A Democrat is someone who has a political affiliation with the Democratic Party in the United States. The Democratic Party is a liberal democratic political party that is in diametric opposition to the Republican Party. Democrats come in different forms of policy views, but they tend to promise social and economic policies that are aimed at improving the lives of all Americans, from providing universal healthcare and education to advocating for civil rights and environmental justice. However, the Democrats have achieved little of these objectives and govern more as a center-right party in comparison to other western Democracies. Democrats also generally support progressive taxation, government spending, and the regulation of businesses - these areas are the key differentiators of the Republican and Democrat parties outside of culture war issues.