To Richard 191: Exactly! Democrats favor large controlling government; Republicans favor a government controlled by the people. We do NOT have a democracy in America, it's a Republic! Many nations in turmoil are democracys--that word meaning "social equality" like you said. That IS one of the basic tenants of communism along with "taking care of the Earth; sharing the wealth; unions, remember "workers unite" which was their cry; control of production, food and in general, all aspects of their citizens lives all in the name of "fairness" Sound familiar?