Republican vs Democrat Beliefs: The fundamental differences

Many people believe that the fundamental differences between Republicans and Democrats only surround political views, but nothing could be further from the truth. While political views certainly contribute to the difference, it’s not what makes Republicans and Democrats fundamentally different from each other. Republicans generally want to protect freedom and civil liberty, while Democrats want to exert as much control as possible over American lives. Let’s quickly dive into the comparison between Republican vs Democrat beliefs.

Comparison Chart (Republicans Vs. Democrat Beliefs):


Low taxes = strong economy

Strong defense protects the US

Strong borders

Support for election integrity

Less bureaucracy is better

Private sector does better

Free and open

Prefer competition

Oppose with exceptions

Innocent until proven guilty

Protect through import taxes

Generally oppose

Retain for self-defense

All who can, should work

No opposition (openly gay members)


















High taxes = more poverty

Cut defense for social spending

Let everyone in for votes

Oppose to enable cheating

More bureaucracy is better

Government rationing

Control through media

Prefer socialist control

Support up to child birth

Prosecute, discredit

No import tax

Oppose to stay in power

Take away – no opposition

Create nanny state for votes

Identity politics used to win elections


Low taxes = strong economy

High taxes = more poverty
Strong defense protects the US DEFENSE – MILITARYCut defense for social spending
Strong bordersIMMIGRATIONLet foreign citizens in for votes
Support for election integrityVOTER IDOppose to enable cheating
Less bureaucracyREGULATIONSMore bureaucracy is better
Private sector does betterHEALTHCAREGovernment rationing
Free and openSPEECHControl through media
Prefer competitionCAPITALISMPrefer socialist control
Oppose (with exceptions)ABORTIONSupport (up to minute of birth)
Innocent until proven guiltyPOLITICAL ENEMIESProsecute, discredit
Protect through import taxGLOBALIZATIONNo import tax
Generally opposeTERM LIMITSOppose to stay in power
Retain for self defenseGUNSTake away – no opposition
All who can, should workWELFARECreate nanny state for votes
No opposition (openly gay members)GAY RIGHTSUse identity politics to win elections
Republican vs Democrat beliefs

Core Beliefs of Each Party

TAXES: Democrats typically demand higher taxes on its citizens.  The Supreme Court ruled that Obamacare was a “tax” for example.  Since this was Democratic legislation, Americans must now either get an Obamacare policy (with all the provisions they don’t need) or pay a stiff penalty during tax time.  While there are some segments of the population who need help from the rest of its citizens, most do not.  The government should have addressed only that segment who couldn’t afford health insurance.  It would’ve been much cheaper. President Trumps tax plan gave 2 to 4 thousand per year to families.  The Biden Harris Administration vowed on day one to revoke the tax cuts and increase taxes on the working, dying middle class. Having your tax exemption double was huge! Ivanka Trump helped to raise the childcare credit to 2K per child!!!! That is thousands in some homes that will go away according to Biden on DAY 1. Republicans on the other hand, do everything possible to lower taxes across the board. They are sometimes criticized for not taxing the wealthy enough even though the wealthiest 10% of Americans pay the vast majority of taxes that run the government.

GUNS:  Democrats are fundamentally against guns in America.  If they could, the would ban all guns in the country.  Instead, they try to pass legislation banning certain types of weapons they deem “bad” for society.  Every time there is a mass shooting, Democrats capitalize on the opportunity to pass restrictive gun legislation. Beto O’Rourke will probably (at some point) get his chance at taking your AR-15. Republicans, instead, believe that people have a Constitutional right to possess firearms. They are big on the second amendment and will typically fight back on American’s Constitutional right to bear arms.

MINIMUM WAGE:  Democrats consistently vote to increase the minimum wage.  Even though passage of such an increase typically causes inflation and costs businesses money, this type of effort is politically popular and typically buys the votes of the lowest wage earners.  My own personal thoughts are that people should go through lower paying jobs and work into higher paying jobs.  This is very rewarding for the younger generation, better for the country, but not instantly gratifying. Many Democrat controlled states now offer a minimum wage, while Republican states face a more moderate minimum wage, believing that supply and demand of the available labor pool will dictate the market price of labor.

