact same positions on dealing with these critical
issues to support their contention with very clear facts and concrete evidence
that proves their case.






*Healthcare,
Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid
; please give specific details on
why you may think that each party's position is exactly the same.



*Food
stamps, student loans, unemployment benefits
; show how there is no
difference between the two parties.



*Filibusters,
blocking all legislation on jobs, blocking judicial appointments
; show
evidence on how each party is filibustering and blocking important legislation.
Just last week the Republicans filibustered the Bring Jobs Home Act that
Democrats proposed to bring back jobs to America. Then the Republicans did
the same on the DISCLOSE Act that would identify those who are corrupting our
political process with hundreds of millions of dollars of campaign
contributions.




*Destroying unions and union rights; laying off teachers, police and
firefighters
; which party is still trying to support these
entities and which one is trying to tear them down?



*Support
of the 1%, escalating the disparity of income, wealth in America
; which party
totally sides with the 1% and which one is supportive of the 99%?



*Enacting
laws to reverse outsourcing by using tax incentives and penalties
;
which party recently tried to pass legislation to do this and which party
killed the effort?



*Working
to eliminate important regulations on air, water, drilling and mining standards
;
which party represents the interests of the corporations who are trying to
destroy any and all regulations and doing away with the EPA?



*Voter
suppression laws
; is it Republican governors and their legislatures in
several states that have enacted these anti-democratic laws or do you, somehow,
believe that the Democrats did it?




Let's stop referring to this situation as being the lesser
of two evils; let's say that in these upcoming elections we will need to make a
choice and vote for that presidential candidate and that political party which
gives America its best hope for the future; which one has the greater potential
for finally listening to the peoples' needs and concerns and can, somehow, find
the ways to stabilize this nation by addressing and solving its most critical
problems.




Let's be clear on one important point. Democrats in
Congress are far from perfect; they are, in fact, often weak and indecisive;
they could use a series of powerful injections to give them more courage,
conviction and strength. In contrast we might say that Republicans already have
great strength, courage and conviction -- the only problem is that it supports a
twisted ideology that, if allowed to spread through this nation, will destroy
our democracy. So, what Republicans need is a series of injections of ethics,
integrity and morality.




This country stands at a critical crossroads and it must choose
one road or another; sure we can show our disgust by refusing to vote or we can
cast a vote for a third party candidate who has no hope of winning. But if we
make the wrong choice and take the wrong road, this country is going to go down
for the count. If anyone thinks that this president and this Democratic Party
have failed to live up to the full expectations of the American people they are
entirely correct. But if these same people are willing to let Mitt Romney and
the demented Republican Party take full control of this country, then they just
might be going from the frying pan into a boiling cauldron for this is a political
party that no longer represents the American people and has sold its soul to
the money, power and influence of Corporate America.




There is one person in the U.S. Congress that I trust
above all others, one that I believe is trying hard to do what is best for
America and its people. That person is Bernie Sanders, Independent Senator from
Vermont. He
doesn't hold back his criticisms of the president and the Democratic Party but
one thing that has become very clear; his positions on numerous issues are far
more in line with the Democrats than they are with the Republicans. Is there
anyone who would dare to include him in the blanket statement that he and the
Democrats and the Republicans are all exactly the same?




Sometime in the not too distant future we are going to
have to see the emergence of a new breed of patriotic Americans who have the
courage and conviction to enter this political process and represent the
American people in a competent, ethical, and moral way; that might happen with
the emergence of a strong third party or, perhaps, with the progressive
movement taking over control of the Democratic Party. But that time is not now.
America
has its back against the wall and is in great danger. There is very little time
left before these elections and we all better think long and very deeply about
what we are going to do when that time comes.




So, in closing, I suggest that every person who reads this
article and then still feels that, on the specific issues listed above, that
the two parties are exactly the same, or are even remotely close in their
respective positions, to back up their contention with clear, indisputable
facts and evidence. And let the debate begin.




Michael Payne


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  • say what? 2012/07/29 21:03:39
    Democrats and Republicans are are not exactly the same
    say what?
    +4
    Like a tiger is not exactly like a lion but they both will eat you.

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  • James 2012/08/01 03:11:06
    Democrats and Republicans are the exactly the same
    James
    +1
    They both love war, welfare, and big government.
  • Stormy 2012/07/31 09:28:18 (edited)
    Democrats and Republicans are are not exactly the same
    Stormy
    I think there are marked differences in almost every way. But they're both being bankrolled by corporate money. Corporations want to polarize Americans against each other to create political gridlock. Political gridlock gets them to keep the status quo - which they want. Why wouldn't they ? Low wages, low tax for the 1%, freedom to exploit the third world by outsourcing, high unemployment yielding a workforce too desperate to complain and too indebted to quit. Bankers regulating themselves through a revolving door, privatizing gain and socializing risk. Pitting Americans against each other over silly non-issues guarantees the status-quo.
  • TheR 2012/07/30 12:32:09
    Democrats and Republicans are the exactly the same
    TheR
  • John Galt jr or Ron/jon 2012/07/30 00:48:33
    Democrats and Republicans are the exactly the same
    John Galt jr or Ron/jon
  • RicardoCabeza 2012/07/29 22:28:37 (edited)
    Democrats and Republicans are are not exactly the same
    RicardoCabeza
    +1
    There are some key issues that in the end represent little more than simple window dressing in their importance... one thing that comes to mind is Gay marriage... this to me is about as important as the polygamist issue, it will not fix the economy nor will it really help anybody as statistics prove marriage to be the single biggest life mistake for most people. As for the outsourcing issue it is quite amusing to consider that the QE1 QE2 stimulus did more to help China than it did to help the US unemployment rate... But the biggest similarity which is the most disastrous is the adherence to a specific fiscal theory that is destroying the economy and yet nobody knows, or pays attention to the causal effect.
  • Delete 2012/07/29 21:21:08
  • atomikmom Delete 2012/07/29 21:22:58
    atomikmom
    +1
    Such an excellent way of putting it!! and it's true.
  • Striker 2012/07/29 21:19:28 (edited)
    Democrats and Republicans are are not exactly the same
    Striker
    +1
    It's close, but each parade different spellings.

