The main beliefs of The Democrats
Liberal on policies: Pro abortion& Pro gay marriage, protecting the vulnerable and taxing the rich more.
The main beliefs of The Republicans
More conservative on policies: pro life, low tax, 'government is a problem' - Reagan
Factions of the Democrats
New Democrats(e.g.Clinton) -balanced budget, miltary force, welfare reform.
Progressive Democrats(e.g. Howard Dean) -Tax increases for the rich, universal healthcare, anti- iraq war
Blue Dogs (Howard Ford Jnr) - pro life, pro iraq war, more common with republicans
Factions of the Republicans
Moderate Conservatives -Economically conversative e.g. low taxes but liberal on social issues, Olympia Snow from Maine supports gay marriage and abortion.
Social Conservatives - Government has its uses (e.g. federal funds for faith-bases initatives), anti civil rights, Pat Robertson said "it encourages woman to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witch craft and turn lesbian".
Fiscal Conservatives - less government intervention and privatisation, "Government isnt a positive force".
Neo Cons - Unilateral, pro iraq war and anti UN
Tea Party - socially conservative, strong defence, less government intervention and reduced taxes.
Differences between Democrats and Republicans
Us Patriot Act - Support this but split on 'Invasion of privacy issue'
Torture - Against as they abide by the Geneva Convention, in 2008 Obama promised to close Guantanamo Bay
Environment - favour pollution restrictions, Al Gore 'championed' this cause and Obama supports alternatives for fossil fuels
Same Sex marriage - Most agree on same sex marriage, some dont however almost all agree theres nothing wrong with being gay
Reproductive rights - believe its women's rights to choose, Obamacare to include contraception in women's health plans
Differences between Republicans and Democrats
Torture - Support,Republican Dick Cheney supports 'enhanced interrogation' like waterboarding
Environment - some republicans disagree with the science of climate change, Romney touted the benefits of using fossil fuels e.g. creating jobs
Reproductive rights - against - pro life, Rush Limbaugh called Sandra Fluke a '****' for wanting contraception on her health plan
Healthcare - vetoed stem cells research bill and not one republican senate voted for Obamacare
Crime - resisted tighter gun ownership restictions because theyre very close to NRA
Similarities between Democrats and Republicans
New Democrats-Moderate conservatives both favour balanced budgets
Neo cons-Blue Dogs both believe in unilaterism and both support Iraq War
Blue Dogs-Moderate&Social conversatives and Neo cons favour conservative views because blue dogs are southern based(to win elections they need to appeal to those with conservative views)