Angels in America, Part Two: Perestroika
Joe: The rhythm of history is conservative. (3.4.26)
Louis: But the Republican party... [...] Newt Gingrich, Jesse Helms... I hate the Democrats too but the Republicans...
Joe: Responsible for everything bad and evil in the world.
Louis: Throw Reagan on the pile and you're not far off. (3.4.27-29)
The characters of Louis and Joe personify a political debate that's been going on for decades in the United States. Louis absolutely despises the political right, finding them selfish and uncaring. Joe thinks government ought to stay out of people's way so they can take care of themselves.