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What Do Democrats Believe? Things They Stand For

I have a BA in history and creative writing and an MA in history. I enjoy politics, movies, television, poker, video games, and trivia.


I have already written an article on Republicans. Of course, it's similar to this one. Obviously, it focuses on Republicans.

Generalizing is a hard because there are exceptions. However, I think there are things that most Democrats believe, though I am not trying to define everyone. Like Republicans, individual Democrats can and will deviate from these core ideas. Still, it's true that most Democrats believe the things below. I'm describing the average Democrat. What do most Democrats stand for? What does the party stand for? If you combine the beliefs of all Democrats, what would that belief system look like?

Keep in mind that, as a group, Democrats support progress. They believe in change. Change is good. Republicans tend to want to keep things the way they are. Also, for the purposes of this article, I will refer to Democrats as the Left and Republicans as the Right. As in left-wing and right-wing.

Please feel free to disagree or qualify anything that I write. Civil debate is important. I welcome all comments in the comments section.

Having said that, here's what Democrats believe.


Government Should Help People

It is the role of government to help people. And it should help to solve problems. While Democrats, like Republicans, are capitalists, everyone believe in the free market. Their disagreements are over degree. How much government regulation is okay? The Left clearly believes that government should play a larger role in our lives. Among those roles are regulating business and protecting consumers. Government should also help people with poverty. Basically, the Left favors more government. The Right favors less government.

John Maynard Keynes is a Good Guy

John Maynard Keynes was a 20th century economist. Most Democratic economic theory derives from his ideas. Keynes put forth the idea that supports a government role in regulating the business cycle. For instance, Keynes believed in the idea of stimulus funds as a solution for recession. Traditionally, deficits don't bother the Left. Spending money is fine if it produces growth. Growth pays for itself. Although the Right often accuses the Left of uncontrolled spending, both sides have created much debt. They argue over the kind of debt. The Left prefers welfare debt. The Right prefers military debt. That's one example.

Science Trumps Religion

In their roles as influencers, Democrats believe that science should determine most decision-making. Certainly, Democrats are religious in numbers similar to Republicans, but Republicans have a more fundamentalist outlook. The Right relies on religion more than the Left. When the Left makes decisions about policy, they are more likely to follow science.

The recent pandemic is a good example. In most polls, Democrats followed science and listened to the scientists as opposed to the politicians. The Left was more likely to wear masks and follow guidelines.

Black Lives Matter

Above all, Black Lives Matter is a statement of equality. The movement is a product of years and years of police treating black lives as if they don't matter. The police have a sordid history. People are starting to recognize this. Go read history about the Pinkertons or the Texas Rangers. They hunted black people. They persecuted black people. Both organizations targeted black people for being black.

Democrats recognize that "all lives matter" is a racist statement. They support black people who are fighting for equal rights. They fight so they can receive equal treatment. Democrats believe it's important to embrace our racist past and learn from it, not pretend it didn't happen.

Capital Punishment is Wrong

Generally, Democrats oppose the death penalty. Research shows that the death penalty does not detour crime. Moreover, the Left opposes the death penalty because of hard data. That data reveals many people on death row because of an ineffective legal defense. Those with money can evade the death penalty. Poor people cannot evade the death penalty because they cannot afford good representation. Our legal systems does not apply the death penalty fairly. The Left also believes that the state should have no role in killing people.

The average Democrat favors abortion rights. They are pro-choice. The Left wants women to make decisions about their own health care. This includes ending a pregnancy. Further, Democrats believe that allowing safe abortions, even if it means government assistance, is important. Access to abortion is also important. Democrats favor easy access. However, that does not mean people should use abortion as birth control.

Gun Control

Democrats usually support some form of gun control. There is too much gun violence in our country. They believe that gun control works for the greater good. Fewer people will die if there is more gun control. Again, data shows that countries with gun control have fewer gun deaths. The Left recognizes the importance of the 2nd amendment. People have a right to own guns. However, the Left doesn't think that our founders anticipated the many high caliber weapons we have today. Self-defense is important. But a person doesn't need a machine gun.


