Every four years, the presidential election cycle sparks a renewed interest into American politics. While the candidates debate on what seems like a weekly occurrence, the public itself is in a struggle to find out who best suits their interests. Rhetoric resembling that of Kennedy and Reagan reappears and talk of “Change” invokes a sense of optimism. However, many fear that the nominees are simply attempting to win over the electorate, and what began as a promise on the campaign trail will evolve into the status quo in Washington. Examining the past can provide insight into the future and provide direction for a political party. I am choosing to compare the positions of four distinct groups: Colorado Democrats, Libertarians, as well as the ’28,’68, and 2008 platforms of the Democratic Party.
State Party vs 2008 National Party (Health Care Reform)
One of the most intriguing core values of the Colorado Democratic Party is its stance on Healthcare. They believe that the health of its citizens is of the utmost priority. The State party has indicated that the healthcare system “should be focused proactively on wellness, preventive medicine, public health, and disease prevention, as well as primary care” (CO Democratic Party, 2010). Additionally, the party supports President Obama’s healthcare reform legislation “as a first step toward a quality universal single-payer health care system, independent of employment” (CO Democratic Party, 2010). On the national level, the Democratic Party platform for 2008 bares a strong resemblance to that of Colorado. President Obama campaigned on the promise of increasing coverage while reducing the cost and social burden. Affordable, quality healthcare for all Americans was a cornerstone of President Obama’s goal of “Renewing the American Dream”. While controversial, this issue sparked debate nationwide from those seeking to reform the system. It comes as no surprise that healthcare legislation forms the foundation of the Democratic Party’s ideological base at both the State and National level. This issue is one that the Democratic party as a whole has embraced given its magnitude and universal application to society. During the 2008 campaign, health care was the only issue that carried a large divide by party identification among Democrat-owned issues: “40 percent of Democrats believed this issue was one of the most important problems facing the country, but only 12 percent of Republicans place it among the top three MIPs” (Petrocik 32). It is apparent that the Democrat’s position on health care is an issue that carries great weight amongst its own party. While Republicans tend to downplay reform, the fact that this plan would provide universal health care and lower costs should appeal to both sides. Regardless, it is clear that the Democratic Party’s message is intended for its supporters.
State Party vs 1928 National Party (Campaign Financing Laws)
Another prominent issue being brought to...