by Bonnie Kristian
February 20, 2014
Cats vs. dogs...
Coke vs. Pepsi...
Democrats vs. Republicans...
These are the "great divisions" of
But what if one of those rivalries isn't actually much of
a division at all?
Don't worry, I'm not trying to
reignite the cola wars of the 90s. (Besides, we all know Coke is
the clear winner: Do you order a Jack and Pepsi?) No, I'm
talking about Democrats and Republicans - or rather, the
out-of-date and out-of-step establishments of both parties.
For libertarians, saying both
parties are the same is a common theme. Democrat and Republican
partisans dismiss such critiques as cynical or
unserious, but there's a real case to be made if we look at
the cold, hard facts.
Here are 7 big reasons there's no difference between
establishment Democrats and Republicans:
Both support endless war
It's been more than a decade
since the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, and
America's entanglements are far from over.
Though Bush is remembered as
the consummate hawk, Nobel Peace Prize winner Obama has
used his time in office to start or maintain additional
wars in Pakistan, Libya, Yemen, and Somalia.
Now, he wants to
add Syria to the list. My generation can barely
remember peace - and there's no
end in sight for a foreign policy with devastating
Both engage in out-of-control spending
Yes, deficit spending has
accelerated under Barack Obama. But you know what? There
was also a massive acceleration under Bush. The fact is,
debt is a bipartisan problem, and neither party is
With $17 trillion of debt (and
rapidly counting) as the consequence of decades of
the time has passed for pointing fingers and dubbing
a slightly slower rate of spending growth a "historic
Both ignore our most basic rights
CNN recently asked "When can a government kill its
own people?" but for
President Obama and some old guard GOP leaders like
Sen. John McCain, that question has already been
answered: Pretty much whenever it's convenient.
In fact, the U.S. government
assassinated a 16-year-old American citizen by drone
strike, killing a boy who was neither accused nor
suspected of any crime.
Both have no respect
for the rule of law
Obama swept into office
promising a new attention to the rule of law after years
complaints that Bush often ignored it.
Bush and his GOP Congress
were rightly critiqued for
rampantly flouting the Constitution, especially the
4th and 5th Amendments (rights to
privacy and a fair trial).
Gitmo remains open, the
NDAA makes indefinite detention a possibility for
any American, and the
list of NSA abuses reaches absurd proportions,
Obama's campaign promise is overdue for a death
Both are bought and paid for by big
You know what's the best
original idea in politics today? Making politicians
wear suits like NASCAR drivers, which display their
biggest corporate sponsors.
Republicans alike would be
plastered with logos. So is it any wonder that many
of these same businesses get massive favors from the
government at taxpayers' expense?
DC spends upwards of
$100 billion on corporate welfare annually, not to
mention huge one-off expenditures like the bailouts.
Both care most about their own power
President Obama recently
joked, "That's the good thing about being president,
I can do whatever I want."
And while he was just
kidding around, his humor was in line with the
bipartisan presidential mindset. In the recent State of
the Union address, the President
announced his intention to continue expanding the
power of the Executive at Congress' expense.
Republicans were duly upset
at this power grab, but historically GOP Presidents have
more executive orders than
Both have a long record of expanding
government and shrinking liberty
Finally, take a look at the
Our government is
reading our emails and monitoring our calls.
It gropes us at the
wants to keep track of our cars, and
plans to subject us to random security
sweeps at concerts and train stations.
We can't decide for
ourselves what to consume, whether to buy
insurance, or who to marry.
All our income
until mid-April goes directly to the
America has the
incarceration rate in the world, and
minorities are subject to unfair,
Is this really the land of the free?
In 2014, it's very difficult to
answer that question in the affirmative. But it's easy to see
that partisanship isn't the answer - and neither is bipartisan
As America moves toward a new,
policy consensus, let's toss this outdated left vs. right
rivalry and focus on the real fight:
Washington vs. us...