I am going to post some thoughts that are just my opinion. They will represent what I see as major differences between democrats and republicans. What I'd like to see happen is a discussion of the points I am about to make. What I hope to avoid is members replying by making comments that are irrelevant to any of my points. Here is my list: Democrats don't trust our federal government system as much as Republicans do - Maybe it is just because there is a republican president in office, I'm not sure. Republicans seem to have an innate trust in U.S. corporations - Republicans often defend them while democrats don't trust them at all. It appears to me that repub's see corporations almost as an arm of our government while democrats see any marriage between the 2 as conspiratorial. Democrats are ok with social welfare programs for the poor - They see them as a safety net that provides for the bare minimum of living standards in the wealthiest nation on earth. Republicans are ok with social welfare programs for the wealthy - as represented by federal bailouts of many U.S. corp.'s and financial institutions Democrats are more willing to see the condition of our economy in a more realistic light - It appears, at least to me, that republicans are far less willing to admit the grave condition of our economy than democrats. The worse conditions get, the less commentary I see from our republican members. If anyone would like to comment on any number of the above points, I think it would make for great discussion. Again, please do not post random & irrelevant comments that are just intended to attack one party or the other.