It's perhaps telling that the party platform for the Democrats, titled "Renewing America's Promise," begins with a section called, "Renewing the American Dream," addressing the weak economy and how the party proposes to help the poor, the uninsured, the elderly, the unemployed. The Republican platform, meanwhile, opens with a section on national security titled, "Defending Our Nation, Supporting Our Heroes, Securing the Peace," discussing the conflict abroad, Homeland Security, terrorism, and other similar issues.
The differences between the two parties' platforms don't stop with what they choose to emphasize up front, of course. The platform issues sometimes have huge differences between the parties, sometimes minor disparities.
What follows is a comparison between the platforms on several key social ...1