Gay People Deserve Equal Rights

Gay people deserve equal rights. This includes the right to marry. Further, transgender people deserve protection. Gay people deserve equal rights because homosexuality is not a choice. Democrats usually support most LBGTQIA calls for support and action. Democrats believe that government should not persecute those in minorities. The Left believes that these groups deserve protection from discrimination.

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Illegal Immigration is a Bigger Problem That Deportation Doesn't Solve

People emigrate to America for a chance at a better life. We have always been a welcoming land. Democrats believe immigrants enter America with hope. We have a responsibility to be a beacon. The Left supports ways to allow illegal immigrants to stay in this country. This is particularly important if those people are paying taxes and working jobs. Most immigrants contribute to our country. They work hard jobs. They pay taxes. Democrats support penalizing companies who hire illegal immigrants as a first step to curbing illegal immigration.

Democrats believe that most immigration issues, including illegal immigration, are human rights issues. America has an obligation to help persecuted people. When they come to America, we should welcome them, not attack them.

Global Warming

The Left believes in global warming and climate change. They are scientific facts. Democrats believe that humans caused climate change. If we don't act soon, it will be too late. Democrats support government regulation to curb emissions that lead to global warming and climate change. This includes promoting things like electric cars and solar energy.


Democrats believe in the theory of evolution. They do not believe that creationism should be taught in public schools. They believe that creationism is a religious belief and should be taught in church.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2011 Allen Donald


JVella on July 21, 2019:

Both Democrats and Republicans support and perpetuate war, they both perpetuate US military world domination, both perpetuate ever increasing economic disparity. Neither will bring about a successful turn away from global environmental destruction.

Neither will end the stranglehold of profiteers in every major industry. Neither will wrest control of government away from major corporations, wall street and wealthy elite. Both contribute to profit dismantling the efficacy of health care, education, food and drug, transportation, insurance, banking.

Both have allowed and continue to erode our civil liberties. Obama a constitutional scholar signed the NDAA?! We now kill people based on suspicion alone, without them even present.

While everybody is arguing left or right the oligarchs are destroying every shred of our country and world. The main difference between Democrats and Republicans are covert verses overt. Democrats put Obama the wise and eloquent speaker center stage while hiding his actual deeds and Republicans put Trump up there shouting liberalism's horrors out loud in our face. Democrats and Republicans are both proponents of world destroying left and right foot march of liberalism.

Brad on August 30, 2018:


Thanks for the clarification


D and R senators

Colorado U.S. Senators Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet have introduced a bill they call compromise legislation in the heated debate over border security.

The plan includes a 12-year path to citizenship for people brought to the United States illegally when they were children -- so-called "Dreamers" -- and $25 billion for border security that includes President Trump's request for border wall funding.

Allen Donald (author) from Colorado on August 30, 2018:

It was, sort of. Stream of consciousness.

I have not been following the Gov. race, so am not familiar with Mike Johnston.

Brad on August 30, 2018:


Are you commenting to my last comment which was


Thanks for the agreement.

What do you think of Mike Johnston in Colorado?


If you are, I am confused?

Allen Donald (author) from Colorado on August 30, 2018:

Brad - look, something we agree on! My mom is super liberal and she rails against Dems support of illegal immigration. I know the issue is particularly bad in southern California. I haven't been following the governor's race much.

I did drive through SoCal recently and here's a question: who in the world is going to pick our strawberries if we don't allow illegal immigration?

Brad on August 30, 2018:


Thanks for the agreement.

What do you think of Mike Johnston in Colorado?

Allen Donald (author) from Colorado on August 30, 2018:

Well, I completely agree that Democrats need to stop supporting illegal immigration and it's a losing issue for them if they can't articulate something that makes sense to people who are here legally.

Brad on August 30, 2018:

here is what they believe and what they support

"These are the same people that chose illegal aliens over America and Americans.

They support people that have instead of fixing the US homeless people have hired an official poop patrol to literally cleanup the homeless poop.

They want to give all illegals the free run of the border, and when they come into America they will now offer them Free Medical, that even real American don't have today. They will also protect them from being deported thereby rewarding them for breaking our laws and our sovereignty.

They don't even know the answer to my JFK phrase.

I am just suggesting that these are the horses that won't drink the water."

Brad on July 20, 2018:


You never answered my question on Rights, so your answer has no reference.

