Being one of the two major contemporary political forces and the one ruling the country make Democrats the subject of numerous myths. Similarly, a lot of myths also float about the Republicans. An interesting point about the myths about Democrats and Republicans is that many of the myths about one political force tend to be spread by the other! At times, these myths are spoken with such conviction that it becomes difficult to differentiate between myths and facts. This piece will detail five common myths about the Democrats.
1. One of the most common myths about Democrats portrays them as anti-war people. The same myth also terms Republicans as full-fledged warmongers. However, a look at history shows that most of the major wars that the US was involved in were during the leadership of a Democrat President. This is the case especially for the two World Wars, Korean War, and Vietnam War, as also the Cold War era. The Iraq war and War on Terror, however, happened under Republican Presidents.
2. Another common myth about Democrats claims that they get a major chunk of their votes from the minorities. While this can be true to some extent, going by the statistical details of the voting pattern of many past elections, it is not always true. For example, many minority groups tend to support the ideology of Republicans on issues like role of women in society, abortion, and immigration policies. Besides, Republican managed to get a good share of votes from minority groups like Hispanic population in the country during Presidential elections of 2000 and 2004.
3. Another myth will make you believe that Democrats always get the vote of poor people and labor unions. Some of the constituencies with maximum population of very low income people are governed by Democrats. But when it comes to the lower income middle class population, many of such constituencies have Republicans in power too. Similarly, the myth about labor unions always voting for Democrats is also only partially true. Having a union leader with Democratic leanings does not necessarily mean that all the union members would vote for Democrats.
4. Another myth about Democrats and Republicans says that both the political forces have a similar basic stand on abortion. While none of the two encourage abortions, their stance can be anything but similar. Republicans have maintained for years that abortion decisions should be best left to the states, and overall, the abortions should be regulated. On the other hand, Democrats also propound limited abortions but also favor safe and legal abortion, simultaneously.
5. Another of the common myths about Democrats and Republicans says that both have same stance on terrorism. However, many believe that Republicans tend to favor use of military for tackling terrorism more often than the Democrats. On the other hand, Democrats are said to be of view that counter-terrorism measures should be taken as a public safety matter and best tackled by the police.
A lot of myths about both the political forces are based on hearsay, while more credible analyses bring out different perspectives altogether.
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