Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Lowlights of the Republican Platform

The platform was passed easily today by the RNC.  These lowlights are taken from the Boston Globe.  Which of these remind me why I left the Republican party as a young man?  Trick question.  All of them.
The platform affirms the rights of states and the federal government not to recognize same-sex marriage. It backs a constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
I really don't have to go further.  My rights are apparently less important than a fertilized egg. 
‘‘Voter fraud is a political poison,’’ the platform says. It praises legislation to require photo identification for voting and to prevent election fraud.
We know what that means and who it affects.  It's a solution in search of a problem.
The party says it opposes legislation intended to restrict Second Amendment rights by limiting the capacity of clips or magazines or otherwise restoring the assault weapons ban passed during the Clinton presidency.
 Here is a problem ignored.  There is no reason that anyone has a "right" to an assault weapon.  This is toeing the line of the NRA.
The party states that ‘‘the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed.’’ It opposes using public revenues to promote or perform abortion or to fund organizations that perform or advocate abortions. It says the party will not fund or subsidize health care that includes abortion coverage.
I am not a woman, but if I were I would not want an abortion.  I would like the right to choose.

Why anyone who is a self respecting gay man or lesbian, non-white, female or a responsible gun owner would support any Republican boggles my mind.

And then there is health care, social responsibility and job creation by the government ala FDR.  Some many ways for the Democratic Party to define the differences. Please let them,