The Merits of the Democratic Party

Anti-Democrat zealots won’t admit it, but the Democratic Party has merits that make it valuable to American society. One doesn’t have to be a Democrat in order to acknowledge those merits.

Democrats and Republicans are often at odds with each other because one side see things that the other side doesn’t.

For example, Republicans point out that the American way allows people with the incentive to do so to pull themselves up by their boot straps and achieve economic success.

Democrats, on the other hand, point out a simple fact of life: One can’t pull one’s self up by one’s boot straps if one doesn’t have boot straps to begin with.

As another example, Democrats and Republicans agree that a level playing field needs to be maintained. Republicans, in general, believe that a level playing field has already been established in all parts of the free market. Democrats disagree, because they believe that Wall Street executives have the game rigged. Democrats are correct to insist that the federal government prosecute white collar criminals working in the financial sector.

Regarding individual rights, today’s Democrats are nothing like the Democrats of the Civil Rights Era. It is true that the latter left a legacy of racism for the former to combat. However, it would be a mistake to hold modern-day Democrats accountable for that legacy. The Democratic Party has evolved significantly during the past fifty years.

One area of individual rights that modern-day Democrats excel in the defense of is the individual right to not govern one’s life by another person’s religious beliefs.

Let’s cut to the chase, shall we?

The primary reason why the Republican Party, in general, is vigorously opposed same-sex marriage is because the Party is under the influence of members who want their religious objections to same-sex marriage codified into U.S. law. Granted, there are Democrats who are also opposed to same-sex marriage for religious reasons, but they aren’t trying to force others to conform to their religious beliefs.

It is this writer’s observation that the GOP has way too many members who would like for the USA to become a Protestant fundamentalist theocracy. The Democratic Party stands in the way of that happening, and that’s a good thing.

Granted, the Democratic Party has its share of flaws. For example, the Party has members who let their hatred of the GOP drive them to a level of zealotry that goes beyond the pale. Thankfully, the Democratic Party also has plenty of members who aren’t anti-GOP zealots. Also, not all anti-GOP zealots are Democrats, which is why this writer has never equated the former with the latter.

[The GOP has its own infestation of anti-Democrat zealots whose hatred is often on display, and this writer doesn’t hesitate to criticize them.]

The benefit of being a Moderate Independent – as this writer is – is that one is able to see both the bad and the good in a political party. This writer has pointed out the bad within the Democratic Party and will continue to do so. However, this writer will also defend the Democratic Party when it is under an unfair attack by rabid right-wing pundits whose godless hatred blinds them to the Democratic Party’s merits.


For the record, this writer is opposed to any of the current Democrat presidential contenders becoming President Obama’s immediate successor. However, this writer isn’t anti-Democrat. He has previously supported Democrat politicians at the city, county and state levels of government.

Contrary to what anti-Democrat zealots would have everyone to believe, plenty of Democrats are good, honest, loving, patriotic people who make good public officials as well as good neighbors.

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  • Retired military

    Do David, I ask you for the 4th time. What reason has the GOP given us to vote for them other than they are not Democrats?

    example, here is an excerpt from the 2012 Republican Platform.

    We are the party of the Constitution, the solemn compact which confirms our God-given individual rights and assures that all Americans stand equal before the law. Perhaps the greatest political document ever written, it defines the purposes and limits of government and is the blueprint for ordered liberty that makes the U.S. the world’s freest, most stable, and most prosperous nation.Its Constitutional ideals have been emulated around the world, and with them has come unprecedented prosperity for billions of people. In the spirit of the Constitution, we consider discrimination based on sex, race, age, religion, creed, disability, or national origin unacceptable and immoral. We will strongly enforce antidiscrimination statutes and ask all to join us in rejecting the forces of hatred and bigotry and in denouncing all who practice or promote racism, antiSemitism, ethnic prejudice, or religious intolerance.

    Here is another excerpt.

    Protecting America is the first and most important duty of our federal government. The Constitution wisely distributes important roles in the area of national security to both the President and Congress. It empowers the President to serve as Commander in Chief, making him the lead instrument of the American people in matters of national security and foreign affairs. It also bestows authority on Congress, including the powers to declare war, regulate commerce, and authorize the funds needed to keep and protect our Nation. The United States of America is strongest when the President and Congress work closely together—in war and in peace—to advance our common interests and ideals. By uniting our government and our citizens, our foreign policy will secure freedom, keep America safe, and ensure that we remain the “last best hope on Earth.”’
    What has Boehner McConnell and the rest of the RINOs done to stop Obama’s anticonstituational power grabs and executive orders?
    Nothing.

