So Monday at the Convention, it was adopted. The most backwards, regressive, and farthest right Platform I can ever remember seeing come out of the Republican Party. It is 66 Pages of utter fantasy, nonsense, and gibberish in one bound volume. It begs the question, Who did they let write this thing?
Reading through it (The things I endure for my audience.. lol) I can only think, “So, this is what it’s like when the inmates run the asylum!”
If you are brave enough to download it as a PDF, you can visit their blog and click on the link. Then I’d clear your browser history and run a virus scan.
Now, keep in mind, I won’t be able to dissect all 66 pages here, but I’ll try to hit the major points in the Preamble here.
Where do I start? Lets look at some lines from the preamble: (of course this isn’t all of them, I picked the most egregious examples. For the whole thing, download it from the RNC Website.)
- We believe America is exceptional because of
our historic role — first as refuge, then as defender,
and now as exemplar of liberty for the world to see.
Now it’s that first role, as a refuge, I want to focus on. How can you celebrate the U.S. being a refuge, yet want to kick 11 million Mexicans out, and ban all Muslims from coming in?
- We believe in the Constitution as our founding
Yet, they deny Climate Change. And who doesn’t believe this?
- When political freedom and economic freedom
are separated — both are in peril; when united, they
What does this even mean? Are they saying that your economic status determines your strength?
- This platform is optimistic because the
American people are optimistic.
Then why is every Republican ad and speech I see filled with talk of “a failing economy,” and “the threat of terrorism?”
- For the past 8 years America has been led in the
The stock market doubled, the deficit went down, 11 million more people have health insurance, Bin Laden is dead, etc., etc…. Exactly which direction did they want the country to go in?
- Our standing in world affairs has declined
significantly — our enemies no longer fear us and
our friends no long trust us.
It must be nice to live in a fact free zone, where anything you say will be believed by someone.
- The men and women of our military remain
the world’s best. The have been shortchanged in
numbers, equipment, and benefits by a Commander
in Chief who treats the Armed Forces and our
veterans as a necessary inconvenience.
I agree with the first sentence. The rest is wholesale bullshit. How, exactly, is the one branch of the government that routinely gets >50% of the Federal Budget being “shortchanged?” You know who is getting shortchanged? The Veteran’s Administration, that’s who. It seems Republican’s want all the money and power necessary to send people off to war, just not to take care of them when they get back!
- The President and the Democratic party have
dismantled Americans’ system of healthcare. They
have replaced it with a costly and complicated
scheme that limits choices and takes away our
Yes, apparently adding 11 million to the rolls, giving people choices through exchanges, and adding a check box on your tax return constitutes dismantling. Do they really think they can put the Genie back in the bottle now? What are they planning on doing, creating 11 million uninsured overnight? There’s also the slight matter that they have presented no viable plan to replace it with.
- They have nearly doubled the size of the
Yeah, um, No. They like to focus on the Debt number, because it’s a lot more ominous and goes up every year, and yes, its gone from about 10 Trillion to 19 Trillion.But, it only shows part of the picture. What they never mention is the Budget Deficit. The thing that drives the debt. When the government spends more than it takes in in revenue, that’s called a deficit. That money has to come from somewhere, so it gets borrowed, and thus increases the National Debt. Yes, the Total Debt has increased, but the deficit has shrunk from about 10% of GDP (Gross Domestic Product) in 2009 to less than 3% of GDP today. Instead of beating the drums about the debt, why not call for things that would fix the Deficit, and eventually reduce the debt. For example, a Balanced Budget Amendment, like many states have. Also, a line item veto, so the President can remove the unnecessary, unrequested, and wasteful spending in the budget.
- The President has been regulating to death a free market economy that he does not like and does not understand. He defies the laws of the United States by refusing to enforce those with which he does not agree. And he appoints judges who legislate from the bench rather than apply the law.
Ah, regulations. A fancy name for rules. In other words, things that keep rich people from doing whatever the hell they want, ruining your life and savings, and having no consequences. Pesky things, those regulations. They imply here that the President does not understand the economy. The man might not be an economist, granted, but I think a Constitutional Law Professor can get a handle on things. Even then, he’s got a Treasury Secretary and hundreds of staff to explain things to him. Are they saying that we’ve been run by idiots for 8 years? I seem to remember a recession in progress in 2008, that doesn’t exist anymore. I guess fixing that was luck! They are also implying the President only enforces “some” of the law. Why then, has the Republican led Congress not moved to Impeach? And finally, Activist Judges. Yes, their way of painting any judge that makes a decision contrary to their beliefs.
- We, as Republicans and Americans, cannot allow this to continue. That is why the many sections of this platform affirm our trust in the people, our faith in their judgment, and our determination to help them take back their country.
Again, I wish they would tell me who has taken it from them!
- This means removing the power from unelected, unaccountable government.
Who? Where? When did this happen?
- This means relieving the burden and expense of punishing government regulations.
Again, let’s just throw out all the rules and hope corporations do the right thing. Worked out so far, right?
- This platform is many things: A handbook for returning decision-making to the people. A guide to the constitutional rights of every American. And a manual for the kind of sustained growth that will bring opportunity to all those on the sidelines of our society.
Actually, this Platform is a bunch of hogwash, based on half truths and outright lies. Fueled by a myopic world view and seeking to return America to the era of “Jim Crow,” McCarthy, and worse.
- Every time we sing, “God Bless America,” we are asking for help. We ask for divine help that our country can fulfill its promise. We earn that help by recommitting ourselves to the ideas and ideals that are the true greatness of America.
Never mind that whole “Separation of Church and State” thing.
And just in case you were wondering who is responsible for penning this work of fiction, the Committee members were:
Senator John Barrasso
Representative Virginia Foxx
Governor Mary Fallin
I don’t have time to spend on these winners now, but I’m sure I have mentioned them before.
I’m sorry, that’s all I can get through right now without breaking something! I’ll be back later to break down the individual chapters and planks. Until then, enjoy the freak show, I mean Convention.
By Juan Cole