Do you think that laws can change a society to like everybody and what everyone does? That is even more impossible than having the democrats and the republicans coming to the center.

BTW, what is the common denominator for

L G B T and Q? There is none? Each is as different as democrats are to republicans.

Ignoring my comments doesn't make your point, does it?

Allen Donald (author) from Colorado on July 20, 2018:

Well, Mike, that gives me hope. Again, as I've said, the current method of political debate - across the internet with pictures of people we've never met - is not conducive to civil debate nor coming together. FYI, I am friends with one of the most visible, highest profile conservative voices in my entire state. He's an astute individual and I enjoy talking to him. I welcome his presence when I see him. I think we get along, and he gets along with most of the liberals in our group, because he has a sense of humor.

Readmikenow on July 20, 2018:

Well, here's the rest of the story. My cousin is the only liberal I've ever found who could come close to matching me in a debate. The girl from my cousin's last relationship met a guy and married him and is pregnant with her second child. I asked my cousin, since her former lover left the gay lifestyle, does she no longer qualify for those rights? My cousin said, "Since she left the gay lifestyle she no longer needs those rights." So, she made a great point. I'm only trying to illustrate how my cousin and I are very different, but get along well. We view political issues as an intellectual exercise. It's nothing personal, it's nothing emotional. I hope the left and right can do this more. I think we need to look beyond politics and realize our discussions are just discussions. We really don't influence anything. It should just be an intellectual exercise. If someone says something negative about my political views, I don't think this means they don't like me as a person, I hope.

Allen Donald (author) from Colorado on July 20, 2018:

That what two consenting adults, born to behave a certain way, do in the privacy of their homes, is cause to question their rights and treatment as human beings.

Brad on July 20, 2018:


What is it that you find offensive?

Allen Donald (author) from Colorado on July 20, 2018:

Mike, it's the opposite.

Gay people engage in a certain type of sex and are thus, are not afforded the same rights as those who engage in a different kind of sex. Further, as a result of engaging in that type of sex, they are discriminated against, sometimes legally.

How about we just ignore what kind of sex people engage in, provided it isn't with somebody who can't consent, and provide them rights based on their status as human beings?

And I've engaged in the sex talk with you for rhetorical purposes, but I find that focus highly offensive. If you want to focus on that, be my guest, but I think it misses the point.

And Brad, did you choose to be heterosexual? Sexual orientation is not something that people consciously choose, although undoubtedly there's an exception to the rule somewhere. Who cares about how many letters there are in some acronym? If you want to discriminate against people and promote discrimination against people because of who they are and how they were born, that's your choice.

Brad on July 20, 2018:


Why isn't being gay a choice.

LBGTQ and more letters?

Which of the above do you consider Gay?

we are both off the road now.

Readmikenow on July 20, 2018:

Crankalicious, I know there has always been gay people in this world and there will be gay people long after I depart this earth. Let me play devil's advocate.

My point remains that gay rights are giving a person rights based on their sex life. I think that's the truth. If they didn't engage in certain type of sex, they would not have these rights. Can we agree on that point? Between my cousin and I, she agrees with me but doesn't think it matters. I pointed out how people leave and enter the gay life every day. Her response? It doesn't matter, and I'm paying for lunch. So, I guess in some way I lost that one. I think we won't see eye to eye on issues, but we need to respect the other one as a person. Respect the other individual's opinion as there is no need for the level of anger and rage you see from the left.

Allen Donald (author) from Colorado on July 20, 2018:

Mike, I wouldn't consider myself a devout Democrat. I have zero confidence in the Democratic Party. But I would consider myself a liberal, although that is primary for its social/human positions, not its economic ones necessarily.

I do not think we are moving in a direction where people on different ends of the political spectrum can agree because our means of disseminating information are pulling people apart, not bringing them together.

I could see how your relative might be offended by your position. Being gay isn't a choice. It's a difference that has existed in the human condition since the beginning of time. As such, they deserve to be treated the same as heterosexuals and given the same rights under the law. Yet, many people seem to want them fixed or eliminated. That's a difficult chasm to cross, politically speaking.

Brad on July 20, 2018:


That is almost enough money to pay income tax.

