THE MODERN UTOPIAN

VALUES - YOU CHOOSE

FIRST STEP: 
Check out "The Little Blue Book" by George Lakoff & Elisabeth Wehling.  Although written for Democrats, it describes the difference between Republican & Democrat values very well.
 
DEBATE OVER VALUES. WHERE ARE YOURS?
 
Ultimately, this is a debate about values.
Conservatives believe in that old Social Darwinist philosophy: whoever has money and power got  that way because nature intended it, and they   ought to get to keep everything they have and to hell with anyone not strong to make it on their  own.  Selfishness is a virtue, as Ayn Rand said; greed is good, as Gordon Gekko proclaimed in the movie Wall Street; in nature, the lions eat the weak, as Glenn Beck happily proclaimed to a cheering audience. That is the underlying ethic     of the Ryan-Romney Budget.
What progressives argue is the opposite: that we really are our brothers' and sisters' keepers; that we should treat others as we would want to be treated, and give a helping hand to those who  need it; that investing in our citizens and promoting a broadly prosperous middle class that is growing because young people and poor people are given the tools to climb the ladder into it is the key to making a better society and growing economy.
    The debate is well worth having.
The good news is that the Republicans are hardly shying away from it: by embracing this radically retrograde Ryan-Romney Budget, they are wearing their hearts on their sleeves and openly yearning to return to 1896.
The Democrats should welcome this debate with open arms.       - Max Lux on Huffington Post's Social Network 4/16/12