So, to add my two cents to this tangle web.
You (by which I mean KoNY) seem to be only willing to talk about the current president as if we all are 110% behind him. Well, I'll go back, and show you that most of the things you said about the Republicans are true (long term) about both parties, or, at least true about the democrats, I'm too lazy to bash republicans as much right now.
Let's start with transparency.
FDR. Managed to hide that he had polio. He changed traditions, strong armed the media, and lied about it. I wouldn't call that transparent.
Al Gore: He goes on and on about global warming and the solutions for it, while flying in a private jet, leaving his limo running during his speech for the "air conditioning" and has a big ass mansion. He claims his house is powered by green power only (you can pay many power companies to get "green power," but that's a bunch of rhetoric BS, as that means that green power doesn't power anyone else, so more fossil fuel power has to be generated). He is (or was, he might have changed to get more attention) both corrupt and opaque about his beliefs on global warming on conversation along those lines.
Obama: His campaign is full of rhetoric and buzz words. Go to his website and you have to dig through the platitudes to find what he means. If I remember right, McCain has his actual plan (more then buzz words, aka what he actually means beyond "change") very easy to find. Of course, that last one was just opinion, so it might not be the best example, but here's another: Windfall taxes on the oil companies. What's that? I would assume a tax on "windfall profits." He doesn't define "windfall profits" though. According to the wallstreet journal, the oil industry makes about 9 or 10% profit. The digital computer industry makes 25%. Even the auto industry makes like 7 or 8%. So, how transparent is that stance?
How about wars, and the Republicans being more likely to use troops. Uhh, Vietnam anyone? I know Nixon didn't get us in. Guess who got us out.
What about WW2? Hell, even WW1. So, the 3 major wars the US has been in this century, we joined under a Democratic president. And there are accusations about how they either A) were actually in the war BEFORE the declaration, despite vowing to stay neutral, or that they purposely planned to have American Citizen's killed so that we would join the fight.
You talk about corruption. It seems recent democrats have had issues with fund raising (Clinton sold the Lincoln Bed Room like a bloody hotel). Also, at one point, the Democrats were the party of the mobsters, but I'm not sure how that works out now.
Anyway, back on topic, for what I think separates Republicans and Democrats is that the Republicans are a party of bad ideas and the democrats are a party of no ideas.
I kid, but really:
Republicans are generally for smaller government, aka less government spending, less regulations, less taxation, less everything (in general, Bush is CLEARLY not for small government). Democrats generally want a big government. They want the government to fix social woes through legislation like high taxes for the wealth to pay for social programs for the poor, universal health care, centralized social security, etc.
Republicans TEND to have the religious vote, although this is more of a vote getting scheme, and less of a real position. Democrats tend to have the blue collar worker and minority vote. Again, IMO this is more of a image and vote getting scheme then anything particularly based on belief. To clarify, most democratic nominees (for most positions) are just as rich, if not richer, then the republicans (that's real blue collar). Republicans give lip service to a religion (usually some form of Christianity) but are usually just as bad as the democrats.
Republicans tend to be more literal in their interpretation of the constitution, where as democrats tend to take a relative look (applying and filtering and changing it to fit todays standards). Good examples are abortion and gun control. (The right to privacy isn't actually in the constitution verbatim, it is more of a string of a few bills in teh bill of rights, and funny how it's stretched to provide for abortions, but anyhoo).
Republicans are (or more accurately, are HISTORICALLY) isolationist. However, this is usually thrown out the window whenever convenient so that's not really a good issue.
Republicans tend to be against ILLEGAL immigration and want to punish those who have illegally immigrate, where as democrats tend to want to allow them to stay in the country.
Republicans are also usually anti-union, democrats are typically pro-union.
Finally, Democrats sometimes seem to want to base our law on what other countries are doing (one democratic judge said in a ruling that we shouldn't execute mentally handicapped people because few other countries do), Republicans don't. In other words, Republicans say "who gives a flying fuck what the rest of the countries say about law x, we think it's wrong"; whereas democrats are more likely to say "everyone else says it's wrong so either A) it's wrong, or B) we should look at it and change it so we're closer to inline with the rest of the world."
Anyway, Jim, I tried to not have a slant, but I'm sure I made the Republicans sound better then the dem's, cause I tend to agree with the repub's. Also, I would call you a Republican, or at least a social conservative. Don't know about your economic stances.
Denying the fact that I'm a so called "contributing member of society" by playing a bunch of video games and drinking a lot of beer.