I couldn’t tell you ANYTHING significantly different between Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush and Obama. I was too little to remember much of Carter except a book report I did on Peanut farming in 3rd grade about him.
They got up there, did their jobs. Each had some scandal or another. All loved war and the more hands-off we can be with war, the better. Each supported business interests, promises nice things to citizens but delivered only faintly, each wrecked education in some unique way…
So, I dunno. Maybe at one time there was a difference, but really, I hardly see much at all.
I guess the main difference I’ve seen is how they present themselves:
Democrat: “we’re all in this together.”
Republican: “We’re all in this together against [x].”
I don’t mind government as long as they stay out of my hair most of the time. I expect them to be wasteful, greedy, put together stupid programs, make life hard for some segment of the population or the other while pretending to make life easier for another segment of the population, take credit for everything and deflect the blame as much as possible.
So, I don’t expect much out of them. Maybe infrastructure. I expect infrastructure and basic human rights. Beyond that? Bunch of yahoos.
You implying guns? Remind me not to do business with you I prefer diplomacy. But at the same time, if the BLM movement decided to take up arms as citizens of the USA and affirm their 2nd amendment rights, I wouldn’t blame them.
I have to be straightforward with euphemisms and ask ’cause I’ve never been good at picking up on them automatically. [I mean I pick them up – brain’s a thesaurus – but I strive for clear communication as misunderstandings lead conversations in awkward directions too often]
Ah yes, yeah I could deal with classic republicanism, although it doesn’t resemble today’s republican party afaik. Catholic social justice is intriguing – looked into it years ago. While I *think* I had one or two sticking points in it, overall were I to live in a society of classical republicanism and catholic social justice, it wouldn’t be the worst place to live.
tbh, I can’t think of a better one at present. I’m skeptical of utopias in general and I expect any political/social system enacted to be a hot mess that somehow functions more or less ok, if it has a reasonable set of human rights and reasonable social expectations without imposing on the creativity and free movement of peoples.
Ah yes – I remember what impressed me about catholic social justice that I liked: It attempts to treat the whole person, both as an individual and as a member of a community.
Just a quick search revealed this nice article: