Most of us have aligned with a particular political party. Our backgrounds, preferences, and lifestyles determined the paths we took politically. Consider whether your current political leanings arose in another era or your preferences no longer determine your politics. Many of you may find that you’re really Republican.
Mom and dad were dyed-in-the-wool Democrats. They lived through the Great Depression, had little but worked hard, and gave their kids the best they could. While you are like them a lot, it’s not enough reason to call yourself a Democrat just because they did.
You have grown up from the luxury of youthful idealism. Your liberal education in the hallowed halls of academia and free thinking expanded your universe to accept all that’s out there. Then, realism wandered in. If the world is nothing as it appeared in the classroom, you are a Republican.
You chose to eat vegetables 100% of the time in the past. Your vegan diet and gaunt appearance yielded to the acquired satisfaction of a little bit of meat. Asking ‘where’s the beef?’ in your burger got you inundated with leftist nutritional propaganda. Preferring a little protein with your carbo load says you’ve departed the exclusionary principles of dietary Democrat thinking.
You are a spiritual person but don’t believe in organized religion. Despite being born into one, your preference is for a personal approach to religion, perhaps none at all. Atheism, Zen Buddhism, yoga, or your trip to the Far East seeking a higher spirit does not a Democrat make, nor does Republicanism require belief in God. Your religious preferences, whatever they are, have nothing to do with politics.
You believe in marriage. You believe in a legal commitment to a person of the other gender. You believe children should have a mother and a father. You understand also that sometimes such arrangements don’t work out. You are a Republican who believes in the principles that reject the moral relativism that results without such solid foundations. Only Democrats believe in no-strings-attached family relationships.
You want to save the planet. You want clean air, water, land, and are a friend to animals. You want this, however, without destroying your livelihood, raising environment above the value of human existence, and returning mankind to Neanderthal lifestyles. You are a Republican and don’t know it.
Your own individual initiative got you to your place in the world. Despite ups and downs en route, living off canned beans over a Bunsen burner, even occasional commune living just to get by, your personal incentives placed you solidly in society. Your enterprise and individuality made you what you are and gave the nation an economic system that works. You are a Republican because you built that for yourself and your country found benefit from your efforts.
You believe in money management. You believe in making a budget and sticking to it as best you can. Yeah, there are times when you squandered your dollars with wanton abandon. But, your pattern is to plan for the unexpected and save for the days it rains. Although you’re not perfect, if you wish everybody, including the government, did this in their own ways, you’re a Republican.
Not everyone can be on welfare in America. You are a Republican if you share your wealth with others, despite that you had nothing to do with that decision. If you worry about when the wealth that supports others runs out, you’re a Republican. If you receive the wealth of others and don’t worry about such things, you ought to be a Republican.
Equality: You believe in it; you want everybody to have it. How people should achieve equality marks the difference between a Democrat and a Republican. Democrats seek equal outcomes as commanded by government rule and the demand of law. Republicans seek equal opportunity, thus allowing folks to achieve the outcomes they desire by their own efforts. You’ve stepped into Republican arena if “I want to be somebody” is your personal goal, not one the government gets for you.