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Neither Party Is Evil

Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Updated: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 01:04

As this is a presidential election year, things will inevitably become heated.  Nominees, pundits and parties will sling harsh rhetoric. Stuck right in the middle of all the posturing and talk of a ruined America is you, the voter. During election years, we often find ourselves too focused on the differences between the parties, convinced that the other party is evil or misguided.

Many Americans are driven to voting by virtue of their fear of the other party’s intentions, rather than making informed choices. In reality, nobody is trying to ruin America. I have yet to meet one person from either party actively trying to destroy American ideals or make this country worse.

With all sincerity, I admire many Republican and conservative ideals. I find the fiscal responsibility of the government and its footprint on average Americans admirable. Calling attention to our country’s growing debt crisis and subsequently attempting to reduce the budget are actions by which I do not particularly stand, but were venerable efforts in their own accord. To stand one’s ground despite fear of consequences or retribution is a quintessential American trait that is too often lost by liberals.

Furthermore, I greatly admire the GOP’s camaraderie. Every time a scandal breaks that is attributed to a Democratic figure, most Democrats denounce the actions of the culprit. This is completely at odds with what Republicans do, which is to stand their ground, usually with the accused.

When Hilary Rosen made comments about Ann Romney’s credibility when she empathized with working-class mothers last month, every major Democratic leader and pundit stepped forward, criticized her actions and asked her to apologize. Yet when Rush Limbaugh utilized vulgar language to critique a law student, most Republicans failed to muster critiques, and instead protected Rush.

The unity of the GOP is one of its defining qualities. Sure, there are machinations and bad blood behind the scenes, but Republicans almost never critique one another in public. The same cannot be said of the Democrats, who often seem at war with themselves. Democrats will jump on the chance to criticize anyone else in order to prop themselves up and gain easy brownie points with voters. Putting aside the primaries, Republicans act like they support each other.

The two-party system has its merits. It allows individuals to debate over an issue while culling only the best ideas into law. What it doesn’t do, however, is set up one party as supremely good and one as supremely evil. I encourage voters this year to keep an open mind regarding each party’s platforms, instead of listening to the fear-mongering fostered by their own party.

If the opposing party wins, America will not turn into a socialist state, you will not be forced into the streets to starve and Armageddon will not come. Either way, we will have a competent commander-in-chief in office who is probably far preferable to the majority of world leaders. 

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