Despite what we have been through in this hell of a Democrat-socialist ride in the last three years—with unconstitutional Covid lockdowns and forced vaccinations; the George Floyd rioters and their successors, who have been allowed to roam free to loot and burn; support for Antifa; the propagation of the unscientific Critical Race Theory and militant wokeness; deterioration of the quality of goods and services with the growth of incompetence that is reminiscent of third world countries, etc.—I still hear some conservatives among my 5000 Facebook friends making extremely derogatory remarks about the Republican Party and the allegation that there is no difference between the two political parties.
In fact, just a few days ago I was a told: “I’m a Libertarian, but I can see the difference. The GOP—a group of pu$$ie$ [sic]—has been overwhelmed by RINOs. That party is full of swamp rats and cannot be trusted. Many Republicans would prefer to bankrupt this great nation than abide by constitutional conservative policies. They vote their own paychecks and share the spoils with each other.”
To which I replied: “So then, you should vote communist, I mean Democrat! Reality Check: Libertarianism is dead, just like anarchism. That is the reality, friends. I have voted Libertarian in the past. For example, in the presidential election of 2008, I voted for Bob Barr and not John McCain, despite Sarah Palin being on the ticket. Of course, one can always throw their vote away and vote Libertarian.”
And so, for those conservatives and Libertarians who claim that there is no difference between the political parties, they play into the hands of the socialist Democrats.
There is a huge difference between the political parties on every issue. When it comes to the Democrats, there is corruption galore as we have seen with the Clintons and the Bidens, and even, as we are finding out with Obama; the imposition of wealth redistribution to pander to the idle and government-dependent crowd; the insistence in controlling peoples’ lives, supposedly for their own good; connivance in relinquishing liberty for servitude to the mighty State; gun control because lawful citizens are not trusted with guns; hatred of Christianity and Judeo-Christian principles; hatred of tradition and traditional institutions, including the U.S. Constitution, and therefore their push to make it a “living document,” which is, of course, the complete opposite of what some citizens might think; rampant use of lies, deception, and disinformation, following the principles of Rules for Radicals by Saul Alinsky (1971).
I’m also told that Republican legislators cave under pressure. I say, blame the ignorant, the lukewarm, or the so-called “independent” electorate, who threaten and frequently and increasingly vote Democrat. Frankly, it is because their little impressionable and susceptible minds are at the mercy of indoctrination by the opinion cartel molders of the progressive, liberal (socialist and mainstream) media. But it is not easy to escape, because it also permeates the popular culture.
It is the uninformed, misinformed, and politically correct segments of the public in the middle that decide elections. Look at the graph. The perceived and sometimes real cowardice seen in the GOP is a direct reflection of the fear of the politically correct electorate and those in the middle, who claim they don’t trust the media, but in reality are led by their noses by the indoctrination of the mainstream media, popular culture and academia. An article today reports that there is dissatisfaction with both political parties, and this includes criticism even by members of their own party. The article states:
Voters across the country have largely soured on the two major political parties, with just 20% of respondents in a new State Policy Network (SPN) survey considering the parties civil and fewer than half of partisans finding their own party “ethical.”
In the poll of 2,043 voters conducted from June 14-18, fewer than one in five of respondents also indicated they see either of the parties as “civil” and just half of interviewees view their own party that way… “There is strong and increasing desire among most Americans to return to greater civility in politics, which includes bipartisan work in Congress,” Norman said. “Neither party is putting effort in those places and it’s showing in what the people think of the parties.”
The citizens who seek civility and moderation and the politically correct people in the middle frequently have their representatives in the crosshair unless they compromise. The seduced public has been told not to support the mean-spirited GOP hot heads because they do not reach across the aisle for “getting together to get things done”—namely, compromise. Besides these Republicans do not deliver the fruits of the labor of others who are better off—ostensibly, the “rich,” who don’t pay their fair share.
And guess who the mean-spirited group is that needs to compromise? Yes, the pressure is always on the Republicans for them to reach across the aisle and compromise, never on the Democrats. Ask the populace who claims they don’t trust the media who is to blame? Like pappagallos, they respond the Republicans, with their votes as they did in the presidential election of 2020 and the midterm election of 2022!
So don’t blame the GOP. The truth is that Senator Ted Cruz, Governor Ron DeSantis, and many others in the GOP, are doing herculean work for the cause of freedom from government. They need the support of conservative citizens to get the job done with the help of their colleagues. Instead, blame the real culprits, your fickle and government-dependent fellow “citizens.”
