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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Republican Platform: No Abortion, No Gay Marriage, Trayvon Martin Had It Coming

Posted by on Tue, Aug 21, 2012 at 9:06 AM

The Tampa Bay Times has obtained a draft of the Republican platform, and it leans way, way to the right:

Human life amendment

"We assert the sanctity of human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental right to life which cannot be infringed. We support a human life amendment to the Constitution and endorse legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment's protections apply to unborn children. We oppose using public revenues to promote or perform abortion or fund organizations which perform or advocate it and will not fund or subsidize heath care which includes aboartion coverage." There is no explicit exception for rape or incest.

Gay marriage? No way

"We reaffirm our support for a constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman."

Stand your ground

"We support the fundamental right to self-defense wherever a law-abiding citizen has a legal right to be, and we support federal legislation that would expand the exercise of that right by allowing those with state-issued carry permits to carry firearms in any state that issues such permits to its own residents."

If this document makes it—there's much more, including statements against affirmative action, stem cell research, and tax increases (except in cases of war), and a statement for posting the Ten Commandments on government property—it will mean the Republican Party doesn't care about moderates. They must believe they can win the presidency and Congress solely on people who support George Zimmerman, Todd Akin, and Focus on the Family. It doesn't even pretend to care about job creation. It's a revolutionary document, all right.

 

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Westlake, son! 1
I, for one, am glad Republicans aren't pretending to hide their true values anymore. At least in this document. We'll see what words come out of their mouths to reporters & constituents.
Posted by Westlake, son! on August 21, 2012 at 9:20 AM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 2
The republican platform is always this extreme. I think The Stranger even remarked on it during the LAST presidential election cycle too.

Nothing revolutionary about this... it's the GOP-as-usual.
Posted by Urgutha Forka on August 21, 2012 at 9:21 AM · Report this
Zebes 3
will not fund or subsidize heath care which includes aboartion coverage.


... because it's bad enough when humans get abortions, but pigs? That's really awful!
Posted by Zebes http://www.badrap.org/rescue/index.html on August 21, 2012 at 9:27 AM · Report this
MacCrocodile 4
@3 - No, an aboartion is a procedure done on a human, but with a pig as the implement of... removal. It's like truffle hunting, except you don't have to hold the pig back when he finds one.
Posted by MacCrocodile http://maccrocodile.com/ on August 21, 2012 at 9:30 AM · Report this
Fifty-Two-Eighty 5
I could have made their job a lot easier. They should have just said "everything those damned Democrats want, we're against" and called it a day.
Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty http://www.nra.org on August 21, 2012 at 9:33 AM · Report this
Max Solomon 6
yeah, but i heard on NPR this morning that Obama is socialistic and government's gotten too big and too many people are living off the government now and they need to start working, so none of this matters.
Posted by Max Solomon on August 21, 2012 at 9:34 AM · Report this
zombie eyes 7
....looks like they just translated some al Qaida memorandum and called it good.
Posted by zombie eyes on August 21, 2012 at 9:38 AM · Report this
Gay Dude for Romney 8
Party platforms are revolutionary documents? They are, for both parties, essentially a smorgasbord of acknowledgements and appeasements hashed out from heated discussions that typically reflect the more liberal/conservative ends of the party. Like clockwork, the platforms are forgotten after the convention is over.
Posted by Gay Dude for Romney http://mittromney.com on August 21, 2012 at 10:05 AM · Report this
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How long you been around, Paul? The GOP platform is always written by the ratbags, and this one is a carbon copy of the last one.
Posted by Toe Tag on August 21, 2012 at 10:08 AM · Report this
wisepunk 10
OMG Mac. I'm glad my sense of horrific imagination has been killed by the internet.
Posted by wisepunk on August 21, 2012 at 10:08 AM · Report this
SPG 11
Fire up the mouth breathing base, line up the evangelical sheep, poison the discourse with the corporate media, and suppress the vote of the "other", and then who cares what the other 75% of the country thinks!
Posted by SPG on August 21, 2012 at 10:11 AM · Report this
Cracker Jack 12
GDfR: But this is what the people you support want for America. If the Democrats were not there to block or mitigate this crap, this is the goal line. Say what you will about Democrats, but their platform does not require mandatory abortions, insist that you have a same sex marriage or even demand the replacement of our Republic with a Socialist state.

