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MercatorNet: Presidential politics: party platforms, conventions, candidates and veeps

MercatorNet: Presidential politics: party platforms, conventions, candidates and veeps

Presidential politics: party platforms, conventions, candidates and veeps

Who are they, and where do they stand?
Sheila Liaugminas | Jul 25 2016 | comment 1 

In the course of the past week, we saw the entire Republican convention play out with the formal nomination of Donald Trump and his acceptance speech laying out his vision and plans if elected. And we’re about to see the Democratic convention unfold, as Hilary Clinton is officially nominated candidate and formally accepts on the final night. These are historic events, we’ve often been reminded in this election cycle. But while there’s a certain ‘first ever’ historic nature in the two candidates, the reality of their party platforms and their individual visions for America—what, at the end of the day, they actually stand for and they would actually do in the Oval Office—is what America must (or should) consider now that we’ve heard Trump and prepare to hear Clinton.
In the course of the last week, we also learned the running-mates of the two candidates. While neither Trump nor Clinton are, or ever were Catholic, the two running-mates have significant connections to the Catholic Church. Trump V.P. pick Mike Pence, Governor of Indiana, was raised as a Catholic, but is  now a devout Evangelical Christian. Clinton choice Tim Kaine, U.S. Senator from Virginia, is a Catholic who worked as a missionary with the Jesuits in Latin America and, according to his Pastor, still actively practices the faith.
However, it’s only on the actual position of a person—what they espouse and what they promise to do—that American citizens can make a choice. And while the Democratic ticket has the only Catholic in the race, and the Republic ticket has been called the most “anti-Catholic” in recent history (especially given Trump’s verbal spat with Pope Francis over his trademark promise to build a Wall, a promise the candidate repeated in his recent keynote speech at the Republic Convention), when it comes to life issues across the spectrum—from the womb to natural death—the platforms could not be more different.
The Democrats’ has never been more pro-abortion, (USA Today claims ‘anti-abortion’ Democrats are outraged over it) and the Republicans’ has never been more pro-life.
Divisions are clear in this particular election year. None, perhaps, more clearly so than here

Clive Hamilton is a left-of-centre ideas factory in Melbourne, whose interests range from climate change to democracy to development economics. He was a Greens candidate at one stage. But he is no friend of the utilitarian philosophy of his countryman Peter Singer.
Singer is vigorously promoting a new approach to philanthropy called "effective altruism". Hamilton points out that the biggest problem with effective altruism is effective altruists. Do we really want society to be run by people who see everything in terms of dollars and cents? Read his critique below.  

Michael Cook 

The cold logic of doing good
Clive Hamilton | FEATURES | 25 July 2016
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