Saturday, May 27, 2006

Parental models: Democrats vs. Republicans

Lately I have been thinking about the differences between Democrats and Republicans. One way to look at the differences is to use an analogy with parents. See if this makes sense:

A Democrat is like a nurturing, loving parent who wants to help the child by being as supportive and helpful as possible; by providing for the child's needs. But, is this just sparing the rod and thereby spoiling the child? Is this parent really looking at doing what is best for the child or just trying to be liked as a parent. Are Democrats truly trying to help or do they just want to be liked; i.e., get the votes and get elected?

A Republican is like the loving parent with a "tough love" philosophy meant to teach personal responsibility for the ultimate benefit of the child. But, is the child left to then sink or swim? What about the sinking person? Are Republicans truly trying to help the public in the long run or are they just mean-spirited and unwilling to share?

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Monday, May 01, 2006

A Day Without [Illegal] Immigrants

You may notice that I have not posted in a while. As my previous email said, I am getting ready to move soon and time to blog has been limited.

Both CNN and Fox News had stories about the Day without Immigrants. CNN uses the phrase “Throngs of immigrants and their advocates …” near the beginning of their article. Fox uses “Illegal immigrants and their allies …” in its opening sentence. Notice that CNN does not use the word “illegal” in their opening while it is Fox’s first word. Also, but more subtle, CNN uses “advocates” which indicates supporters for their cause while Fox uses “allies” which, to me, is a more divisive term usually used in describing those on one side of a fight.

Links to articles:

http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/05/01/immigrant.day/index.html

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,193761,00.html