To be clear, I find posts like this one very distasteful. However I wanted to share what I have learned.
As a Boy, there was a, “known fact” about American Korean War POW’s that every boy my age seemed to share. Whether the story was true or not I have no idea. The key point was many American Korean War POW’s came back with ideas that were somewhat radical dislike to outright hostility towards the United States Government.
We boys knew was the reason so many American Korean War POW’s had such radical ideas was grounded in the, “knowledge” American Korean War POW’s gained. We believed American Korean War POW’s were taught the American Constitution and it’s parts. Of course most, as in almost all, American Korean War POW’s (like today) had no real idea what the US Constitution said or didn’t say, so they did not believe what they were being taught and took the opposite stance to what they were being taught.
I don’t know if this is true, what American Korean War POW’s underwent or not, and whether there is any truth in this story. As kids we believed it. Every boy I knew, knew this story; we all knew it was true. Whether the story carried on with Kids to the Viet Nam war, I have no idea.
In the present day, I am bombarded daily with negative and very ugly campaign ads. Both sides, Democrats and Republicans claim their version is the ‘true’ version of the story. Their candidate is upstanding and squeaky clean, while the opponent is practically a member of some underground criminal network, and push(ed) agendas that make their families hundreds of thousands of dollars. I won’t go into what other party members were doing while these high dollar bills and contracts were being meted out over the previous four years, but it appears they were not too concerned.
These political ads motivated me to look into if what I think about American Politics is correct, or has my thinking been jaded and warped over the years. I went to my favorite source, Wikipedia for more information. Of course there are complaints that Wikipedia is controlled by liberals, but I really doubt that to be true. I put those comments in the same boat as the current President’s comments that kids in school are getting brainwashed by the Liberal Agenda version of United States History. This reminded me when there was crying and gnashing of teeth when it came to our World’s History being rewritten. Thankfully we have computers and enormous amounts of mostly balanced references available to peruse.
At 30,000 feet, there is not a lot to separate one American political parties thinking from the other party. On the surface, they seem to want the same things, having differing ideas of how their vision should be accomplished. Wording appears to be homogenized, leaving both parties joining with Tiny Tim singing, “Tiptoe Through the Tulips”.
If you wish to punish yourself by watching Tiny Tim:
Which made me look deeper into American Political Party differences. It wasn’t until I looked at far Left Wing and Right Wing groups, again on Wikipedia, the differences became obvious. Was I more comfortable on the Left Wing, with the Green Party, Communist party or Anarchy, or on the Right Wing with the Aryan Nation, White Nationalism and the manosphere (which believe Women and girls are essentially chattel on the same or lower level as farm animals)?
I pulled out as equally as I could the mainstream philosophy of American mainline political party’s philosophy and extreme politics and groups which align under each party. For sanity’s sake, I left out groups like Antifa and the Proud Boys who appear from a high level view to enjoy fighting with each other more than joining with their respective parties.
Democratic Party United States
“The Democratic Party’s philosophy of modern liberalism blends notions of civil liberty and social equality with support for a mixed economy. In Congress, the party has influential centrist, progressive, and conservative wings. Corporate governance reform, environmental protection, support for organized labor, maintenance and expansion of social programs, affordable college tuition, universal health care, equal opportunity, and consumer protection form the core of the party’s economic agenda. On social issues, it advocates campaign finance reform, LGBT rights, criminal justice and immigration reform, stricter gun laws, abortion rights, and the legalization of marijuana.”
“The 21st century Democratic Party is predominantly a coalition of centrists, liberals, and progressives, with significant overlap between the three groups.”
~ 28% are thought to be Social Liberals
Far Left Wing Political Currents:
Democratic Socialists of America
Green Party of the United States
American Party of Labor
Communist Party USA – Almost non-existent
Freedom Socialist Party
Republican Party (United States)
“The 21st-century Republican Party ideology is American conservatism, which incorporates both economic policies and social values. The GOP supports lower taxes, free market capitalism, restrictions on immigration, increased military spending, gun rights, restrictions on abortion, deregulation and restrictions on labor unions. After the Supreme Court’s 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade, the Republican Party opposed abortion in its party platform and grew its support among evangelicals. The GOP was strongly committed to protectionism and tariffs at its founding but grew more supportive of free trade in the 20th century.”
“61% are socially conservative, 28% socially moderate, 10% socially liberal; 65% economically conservative, 26% economically moderate, 7% economically liberal.”
Far-right Political Currents
Paranoid style politics
Stop Islamization of America
the neoreactionary movement
I found this exercise to be an exercise in political introspection. When taking a serious look at ourselves, ugly past actions float into our conscious mind. We can’t ignore these parts of us, and for our own well being, we come to terms with them. We do this by either by changing our thinking and behaviors, or accepting what and who we are. Thankfully, in American Politics, the Left and Right Wing extreme groups will polarize our political thinking.