Javierdude22: Just came back from a vacation in the US, which gave me time to catch up on some reading. I did 'Fast food nation' (yes, it is out for some time already, bare with me, i'm in the Old World) and am starting on this new book called 'Politics'. Somewhere while I was reading Fast food nation my mind started buzzing and I just didn't really get it anymore. Not the letters, the ethics <_< . The following is kind of how I see the Republican party, and why it is successfull. I realise this might be stepping into a lions pit, but, all the more reason to discuss it. According to this widely recognized as accurate book, the Republican congressmen seem to be consistently banning any consumer or employee rights, in favor of multinational companies with billion dollar revenues and a substantial donation to each of the individual members of Congress they need votes from. These consumer and employee rights directly save lives on the workplace or in consumers kitchens, increase wellbeing by raising working conditions, workers pay, and benefits. No, these are not words from hell spawn by some diabolical creature, these are logical things. If food is contaminated by a deadly virus we should be able to send it back: NOOOOOO!!!...Republicans yell frantically. Why, I ask? Is the immigration level too high? Do we need a certain amount of deaths? If a worker is killed, yes killed, in a meatpackingplant by circumstances so filthy or dangerous that it was grossly illegal, a billion dollar making company is fined a maximum of 40,000 dollars. Is that what a human being is worth these days? I should invest... The Midwest in large parts is being turned into a crime infested place with the lowest incomes ever. I actually saw these villages travelling through Idaho and Colorado. How does it help that an entire Midwest of people is poor because they are squeezed by corporate policies supported by a Republican Congress, while a few multimillionaires who own land in the US the size of Delaware add another zero to their bankaccount? Doesnt one of the first economic policies tell us a rise in pay for low income families will be spent, whilst a rise in pay for high income families will gain interest and do nothing for the economy? Ill step off my soapbox. The weird thing is that the same farmers being squeezed by Republican policy vote Republican with a blindfold on if necessary, on every occassion. Colorado, and Idaho being Republican states. Why, why why why???? My personal concern is that many, not all mind you, faithfull Republican voters do so on the advocacy of simply to understand values like family, faith, and such tangibles as guns and the price of gasoline from the Republican party . I really doubt if a big part of the American Republican voters, that could tip certain states in favour of the Democrats, really understand what other consequences their vote will have on their lives. It is true, Democrats in overall seem to have a flavor for juicy personal lives, and they do advocate pro choice in many cases and rights for gay people. Quickly, put all that under the spell of ´liberalism´ and we´ll be a senator McCarthy short of a witch hunt. But if you look closely at the platforms, and the track record of each party on several issues and the logic and ethics behind them, shouldnt you conclude that what they advocate is pretty damn logical? We are supposedly in an economic slowdown, yet companies STILL report record profits keeping the already rich shareholders happy while factories are closed and workers are layed off with a landfill, chemical waste dump, polluted air or river, or physical injury as the only reminder the companies were ever there. Bill Clinton proposed more health inspections to make sure no E Coli bacteria get into the beef most Americans eat every day. The meat industry called their allied Congressmen of the Republican party to vote against. Why?! What possible logic could be behind it? In might be way off, maybe I am standing on a soapbox with termites in it. But as far as I see it, many Republican voters should read more and determine whether a few moral values outweigh the cruel reality of living off of 1000 dollars a month while the leaders they elected lavish in luxury. Sometimes I do wonder if Cheney ever turns to Bush saying while he chuckles: ´Buncha suckers ey´. Yes, very muddy. Please refute all of this, show me the Republican party has compassion for the little man, human and consumer rights, or for anything other than money for that matter. I don´t see it as of yet. How do you view the Democratic party...how do you view the Republicans?