Anyway, you are right. I went beyond the scope of your article.

Although, I don't believe that it shows all the various mutations of the democrat party.

My point about the 14th amendment could have been answered by you even though it was of the road. I sensed that you agreed with the democrats on gay marriages. That is why I took it off the road to ask you why?

Your article, your rules and that is OK.


Readmikenow on July 20, 2018:

I'm a conservative and I believe you very accurately stated the position of Democrats on issues. I know the position of Republicans and conservative on these issues. My question to you is...will there ever be a time or a way for Republicans and Democrats to agree on some things? I don't see it happening any time soon. I have a relative who is gay and a very devout Democrat. We agree on nothing. We had a rather spirited debate when I asked her to agree that gay rights are rights given to a person simply because of how they have sex. BUT, at the end of the day we leave politics alone and talk about family. Politics is separate from our relationship as family. I wonder if such a thing will ever be possible on a national scale.

Allen Donald (author) from Colorado on July 20, 2018:

Sure, I don't do articles. That's why they generate $150+/month while I sit on my butt.

I can't figure out your point relative to the article, which does not make a value judgment, I don't think. It just states that Democrats generally believe in marriage equality. Do you disagree with that statement?

Brad on July 19, 2018:

i am not a republican.

I don't do forums.

And You don't do articles:)

Allen Donald (author) from Colorado on July 19, 2018:

If you want to start a forum about this subject, be my guest. The point of this article relative to what Democrats believe is that they believe in marriage equality, generally. I suppose one could extrapolate from that that Republicans do not.

Brad on July 19, 2018:

My point was that the 14th amendment was not the proper avenue to get gay marriage. It didn't solve anything.

You say

"Homosexuals deserve the same rights as everyone else - Gay people deserve the same rights as other people, including the right to get married."

And I said why? read my previous comments.

Allen Donald (author) from Colorado on July 19, 2018:

All I'm saying here is that Democrats generally support rights for gay people. Seems pretty straight-forward.

Brad on July 19, 2018:


So you think that I would let you get away with your response.

Seriously dude, no one else cared about this article:)

I told you not to answer it, so we both didn't do what we said.

Allen Donald (author) from Colorado on July 19, 2018:

You said you wouldn't be back.

Brad on July 19, 2018:


You believe your comment answered my comment? Read my comment again, and tell me how:)


Gay marriage is simply a question of giving tax-paying citizens equal rights mostly. Remember, being gay is still illegal in many parts of the country, so in many cases, Democrats are arguing for not making homosexuality illegal.

Homosexuals deserve the same rights as everyone else - Gay people deserve the same rights as other people, including the right to get married.



There is no constitutional right of marriage. And marriage was a states rights. It was the US government that discriminated by making marriage part of the Income Tax, along with asking all sorts of questions on ethnicity, and race.

The courts used the 14th amendment equal opportunity to pass gay marriage. But that was not the intention of that amendment. It didn't give people the right to vote. It took the 15th and 19th amendment to do that.

Why is it equal to tax people differently just based on how much they make, and then support gay marriage. Where is the science in that?


Allen Donald (author) from Colorado on May 02, 2018:

I answered every question, except gay marriage, which I forgot. Gay marriage is simply a question of giving tax-paying citizens equal rights mostly. Remember, being gay is still illegal in many parts of the country, so in many cases, Democrats are arguing for not making homosexuality illegal.

Brad on May 02, 2018:


I commented on what you said, if you thought editorial, that wasn't my intention.

You really didn't answer any of my questions. I was very detailed and specific.

I took the time, but you only want to as the author of this article, answer me briefly?

I won't be back, so you don't have to answer at all. :)

Allen Donald (author) from Colorado on May 02, 2018:


Thanks for your comments. I didn't think I was editorializing. Just stating basic beliefs that Democrats have without stating whether they were right or wrong. But I will briefly answer your questions.

Harmful activities: reckless driving, selling people mortgages they can't afford; etc.

Keynesian economics: worked very well for Ronald Reagan, among others.

Policy related to science: requiring kids be vaccinated.

Abortion: it's not about killing. It's about providing a safe medical procedure for those who would seek one anyway and providing free contraception to lower the abortion rate.

