Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Many political commentators today are perplexed by what seems to be the increasing polarization of the two party system in America, and the rising tensions that have accompanied a rhetorical arms race of inflammatory cross fire. It is my contention that the Republican and Democratic Parties are not in fact drifting further apart than ever before, but over recent decades have actually become more and more like each other, and that today they are nearly indistinguishable from each other in terms of the substantive policy results each delivers when in power.
When Republicans talk about:
I.) Limited Government II.) Constitutional Government III.) Free Markets IV.) National Defense V.) America First
... it's just talk.
And the policies they actually support end up looking just like the policies of the Democrats they say they're protecting you from.
If you're a Democrat reading this list, please do enjoy it, but don't laugh too hard, because I've also made a list of 50 major ways the Democratic Party has sold out its values.
I. Limited Government How many times have you heard Republicans say the GOP is the party of limited government? Well here's the truth:
1. The National Debt
The Republican Party's 2016 platform says:
"The President and the Democratic party have abandoned their promise of being accountable to the American people. They have nearly doubled the size of the national debt."
Yet after taking control of the White House and both Houses of Congress, the Republican Party passed another record-setting $4 trillion dollar federal budget for FY2018.
Republican Tea Partiers complained about the new normal of trillion dollar budget budget deficits under the Obama Administration, and many Republicans were happy to get their votes, only to go to Washington and keep trillion dollar deficits under Donald Trump.
3. Debt Ceiling
Republicans complained about raising the debt ceiling when Democrats controlled the Senate, but now that they do, they have continued to raise it, and with Republicans in charge of Washington the national debt is at its highest level in U.S. history.
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