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March 14, 2009

Defining Both Major Parties in Twenty Words or Less

by Stephen Gordon

Over at AmSpecBlog, Robert Stacy McCain has launched a contest to see who can best describe the Democratic Party in 20 words or less.  Considering that I’m a libertarian, I’m sure my entry won’t win — but here goes anyway: Of the big-government political parties, the Democrats are the ones who favor donkeys over elephants.

I’m wondering how other libertarians might describe the Republican Party, too.  My entry for the latter contest is pretty much the same: Of the big-government political parties, the Republicans are the ones who favor elephants over donkeys.

So who has some better definitions of both major parties?

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  1. I’ll give it a shot.

    Republicans are pro-war statists who disregard the civil liberties which don’t get them re-elected.

    Democrats are pro-war statists who disregard the civil liberties which don’t get them re-elected.

    Comment by ArmedPorkypine — March 14, 2009 @ 11:54 am
  2. I forgot about this Scott Bieser classic:

    Comment by Stephen Gordon — March 14, 2009 @ 12:11 pm
  3. Hey, thanks for the shout-out, Stephen, though I should give credit for the “Boot On Your Neck Party” idea to L. Neil Smith.

    Comment by Scott Bieser — March 14, 2009 @ 1:38 pm
  4. They could share the same three word slogan:

    “We’re not them!!”

    Comment by Akston — March 14, 2009 @ 2:16 pm
  5. Democrats = Fascist Party

    Republican = Libertarian Party

    Libertarian Party = Republicans who don’t win elections

    Comment by Eric Dondero — March 14, 2009 @ 2:55 pm
  6. Democrats want to control your money.

    Republicans want to control your mind.

    Comment by Doug Mataconis — March 15, 2009 @ 6:09 am
  7. Democrats = Fascist Party

    Republican = Libertarian Party


    Heh heh.







    Donkey, you are way too much fun.

    Comment by Joshua Holmes — March 15, 2009 @ 9:53 am
  8. Simple:

    Democrats – Consistently anti-freedom.

    Republicans – Inconsistently anti-freedom.

    Comment by Quincy — March 15, 2009 @ 12:25 pm
  9. As regards life and death:

    Democrats will kill you before you are born, but not after you are born, unless you want to die.

    Republicans will not kill you before you are born, but will after you are born unless of course you want to die.

    Not original, can’t remember where it came from, but it stuck.

    Comment by John — March 15, 2009 @ 7:48 pm
  10. My bumpersticker:

    With the Democrats, it’s man against man,
    With the Republicans, it’s just the opposite.


    Comment by Steven R Linnabary — March 16, 2009 @ 8:01 am
  11. Politicians, special interests, and zionist media colluding to insure the status quo, blind minion voters argue details whilst being fleeced.


    Comment by Steven Wood — March 16, 2009 @ 9:02 am
  12. Republicans= Want to waste your money
    Democrats= Want to waste more of your money.

    Comment by Sam Watts — March 17, 2009 @ 4:46 pm

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