"I wish they would only take me as I am" - Vincent Van Gogh               "How Can I believe in God when just last week I got my tounge caught in the roller of an electric typewriter?" - Woody Allen              "Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake" - Henry David Thoreau              "I took a speed reading course and read 'War and Peace' in twenty minutes. It involves Russia" - Woody Allen            "When promulgating esoteric cogitations, eschew platitudinous ponderosities" - Mark Rowan, my father            "Up, sluggard, and waste not life, for in the grave there will be sleep enough" - Benjamin Franklin             "What really interests me is whether God had any choice in the creation of the world." - Albert Einstein            "Welfare's purpose should be to eliminate, as far as possible, the need for its own existence" - Ronald Reagan            "It's odd that you can get so anesthetized by your own pain or your own problem that you don't quite fully share the hell of someone close to you." - Lady Bird Johnson              "I still want to be the candidate for guys with confederate flags in their pickup truck" - Howard Dean

Sunday, May 28, 2006

The Political Parties

As anyone who reads my blog can easily figure out, I am a republican. I have been since the end of high school. My decision to join the GOP was based on a years of being taught about personal responsibility, and personal accountability by my father, as well as my belief in traditional conservative fiscal policy. I came to realize that the Republican party was in tune with my own values and beliefs, much more so than the Democrats.

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.


Anonymous Debbie said...

Of course you are right about the two-party system we have here in the US. I'm guilty of demonizing the Dems at times (like today, heh). They both have good points and bad (or less good) points.

I certainly wouldn't want any other system of government. Thanks for pointing this out.

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Blogger Ben A. Johnson said...

I used to be a Libertarian (which was why I originally registered as a Republican). But now I'm a crazy liberal (in the moral sense) socialist (in the economic sense) who's begrudgingly a Democrat (but often finds them too conservative as well). I think there's a thing with Oregonians and Libertarianism.... Who are the ad wizards who came up with that one?

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