What’s the difference? ❤️🇺🇸💙

With this being a presidential election year, I’m sure your children have asked you “What’s the difference?” (between a democrat and a republican). I know my youngest child sure has sparked an interest in politics, so I believe in sharing with her the truth. I want my children to decide for themselves which party they align with.❤️

So I looked up each party on Wikipedia…

The Republican Party, commonly referred to as the GOP (abbreviation for Grand Old Party), is one of the two major contemporary political parties in the United States, the other being its historic rival, the Democratic Party.

There have been 18 Republican presidents, the first being Abraham Lincoln, who served from 1861 to 1865, when he was assassinated, and the most recent being George W. Bush, who served from 2001 to 2009. Businessman and reality television personality Donald Trump is the current Republican nominee for the 2016 election.

The party is named after republicanism, the dominant value during the American Revolution. Founded by anti-slavery activists, modernists, ex-Whigs, and ex-Free Soilers in 1854, the Republicans dominated politics nationally and in the majority of northern States for most of the period between 1860 and 1932.

Its current ideology is American conservatism. That contrasts with the Democrats’ modern liberalism. The Republican Party’s platform involves support for free market capitalism, free enterprise, business, a strong national defense, deregulation, restrictions on labor unions, social-conservative policies (particularly opposition to abortion and same-sex marriage), and traditional values, usually with a Judeo-Christian ethical foundation. Once dominant in the North-East and the Midwest, the party’s core support now comes from the South and the Mountain West, as well as conservative Catholics and evangelicals across the country.  —Wikipedia

The Democrats’ once dominant worldview was classical liberalism, while, especially in the rural South, populism was its leading characteristic. In the 1890s, under the influence of its three-time defeated presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan and the Populist Party, the party moved to the left from an economic point of view and, since Franklin D. Roosevelt and his New Deal coalition in the 1930s, it has promoted a social-liberal platform, supporting social justice.

The party’s philosophy of modern liberalism advocates social and economic equality, along with the welfare state. It seeks to provide government intervention and regulation in the economy. These interventions, such as the introduction of social programs, support for labor unions, moves toward universal health care and equal opportunity, consumer protection, and environmental protection form the core of the party’s economic policy. The party has united with smaller left-wing regional parties throughout the country such as Farmer-Labor Party in Minnesota and the Nonpartisan League in North Dakota.

There have been 15 Democratic presidents: the first was Andrew Jackson, who served from 1829 to 1837. The most recent is current U.S. President Barack Obama, who has been in office since 2009. —Wikipedia

I also did some research on the difference between Conservatism and Liberalism…

American Conservatism is a broad system of political beliefs in the United States that is characterized by respect for American traditions, support for Judeo-Christian values, economic liberalism, anti-communism, advocacy of American exceptionalism, and a defense of Western culture from perceived threats posed by “creeping socialism”, moral relativism, multiculturalism, and liberal internationalism. Liberty is a core value, with a particular emphasis on strengthening the free market, limiting the size and scope of government, and opposition to high taxes and government or labor union encroachment on the entrepreneur. American conservatives consider individual liberty, within the bounds of conformity to American values, as the fundamental trait of democracy, which contrasts with modern American liberals, who generally place a greater value on equality and social justice. —Wikipedia

Modern American liberalism is the dominant version of liberalism in the United States. It is characterized by social liberalism, and combines ideas of civil liberty and equality with support for social justice and a mixed economy. The term “modern liberalism” in this article refers only to the United States. In a global context, this philosophy is usually referred to as social liberalism.

The American modern liberal philosophy strongly endorses public spending on programs such as education, health care, and welfare. Important social issues today include addressing inequality, voting rights for minorities, reproductive and other women’s rights, support for LGBT rights, and immigration reform. —Wikipedia

In a nutshell, the Conservatives believe in less spending and small government. The Liberals believe in more spending and bigger government. 

Being the frugal-traditional-homesteading type that I am, I am a Conservative. I believe you should work hard to provide for your family and you should not rely on the government to do that job for you. I am also a Republican, I have been a Republican since I was in 8th grade, for 24 years now. 

My parents let me decide which political party I aligned with when I was learning about it in my Civics class at school and I plan to do the same with my children. I’m a very fair person, so to me it just seems fair to let my children decide for themselves. 

I am also teaching my children about Christianity and the other religions (and anti-religious beliefs). They are all Christians, but I want them to be well rounded and ready to defend their beliefs with knowledge. 

I hope y’all choose to be fair and balanced with your children’s education as well. Now it’s time to pray for our nation, Election Day is tomorrow! I hope y’all have a great week! ❤️🇺🇸❤️
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