    Together they created the Dem-Rep monopoly and live in the grey middle where Principle is taboo.

    My reason enough to be a Libertarian and vote for Gary Johnson.
  • Little Angel 2012/07/29 21:19:24
    Democrats and Republicans are the exactly the same
    Little Angel
    democrats republicans
    They are too much alike so I will be voting for Jill Stein!
  • Striker Little ... 2012/07/29 21:21:38
    Striker
    No thank you.
  • say what? 2012/07/29 21:03:39
    Democrats and Republicans are are not exactly the same
    say what?
    +4
    Like a tiger is not exactly like a lion but they both will eat you.
  • atomikmom say what? 2012/07/29 21:14:40
    atomikmom
    +2
    With one Big Gulp!!!!
  • Arizona1950 2012/07/29 20:50:29
    Democrats and Republicans are the exactly the same
    Arizona1950
    more so now than in any other time in our short history ... and they are destroying this country for profit.
  • Striker Arizona... 2012/07/29 21:22:44
    Striker
    +1
    LOL, and where is our "fair share" of the profit?
  • Arizona... Striker 2012/07/29 21:24:55
    Arizona1950
    +1
    Well it seems pretty clear to me ... we are NOT part of it ... we are the ones being sold!
  • merlinskiss 2012/07/29 20:31:09
    Democrats and Republicans are the exactly the same
    merlinskiss
    +2
    I always defer to this. To me, they are pretty much the same.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?...
  • atomikmom merlins... 2012/07/29 20:47:45
    atomikmom
    +1
    I agree!!!
  • Striker merlins... 2012/07/29 21:25:31
    Striker
    +1
    I've seen the G Edward Griffin video, and like it, but it goes on way too long. Make it a separate post and warn that it's nearly an hour and a half.
  • merlins... Striker 2012/07/29 22:20:17
    merlinskiss
    +1
    LOL, I agree, it is long.
  • TuringsChild 2012/07/29 20:30:27
    Democrats and Republicans are are not exactly the same
    TuringsChild
    +1
    They're obviously not EXACTLY the same, any more than a left and right glove are the same. But they're both Authoritarians looking to steal YOUR rights, so the differences are immaterial.
  • Waldorf 2012/07/29 20:29:34
    Democrats and Republicans are are not exactly the same
    Waldorf
    It can be hard to tell sometimes, if only looking at Congress, but voters are definitely different.
  • \V/ 2012/07/29 20:26:38
  • Kat ♪.BTO-t-BCRA-F~PWCM~ 2012/07/29 20:23:41
    Democrats and Republicans are are not exactly the same
    Kat ♪.BTO-t-BCRA-F~PWCM~
    In real life no, In DC too much so.
  • Mike 2012/07/29 20:21:42
    Democrats and Republicans are are not exactly the same
    Mike
    Today Democrats are communist/socialist and Republicans are progressive liberals. The Tea Party is trying to repair the Republicans by voting for conservatives; the Democrats are too far-gone.
  • Striker Mike 2012/07/29 21:30:49
    Striker
    agree, conservatives are shunted aside. Many would find a better home with the Libertarians. I'm a TP member but am quite disappointed. Blame Rev Larry for splintering the cause, whatever cause that might be.
  • Mike Striker 2012/07/29 21:55:09
    Mike
    +1
    Don’t be disappointed about any one person as in “Rev Larry,” because the TP has as its leaders, being all of its members. We need to take the lead in learning about our US founding and constructively engage in dialog with family, friends, and internet blogs to bring back the concept of our Unalienable Rights. A good book to read on this subject is “Scientific Proof of our Unalienable Rights, a Road to Utopia,” by Takac.
  • Striker Mike 2012/07/29 22:26:36
    Striker
    This old man has SIX new books here all at least 6 months since purchase. Title sounds interesting, but doubt I'll ever get to it. Well maybe, if I manage to get back to my own website and stop wasting so much time on SH LOL.

    More importantly to me, tho, is that way too much time has passed, and the time necessary to educate this population takes 2 generations when we have only a year or maybe two before the SHTF.
  • Mike Striker 2012/07/29 22:33:29
    Mike
    +1
    It took 90 years to move our country from the Constitution of 1787 to today’s “living constitution.” It will take that long to move our country back via education. Otherwise, blood may be spill. I prefer education.
  • Striker Mike 2012/08/01 03:39:10
    Striker
    Again, we have only a very short time. 90 years, or a century, forget it.
  • atomikmom 2012/07/29 20:17:07
    Democrats and Republicans are are not exactly the same
    atomikmom
    +1
    They have their own methods of control of the American People, and yet they all have greed on their minds, so actually it is a tie, in some ways.

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