How to Tell a Democrat from a Republican

(Or "Liberal from a Conservative" or "Leftist from a Right Winger" - without loss of generality)

By Leon Felkins

Written 2/25/1999
Revised 3/15/1999

Copyright 1999, All Rights Reserved

Conservative, n. - A statesman who is enamored of existing evils, as distinguished from the Liberal, who wishes to replace them with others. -- Ambrose Bierce
Many of you have expressed great confusion, in these troubled times, in trying to tell a Republican from a Democrat. Sure, we know what they say they are; most of them have well displayed nameplates. But could you tell one from the other in a blind test? That is, without prior knowledge and access to his/her tshirt, automobile, or dog, could you determine which was which simply by his/her actions? Probably not. The purpose of this essay is to assist you in making such an identification.

In the following paragraphs, I will list the major issues of our times and clearly identify the differences between the Republican and Democrat approaches to these issues.

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