The draft GOP platform is not about freedom, it is not about jobs and it is not about inclusion. The SPLC should classify it as a hate document.
Posted by Cracker Jack on August 21, 2012 at 10:19 AM · Report this
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@8
"Like clockwork, the platforms are forgotten after the convention is over."

So you can provide links to legislation where the Republicans have:
1. Supported abortion rights.
2. Supported gay marriage.
3. Supported gun control.

No? I didn't think so. It's like all you do is defend racists and bigots. You don't even know anything about the party you claim to support.

As a troll, you're a rather poor excuse.
Posted by fairly.unbalanced on August 21, 2012 at 10:22 AM · Report this
wisepunk 14
So, if concealed carry permits issued by the states would be good in every state, would a state issued MMJ permit protect a patient from prosecution anywhere? Hmm.
Posted by wisepunk on August 21, 2012 at 10:22 AM · Report this
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"We call for a Constitutional amendment requiring a super-majority for any tax increase with exceptions for only war and national emergencies[.]"

It's worked so well for Washington state!
Posted by Ben on August 21, 2012 at 10:29 AM · Report this
ScrawnyKayaker 16
@5 Hasn't Mitch McConnell actually said that repeatedly?
Posted by ScrawnyKayaker on August 21, 2012 at 10:30 AM · Report this
MacCrocodile 17
@10 - "Oh! Marcel has found a big one here!"
"Snork! Hnnkk! Hnnx! SNURK!"
"Oh-HO! This is a big one, indeed! Madam, I believe you may have had twins in there! How are you feeling?"
Posted by MacCrocodile http://maccrocodile.com/ on August 21, 2012 at 10:32 AM · Report this
Gay Dude for Romney 18
@12: All issues are moot except one. Which person do you want in the White House for the next four years. The decision transcends party politics and is a judgement call that every voter has to make:
- Has Barack Obama done a good job at faithfully executing the office of the President of the United State?
- If not, is Governor Mitt Romney worth the change?

I say no and yes. Others say yes and no. It's as simple as that.

Days to election: 77
Posted by Gay Dude for Romney http://mittromney.com on August 21, 2012 at 10:44 AM · Report this
Cascadian 19
@18,

1. Yes, Obama has done a good job, given the circumstances and the utter moral vaccum of the opposition party.

2. No, Romney is not an improvement, and is in fact a step backwards across the board on every issue.
Posted by Cascadian on August 21, 2012 at 10:56 AM · Report this
biffp 20
@18, you always say the same thing: vote for Romney, ignore the details. Why don't you for once explain why he would be worth the change. What does he stand for specifically?

Today, you're telling us to ignore the GOP platform b/c it doesn't matter. It's just written for the base, and Mitt is planning to renege on those positions as well?
Posted by biffp on August 21, 2012 at 10:57 AM · Report this
Gay Dude for Romney 21
@13: Response is acknowledged and agreed per de facto GDFR/fairly.unbalanced banter reduction measures and is submitted for the record.
Posted by Gay Dude for Romney http://mittromney.com on August 21, 2012 at 10:57 AM · Report this
Gay Dude for Romney 22
@20: I do, I talk about the economy and the federal deficit frequently as one of my main reasons. But just because I'm the troll, I shouldn't have the expectation of going into details on every thread.
Posted by Gay Dude for Romney http://mittromney.com on August 21, 2012 at 11:04 AM · Report this
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@21
So when you cannot address the facts you run from them.
Typical troll behavior.

You are wrong. The Republicans do NOT forget about their platform after the elections. They work to enact those items.

