1. You are a bigot
It’s true sure there are probably some Democrats who are bigots. But if you ARE a bigot, that other party will be much more your group than the Democratic party. Remember that there are lots of ways to be a bigot: You could be a racist, a homophobe, an Islamophobe, or lots of other things.
2. You like eating, drinking and breathing poison.
Democrats are not the party that denies climate change, they care about the environment and don’t like eating, drinking and breathing poison, however if he receives enough money Jim Inhofe with eat, drink or breathe anything and swear it ain’t poisonous. Many officials in that other party are calling for or voting for shrinking or eliminating agencies that protect us against poison. They seem to think that the corporations will do the right thing, without any pressure from the government. Uh huh. Read The Jungle. Look at the way Monsanto is hiding facts about Round Up. Look at food safety and outbreaks of E. Coli. Corporations exist to make money. They will do so any way they can. The government needs to stop them from doing so in ways that hurt people.
3. You think the rich don’t have enough money
The idea that giving more money to rich people (via tax breaks) will help poor people is nonsensical and has been shown wrong time and again in history. Huge tax breaks for the rich (a la George Bush) don’t work. Sure there are rich people in the Democratic Party Bill Gates comes to mind and Warren Buffet, but they think being rich shouldn’t mean that they should control everything. And Warren Buffet believes rich people should be charged a higher tax rate than an ordinary citizen.
4. You don’t support our veterans
The Iraq and Afghanistan Veteran’s Association (IAVA) rates every member of congress on how well they support our veterans. In the Senate, 9 people got A or A+: All were Democrats. 30 got D or F: 29 From that other party and one Democrat. Sure that other party loves to send our troops off to fight wars they start over false pretexts and make Veterans out of them, but when they come home they think Veterans should pretty much be on their own. Dubya cut VA funding by over $8 million dollars when he was president. Traditionally all through history it has been Democrats who have really supported our veterans.
5. You like big deficits
Since the end of WW II the ratio of debt to GDP for the nation has gone down in 9 administrations (3 from that other party and 6 Democratic) and up in 7 administrations (6 from that other party and 1 Democratic). The largest increases by this measure were GW Bush’s 2nd term; GHW Bush, and Reagan’s first term. The largest decreases were the three terms right after the end of WWII (Truman and Eisenhower). The last decrease under a that other party was in Eisenhower’s 2nd term
6. You don’t believe in free speech
The American Civil Liberties Union is the premier defender of our civil liberties, including the right to free speech. That’s free speech for EVERYONE; from Nazis to Marxists to Fred Phelps to anyone else. They rate politicians, including governors, senators and representatives. 12 people got a 100 rating: All were Democrats. 65 people got a score of less than 10: All were from guess who – that other party. Only 6 Democrats got a score under 50. Only 2 from that other party got scores over 50.
7. You like big government
That other party likes to claim they are against big government. It’s a lie. They only object when government helps people. But they are supporters of the Patriot Act; they want the government to say who you can marry; they want the government to forbid abortion; they want the government to be able to spy on you without restraint. Unfortunately, many Democrats agree with them on some of these issues, but to find opposition to these big government ideas, you have to look to the Democrats.
8. You want government to hurt people, but not help them
This is really just a summation of some other points.
9. You are greedy, short-sighted and rich
You really have to be all three for this to work. If you’re rich but not short-sighted, you know that, in the long run, when there is huge income inequality, it leads to things like stock market crashes and revolution, and everyone loses. In a revolution, it is often the rich who lose most. If you’re rich but not greedy, you recognize that helping others is a good thing, and that the government assuring that people have a safety net is a good thing as well.
10. You like torture
The Democrats don’t exactly shine here, but those from that other party are much worse. It was, after all, Dick Cheney who bragged in his memoir about being a war criminal. It was Don Rumsfeld who opined that the problem in Abu Ghraib was that they weren’t torturing prisoners enough. And it is mostly Democrats who have objected to torture. John McCain is perhaps the lone exception, but of course he is the only member of that other party to have experienced torture first hand. Torture is wrong. It’s also stupid. It doesn’t work. People who are tortured will say ANYTHING (true or not) that they think their torturers want to hear.