When people say the two parties are exactly alike, don’t you believe them. Here are some highlights from their 2012 platforms. These quotes are pulled from
An independent web developer named Amit Asaravala combed both documents and made a side-by-side comparison of the stances of each party.
Commerce: Women [W]e are committed to passing the Paycheck Fairness Act…. [p.10]
Education: Sex Education
Democrats support evidence-based and age-appropriate sex education. [p.18]
We renew our call for replacing “family planning” programs for teens with abstinence education….[p.36]
President Obama has encouraged innovation to reach his goal of generating 80 percent of our electricity from clean energy sources by 2035. Democrats support making America the world’s leader in building a clean energy economy by extending clean energy incentives…. [p.7]
We support more infrastructure investment to speed the transition to cleaner fuels in the transportation sector. [p.7]
We will end the EPA’s war on coal…. Further, we oppose any and all cap and trade legislation. [p.16]
We call for timely processing of new reactor applications currently pending at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. [p.16]
As soon as possible, we will reverse the current Administration’s blocking of the Keystone XL Pipeline…. [p.47]
Environment: Climate Change
We affirm the science of climate change, commit to significantly reducing the pollution that causes climate change…. [p.20]
Democrats pledge to continue showing international leadership on climate change, working toward an agreement to set emission limits in unison with other emerging powers. [p.21]
We also call on Congress to take quick action to prohibit the EPA from moving forward with new greenhouse gas regulations….[p.19]
Foreign Policy: Foreign Aid [W]e will continue to respond to humanitarian crises around the globe. [p.29]
Limiting foreign aid spending helps keep taxes lower, which frees more resources in the private and charitable sectors, whose giving tends to be more effective and efficient.[p.46]
Gay Marriage & Rights
We support marriage equality and support the movement to secure equal treatment under law for same-sex couples. We also support the freedom of churches and religious entities to decide how to administer marriage as a religious sacrament without government interference.[p.18]
We reaffirm our support for a Constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman. [p.10]
And on and on—tell me again why any sane person would vote for Republicans?
(And that’s the comparison of the 2012 platforms—with the inmates running the asylum, I’m sure 2016 will see the right-wing additions to their platform going all the way over the cliff.