    “Here is another.

    The Republican Party is committed to saving Medicare and Medicaid. Unless the programs’ fiscal ship is righted, the individuals hurt the first and the worst will be those who depend on them the most. We will save Medicare by modernizing it, by empowering its participants, and by putting it on a secure financial footing. This will be an enormous undertaking, and it should be a non-partisan one. We welcome to the effort all who sincerely want to ensure the future for our seniors and the poor. Republicans are determined to achieve that goal with a candid and honest presentation of the problem and its solutions to the American people.”
    Really by doing what? Giving the Democrats everything they want in spending increases? By funding Planned Parehthood’s abortions to the tune of $500m. The VA scandals, who has lost their job or gone to jail? 4 years into the Bhenghazi scandal and 2+ years into the email scandal where is the indictments? When are the trials? How has spending $10T in debt made medicare safer?
    “And another excerpt.

    Just as immigrant labor helped build our country in the past, today’s legal immigrants are making vital contributions in every aspect of our national life. Their industry and commitment to American values strengthens our economy, enriches our culture, and enables us to better understand and more effectively compete with the rest of the world. . . We are grateful to the thousands of new immigrants, many of them not yet citizens, who are serving in the Armed Forces. Their patriotism should encourage us all to embrace the newcomers legally among us, assist their journey to full citizenship, and help their communities avoid isolation from the mainstream of society”
    Tell us what the GOP has done to stem Obama’s illegal immigrant flow which if allowed unimpeded will give the democrats a majority for 2 generations if not more.vv How is millions of illegals going on the welfare rolls, obamacare rolls, and the dole going to help save medicare and social security?

    Please answer the question David. I mean after asking 4 times you could at least provide some kind of defense.vv

  • Retired military

    “As another example, Democrats and Republicans agree that a level playing field needs to be maintained.”

    Really? The only time when the democrats ask for a level playing field is when their own rules are getting used against them. Otherwise they run roughshod over republicans and cry like stuck pigs when they are called on it.

    Democrats are correct to insist that the federal government prosecute white collar criminals working in the financial sector

    Name one that has been prosecuted since Obama took office. Hell have of Fanny and Freddie CEOs are on the OBama payroll. Unions get away with murder and the dems cover for them.

    “Granted, there are Democrats who are also opposed to same-sex marriage for religious reasons, but they aren’t trying to force others to conform to their religious beliefs.”
    Really?? Mention that you don’t believe in man made global warming and watch as they want to throw you in jail.

    “However, this writer isn’t anti-Democrat. He has previously supported Democrat politicians at the city, county and state levels of government”

    Color us SHOCKED SHOCKED to find this out.

  • yetanotherjohn

    The merits of the democratic party are like the merits of sand in an internal combustion engine. At some point they force you to recognize the problem, clean things up and reap the benefits of the cleaning.

  • iwogisdead

    What a bizarre post.

    “Democrats are correct to insist that the federal government prosecute white collar criminals working in the financial sector.”

    So, David believes that Republicans insist that the federal government refrain from prosecuting “white collar criminals working in the financial sector”? David needs to be specific in what he is implying, with links and stuff.

    “Republicans, in general, believe that a level playing field has already been established in all parts of the free market.”

    I guess that David is talking about some sort of racial or sexual discrimination which is giving us an “unlevel” playing field. Is there some specific legislation addressing unlevel playing fields that’s being contested by the Republicans? Again, links or anything.

    “The primary reason why the Republican Party, in general, is vigorously opposed same-sex marriage is because the Party is under the influence of members who want their religious objections to same-sex marriage codified into U.S. law.”

    I’m not sure what David is trying to say by the above drivel. The issue with same sex marriage is that the democratic process in most of the states resulted in legislation defining marriage as a heterosexual union. The opposition was to the SCOTUS overwriting the voices of the voters in those states. David just likes to make stuff up.

    David needs to go away.

    • Brucehenry

      Or you could start your own blog

    • jim_m

      David does need to leave.
      He is not a moderate. He only posts critical articles of conservatives and now articles extolling leftists.
      The left want to prosecute white collar crime? I missed where Tim Geithner was prosecuted for tax evasion. Or Charles Rangle.
      When is John Corzine going to prison for MF Global.
      Drop dead David. You’re full of crap and we could Fisk this article if we thought doing so wasn’t a complete waste of everyone’s time.

      • Jwb10001

        Thanks for bringing up John Corzine I forgot all about him getting off. No one mentioned the Eron prosecutions that the Bush DOJ brought. I’m sure David and others will say it’s only because they had no choice, but that hardly explains letting Corzine off.

