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Politics should be about policy, not divisive issues

Posted: Thursday, November 18, 2004

OK, the time is long past due for a discussion of the presidential election of 2008.

Wouldn't it be something interesting, fun, cool, something if, next time around, the Republicans put up a candidate who favors abortion rights and the Democrats put somebody who opposes them?

The government spends trillions of dollars and presides over a country of extraordinary complexity and diversity. And yet one social issue is at the center in determining peoples' politics.

Candidates fit molds, slide along grooves.

More focus is put on such simple, divisive issues as abortion, religion and gay marriage, as opposed to policy decisions that will have more impact on the well being of the country and world.

Somehow the American body politic has to dig itself out of those grooves.

Perhaps the beginning is for thoughtful citizens to decide that abortion is not the be-all-and-end-all issue.

Dayton Daily News (Dayton, Ohio)

Nov. 15



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