Gun control: who needs an AR-15? I support gun rights. There's a line somewhere though and it's worth finding. Should people have grenades? Nukes?

Illegal immigration: Democrats tend to be on the wrong side of this issue, but stop inventing business to hire illegals and you solve a lot of the problem.

Global warming: it's one thing to argue about how to solve global warming and saying that there's no way to do it or that doing so is too extreme or that we should do it more slowly. It's another to question the science, which is pretty simple.

Evolution is well established science. Lost of people don't believe the earth revolves around the sun. Does that make their opinion worth listening to?

Brad on May 01, 2018:


Democrats believe.

Government should help people - it is the role of government to help people and solve problems. While Democrats, like Republicans, are capitalists, Democrats believe that government has a role to play when it comes to regulating business when business is engaged in activities that are harmful to people.


What are these harmful activities?

What have the democrats demonstrated in having government play that role?


Keynesian Economics - Most Democratic economic theory derives from the philosophy of John Maynard Keynes, a 20th century economist. That philosophy basically says that government has a role in regulating the business cycle. For instance, the idea of stimulus funds as a solution to recession is derived from Keynesian economic theory.


When did that last help the economy?

2008? No it wasn't just the republicans, it took both parties and the FRB to bring down the US economy.

In addition, the entire congress was campaigning from 2007 til the economy fell.Then two congresses and two president s spending $1.5 Trillion couldn't bring back the economy. They just focused on helping the same people that brought down the economy. The victims lost their jobs, their homes and their 401K. The bailed out businesses gave themselves 7 digit bonuses for bankrupting their companies.


Science trumps religion - in their roles as influences in people's lives, Democrats believe that science should be the basis for most decision-making. Certainly, Democrats are religious in numbers similar to Republicans, but Republicans have a more fundamentalist outlook. When decisions about policy issues must be made, Democrats are more likely to turn to science for the answers.


Do you have any examples of those policy issues?


Pro-choice on abortion - The quintessential Democrat favors allowing women to make decisions about their own health, including terminating a pregnancy.


It doesn't make any sense to kill a living thing, but the country and the world is better off without these children because they wouldn't really be properly taken care of by their "mothers". Although, when these women decide they want the taxpayers to pay for their decision.


Gun control - Democrats support some form of gun control and believe that the government has the right and the responsibility to monitor and sometimes prohibit the ownership of some weapons for the greater good. They believe that although the Constitution guarantees the right to bear arms, the founding fathers did not anticipate ownership of things such as automatic weapons and that some control is necessary.


We already have laws and regulations on guns. And why don't democrats follow their same logic about capital punishment with guns. Laws don't stop criminals. We have laws about illegal drugs, and DUI and they don't stop people.

As far as the founders, they made it flexible for the militia to fight government tyranny. And that means that the type of gun moves with the times. The government no longer defends the country with Muskets.


Homosexuals deserve the same rights as everyone else - Gay people deserve the same rights as other people, including the right to get married.



There is no constitutional right of marriage. And marriage was a states rights. It was the US government that discriminated by making marriage part of the Income Tax, along with asking all sorts of questions on ethnicity, and race.

The courts used the 14th amendment equal opportunity to pass gay marriage. But that was not the intention of that amendment. It didn't give people the right to vote. It took the 15th and 19th amendment to do that.

Why is it equal to tax people differently just based on how much they make, and then support gay marriage. Where is the science in that?


The solution to illegal immigration isn't automatically deportation - Democrats believe that the U.S. has always been the land of opportunity and that immigrants enter this country illegally because of that opportunity. They support finding ways to allow illegal immigrants to stay in this country if those immigrants are contributing to our country. They also support penalizing companies who hire illegal immigrants as a first step to curbing illegal immigration.


The same democrats that say this a country of laws, ignored the existing immigration laws. They failed in congress to draft and pass new immigration laws, like the one the Trump is suggesting.

What is fair about illegal aliens crossing the US border, while immigrants from around the world have to go through the immigration process. Why are these illegals more important than the rest of the immigrants.

When the big surge of immigrants came into this country in the late 1800s and early 1900s, they did it following the existing immigration laws and their quotas. They went through the vetting process, and when they were let into the country. The US government didn't give them any help, that is why they banded together once in the country.

