Economic issues the main divide between parties

The ranting of an obvious left-wing liberal Democrat about “an ultimate congressional Republican Party hypocrisy in light of the April 17 Senate vote on gun reform” (Letters, April 24) conveniently omits the fact that five Democratic senators voted with the Republicans.

The letter writer’s remark about Republican intolerance of abortion and same-sex marriage ignores the fact that prominent Republicans like Rudy Giuliani, Linda Lingle and Scott Brown are pro-choice and that Dick Cheney and Republican Sens. Rob Portman of Ohio and Mark Kirk of Illinois are for marriage equality, whereas Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and Mark Pryor of Arkansas are all against same-sex marriage.

Attitudes toward social issues are a matter of personal biases rather than political affiliation.

What differentiates Republicans from Democrats are economic issues. Democrats favor higher taxes, more government spending, more debt and bigger government, much like Greece, Cyprus and other socialist European countries, whereas Republicans champion individual liberty, individual responsibility, free markets and fiscal restraint – the old-fashioned mantra that all of us, including the government, should live within our means.

Liberals, being soft on crime, are against the death penalty, considering it to be cruel and unusual punishment. At the same time, they are pro-abortion. Thus they believe that the life of a mass murderer (like the Boston bomber) is sacred whereas the life of an innocent unborn fetus is not. This is both illogical and hypocritical.

Ben K. Azman