        • Commander_Chico

          Agreed, the Bush admin prosecuted Lay and the rest of the Enron guys even though they had been cronies. Obama did nothing with Goldman Sachs, Bear Stearns et al on on the mortgage securites frauds.

      • LiberalNightmare

        Given todays events, and the democratic parties immediate leap onto their high moral horse, it would seem appropriate to mention Ca. State Senator Leland Yee. Another fine example of the modern democrat.

      • Brucehenry

        Or, if you despise the authors here so much, you could insult people and post your delusional paranoia about “the left” on some other blog.

        I mean, instead of trying to get a guy fired. What an asshole.

        • jim_m

          I don’t believe that people are being paid to write for Wizbang. And I am not the only person who said this not am I the first. So why are you attacking me? Why not just F Off Bruce?

          • iwogisdead

            Is there any way to get Bruce fired from this site?

          • Take it up with Kevin.

          • iwogisdead

            As I said last night, I didn’t really mean it about Bruce. At least he makes sense once in a while.

          • Brucehenry

            I don’t know if they’re being paid or not but I bet they are invested in some way, emotionally or whatever.

            I gave Warner a hard time but never called for his dismissal even though he was a serial exaggerator and is either a kook or played on one the Internet. Becker routinely posted outlandish lies sourced from parody sites (which he didn’t know were parody sites) but I never called for him to lose his position here, I just called him out when he did it.

            I “attack” you even though you’re not the only one or the first one because you are an asshole with no empathy. So are the others who have done the same as you have, in my opinion.

          • jim_m

            Yeah, and Chico, whom you up vote on virtually every post, is never wrong for his misogyny and racism and never deserving of a rebuke and shows obvious empathy when he says that he doesn’t care if there is a genocide in Iraq.

            Wizbang was started years ago as a site for conservative political commentary. David does not fit in that format. I’m sorry he has health issues but that is irrelevant on this point.

            And yes, your comments regarding Becker were taken by many as requests to have him removed.

          • Brucehenry

            “Taken by many,” were they? Did you poll these “many” to see how they were taking my comments? What a kook you are.

            Chico is not an author here. In any case I would never call for this commenter or that one to be banned, as you and your buddies often do. If they have something worthwhile to say the blog’s owner will see that they remain. If they don’t they’ll eventually get tired of getting beat over the head and fade away.

            I never mentioned any health issues. If the guy is sick or is healthy as a horse it’s still inappropriate to call for him to be fired, in my opinion. When Balloon Juice flipped from a conservative site to a liberal one the commenters who hated the change either went away or just stuck around and bitched in the comment section, but they didn’t call for Cole’s head on a platter. OTB has conservative authors and a mostly liberal commentariat and it works because, for the most part, everyone is pretty civil there and no one is as pompous as you and a certain “moderator” here,

          • iwogisdead

            OK, my comment about banning you was not to be taken seriously. I assumed you would take it as a joke.

            Personally, I’m just tired of reading David’s idiotic and unsubstantiated claims. It’s too bad if it upsets you when I say I would like to see him leave. But I wonder what he expects when he posts silly things like this article on a conservative site.

          • WHO’S THE BUSTER

            I am just guessing here, but he probably got the exact reaction he expected.

          • iwogisdead

            You might be right. Guilty, Your Honor.

        • Commander_Chico

          “Shut up!” he reasoned.

          • So you object when your own playbook is used against those you support? Does that shoe pinch when jammed onto your own foot?

            Does anyone here other than the brucehemorrhoid feel the least bit moved by your kvetching?

          • Commander_Chico

            My playbook is the Constitution.

          • Sure it is.

            And O J Simpson loved Nicole.

          • Commander_Chico

            He probably did. You have to care to kill.

          • jim_m

            David is welcome to express his gar eat views anywhere else he chooses.

        • Ha, ha!

      • Commander_Chico

        I agree with you that David was wrong about Democrats and white collar crime.

        They are just as bad or worse than Republicans on that issue. None of the mortgage securities frauds were prosecuted, nor was Corzine as you note.

    • Jwb10001

      I don’t think David needs to go away, clearly he’s not a conservative or even conservative leaning. He’s really not even a moderate he seems to me to be a liberal. However, I don’t think shutting him up is a good idea I think it’s a better idea to do what we all do, challenge his thinking, point out where he’s wrong (in our opinion) and even mock him. But he should continue to post and we should all continue to comment on his postings. Just my opinion.

