...do you just try to be a good person? :)
It is incredibly interesting that people have such differences in opinion! You'd think that we'd all agree more about what's right, and what's wrong. It's one of the great mysteries of life. Here's my take why there are such differences:
I do want to take issue with the ideal that is apparent with those on the Republican side of the fence: They propose that life would be better if there was less government, more "self government." If we each were perfect, I'd see this logic. I think Republicans give themselves too much credit. My belief is more and better rules are what's needed. You can't call it socialism or communism. It has to called something like, "perfection", or "panacea", or "utopia". We all know, it aint gonna happen. We are never going to have a perfect world, a perfect government, perfect rules. But what we each need to do is work toward IMPROVEMENTS.
The reason I do not believe in more self government, to give us each more self control of how we each live our lives is this: We are each far too imperfect. We each have a negative characteristic, and that is human greed. Of course some are greedier than others, but the point is- we need good rules, and in my opinion good government needs to set good rules, and more of them. That of course is where there will always be much disagreement- over what rules are good, and which are not. Some rules are made to be everlasting, and some are made to be broken. Some rules need to be dropped, and some need to be invented. Human nature is too imperfect for us to believe that we are better off taking care of ourselves. Are some or a lot of Republicans thinking they are better than others? Are they greedier than others as a whole? Can we suggest that instead of labeling people Republican or Democrat we could instead label people Greedy or Not So Greedy? It seems Dems want to contribute more to education and needy people while Repubs want less taxes, to keep more of their own money. That is greed. How are we going to make education better, or help the needy without taxes? Or health care? Repubs don't like universal health care because it means more money out of their pockets. That's greed folks. Don't we all need to see that we each need to give more to make our world a better place?
Another problem I have with Republicans is they always reference the Constitution or the Declaration of Independence. Politicians need to consider at what time in history these documents were written. It's like people who take the Bible literally- people need to take into consideration when it was written! Of course some rules in the Bible will remain timeless, but things change folks! Get a clue! Let's get out of the stone ages, wake up and realize rules and laws need to be changed for the times. For example, people that take the Bible literally believe that it is wrong to be homosexual. That is wrong ideology written how many hundreds of years ago!? Just to set the record straight, it is right as rain to be homosexual. It is not a choice. Get over it those of you are wrong about this.
Another good example are Amish rules. Don't get me wrong- I believe that in many respects the Amish live their lives to respect the earth, creating much less of a footprint than most. I respect their values in many ways, but on the other hand I think their way of life is greatly flawed because they live today according to rules that were made back in Martin Luther's time!
Over time, the human race has acquired the instincts of survival and competition. This explains it: Some people care more about the needs of others, some do not. Some are more competitive than others. At times it is depressing thinking that we as a whole in this country are never going to get together enough to create HARMONY. To combat this, just think about what we have, instead of what we don't have, and try to work for IMPROVEMENT. Try to set a good example and be a good influence to others.