I was reading Jerry Pournelle’s Chaos Manor blog and he referenced the show “Firefly” and its feature film closing, “Serenity.” I followed his link to the blog Paul in Houston and found what could be a very real definition of the major difference between Democrats and Republicans.
From Paul in Houston:
Before the movie has even reached the main title sequence, River has flashed back to a class as a young girl, where a teacher is explaining the history of the Alliance and a student asks why there was even any resistance to it in the first place.
Young River replies … “We meddle. People don’t like to be meddled with. We tell them what to do, what to think, don’t run, don’t walk. We’re in their homes and in their heads and we haven’t the right. We’re meddlesome.”
The teacher’s response is absolutely perfect nanny-state rationalization … “We don’t tell them what to think. “We just show them how!“
The difference spelled out here is that Democrats like to meddle without regard for the consequences. Republicans, for the most part, would prefer to only meddle when we have an idea of what the consequences could be. Ideally we would prefer to not meddle at all, but we aren’t given much choice as we seek to undo the damages caused by the Democrats.
Remember the sub-prime mortgage crisis. The program was started under Jimmy Carter and refined under Bill Clinton. It came to a head under George Bush because the Democrats kept insisting on making home buying too easy and because they kept insisting (Barney Frank, especially saying this) that nothing was wrong with Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the mortgage banking system. And this is as nothing compared to the meddling by the Democrats in the name of Lyndon Johnson’s “Great Society,” which has done more to promote race and class warfare than anything else in American history. All in the name of forcing change which, for the most part (and I am not talking the Civil Rights or the Voting Rights acts, even though they are the groundwork that leads to all the other changes) has caused a disintegration in American society. A disintegration that still continues today. A disintegration caused, in part, by an incessant need to have Government, whether big or small, at the center of every citizen’s life. A need to have people believe that rights flow from the government, not from Natural Law.
Finally, taking a cue from what River’s teacher says in “Serenity,” Democrats are perfectly willing to show you how to think – so long as the way you will come to think is the way they think. Anyone who doesn’t think as they do is always condemned: they are racist, white supremacists, the OWS label of 1 per-centers or any of many more and more and more disturbing epithets (and never mind that those same epithets fit the Democrati side better than the Republican side).
The real difference between Democrats and Republicans? It’s all this and more, but it boils down to two very different and opposing viewpoints. Democrats believe in the rule of man, of the mob. Republicans believe in the rule of law.