It’s no wonder the Democrats trumpet the superficial diversity of their primary candidates–a woman, black, latino, etc.–there is no diversity of opinion.
We watched today’s debate hoping to find out what was different about each candidate. Asked about taxes and the economy, each one blamed Bush and called for increased taxes on corporations and the wealthy. Health care? Each one wanted a universal, euro-style socialized system. At one point we closed our eyes and tried to guess which one was speaking–only Hillary’s shrill voice set her apart from the rest, her politics certainly didn’t.
Granted that Presidential primaries cause each candidate to appeal to the extreme base, but still, the Democrats might as well all have the same policies and platforms. Republicans may all be white and male (thought not all Alan Keyes!!!!!), but there are differences of opinion on abortion, the environment, taxes, campaign finance, immigration, trade, stem-cell research (though with recent findings, those differences are diminishing), Iraq (Ron Paul), etc. Among the Republican candidates, there exists a strong diversity of opinion.
For as long as we can remember, we’ve heard that the liberals were the open-minded party. Anyone listening to today’s debate would know that’s not true.
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