by Providence Crowder : Contributor to Contagious Transformation
Understanding the Democrat and Republican Parties Through Their Own Words
Political parties are comprised of individuals. Within a particular party, the individuals may vary to some degree on how they view particular issues. Corporately, however, political parties set platforms that generally represent the ideologies of the people that make up that party. In closely comparing the party platforms of the two major political parties in this nation, one can better determine which party best represents his or her moral, social, and economic convictions and make an informed choice based on that persuasion.
How the Democrat and Republican parties address the social ill of poverty is worth examining. Poverty is a reality in this nation and abroad, and neither political party diminishes that reality nor seeks to intentionally do injustice to the economically disadvantaged. However, the parties have differing ways in which they approach the poverty issue. I have compared two years from each party’s platform; years in which they specifically addressed Poverty, Welfare, and Welfare Reform. There were other years in which these issues had been addressed, but for simplicity, I used just two; 1968 and 1980. After each year’s bulleted platform summary, I recapped the conclusions of each party in my own words.
These are the parties, in their own words:
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