Democrats & Republicans

September 15 ,2008

This election is sure getting everyone heated up and I think it’s a good thing. It’s a good thing to get everyone thinking about where this country is headed. It’s a good thing to think about where this world is headed. Recently, a couple of my close friends and family who were Democrats and Republicans were debating about the election and the following words were written about the importance of the election. Whether you’re a democrat or a republican I think these words are important (and well written)
Check it out:

My Republican friend sent this:

A Father / Daughter Talk:

A young woman was about to finish her first year of college. Like so many others her age, she considered herself to be a very liberal Democrat, and among other liberal ideals was very much in favor of higher taxes to Support more government programs, in other words redistribution of wealth. She was deeply ashamed that her father was a rather staunch Republican, a feeling she openly expressed. Based on the lectures that she had participated in, and the occasional chat with a professor, she felt that her father had for years harbored an evil, selfish desire to keep what he thought should be his.

One day she was challenging her father on his opposition to higher taxes on the rich and the need for more government programs. The self-professed objectivity proclaimed by her professors had to be the truth and she indicated so to her father. He responded by asking how she was doing in school. Taken aback, she answered rather haughtily that she had a 4.0 GPA, and let him know that it was tough to maintain, insisting that she was taking a very difficult course load and was constantly studying, which left her no time to go out and party like other people she knew. She didn’t even have time for a boyfriend, and didn’t really have many college friends because she spent all her time studying.

Her father listened and then asked, ‘How is your friend Audrey doing?’ Again caught off guard she replied, ‘Audrey is barely getting by. All she takes are easy classes, she never studies, and she barely has a 2.0 GPA. She’s so popular on campus that college for her is a blast. She’s always invited to all the parties and lots of times she doesn’t even show up for classes because she’s too hung over.

Her wise father asked his daughter, ‘Why don’t you go to the Dean’s office and ask him to deduct 1.0 off your GPA and give it to your friend who only has a 2.0. That way you will both have a 3.0 GPA and certainly that would be a fair and equal distribution of GPA.’ The daughter, visibly shocked by her father’s suggestion, angrily fired back, ‘That’s crazy, anyway how would that be fair! I’ve worked really hard for my grades! I’ve invested a lot of time, and a lot of hard work! Audrey has done next to nothing toward her degree. She played while I worked my tail off!’ The father slowly smiled, winked and said gently, ‘Welcome to the Republican party.’

If anyone has a better explanation of the difference between Republican and Democrat I’m all ears.

My Democratic friend replied:

“…You know I love you but you are so wrong about this. This election is about so much more than redistribution of wealth (if you want to call it that). This is about freedom, civil liberties, this is about rebuilding our world standing, this is about not lying to the American public, this is about taking the direction of this country out of the hands of those with enough money to have their causes overshadow those without. Frankly all of us are the top 1% in this county, do you really believe that our security, wealth and sense of living is going to be adjusted that greatly? I am truly serious?

This election is about so much more than our personal wealth. I am not about to concede the direction of my country to the conservative right wing of our country so they can dictate to me what my values are, all based on the shaky premise that I am afraid of helping out some people who have had less of a chance than me. This is such misdirection of the greater issues…”

G sez:

That’s what I’m saying. There’s a lot more at stake right now than money. This election is values based.

Follow your heart

G

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