I'm one of the bluest of the blue, leftest of the left, bleeding-heart liberal Democrat peace-loving pot-smoking Jefferson Airplane-looping hippies that you'll ever find - but, like (I hope) most people, my allegiance isn't blind and there are a few of my preferred party's platforms with which I take strong exception. (Oh, and in case you've already looked over at my location info, I was actually born and raised in Iowa.) For me, one of these is affirmative action, and I say this as someone that's previously taken advantage of it. I understand the desire to create diversity in workplaces and educational environments -and I think that artificially-engineered diversity is absolutely beneficial - but I just can't stomach ethnicity being any kind of factor in someone's chances of getting a job or gaining school admittance, except in cases of personal safety (like undercover operations or sending journalists into hazardous areas or, uh, stuff like that). What's one of your key issues like that? Side topic: is artificially-engineered diversity even really artificial? Aren't the management decisions that initiate such things themselves products of an organic sea-change in attitude?