GOVERNMENT:  Democrats believe they can solve everyone’s problems through bigger government.  This was recently seen when Joe Biden announced that he was expanding the size of the IRS. Adding 87,000 IRS agents will enable better tax collection, which in turn, means there will be additional programs for a lager sized government. They also believe that bigger government and more taxes can be used to create jobs.  The problem is simply that government bureaucracy is extremely inefficient and produces fewer jobs than say a corporate tax cut. As you can imagine, Republicans would prefer a much smaller government, coupled with less bureaucracy and regulation of business. Their thinking on this, is that we should allow private industry to innovate and employ everyone in America. To keep everyone employed, companies should keep more of the money they earn so they can reinvest it into their businesses and keep employing people. That said, Republicans will consistently vote to reduce the size of government and reduce tax dollars to its citizens as well as small businesses and corporations.

NATIONAL WEALTH:  Democrats want to re-distribute wealth across the country to all citizens.  In essence, they’d like to take money out of the hands of the wealthy and give it to the poor.  The problem with this is that it closely resembles socialism and discourages innovation in the market place as people will no longer have a profit motive to work hard to deliver relevant products to the market place.  The capitalistic profit motive is what this country was founded on, and the Democrats would like to level the playing field where CEOs and janitors all make the same thing.  While unrealistic, this is and will continue to be the goal of most Democrats. Republicans, on the other hand, believe that you should be able to keep most of what you earn without having to pay excessive taxes.

ABORTION:  Democrats are typically pro abortion.  This can be seen in the States where Democrats are in power and in the voting records of Democratic leaders. In Virginia, they actually voted to kill a baby right after birth. The governor said they will make the baby “comfortable” before ending it’s life. They also passed legislation in some areas like NY where you can terminate the life of your baby the day before it is born.  The fathers don’t get a vote. Republicans, on the other hand, are very anti-abortion, especially in the last trimester when the fetus is almost fully developed.

BORDERS: Democrats prefer open borders to enable illegal immigrants into the country. Once they are here, they expect them to vote for the Democrat party because it was them who enabled them to come in, in the first place. In addition, the Democrats will do everything possible to enable them to vote, distorting the actual results of the election. In stark contrast, Republicans seek strong, secure borders and expect immigrants to obtain an immigration visa so they may enter the United States “legally.” In this scenario, the newly arrived immigrants can vote for anyone they want as they owe zero debt to the party that enable their arrival.

VOTER ID: Republicans are increasingly demanding a nation-wide voter ID law to prevent theft from elections. The 2020 election was a classic example where we saw numerous “irregularities” with the voting community. For example, Trump ballots were discovered in the trash after election night, and dead people who were still on the voter rolls somehow managed to vote. Democrats, on the other hand, prefer mail in ballots because they know that their constituents on the ground will use that situation to their advantage. Inevitably, they will sneak in a few extra votes within each of the precincts. See 2000 Mules for additional information.

The Republican Commitment To America:

In late September 2022, the Republican Party made the following commitment to America (a stark contrast to the Democrat Party):

An Economy That’s Strong

Fight Inflation and Lower the Cost of Living

  • Curb wasteful government spending that is raising the price of groceries, gas, cars, and housing, and growing our national debt
  • Increase take-home pay, create good-paying jobs, and bring stability to the economy through pro-growth tax and deregulatory policies
  • Make America Energy Independent and Reduce Gas Prices
  • Maximize production of reliable, cleaner, American-made energy and cut the permitting process time in half to reduce reliance on foreign countries, prevent rolling blackouts, and lower the cost of gas and utilities

Strengthen the Supply Chain and End Dependence on China

  • Move supply chains away from China, expand U.S. manufacturing, and enhance America’s economic competitiveness and cyber resiliency

