First of all samhill, you have turned the question around. I asked what is a Dem. and you act like a perfect politician and say what is it to you? What do you care? You obviousely don't like them. You think they are inferior to yourself. I should refuse to play along, but I will give an answer, an expect you to reciprocate.
Many of the Dems. in this forum take a moral high ground. They think they are the party of science and enlightenment. This has been so for many years I find as I read more political history. It has been my experience that the more you do for people the less they do for themselves or anyone else. The Dems. support free everything. I live in one of the most economically depressed areas of the country. According to the Gov. I have seen firsthand the results of gov. handouts. I know entire families on "disabilities" because it is a way of life. The people in charge of these handouts are gov. workers and have job security because of the number of "clients" they have. They don't try to reduce the number of "poor" people the have under them. The gov. always gets bigger and bigger with this system. My state has been controlled by the Dems. for many years. We are in financial ruins because we have to many social welfare programs for our tax base to support. And school mandates that are made in the capitol and not funded fully are destroying the rural schools. They schools could be operated much cheaper, but they have to have crazy programs and all new schools in order to educate the kids. I guess I should consider myself dumb just because I attended a 2 room schoolhouse in grade school. Yeah, a gym and performing arts center and free musical instruments and a science lab would have been nice, BUT we couldn't afford it and guess what? We still can't! But the Dems. in state gov. pushed it through and borrowed the money. Not to mention our laptop computer program. I learned to learn. Reading, Writing, and Arithmatic. I raise my sons to work. They got college educations and have good jobs. No they do not work for the gov. They like to work. One works for an evil insurance company, in the computer dept. and one works for our inept, over paid, crooked health care system. Also in computers. I had a raving liberal Dem. from Maryland that moved up here to "retire" tell me that he was looking to go back to work and naturally, he wanted a gov. job. "I"ll suck from the gov. teat until it runs dry." he proclaimed. And I responded, " Yeah, we need a whole bunch more people like you right now." He sums up the Dems. for me. Either get a gov. job and hang around the water cooler or get a free handout. The other kind is found on this site. They love to promote their "concern" for the poor, the disadvantaged, the downtrodden, etc. They are "intellectuals" and have all the answers. Just ask them. Things would be great if I were in charge they will tell you. Trust me.
Least you think I love Reps. I think the No Child Left Behind program is absolutely crazy. My brother is a retired teacher and my best friend is the local fed. rep. of the program. It is just big gov. micromanaging at an insane level. The Rep. also spent crazy money when Ronnie Reagan got in building up the military. I saw tons of money wasted on the local naval base. And obviously, I am not religious. They tend to support business a little to much and ignore the environment a little to much.
I am in the same camp with Jpete. Stop expecting gov. to solve all problems and create a utopia. The bigger the gov. gets the worse off we are. We cannot afford it and "it" keeps driving our jobs overseas worsening the situation. There is much more of course, but that should give you some ammo to attack me with. Go for it.