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Differences Between the 2012 Republican and Democratic Conventions

Diversity, diversity, diversity as you could see in the camera coverage of the delegates, mostly white at the Republican convention. Some alternates threw nuts at a black camerawoman for CNN and told her “this is how we feed animals.” RNC officials evicted the tossers. The Romney campaign condemned the antics as “deplorable” and “reprehensible. (http://www.dglobe.com/event/article/id/59560/)

Heart: the Republicans didn’t cheer when Romney advocated better education in poor areas and moving towards a just society. They cheered criticism of Obama. Michele Obama and Bill Clinton emphasized that success includes helping others, making sure citizens have the option to succeed as with access to good education and student loans. Dems want health care for all, Republicans say it’s up to the individual.

Women’s rights: Dems advocated a woman’s right to make her own reproductive decisions while the Republican platform gives a fertilized egg the rights of a person, including property rights.

Honesty—VP nominee Paul Ryan was the champion in lies, although Dems neglected to include jobs lost in accounting for new jobs created under the Obama administration. (http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/08/paul-ryan-and-the-post-truth-convention-speech/261775/)

Philosophy: Republicans emphasize individual responsibility, pulling oneself up by the bootstraps. Dems ask what if your family didn’t have bootstraps? We have collective responsibility to help each other because we don’t start with a level playing field. People with chronic health problems, the unemployed, people who can’t afford university tuition, single moms, etc. need assistance for a while.

Negativity: The Republicans didn’t offer any specific plans for increasing jobs. Their thrust has been to prevent a second term for Obama.

How to grow the economy: Romney wants to extend tax cuts due to expire on December 31, plus 20% additional cuts for all, including the wealthy, believing in trickle down economics. He would make deep cuts in domestic programs but increase military spending beyond what the Pentagon asks for. Obama wants to renew the tax cuts except for those earning more than $250,000. He is against cutting domestic programs, believing that hte unemployed need job training and education.

Foreign Policy: Romney, advised by Bush era Neocons, says Russia is the main enemy of the US. Obama says it’s Islamic terrorists. Romney wants to increase defense spending, Obama doesn’t. Romney is hawkish on Iran and China, Obama wants to prevent war.

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