All that time defending racists and bigots has left you incapable of rational thought.
Posted by fairly.unbalanced on August 21, 2012 at 11:16 AM · Report this
biffp 24
@22, the Ryan plan would increase the deficit by $2.7 billion.
Posted by biffp on August 21, 2012 at 11:20 AM · Report this
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Reads much like this party platform from 1948.
http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.…
Plus ca change...
Posted by Pol Pot on August 21, 2012 at 11:35 AM · Report this
blip 26
The number of bills restricting access to / funding for abortion and birth control QUADRUPLED in 2011 after the tea people took over congress. If they are just blowing smoke up our asses and this platform will be "forgotten" after the convention they're working one hell of a long game here.

Actions trump rhetoric. The economy and the deficit are the ruse. Ending abortion and tormenting gay people are the only thing these people care about.
Posted by blip on August 21, 2012 at 11:39 AM · Report this
quix 27
If the 14th amendment is meant to be extended to all unborn children, I can just imagine the first case where a pregnant woman up for deportation would be able to argue that her fetus is an unborn American who must be allowed to stay in the country. Just imagine the GOP indignation over "anchor conceptions."
Posted by quix on August 21, 2012 at 11:44 AM · Report this
keshmeshi 28
@22,

So, explain to us how Romney will fix the deficit by cutting taxes and increasing the military budget by 50 percent. We're all ears.
Posted by keshmeshi on August 21, 2012 at 11:44 AM · Report this
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The Democratic platform will be full of useless wingbattery as well. Why? Because just like the Republican platform, it's meaningless. Just like when the vote on the President's budget comes down and every Congresscritter votes against it and partisan hacks breathlessly point out that NOT A SINGLE VOTE WAS CAST FOR PRESIDENT X's BUDGET! Well, there never is. Stow it.
Posted by Reader01 on August 21, 2012 at 11:52 AM · Report this
Rotten666 30
Gay Dude for Romney is one of the staff trolling us. That can be the only explanation.
Posted by Rotten666 on August 21, 2012 at 11:54 AM · Report this
Gay Dude for Romney 31
@28: By 50%! Who said that? A link would be nice.
Posted by Gay Dude for Romney http://mittromney.com on August 21, 2012 at 12:22 PM · Report this
blip 32
Nice deflection! For a second there it looked like you were going to have to provide a sincere answer to a fair question you have been asked repeatedly. Phew!
Posted by blip on August 21, 2012 at 12:29 PM · Report this
ScrawnyKayaker 33
@27 Genius. You should post that idea on a stack of reichtard blogs. Their heads would assplode! Only problem: few reichwing blogs allow dissenting comments.
Posted by ScrawnyKayaker on August 21, 2012 at 12:48 PM · Report this
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@20 If the economy and the deficit are your primary concerns then a realistic assessment of the last 50 yrs of data should lead to the inescapable conclusion that the Republicans are shockingly bad at fiscal and monetary policy.

The last 5 former Democratic Presidents all reduced public debt as a share of GDP. The last 4 Republican Presidents all oversaw an increase in the country's indebtedness.

David Stockman blamed the ideological tax-cutters (e.g. Grover Norquest) for the increase of national debt during the 1980s.

Bruce Bartlett, attributes the increase in the national debt since the 1980s to the policy of "starve the beast". Bartlett also credits the George H.W. Bush's budget deal, you remember the one where he broke his "no new taxes" pledge, as one of the main reasons for the economic growth and budget surpluses in the 1990s. Bartlett is highly critical of George W. Bush for creating budget deficits by reducing taxes and increasing spending.

Stockman and Bartlett can hardly be called liberal economists.

Romney and Ryan propose to double down on precisely the economic policies that got us into our current mess.

Explain to me now why that is a better alternative to sticking with Obama.
Posted by Machiavelli was framed on August 21, 2012 at 12:57 PM · Report this
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CDfR is a paid blogger supported by the Rmoney campaign. No need to engage him in debate/discussion.
Posted by Approaching 40 in LA on August 21, 2012 at 1:22 PM · Report this
Pridge Wessea 36
Raindrop, I mean GDfR, has made being a Republican part of his identity. He can't admit that there is anything wrong with any part of his chosen candidate or party as that would completely fuck up how he views himself as a person.

