The Political Parties
That's not to say that I agree with everything my party stands for. For instance, I am opposed to my parties opposition to gay marriage. My party often takes the extreme position of adopting constitutional amendments. Perhaps it's the libertarian in me, but I see no point in legislating this. However, it remains that I disagree with Democrats far more than I disagree with Republicans.
However, it should be noted that I sincerely value Democrats. I say this because, though I often disagree with their positions, I have a strong faith in the American two-party system. The system provides an inherent platform for debate of issues, and allows common problems to be attacked from two opposing viewpoints. Hopefully, the danger of a single-party system should be obvious to everyone.
So, why make an entire post to say this? Well, often times in the blogospher, as well as on capitol hill, the newspapers, political rallies, and friendly discussion, the importance of the two parties gets lost, and the rhetoric turns to demonizing the other party. I'm guilty of it, too, at times. However, much I may disagree with the Dems, I do recognize their importance in the way our government functions.