As I compare various points of difference among friends and relatives who are Democrats or Republicans, one point keeps recurring to such an extent that I begin to believe it may carry discriminating worth. I begin to think that the base for Democrats consists largely of those who view political movements as means for taking from those who have, while the base for Republicans consists of those who view political movements as means for improving society in general. The basic Democrat is interested in how he can Take, in order to increase his short term share of wealth, power, pleasure, and esteem. He often couches this under a duplicitous concern for fairness. The basic Republican is interested in how the general system can be improved, in order to Provide greater long term opportunities to an ever wider base, including his progeny. He often couches this under faith that society and the planet are best employed to service liberty and dignity. Thus, as to their bases, Democrats promote Takers, while Republicans promote Providers. Regardless, I am hardly confident that this point of discrimination extends to the actual and effective leaders and controllers of either party. Rather, among America's leaders, Producers seem to be losing to Looters.