On the primary ballots in most states, they ask "Democrat or Republican". And, if it's a term of derision, then, well, I use it well - because I hold most policies of that party in disdain. Remember, I'm a Libertarian. So, a person should be empowered to use that which the highest power (no, not Obama) gave him - Freedom of Choice / aka Free Will. Boy, you sound like Joe Biden. Be Patriotic, pay your fair share. Sorry, I choose to complain, because the GOVERNMENT is not a charity. I give to charity, we've covered that already. Different times, my friend... and tax revenues went UP - Dramatically up - when Regan pushed the tax rates down. We'd have had a surplus then, were it not for the compromises he had to make with the Democrat controlled congress.... Religeion is just that - a teaching of your own moral beliefs. But nowhere does it say "if you don't tithe 10%, we're going to take it from you". No, it says "If you give to the poor, you'll be blessed in the afterlife..."