Now that both parties' conventions are over, I have been reflecting on the differences between the philosophies of the Republicans and the Democrats. The Republicans gave speech after speech about money and the economy, and seemed obsessed with pocketbook issues and taxes. The little lapses or concessions to human issues seemed to focus on control rather than compassion and understanding, i.e., making abortion illegal again, school prayers and pledges, and the death penalty.
The Democrats on the other hand seemed to focus on equity, fairness and inclusion. Granted some of it was pandering, but pandering to fairness was more palatable than pandering to greed. Dissenting voices were heard and cheered rather than hidden, and though I didn't agree with everything the party preached, I didn't feel required to. Better education, health care, and equal rights for women and minorities were party planks rather than little lapses.
I did like and agree with Bush's desire for a "kinder, gentler nation." Unfortunately for Bush, I think the Democratic ticket is more apt to deliver one.
BRIAN P. McENTEE