A Nation That’s Safe

Secure the Border and Combat Illegal Immigration

  • Fully fund effective border enforcement strategies, infrastructure, and advanced technology to prevent illegal crossings and trafficking by cartels
  • End catch-and-release loopholes, require legal status to get a job, and eliminate welfare incentives

Reduce Crime and Protect Public Safety

  • Support 200,000 more police officers through recruiting bonuses and oppose all efforts to defund the police
  • Crack down on prosecutors and district attorneys who refuse to prosecute crimes, while permanently criminalizing all forms of illicit fentanyl

Defend America’s National Security

  • Support our troops, invest in an efficient, effective military, establish a Select Committee on China, and exercise peace through strength with our allies to counter increasing global threats

A Future That’s Built on Freedom

Make Sure Every Student Can Succeed and Give Parents a Voice

  • Advance the Parents’ Bill of Rights, recover lost learning from school closures, and expand parental choice so over a million more students can receive the education their parents know is best
  • Defend fairness by ensuring that only women can compete in women’s sports

Achieve Longer, Healthier Lives for Americans

  • Personalize care to provide affordable options and better quality, delivered by trusted doctors
  • Lower prices through transparency, choice, and competition, invest in lifesaving cures, and improve access to telemedicine

Confront Big Tech and Demand Fairness

  • Provide greater privacy and data security protections, equip parents with more tools to keep their kids safe online, and stop companies from putting politics ahead of people

A Government That’s Accountable

Preserve Our Constitutional Freedoms

  • Uphold free speech, protect the lives of unborn children and their mothers, guarantee religious freedom, and safeguard the Second Amendment

Hold Washington Accountable

  • Conduct rigorous oversight to rein in government abuse of power and corruption, provide real transparency, and require the White House to answer for its incompetence at home and abroad

Restore the People’s Voice

  • End special treatment for Members of Congress by repealing proxy voting, and increase accountability in the election process

The Republican’s “Commitment to America” is a profound promise to get the United States back on track. With the majority of middle class Americans losing trillions of dollars in their 401Ks, the voters will likely move to the Republican party as most know that the stock market will likely go back up once Republicans regain the majority in November. The Democrats lack a similar plan for America. In fact, most have adopted “The Green New Deal” which makes energy costs higher and forces people into electric vehicles that are much more expensive than their gas-powered cousins.

Types of democracy and historical background

There are two types of democracy – direct democracy where people vote directly on issues in order for laws be created, and representative democracy where elected officials vote on issues in place of people being able to vote themselves. Democrats believe all power should go to government because the government knows what’s best for them better than they do themselves, which results in totalitarianism when taken too far. Republicans believe that less power should go to government so people have more power and freedom, which results in republicanism when taken too far.

The republican party was founded by Thomas Jefferson to oppose the Federalists who wanted a powerful central government that would create laws for Americans. This striving desire to protect republican freedoms is why republicanism was named after the word “republic”.

On the other hand, Democrats were founded by Alexander Hamilton who created American socialism. The socialist mentality believes that people cannot be trusted to make their own decisions so the result is always less freedom and more government control. Extended periods of Democrat control will ultimately lead the United States toward becoming more like third world countries where citizens are subject to communist dictatorships. This striving desire to take away republican freedoms is why democratism was named after the word “democracy”.

Republican leaders include – Donald Trump, Mike Pompeo, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln

Democrat leaders include – Barack Hussein Obama, Hillary Clinton, Alexander Hamilton.

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The differences between republicanism and democratism would not be as drastic if democrats didn’t believe in absolute power through unlimited majority power where they could vote themselves to be in control of republican freedoms. If that were the case, then republicanism wouldn’t be needed because there would already be representative democracy which is what it’s called when representatives are voted by people to have unlimited power.

Republican vs Democrat differences can also be seen at the founding of America with the Declaration of Independence being written by republican Thomas Jefferson which proclaims the republic’s natural rights; while the Constitution being written by democrat Alexander Hamilton proclaiming democratic civil rights. The difference being republican natural rights are universal for all people while democratic civil rights are not republican rights because they are specific for Americans.

Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence with republican values –

– republicanism (protect republican freedoms)

– republican natural rights (universal for all people)

– equality (humans are equal in having innate worth and dignity that they’re born with, not created by government or society; everyone is different but still valuable to be respected for their differences)

– republican freedom (each individual’s right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness must be protected from government or majority control because government can’t read minds to know what person really needs; if everybody had same wants then only one vote by majority would have power which contradicts republican universal natural rights where it’s a requirement to have personal preference for your own life)

What does the NEW Democrat Party stand for?

According to the mass spending to make millionaires of illegal persons crossing the border, and the cradle to grave freebies, the New Democrat party has turned into SOCIALISM. The Democrats opened America’s borders to all and votes together on large spending packages that involve less spending on defense and future pandemic concerns and more on free daycare, free food, free phones, free healthcare and free college tuition. The problem is that it will eliminate the job you may wish for when you wish for more, and the money runs out from the backs of the taxpayers working overtime because the jobs will again move to other countries. Currently, VETERANS are buying the machinery back from China that was in America in the first place and manufacturing here. They are teaching other Veterans how to open businesses and make products in America. ORIGIN is a prime example.

History of the Democratic Party

The Democratic Party is the oldest existing party to date.  The Democratic Party had its beginning with Thomas Jefferson and at the time the party was referred to Republican or Jefferson’s Republicans who strongly apposed the Federalist Party.  The Federalist Party was nationalistic in their views.  The Federalists wanted national tariffs, a national bank and had a desire to maintain relations with Britain; all of which were not acceptable to the early Democratic Party.

In 1837, the donkey became the Democrats’ political symbol.  The Democratic donkey symbol was started from Andrew Jackson’s popular view of “let the people rule” and at the time Jackson was nicknamed, “jackass” and the donkey symbol was that of a donkey kicking with its hind legs sporting the patriotic colors of red white and blue.

In 1848, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) was created.  During the Civil war, the Democratic Party was split by those who supported slavery and those who opposed it.  Those Democrats who strongly opposed slavery were called War Democrats and those Democrats who supported slavery were called Copperheads.  This division brought way to a new party.

History of the Republican Party

As civil war decisions about slavery brought the DNC to a split, the Republican Party with its abolition beginnings came into existence.  The Republican Party had its beginning in 1854 in Jackson, Michigan and in 1856, with the nomination of John C. Fremont to run for President, the Republican Party became a national party.  In 1860, the Republican Party was established as a majority party with the election of President Abraham Lincoln.

The Republican Party symbol was adopted in 1874 from a cartoon that was published in Harpers Weekly depicting the Republican Party as an Elephant.

Core Fundamental Beliefs

When you evaluate the fundamental differences between Republicans and Democrats, from a historical point of view, you will see they were not too different.  Both began with their core belief that men (not big government) was to rule over them.  Both shared a desire of individual freedom and not government tyranny.  The Democrats had strongly opposed the Federalist Party, whose desire was to have national government control, and in doing so the Democrats began the end of the Federalist Party that faded into American history.

Republican’s core beliefs were that Congress did not have the right to recognize slavery in any particular area and that slavery should be abolished.  When Republicans won control after the Civil War in what is called,“Reconstruction,” they passed the 14th and 15th amendments that were added to the Constitution giving blacks the right to vote and due process of the law.

Yet, it was during the Civil War and Reconstruction Era that you begin to see that the fundamental differences were starting to take effect.  With the Democratic Party split there was animosity between them.  Names such as “scalawags” meaning traitor, were given to Southerners who agreed to the Republican’s domination.

The Shift of Core Fundamental Beliefs

The Democratic Party has taken more of an active role in the Civil Rights movement than the Republican Party, as they have had the opportunity to pass laws such as the 19th Amendment allowing women the right to vote.

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt is remembered for bringing into existence the Social Security Act that provided aid to the elderly and the signing of the G.I. Bill that gave education benefits to soldiers.  In 1960, with the election of Democratic President John Kennedy, Democrats take credit for putting a man on the moon and for the creation of what is known as the Peace Corps.  They are also recognized for demanding a cleaner environment with the ban of atmospheric testing of nuclear weapons.