I have also heard: “The GOP doesn’t stand up for their principles. I agree with the Republican platform, but they don’t stand up when it counts.” To which I have replied: True some Republicans fear the electorate—an electorate that once constituted informed and vigilant citizens, but that has now been duped and is easily incited by the liberal media; uneducated by the deteriorated public school system; propagandized by the degenerate popular culture; and indoctrinated in leftist higher education by a Marxist academia that insists on being “Plato’s guardians,” and the Democrats, the “philosopher kings,” who know what is best for our own good.
All of this authoritarianism propagated by the left is part and parcel of the establishment swamp, which staunchly supports the Democrat (socialist) Party, assisted by preferred minorities, particularly African Americans, who have been told to believe they cannot succeed without government assistance. The Democrats do not have to kowtow to the ruling establishment or the opinion cartel molders, which, of course, make the Democrats seem formidable and fearless.
True, many in the GOP are intimidated, as they can be expected to be in some districts, at least to some extent, because the propagandized and fickle electorate can go one way or the other on election days, based on their socialistic, feel-good indoctrination and disinformation that they have been receiving. Yes, we need to get rid of RINOs, who are indeed a fifth column within the party, but not the rank-and-file Republicans with whom we may disagree from time to time because we don’t agree with them on every issue. After all, they have to respond to their constituents in the various states that vary in conservative intensity.
A Republic was founded for an honest, informed, and vigilant electorate. But the education and civic knowledge of the electorate today has been eroded by the public school system and media propaganda. Today virtually all Democrats are socialist authoritarians, who are propped up by the establishment swamp, which seems to abhor freedom. They are also assisted by the vote of a duped electorate and by those dependent citizens who wants something for nothing, even if it is at the expense of their liberty, just like at the time of the death knell of the Roman Republic when the populace traded their votes for bread and circuses.
Like it or not, the two-party system in America is here to stay, and this has been demonstrated over the last two centuries: Parties may replace each other but always end up with two opposing principal political parties. And frankly, I prefer it to the Parliamentary system, the current social democracy system, of Europe.
So don’t tell me such nonsense that the political parties are the same. They are not. The GOP stands for freedom and individual liberty and a respect for traditional institutions. The Democrats stand for collectivism and government intrusion in our lives—authoritarianism and socialism. There is no middle ground, and one must choose. As I said previously, for now Libertarianism is dead, just like anarchism and the various “reform” parties, which have sprouted over the years and gone unceremoniously into the dustbin of history after an election or two. One could also either not vote or throw his vote away on a third party as a so-called protest vote, and retire to his own world in the deceptive political illusion of thinking he has done his civic duty. In reality, however, he has only assisted evil men to ascend to power and rule over us as an authoritarian and intolerable oligarchy—as we seem to have today.
Written by Dr. Miguel Faria
Miguel A. Faria, M.D., is Associate Editor in Chief in neuropsychiatry; history of medicine; and socioeconomics, politics, and world affairs of Surgical Neurology International (SNI). He was appointed and served at the behest of President George W. Bush as member of the Injury Research Grant Review Committee of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 2002-2005. Dr. Faria is a Board Certified Neurological Surgeon (American Association of Neurological Surgeons; retired, Life Member, AANS); Clinical Professor of Surgery (Neurosurgery, ret.) and Adjunct Professor of Medical History (ret.) Mercer University School of Medicine. He is the author of Vandals at the Gates of Medicine (1995); Medical Warrior: Fighting Corporate Socialized Medicine (1997); Cuba in Revolution: Escape From a Lost Paradise (2002), and America, Guns, and Freedom: A Journey Into Politics and the Public Health & Gun Control Movements (2019). His most recent books are Controversies in Medicine and Neuroscience: Through the Prism of History, Neurobiology, and Bioethics (2023) and Cuba’s Eternal Revolution through the Prism of Insurgency, Socialism, and Espionage (2023) both published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing in Newcastle upon Tyne, Great Britain.
This article may be cited as: Faria, MA. A Piece of My Mind: Is There a Difference Between the GOP and the Democrat Party. HaciendaPublishing.com, July 6, 2023. Available from: https://haciendapublishing.com/a-piece-of-my-mind-is-there-a-difference-between-the-gop-and-the-democrat-party-by-miguel-a-faria-md
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