According to the Pew Research Center, on a poll taken 6 years ago "Republicans and Democrats are more divided along ideological lines – and partisan antipathy is deeper and more extensive – than at any point in the last two decades."

So that was then, this is now and the great unifier is in the White House, so how are we doing today?  That bad huh?

The new Georgetown University Institute of Politics and Public Service's poll  finds "about a third of voters view political division as the top issue facing the U.S.... 69 percent, prefer politicians who are willing to compromise to get things done, compared to just 27 percent who said they'd prefer politicians stand by their values and ideology instead."

OK.  I get the idea of compromise but I'm not so sure the people I'm supposed to be compromising with do.  When the definition of words change to mean something new, when crises is seen as political opportunity, when bail outs bail out other countries and corporations more than needy Americans...I don't see where the "common" ground is supposed to be found.

As a refresher to what Republicans stand for, I though I would share some thoughts from our businessman, consultant, commentator friend Tim Bryce who recently attended a Republican strategy session where the topics included  "promoting Republican values.”

Tim says the Republican Party Platform as produced in 2016  doesn’t precisely define values...and neither does the GOP web site.  Republican values are bedrock principles.

"It is said Republican values are derived from Judeo-Christian values. These are values which ultimately defines modern civilization....Republicans embrace such things as the Ten Commandments, the rights and freedoms of the common person as defined by the U.S. Constitution and include basic honesty, fairness, truthfulness and more."

Tim breaks down Republican party values like this::

1. THE DIGNITY OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT

2. WE MUST LIVE AND WORK TOGETHER IN PEACE.

3. SUPPORT THE FAMILY UNIT

For the details on these three sets of principles I encourage you to check out Tim's full blog found HERE.

The bottom line is that Republican/conservative values are often misrepresented by the national and social media.  We need to set the record straight and these values should be promoted.