      • WHO’S THE BUSTER

        It would be kind of boring if everyone sat around telling each other “You’re right”.

        I always wonder about that when there are demands that people stop posting or commenting.

        Additionally, there would be no one to mock.

    • Vagabond661

      Democrats just don’t believe in prosecuting its own for tax evasion.

  • jim_m

    The benefit of being a Moderate Independent
    The benefit of being a lying leftist.
    FIFY

  • Jwb10001

    Yes the merits of the democrat party that has given us: Harry Reid nuking the filibuster, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid pushing major legislation with tricks and bribes. The democrat controlled congress giving “green energy” hucksters millions of tax payer dollars for nothing. The IRS, controlled by democrat hack Lois Lerner targeting people for their political beliefs. The Dept of Ed rewriting rape law. The EPA attempting to bankrupt the energy industry and along with it raising energy bills by 20% especially effecting the poor they care so much about. The democrat party that gives us state AG’s the break the law in pursuit of their political foes. The DOJ that gives guns to drug cartels then magically loses track of them until they are used to kill border agents. The list of merits just goes on and on. There is so much to admire there.

  • jim_m

    It is true that the latter left a legacy of racism for the former to combat. However, it would be a mistake to hold modern-day Democrats accountable for that legacy. The Democratic Party has evolved significantly during the past fifty years.
    Yes, just remember the resist remarks that came out of Bill Clinton’s mouth about Obama or the racist jokes that Bidenn tells at every opportunity he gets.
    Or listen to the racist bile that is spewed at Justice Thomas or at Condoleezza Rice or at Ben Carson.
    Or just look at how the left champions silencing of dissent or the abrogation of due process rights. The left is all about civil rights. All about the abolishment of them.

    • yetanotherjohn

      The modern democrats are a most racist party. In their eyes EVERYTHING can be explained on the basis of race and gender. The concept of a modern democrat having a serious discussion about the nation and not injecting race is laughable.

  • Retired military

    This article

    http://hotair.com/archives/2015/10/01/poll-clinton-still-leads-democratic-field-but-people-still-think-shes-a-liar/

    Tells me just about everything I need to know about the vast majority of democrats. Another telling thing is that when Joe Biden seems to be the sane one of the bunch running for President there is something seriously wrong with the party.

    • WHO’S THE BUSTER

      He would most likely win, but if one views his most recent interviews he is trying very hard to say “no”.

      I am not even sure it is the job that he is not interested in, but instead the campaign, which just might be harder than the office.

      Not only him, but also his wife, and to a lesser extent other members of his family, have to embark on a long arduous journey that is almost a 24/7 commitment.

      He is, what 72, just lost his son? No, I think he was being clear when he stated that a person should do it unless their heart was fully into it. No one says that unless that is an obvious issue.

      He is, however, the most viable candidate for the Democrats.

      • Retired military

        Maybe I am just jaded but I don’t believe his son said to him that he wanted him to run before he died. I think that he will get in and isn’t weighing the ideas that you have attributed to him.
        I feel that Romney, Gore, McCain, and Kerry would jump in in a minute if they thought they had a minute chance of winning instead of being disgraced permanently. (more so than they are now that is).
        I would have a hard time picking between him and Hillary simply because he is an idiot and she is a total lying bitch who would do anything to gain more power and money and to live forever in the annals of history.
        Personally I think Biden is the lesser of 2 evils by far. American may be able to survive another idiot for 4 more years but Hillary as President would certainly spell doom. We will be lucky IF we make it through Obama

        • Jwb10001

          Clinton’s already shown she is above the law can you even imagine her in the presidency.

  • Vagabond661

    “Regarding individual rights, today’s Democrats are nothing like the Democrats of the Civil Rights Era. It is true that the latter left a legacy of racism for the former to combat. However, it would be a mistake to hold modern-day Democrats accountable for that legacy.”

    So why do they insist on reparations? Why is there the BS about white privilege? What fucking hogwash.

    • WHO’S THE BUSTER

      Do you hear a lot about reparations? It doesn’t seem to come up that much and no one seems to take it very seriously.

      As far as “white privilege”? Well, as an old white guy, let’s just say compared to any other ethic group in America, or gender for that matter, it has been an easy ride.

      • Vagabond661

        Damn. You need to Google reparations.

        Glad its been an easy ride for you. I’ve had at least 3 major career changes, laid off 4 times, and been dirt poor more times than I can remember. And oh by the way I had to work my ass off.

        • Retired military

          Been working since I was 13 and many a months I was putting in 80-100+ hours a week back to back to back.

