If I were a Democrat, I wouldn't have to spend all the time and effort researching facts and putting numbers together. For any argument that anybody presented contrary to my views, I would just say:
"It's because of the failed Bush policies!"
You may think I'm exaggerating, but watch any debate on CNN or Fox or MSNBC that involves a Republican strategist and a Democratic strategist. The Republican will always try to gear the argument toward logic. "How is Obama going to increase government spending by $1 trillion and keep his promise not to raise taxes on 95% of the people?" The Democrat will always respond by appealing to emotion and making a personal attack. "The people on main street are hurting! We have to make sacrifices to fix this economic crisis. George W. Bush got us into this mess while his rich oil buddies got richer."
If you doubt that, try me. Turn on the TV right now and watch any debate. Find one example where a Democratic strategist tries to debate an issue based on facts and logic. The Republican comment in this example is actually a logical question -- Where does the money come from? But if I were a Democrat, I wouldn't have to worry about answering. I would actually just claim that asking that question is a personal attack on Obama. Take that, Republicans!
If I were a Democrat, I wouldn't have to worry about being consistent. For example, the same people who defended Bill Clinton during the Monica Lewinsky scandal, claming that his personal life has nothing to do with his private life, are the same people who ridiculed and called for the resignation of Senator Larry Craig for something he may or may not have actually done.
I'm sure most of us saw this clip from Susan Roesgan this week following the tea parties, and her different responses to which President had a Hitler moustache painted on his face:
Susan Roesgan - CNN
Whether it's David Axelrod calling the Tea Party protests unhealthy (while the Cindy Sheehan War in Iraq protests were a perfectly healthy expression of free speech) or Obama scoffing at notions that he's pushing socialism at the same time the government acquires common stock (meaning they are part-owners in a the company) in the nation's banks, the need for consistency is not a problem. That would take a lot of pressure off.
If I were a Democrat, I wouldn't have to worry about playing fair. Liberal talk-radio shows have little demand, so they simply can't compete with conservative talk-shows. What do the Dems do? They talk about bringing back the Fairness Doctrine, so that people like Rush Limbaugh who has 13.5 million listeners per week would be forced to give opposing points of view on their show. That way, they get their point of view to 13.5 million people too.
Environmentally friendly energy solutions losing out in the free market? We all remember this statement from Obama on the campaign trail:
"So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can. It's just that it will bankrupt them because they're going to be charged a huge sum [in proposed carbon taxes] for all that greenhouse gas that's being emitted."
We've always learned that kids need to play nice in the sandbox. In this case, if somebody won't share with us, we just go get our Dad to come take it from them. Problem solved.
If I were a Democrat, I could think that I'm the exception to the rule. For example, socialism has never worked to build prosperity. Here is a list of current countries that practice socialism:
- North Korea
Which of those countries would you want to move to? Even without complete socialism, let's look at some of the countries with only socialized medicine (a.k.a Universal Healthcare):
- United Kingdom
These are the countries that people from around the world go to when they are in need of expert medical care, right?
But that's the great thing! It doesn't matter that socialism has never worked in the history of man -- I would simply believe that we are the exception. We are different. It would work in our case!
Along those same lines, if I were a Democrat, I would be able to define my own rules. For example, it is illegal to kill a 1 year-old son or daughter. It is also illegal to kill a 1-minute old son or daughter. It is not your choice.
The debate regarding abortion has nothing to do with choice, because we all know that murder is illegal. The argument has to do with when life begins. So we just claim that life doesn't begin until the third trimester (even though if we didn't interfere, a baby would be born), and that it's the mother's choice because the baby is part of her body. Viola! Not murder anymore.
Using that same logic, I could rob the US Mint, and claim that those dollars weren't distributed into the system yet, and that I am a US Citizen, so it was my choice to take them.
As a Democrat, I would also have the ace in the hole, because I can also claim that anything is unconstitutional. I read an article today about how a law banning wearing saggy pants on a Florida beach was ruled unconstitutional. Here is a link to the Constitution:
The U.S. Constitution
Read through that, and try to find where our forefathers wrote that outlawing people who let their knickers hang out in public for all to see is unconstitutional. (You can actually save yourself the trouble -- It's not in there.) But that's the great thing: It doesn't matter! Here's what I would use:
"Amendment 1: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
It doesn't matter that it doesn't say anything about saggy pants or abortion even. See, saggy pants are a form of speech! Abortion is a form of speech! All I would have to do is convince a judge that whatever inappropriate or illegal activity I want to do is a form of speech, and I'm golden!
One of the major democratic platforms is that the government should not be allowed to limit the freedoms of the people. If they want to smoke marijuana, that's their own choice. But the good news is that I wouldn't have to extend the privilege to others.
For example, if students in my class want to say the Pledge of Allegiance, I would complain it was unconstitutional, and it's over. It wouldn't matter if I was only 1 in a class of 30! I know what you're thinking -- Isn't making saying the Pledge of Allegiance illegal a "rule" imposed by the government? Doesn't matter! Remember that First Amendment?
I could go on, but I'll stop there. Can you see why I daydream sometimes about being a Democrat? I honestly think it would be much easier.
TO ANY DEMOCRATS WHO MAY BE READING
Now I realize that I've spoken in general terms and a bit sarcastically, which I've tried to avoid in these posts, because my intention is not to be divisive. I'm taking the highly visible Democrats that I see on TV and those that I read in the news, and stereotyping based on that. I realize that.
The few Democrats that I know personally are great people. As I've mentioned in previous posts, I believe that they are good people with big hearts who just want to help others. But I believe the policies they support are like giving a child who is crying because he doesn't want to eat his vegetables some ice cream instead. It solves the immediate problem, but is it good for that child in the long run?
I realize this doesn't apply to all Democrats. But as with any stereotype, the stereotype comes from the majority. And I think if you'll pay attention to what you see on TV and read in the news, you'll see that the Democrats lead an envious life.