The two major parties in the United States – Republicans and Democrats – differ greatly on issues such as taxes, social welfare, immigration policy and healthcare. The parties also differ on the size of government.
Typically, Democrats see the government as having a greater role in economic affairs. They support the introduction of social programs, universal health care, promoting equal economic opportunity and protecting consumer rights and the environment.
They also support progressive taxation, or a higher tax rate for those with high incomes. While Republicans are generally against raising taxes to fund government, they believe in minimum wages and a free market economy.
However, they are also pro-government regulation. This is a good thing because it protects consumers from over-regulation.
Liberals also value freedom of speech and the right to dissent, while conservatives tend to value traditional values. In addition, they believe in a strong central government and the need for individual freedoms.
The Democrat Party is the world’s oldest political party, founded in 1828 by supporters of Andrew Jackson. It has evolved over the years, but its core values are based on modern liberalism.
Democratic voters are becoming more liberal, according to a recent survey by political science professor Aaron Abramowitz. He said that by 2020, Democratic voters will be as liberal as Republican voters were in 1972.
He added that some political observers are speculating that this trend could lead to a growing racial divide among the party. This is because white Democrats are more likely than nonwhites to identify as liberal.