        • WHO’S THE BUSTER

          Well, I can Google orangutans and find a lot. I simply don’t hear much rhetoric about reparations unless I am looking for it.

          Let’s just say, jobs, heck even as a teenager in the 60’s, were far easier to attain as a White male. I was never followed in stores and don’t get a lot of undue attention by the police.

          As an aside there is a rather affluent community near where I live (Grosse Pointe) that had a rather, um, aggressive attitude towards anyone that drives down the main street who “doesn’t belong”. I know a lot of the police officers and they openly joked about the acronym NOMAD. The main thoroughfare is Mack Avenue and the last four word of the acronym stood for “On Mack After Dark”. You can figure out the rest.

          Unfortunately, Mack is a handy street for the residents that are adjacent to Grosse Pointe who are often of a different ethnicity. You can see where that could pose a problem for those drivers (the acronym eventually became a little too well known and became the subject of local talk radio so they no longer used the acronym over the police radios, which had been the norm.

          Yeah, I know, it is nothing but a local anecdote, but socially and professionally I can never think of a time when I would have had an same advantages if I was anything other than a White male.

          I suppose that is why the recent complaints among Whites of things being so difficult ring hollow to me. Yeah, it can be difficult, but historically, no one has been dealt a better hand.

          I would imagine that a lot of it is simply anger at the poor job market over the past decade. Unfortunately, and for a variety of reasons, this is truly the “new normal” and anyone that promises otherwise, from either side of the aisle, is simply lying.

          • Perhaps you should Google “democratic underground” to satisfy your itching ears and eyes.

          • WHO’S THE BUSTER

            I don’t know what “itching eyes and ears” means.
            In fact, I rarely understand you comments, must be over my head.

            I guess, in short, much like other commenters that have the temerity to hold an opinion in conflict with your own, you would prefer we all get lost.

            Am I right about that?

            Wouldn’t that be kind of boring?

          • Vagabond661

            There are 3 articles about reparations THIS WEEK.

          • Jwb10001

            For some we’ve past the equal rights phase and have entered the punishment phase.

          • WHO’S THE BUSTER

            Let me know when there is any real movement on this issue, not some symbolic gesture.

            Do you really think there will ever be reparations in our lifetime.

            I know, the right thinks it already is happening, but that is simply rhetoric.

          • Vagabond661

            well if you googled it (which you didn’t):

            http://action.naacp.org/page/-/action%20alerts/REPARATIONS.pdf

            https://www.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/house-bill/40/all-actions-with-amendments

            http://conyers.house.gov/index.cfm/reparations

            You don’t hear a lot because that’s how these things move thru Congress. One day it’s voted and wham we got Obamacare.

          • WHO’S THE BUSTER

            You mean the bill that John Conyers has been introducing for 40 years so he can go back to his Detroit territory and make that claim?

            You think that has a chance of being anything more than conversation piece?

            I will tell you what, if anyone asks about it or comments on this subject at any time during the Presidential Debates or campaign I will stand corrected.

          • Vagabond661

            “There is none so blind as those who will not see. The most deluded people are those who choose to ignore what they already know.”

  • Commander_Chico

    The Democratic Party was and should be a worker’s party, representing the interest of wage-earners.

    It was hijacked by New Class Social Justice Warriors and welfare collectors back in the 1970s. Clinton brought in some of the Wall Street fraudsters and techies.

    The Republican Party was a small-and-big business and rural party. It’s being taken over by religious fanatics. It no longer represents small business or family farmers.

    There is no party for the ordinary worker or small business person nowadays – both parties represent elites while deceiving their rabbles into voting for them.

    • I didn’t bother with the democrats

      Per Q2 FEC reporting

      Ted Cruz Individual Donors: 22,059
      Ben Carson Individual Donors: 17.549
      Jeb Bush Individual Donors: 4,933
      Carly Fiorina Individual Donors: 1,524
      Rump Individual Donors: 72

      • Commander_Chico

        72 for Trump, that’s 71 more than I thought.

        • Thinking was never your strong suit…

          • Commander_Chico

            Oh, you cut me to the quick.

            Cruz and Carson get money from the likes of the little old lady who lived next to me in Norfolk. She was sending money to Jim and Tammy Bakker for Jesus’s sake.

          • Ha, Ha!

    • jim_m

      The dems were and still are the party of slavery and racism

  • ” the (Republican) Party is under the influence of members who want their…objections … codified into U.S. law.”

    Unlike the Democrats, who want their objections to firearms, school choice, school prayers, displays of creches or the Ten Commandments & politically incorrect language codified into U.S. law.? Got it!