Today, the democrats really just want illegals to be democrat voters. They are not allowed to vote, but CA for one doesn't allow any one to check on voter eligibility.

In addition, illegals are treated like pseudo American citizens, and they also get free education, free medical and welfare.

They have no quotas because they are illegal. They are only cheap labor for their employers. The rest of the country has to pay for their freebies. In addition, without vetting there are a fair number of criminals slipping into the country. There is evidence of this in the ones that have committed felonies in the US and been convicted and serve time in prison. Yet, CA and others give them protection against deportation. How does that help the country. Our existing immigration laws are part of the laws of the country, that democrats say when they want something, say the US is a country of laws. Why then do they not want to follow the law?


Global Warming - Democrats understand that global warming is real, human caused, and worsening and that if we don't act, it'll be too late. This understanding is based on the hard science that supports global warming.


Even if that were true, they have no idea on how to handle it. They could make things worse because they don't know how the Earth and the environment work.

And Trump backing out of the Paris deal is a good idea, because, it doesn't help the US to pay for other countries to pollute.


Evolution - Democrats believe in the theory of evolution and do not believe that creationism should be taught in public schools. They believe that creationism is a religious belief and should be taught in church.


I don't believe in either of them. I don't care what other people believe, but I think that both sides of the beliefs should be taught, or neither of them.


Neil Sperling from Port Dover Ontario Canada on March 20, 2016:

If folks looked at the current monetary system they would realize no matter who wins the election nothing will change. There are flaws in communism, socialism as well as capitalism ---- the monetary system is the only common thread - it is the problem. We need Thrivalism. I wrote about it.

Glenny Scobbs on August 14, 2013:

yes cranky as a good demoncrat you have let demoncraps decide What they believe in to give them a good press while you decide as a good demoncrap too the most negative demoncrap bigoted views of republicans as what they believe in!! No republicans do not as most of them do not have a fundamentalist religious viewpoint compared to the demoncraps scientific viewpoint that is your talking points memos and a sterotyping hate mongering demoncrap viewpoint pushed by yes again you people! in al the pretty much believe the same but demoncraps are much more hateful and full of lies and demonizing of others.....I had not politicalleaning growing up and never talked in family about religion and like anyone else grew up learning threw personal experience and someone that moved around a lot throughout the country I learned a lot about the south when growing u p in the north and history about how bad the south was and they fought the civil war because they wanted slavery and the north didn't and so many other kinda one sided viewpoint told by what ended up being pretty hateful and bigoted people that hate the south without ever meeting people from the south and hated them since I guess the civil war..Even my own grandma had hateful things to say about those blanket blank blanks from the south until I moved south west and then southeast as I grew up and found out about the real reasons for saying one man is worth a % of had to do with taxes rather than a race issue but the democratic party used that and the hate of the south to push their issues and all issues since came from race this or that and if you didn't agree hey you are a racist too..they should do a book called you know you are a racist too,,iff you are white and live in the south heyyooooo you know you are racist if you dare comments negatively about the current president heyyoooo side note it was more American to criticize and even hate the last president and spout it? heyooooo tooo... having started from the north and having all relatives lived growing up in the north and cali and me final arriving down here by the time I graduated and went to college I saw first hand what demoncraps taught me and still teach others growing up in the north who have never met a person outside of their comfort area being taught to hate others just because they are white and from the south -they arer racist...what about black and from the south?? I have learned no do not dare say it in this country especially now Obama has come upon us and blessed us with his post racial experience...hmmm seems like the worst of any times before I would rather have the before e post racial as it was far less racial and less hate and killing of people that look like me and live in the south!! Caused by heyoooo people with the same attitudes as most demoncraps I have learned spewing the same lies and creating hate on all sies..why do they do it? for a Vote and to gain power,that is all...create more racism as Obama has done to an extreme and he wil separate the country more but also convince all minorities that haven't learned better that whitey hates you lets show you enemy as obma said lets make them pay!! his Chicago ways definitely bring the ignorant to his side and if not the Chicago ways takes control of the counting and locks people out of the voting precint so no neutral areas and no both parties being allowed to watch the votes and legitamize it when republicans are pushed out even by gunpoint while the precint gets locked down and no republicans are allowed in to very legal voting and that all the votes make it in the boxes to be countedlater or allowed in to verify the count when it comes to that...they were locked out of hundreds of precints especially in ohio,pennsylvania and florida and hiliary was locked out of the caucuses when they were going on her voting peole were locked out of most all the caucuses voting was a scam of a vote a 3rd country tyrant tyoe of voting where people were not allowed to vote based on color or if you are of the other party you are not allowed to vote ..all those people were disenfranchised and their vote were criminally not allowed by Obama and his Chicago mafia ways....if it asnt for all the illegal and racist and sexist things Obama was allowed to do and say and being locked out of getting any votes from most of the caucuses hillairy would be president and though she is a tight wawd tyrant herself ,their would have not been all the racial problems Obama started and increased the violence every time he speaks and gets more racial with every move...hilliary would have also got he jobs market fixed long much Ias I ditest her and all the illegal things her and hubby did in whitewater she still would have kept America to not have to get better by artificially inflating our economy by qe3 qe25 and so on...oh yeah people are buying more yeah great economy except for it is going on credit cards at a feverish pace and housing is getting artificially inflated price by multiple flipping where a house that was 65-70 to 75 bought raised to 85 to 90 and then flipped again and they have a way of hiding the previous price ,where many times in the past you could see hey this was bought 6 months ago and they did nothing to make tit better no investment into is and they have it for $15K higher and people would balk at the price as they were educated now thye are hiding previous price ,mostly where before most I could find the saleprice now the same 70k house is 105 and it has just been sitting from bank owned to 2 flippers which their salesprice makes others think that is the new price of similar homes and they go up and up..this is the same way the democrats started the housing crash before but where theyforced the banks to give subprime loands as if they did not they would say they are racist and then we have more problems and what did the chickens doo as racism is the key word demoncraps use to get their way as they use racism for everything and get away with it because the democraps are the news agencies ap and reuters extremely biased and they make the news and then sell the sh1t they made up n the first place and they low start racial stuff even more as it makes them more money when it goes virul!! so You demons used attacks of we are going to call you racist and say you do not want to let a black man get a house...screw that every American deserves a house,that is the American dream...those that could afford to pay a mortgage of a certain rate in their income bracket deserve to have that house in their range just like a car should bein your income bracket that you should be able to afford and pay you payments like a responsible good American that cares for your neighbor and doesn't want to burden other and the government if you default or bought way out og your price range and many times on purpose knowing they wont be able to keep it but learned from other criminals that hey you can stay in a mini mansion for x many months or years without paing,,,this becamse and epidemic across the country and was not done with good faith by these buyers.These types of buyers did criminal acts on purpose once they learn of the new scam!!! the deomcraps in congress admitted on youtube video that they knew we would have much much more defaults but do you want us to label you a racist mr republican? do it or else!! Same evil illegal tactics and reprehensible dirty tactics they have used for years and not caring for the deaths and hate they have caused and for the loss of families when they default and the homicides that followed when you lost your wife to your scamming an you cant handle it and take you own life...I saw so muchof this...and it all had to do with votes!!!! hate murder,suicide,loss of family loss of house and any money you ever had in bank done just for votes and creating even more racism!!But demoncraps do not care about the future and how things cause other reaction for every action!!! they caused the housing collapse which was the collapse of our economy they then blamed bush for!! Nonpartisan to learning truth about lies!

Allen Donald (author) from Colorado on January 21, 2013:


I made that change. I do think it biases the article a bit, but science is science.

Nathan Orf on January 20, 2013:

Mostly succinct. But I think it would have been better to change the global warming issue around a bit. Instead of saying "Democrats believe that global warming is real, human caused, and worsening and that if we don't act, it'll be too late," you could say "Democrats understand and accept that global warming is real, human caused, and worsening and that if we don't act, it'll be too late."

I believe that anything less than that allows for the further distortion of the climate change debate. Already, far too many people have bought into the argument that global warming is a leftist "religion," complete with priests, followers and converts, missionaries, etc.