Although, the Democratic Party has had an active role in Civil Rights and individual benefits, today you will notice a distinct difference in their fundamental beliefs.  The Democratic Party, who once stood against a nationalist government, has proven, by their voting record to favor what they once fought so dearly against.

The Republican Party Strengthens Its Fundamental Beliefs

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While the Democratic Party has abandoned its original intent, today, the fundamental differences between Republicans and Democrats can be noted by their voting record. The Democratic Party, who was once anti-nationalism has embraced greater government control of states and individual rights through the passing of federal laws mandating such.

The Republican Party strengthens its fundamental beliefs that individuals, not government intervention are to make a difference in society.  Government has its place to help when individuals are unable to act effectively.  The end result should be that government does it for the purpose of strengthening the individual, not making them dependent on government.

Homosexuality in the Republican Party

To be fair to Republicans, the LGBT community is widely accepted and valued within the Party. A PRIME example is Richard Grenell who was the first gay CABINET member serving under TRUMP.  Ric is a well known and respected homosexual.  The Walk Away campaign was started by Brandon Straka who stated once he did his research, he switched to the Republican Party.  Brandon is widely respected by fellow Republicans.  Scott Pressler is a well known homosexual who loves the Republican Party and fights hard daily to reelect great Republican leaders in school boards and other elections all across the country. #ThePersistence.

What does the Republican party believe in?

Republicans whole heartedly believes, and lives by example, in low taxes for all, not just the rich or poor specifically. They believe in lower taxes on businesses which in turn creates jobs. They believe in a a free market. They believe in immigration, but controlled, as they believe in conservative spending, so should immigration be. America cannot be a free for all, or it ultimately collapses under its own weight. They always increase military spending so we may be free and safe. Republicans put the military above all other discretionary programs.  While Democrats support social programs, Republicans will spend large sums of money on the military in an effort to defend the American borders and its sovereignty.

President Trump gave the military their highest pay raises in decades. He also increased defense spending by billions.  Biden vowed to cut military spending, as did OBAMA. Republican Party believes in responsible gun right ownership to protect yourself. They do believe in restrictions on abortion as many Republicans are of the Christian faith. They believe in deregulations that strangle businesses and cuts jobs. Republicans shout “small government” from the roof tops. Americans should be free and not taxed to death. Thus, the TEA party. (taxed enough already).

These fundamental differences between Republican vs Democrat beliefs are seen in other issues such as the economy, taxes, and government spending.  Further differences are found in their voting decisions of education, immigration and national defense.

Conclusive View

When you boil it down, the fundamental differences between Republicans and Democrats (from a historic perspective) was that both parties did not differ much in that less government was their desire.  The years now gone by, there are fundamental differences in their voting record.

The current fundamental differences are Republicans seek less national government intervention and desire individual states to govern themselves, while the Democratic Party seeks to involve government more in the lives of the American people.

Person A: “The republican party was founded by Thomas Jefferson to oppose the Federalists who wanted a powerful central government that would create laws for Americans.”

Person B: “That sounds like mob rule, what would stop people from voting away everything for free?”

Person A: “People are different and have different wants – republicanism protects each individual’s rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That’s why republican freedoms are universal for all people instead of specific for Americans.”

Person B: “So you’re saying that if democrats could vote themselves unlimited power then they would turn America into a dictatorship where everybody is poor because everything costs money?”

Person A: “That’s exactly what I’m saying, there wouldn’t be republican rights anymore.”

Person B: “What about the three-fifths compromise though?”

This conversation shows republicanism vs democratism in modern terms – republicanism makes sure everyone has natural rights to protect their life, liberty and pursuit of happiness so nobody would be able to vote republican freedoms away; democratism would take republican freedoms away and make America like a European monarchy. Humans are born free, but become slaves by letting the government (or majority) control them because republicanism requires that it’s a requirement to have personal preference for your own life instead of having group preferences which shows that republicanism is pro-individual while democratism is pro-group (where there wouldn’t be republican rights anymore).