He's not here to change minds, he's here to get validation via "persecution" for his damaging, self-destructive lifestyle choice.
Posted by Pridge Wessea on August 21, 2012 at 1:22 PM · Report this
Gay Dude for Romney 37
@34: The historical context is appreciated. Republicans do seem to forget how expensive it is to run a society and Reagan and George HW Bush did raise taxes. I don't inherently disagree with raising taxes as my party does.

Paul Ryan's budget only taps the brakes, it doesn't reduce the deficit to any significance. It's hard to fathom any plan that would, without draconian austerity. Meanwhile, China holds 1/3 of our debt and if they invaded Taiwan all we could do is issue impotent State Department protests.

George W. Bush and Paul Ryan are the only ones who have advanced plans to provide an optional private market insurance and investment vehicles to medicare and social security, respectively. The largest piece of deficit spending is in entitlements. Given that their proposals are *optional* for each beneficiary, its perplexing that the democrats don't at least consider or plan to accommodate these proposals.

@28: Okay, I stand corrected. Apparently it was discussed in R&R's 60 minute interview; which I missed. So I can't give you an answer for that other Mitt's exuberant rhetoric - as it would certainly would not be feasible.
Posted by Gay Dude for Romney http://mittromney.com on August 21, 2012 at 1:27 PM · Report this
Gay Dude for Romney 38
@36: Oh really? I have many times said that politics is about compromises. Romney has numerous flaws, not the least of which is failing to form an articulate vision, not having a spine to counter the bigot and homophobic elements of the GOP as he is, inherently a moderate republican who once advocated in favor of freedom of choice and domestic partnerships.

So yes, I put myself up to a lot of persecution on Slog - but not for the contorted imaginations you have but to say that despite the fact that I'm holding my nose to vote for Mitt, he has the interest in getting jobs going by cutting the corporate tax rate, having necessary but efficient regulation, drilling in ANWAR and opening up more federal leases, and more things I agree with that I could enumerate.

One thing I won't do, is to choose Obama and accept the status quo of our tepid 'recovery' simply because of my sexual orientation. I have friends who are not satisfied with Obama at all, but are scared of Romney. That to me is very sad, to sacrifice your political and philosophical positions simply because your an oppressed minority hiding behind the skirts of the political party that accepts your orientation more than the other party.

Posted by Gay Dude for Romney http://mittromney.com on August 21, 2012 at 1:49 PM · Report this
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@37
"The largest piece of deficit spending is in entitlements. Given that their proposals are 'optional' for each beneficiary, its perplexing that the democrats don't at least consider or plan to accommodate these proposals."

Hardly.
It is obvious to anyone with any understanding of basic economics.
Or anyone who has any recollection of the recent history of the stock market.

I seem to recall some GOP thing a short while ago where the rhetorical question was asked whether a guy in a coma with no personal insurance should be allowed to die because he did not purchase personal insurance.

And at least one person in the audience yelled "yes".
I don't recall anyone yelling "no".

But then you're an idiot who defends racists and bigots.
Posted by fairly.unbalanced on August 21, 2012 at 1:51 PM · Report this
merry 40
I'm starting to think we're seeing the beginning of the Second Civil War.......

Posted by merry on August 21, 2012 at 1:55 PM · Report this
Pridge Wessea 41
@38 - And I have no doubt you'll keep telling yourself that.

@40 - Maybe we can just let them go this time.
Posted by Pridge Wessea on August 21, 2012 at 2:19 PM · Report this
ScrawnyKayaker 42
@41 The problem is that virtually every state has a bunch of backwoods knuckledraggers. This could be the start of some beautiful Gerrymandering, though.
Posted by ScrawnyKayaker on August 21, 2012 at 2:35 PM · Report this
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@ 37 I don't feel like summarizing right now. particularly since Andrew Sullivan has already done it for me, so I'll just post links.

This first link while not directly addressing your post above does take on the arguments you've been promoting.

http://andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com/…

As for your touting of Ryan's Medicare plan. I'll refer you to this.

http://andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com/…

I think I'm gonna start referring to Ryan's Medicare plan as Voodoo Medicare.
Posted by Machiavelli was framed on August 21, 2012 at 2:37 PM · Report this
McGee 44
@36. Good call on the Raindrop. You are more than likely correct.
Posted by McGee on August 21, 2012 at 2:40 PM · Report this
Pridge Wessea 45
@44 - they're both gay, they have the same writing and argumentative style, and they create identity out of the same wishy-washy self-destructive lifestyle choices. Raindrop "retires" from Slog, and a few weeks later GDfR shows up.

