Conventions 2012

Watching the Democratic Convention made me very hopeful and happy--multitudes of skin colors, of creeds--old young, simply beautiful...and the message? What it should be. Hope for a greater society. Hope for the middle class. Equality for all. 
The Republicans? All i get is hate, fear, xenophobia, impending doom and selfishness...a Harlan Ellison novella would have painted this picture.
A country is NOT a business. WE are a society. A country does NOT need to make a profit, WE need to be sustainable. There are some who would let us "go out of business" because higher profits can be made by doing it elsewhere. Great. Then what?