Dec 11

The Frightening Republican Platform

In Brief— An examination of the Republican platform that’s supposed to be the blueprint for what the party stands for. It’s downright scary!

The Monster Crawls Out from Under the Bed—

dead-elephantWith the 2016 bizarre election now history and the unexpected election of Donald Trump, we need to focus on the really bizarre and dangerous Republican platform.

This is the document that’s supposed to represent what the Republican Party believes in 2016. Well beyond the Republicans’ previous aggrandizement of an imaginary past and a fight against reality, this document was made in Hell. Like all party platforms, it’s dense and hard to plow through. They don’t want to make it easy for voters to read. The guts of the Republican Party’s vision are hidden in a thicket of verbiage, but if you trim away the rosy words, the meaning is not only clear, it is downright scary.

I have written about the party platforms before and, while I’m well-beyond partisan, it’s a slog regardless of party. That said, the Republican platform is without reservation the scariest I have ever seen. Here is the worst nightmare you may ever have.

The Wish List of Horror—

Screw the Environment—Weasel words can’t hide the fact that the Republican Platform advocates ending the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). By preventing the EPA from enforcing the Clean Air Act, it would politicize science by eliminating carbon dioxide enforcement. Naturally, everybody knows that air pollution screeches to a halt at state borders. And there is lots more like allowing the Keystone Pipeline to continue.

Climate Change is Bogus—The platform claims that climate change deniers are being prevented opposing the overwhelming scientific evidence of climate change. It would destroy the international agreement to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. It would stop any efforts to save humanity’s bacon

Force LGBTs back into the closet—The Republican platform turns back the clock to the days when lesbians and gay men could not marry the one they love, when it would be dangerous for bisexual men and women to be with the partner of their choice, when transsexual individuals could not use the restroom conforming to their gender. The clear statements of courts or common sense are ignored because of fear of change, fear of reality. One man and one woman is the Republican mantra. The Republicans who wrote this platform are refighting lost wars.

Make the Supreme Court an Ultra-Conservative Bastion—Not only would the Republicans appoint right-wing justices to the Supreme Court, but they would fill all the empty judicial positions with certifiable conservatives who would assure America conforms to their conservative agenda.

Make America a Christian nation—The Republican platform would permit the return of Christian prayers to the classroom and require Bible study. The Ten Commandments would be permitted to be displayed in all public places. Citizens would be free to reject anything that offended their religious sensibilities.

Anti-choice, ban abortion, end fetal cell research, etc.—Women can kiss their reproductive health care goodbye. Scientists will be banned from experimenting on fetal stem cells in the search for disease prevention therapies. Sex education will be limited to abstinence-only instruction.

Limit the right to vote and prevent the Popular vote—Require specified official documents proving American citizenship before voting. Only the Electoral College of the 18th century will be permitted in selecting America’s president.

Permit gas and oil drilling and expand “fracking”—The states will be given the right to determine all regulations. Drill, Baby, Drill! Earthquakes be damned!.

Privatize Medicare, states control Medicaid, eliminate Obamacare

English must be the official national language

Build a southern border wall to exclude immigrants—All Muslims will be terrorist suspects in disregard of the First Amendment.

Dramatically increase military funding, support Israel and oppose legitimate efforts to oppose Israeli policies. Both parties lavish money on the military and Israel, but the Republican Party excels at this give-away.

 These are just a few of the frightening elements in the 2016 Republican platform. No exaggeration here. If you want to be scared out of your wits, click on the link (it’s the light blue area) that quotes from the document or google Republican Platform 2016. The question is…will Trump embrace this platform? Right now, it doesn’t look promising for America.

The moral to this story is…Be careful what you wish for, you might get it.


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    • Dave Meyers on December 11, 2016 at 18:42

    All of the Republican planks that you point out are fairly well known, or at least no surprise. However, the one that makes my hair stand on end is the Christian Nation mandate. It is exactly what conservatives point out that Islamic States do……i.e.,put Islam ahead of all else and force compliance where they can.
    It is chilling to think that in spite of the fact the the Republicans have been in power before and have failed to achieve many, if not most, of their goals…this time they could get a lot closer.
    However, I still choose to believe that a majority of Americans wanted the outcome of the election to be different and that they will prevail in due coarse. I still believe in my gut that Trump will fail by putting his personal gain ahead of country, going down in history as a hiccup in our Democratic system. In fact, this blemish on the process may very well serve to right the ship…………………….I hope.

      • Don Bay on December 11, 2016 at 19:23

      You are wise to step back from the political circus now taking place. Your blood pressure will thank you. Not for a moment should anybody believe that Trump’s actions will come to pass without widespread opposition. All of his cabinet appointments will be in front of the Senate. Unless they roll over and play dead, some of Trump’s designations are D.O.A.

      For anyone doubting that Pence is the de facto president of the US, Trump just made that obvious by saying that Pence will be the one who attends all security briefings. Absent from that statement but perfectly clear from recent Trump statements is that he will continue to involve himself in his business dealings.

      Pence, incidentally, is a Christian Supremacist which means that he will use his influence to designate the US a Christian nation. Expect that move to be stoutly opposed.

  1. I’m not at all sure that wisdom and the majority of voters will eventually triumph. Two issues could kill democracy and the earth. Number one is that if Trump packs the Supreme Court with youngish judges it could make all the anti-abortion, anti-LGBT rights, anti-voting rights, etc. the rule of law forever. The voting rights especially could deny votes to enough non-white, non-Christian people to enshrine white power forever.

    Number two is that climate change could be ignored long enough to make it a non-issue because the game will be up.

    And you didn’t mention aboriginal rights. Be sure that with all his cabinet picks it will be a field day for pipelines, fracking, etc., and much of that could seriously threaten aboriginal lands.

      • Don Bay on December 12, 2016 at 06:23

      Let’s not count our chickens before they hatch. Trump isn’t president until January 20, 2017, and a lot can happen before—or after, for that matter—so let’s stay loose to see what happens. As Yogi Berra said, “It ain’t over ’til it’s over.”

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