Democrats see themselves as caring for society and the people and the environment, Republicans see Democrats as socialists who create entitlement programs thinking the gov't knows more than the individual. Republicans see themselves as fiscally conservative, empowering the individual, small gov't, less taxes. Democrats see them as greedy capitalists, without a care for the little guy or down trodden. Neither party acts like its platform, and in reality both are co-opted by the lobbyists and big business despite their rhetoric and finger pointing. The oligarchy took over this country in the 1800's and completed the take over in the early 1900's. I think Churchill said something akin to ~ If your not a liberal(democrat) in your youth you have no heart, and if your not conservative(republican) in your old age you have no brain. Implying that the exuberance of youth, hope and dreams makes way to funding reality over time. Lincoln said something like ~ Our country is fighting two wars, in front of us we have the country splitting apart and to my rear the bankers trying to take it over, and of the two I fear the bankers the most.