That is a right wing myth, of course. But using terms like "Democrats believe in global warming" simply helps to propagate these myths further.

xpydder on October 05, 2012:

This is very nicely and succinctly organized and I think most democrats would agree. However, I don't think most people really understand Keynesian Economics or what demand side or supply side economics really is. First, the should not be opposing ideas where you have to believe in one and not the other. This is one of the reasons why democrats and republicans cannot agree on anything - they think one is right and the other is wrong and this is simply not true and they are both important and they both need to be used in moderation and with an understanding of their long-term effects.

I don't think that any of these things should be disagreed with by most republicans and i really think there is a middle ground which the majority of Americans live in. The trouble is that people think that things like science and religion need to be diametrically opposed. Science does not have to trump religion nor does religion have to trump science as this is a zero sum game. Science trumps outdated misunderstandings that may have been derived from religious misunderstandings. The bible was written during a time when there was very little understanding of science so it had to be written for the audience that would comprehend it at that time. Most churches these days will simply say that God created the science that created man. Suddenly there is just a small disagreement and we should respect the beliefs of the other - without putting something on the bumper of our car in the hope of trying to convert someone.

I think most of the arguments between democrats and republicans are misunderstandings about what the other actually believes.

Worker CL100098 from America - I hope on April 13, 2012:

Current legislation and continuing efforts are working to take us here (see below). Are you working to stop it? Ignoring it is the same as helping it. Which are you doing?

If you dare, take a look at a very possible America:



Paul Swendson on February 27, 2012:

As you say, there will always be exceptions, but this sums up the Democratic Party as well as possible. And while some of the ideas in their platform naturally go together, others are unrelated. For example, there is no reason why a belief in Keynesian economics would also lead to a belief in gay rights. Both parties in fact, have internal contradictions in their platforms, with each supporting activist government in some cases and limited government in others:

Allen Donald (author) from Colorado on February 02, 2012:

Obviously not every Democrat will follow every point, but generally speaking, I am arguing that this is what most Democrats believe and the basis for most Democratic Party decisions.

Juliek958 from Norman, Oklahoma on February 02, 2012:

Wow. I didn't know that I believed in the theory of evolution. I thought I was raised by a long line of Democrats who believed in the Bible. And I wasn't aware that I believed that science trumped religion. I am pretty sure that I have hourly chats with God and I accept things because I have Faith in Him. I turn to God most days for help and strength. I do not believe in "across the board" capital punishment but that fact that Charles Manson lives and breathes bothers me a great deal. I think capital punishment is a case by case decision. As far as Global Climate Change - I agree with science that there is a cycle that the earth goes through and that we currently are in one but I also agree with the other side of the issue that says it's man made. Basically what I think is that the earth is in a cycle which is made far times worse because of what man has done to this planet.

I could go on but I won't. I disagree with your hub and your definitions. But that's what makes the world rich. Honest discourse is a good thing. I'm sure we would have a great time at dinner discussing all things democrat and republican.

PJ Jones on December 10, 2011:

I just found this hub. Very interesting. What you have said about democrates, almost make them sound human. Acutally it sounds like this should be the common thread that makes the world "go round". The demos sound whimpy because it looks like they care for their fellow humans and are not trying to say that because this shoe fits and looks good on them...doesn't mean it will do the same for you. I think it would be a better world if there were more people with this thought process..or close to it.

Greg Johnson from Indianapolis on October 14, 2011:

Well written hub, easy to understand. I'm going to hop over to your hub on Republicans and brush up on them. The ideological differences between the parties are making it impossible cooperate our government on any consistency though.

On the other hand perhaps it is best that the two parties can't agree on anything. It may be our best course of action is that neither win the philosophical arguments.

Oh well great hub..thanks

Auntie D from California on October 09, 2011:

I'm was glad to read "Democrats, like Republicans, are capitalists" since many refuse to ignore this and the many corporations controlled by Democrats. Basic but well written.

Larry from Illinois on September 28, 2011:

Interesting yes. But generalizing as well. I know both diehard republicans and democrats alike who believe what's in this hub. But interesting read nonetheless.

Marking up and interesting.

Jools Hogg from North-East UK on September 27, 2011:

Very interesting hub, I haven't the faintest idea what US parties believe and don't believe so I'm going to read your other hubs later on. Really simply explained, thank you.

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