To explain more than that would take more space than is available here to answer a question. What I suggest is if you are registering to vote for the first is that you register as an Independent. This will allow you to vote in the General Election in November. If your state has an open primary or Independent candidates running in the primary elections you will be allowed to vote in the primary election in your state. If not you will not be able to vote in the primary elections.
All general elections are open elections. Meaning you can vote for any candidate and not by party unless you chose to vote by party. By registering as an Independent you guarantee your right to vote in the general election while you decide which if either party you wish to support by registering at a later date as a member of that party.
In the mean time you can attend the different party events and meetings in your area to learn more about the parties and their philosophies of government. To see which party best fits your ideals of government. [ adviceman49's advice column | Ask adviceman49 A Question ]
TheLonelySoul answered Friday February 24 2012, 5:40 pm: They're all different and some may share views while others don't. Which is why people should vote based on the individual candidate, not the party. There's a lot of misinformation out there like "Republicans are for the rich" this isn't true. G. Washington said that parties would destroy the country. [ TheLonelySoul's advice column | Ask TheLonelySoul A Question ]
orphans answered Friday February 24 2012, 12:32 pm: Well, I am outsider looking in, and seeing as how a spectator see's more of the sport, I may be of some use.
Simply put, I would have to say the difference between the two is as follows:
Democrat - Places significance on society
Republican - places significance on individuality
But it isn't as simple as that in reality.
I assume, Like many, the single biggest issue to you is the economy:
Democrats: Quantitive easing (printing money), and trying to create growth by getting people into work. This means they pay more tax, and the government pays less in welfare. This helps to cut the debt + deficit, and people spend more, and this helps growth.
Republicans: Austerity should be used to cut the deficit and the debt. Cutting government costs will be matched by private business growing and creating more jobs, and so thus helping the economy.
Note: The UK is taking the austerity approach, with no success. Japan used the austerity approach for 10 years, with no success. Greece is being forced to take the austerity approach, and will fail. Not all economies are the same, but austerity alone rarely helps the economy, as more people leave work and so pay less tax, and the government has to pay more in welfare.
In regards to health, Democrats obviously want subsidised healthcare for all, whereas the Republicans believe that it is not the role of government to help dying citizens.
In short, I would say that the Republican party is a right wing party. The democrats are more centre-right, closer to the left, but no completely the way. If you don't know what this means, just google it, or ignore it. Its difficult to explain, but easy to understand.
I think you should check out the democratic party and republican party websites. These are intended for the 'average joe' and avoid jargon, but remember that they have a vested interest, and may wrongfully criticise their competitor.
LostAngel answered Friday February 24 2012, 12:23 pm: Social Views
Democrats generally hold the opinion that a woman has the right to choose whether or not to terminate a pregnancy and that there should be no federal ban on gay marriage. Republicans generally favor the opinion and have pushed for laws that would make abortions illegal and for a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.
Democrats usually advocate a more hands-on approach to economic subjects, with government playing a large role. This approach is evident in support of government-run welfare programs such as universal health care and food stamps. In contrast, Republicans generally take the opposite stance, supporting a smaller government role and preferring that people provide for themselves through private means, without the need of government.
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