Undoubtedly coincidence.

Posted by Pridge Wessea on August 21, 2012 at 2:53 PM · Report this
Sean Kinney 46
Object lesson: The Tea Party insurgency was a resounding success. On the left, working within the current political system is messy and icky and if we can't have our way we quit!!!!
Posted by Sean Kinney http:// on August 21, 2012 at 3:30 PM · Report this
Garfield 47
@22 "I shouldn't have the expectation of going into details on every thread."

GDfR is just like his candidate - avoid details at all costs.
Posted by Garfield on August 21, 2012 at 3:56 PM · Report this
biffp 48
@37, first, Paul Ryan's budget hits the gas; it doesn't tap the brakes. Second, it's not a budget or even a plan; it's just the usual Republican rhetoric: slash Medicaid, cut taxes on corporations and high-income people, and replace Medicare with a drastically less well funded voucher system. Together, it would increase the deficit $2.5 trillion.

Posted by biffp on August 21, 2012 at 4:59 PM · Report this
Gay Dude for Romney 49
@45: Your response to me in @41 actually applies to you.
Posted by Gay Dude for Romney http://mittromney.com on August 21, 2012 at 5:25 PM · Report this
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Fact check: China owns a little under 7 percent of our debt not the one-third that gdfr claims. (Google,it's there when you need it.)
Posted by BhamBrad http://bradreynoldspianotuning.com on August 21, 2012 at 5:35 PM · Report this
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@49
Have you spent any time educating yourself on basic economics? Or did you just decide that your time was better spent defending racists and bigots?

You still don't understand Social Security or Medicare/Medicaid, do you?
Posted by fairly.unbalanced on August 21, 2012 at 7:12 PM · Report this
persimmon 52
Wait, who names a pig Marcel?
Posted by persimmon on August 21, 2012 at 9:59 PM · Report this
Pridge Wessea 53
@49 - Projection issues, a true hallmark of regressive Republicanism.
Posted by Pridge Wessea on August 21, 2012 at 10:41 PM · Report this
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@51 yes and no. GDfR likely believes, as do many Republicans, that he is "conservative". A position I could argue in support of. Except the Republican party as it presents today is far from conservative. Far right radical, yes, truly conservative, no.

Tossing around terms like "racists and bigots" is not going to help, regardless as to whether they are true or not.

The sad reality is the Republican party has pushed the selling of Fear and Greed, to the point that they are unable to govern. No further even then that, as Grover Norquest himself has preached from his mountain top, the Republicans want to drown governing in a bath tub.

So sad that a once Grand Old Party has fallen so low.

Posted by Machiavelli was framed on August 21, 2012 at 11:02 PM · Report this
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Zimmerman's going to walk.

Prosecution never had any case from the beginning, hence their reluctance to indict.

Pro abortion, gay marriage.
Anti social programs, women getting paid to produce future prison-chimps.
Posted by Central Scrutinizer on August 21, 2012 at 11:16 PM · Report this
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The Repub platform is so clear and precise that voters can not say "both parties are the same", which is something I've heard too many times. Obviously, the Democratic platform is miles apart from the extreme platform of the Repubs. Americans have a real choice this November.
Posted by Patricia Kayden on August 22, 2012 at 3:55 AM · Report this
MacCrocodile 57
@52 - The French might. Imagine the dialogue in that scene being read by a pudgy old French farmer.
Posted by MacCrocodile http://maccrocodile.com/ on August 22, 2012 at 8:16 AM · Report this
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The GOP has just jumped the shark. I know lots of moderate Republicans who feel they've been left with little choice but to vote for Obama. When they say they're Republican, they have to clarify and say that they're "socially liberal" Republicans. I guess there's no place at the table for them anymore.
Posted by MinnySota on August 22, 2012 at 10:21 AM · Report this

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