Here is an article from Opinion Journal by former Governor of Delaware, Mark du Pont, that spells out the differences between the two parties today…
Blue-collar Americans believe liberals are anti-Christian and seek to suppress all public expression of religious beliefs, including school prayer. That they are amoral–or, as Irving Kristol once said, a liberal is someone who thinks it is all right for an 18-year-old girl to perform in a porn film so long as she is paid the minimum wage.
Liberals see themselves as self appointed Robin Hoods, but they are seen by red-county Americans as taking from the productive and giving to the indolent. They look down on average Americans as misguided and too dumb to know what is good for them and their families. Since such people are unlikely to make the right decisions, a wise government must do it for them. And of course the bigger the government, the better.
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Rather than applauding Hillary Clinton’s telling them last summer that their taxes must be raised because “we’re going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good,” they prefer Newt Gingrich’s observation that the Declaration of Independence’s Pursuit of Happiness includes an active verb: “Not happiness stamps; not a department of happiness; not therapy for happiness. Pursuit.”