Republicans and Democrats Traits

A comical, if accurate, comparison.

A wise man once relayed this list and a few more funny or ironic descriptors of Republicans and Democrats in his weekly column (George Wolfford, ADI, 1986). Though meant to poke fun at the stereotypes, these descriptions may or may not be accurate. Read the list and answer the questions that follow.


  • Democrats buy most of the books that have been banned somewhere. Republicans form censorship committees and read them as a group.
  • Republicans are likely to have fewer but larger debts that cause them no concern. Democrats owe a lot of small bills. They don’t worry either.
  • Democrats name their children after currently popular sports figures, politicians, and entertainers. Republicans children are named after their parents or grandparents, according to where the most money is.
  • Democrats eat the fish they catch; Republicans hang them on the wall.
  • Republicans have guestrooms; Democrats have spare rooms filled with old baby furniture.
  • Democrats suffer from chapped hands and headaches; Republicans have tennis elbow and gout.
  • Republicans sleep in twin beds–or separate rooms. That’s why there are more Democrats.

1. Do you agree with any of these claims? Why or why not?

2. What is a position or ideology of one of the parties on a recent issue that might align, or not align, with one or more of these characterizations?


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