No GOP platform for 2020; we continue to support Trump
WHEREAS, The Republican National Committee (RNC) has unanimously voted to forego the Convention Committee on Platform, in appreciation of the fact that it did not want a small contingent of delegates formulating a new platform [due to a
WHEREAS, The RNC, had the Platform Committee been able to convene in 2020, would have undoubtedly unanimously agreed to reassert the Party's strong support for President Donald Trump and his Administration;
The RNC enthusiastically supports President Trump and continues to reject the policy positions of the Obama-Biden Administration, as well as those espoused by the Democratic National Committee today; therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That the Republican
Party has and will continue to enthusiastically support the President's America-first agenda;
RESOLVED, That the 2020 Republican National Convention will adjourn without adopting a new platform until the 2024 Republican National Convention.
Of the 293 Republican members in the House and Senate, 291 are Christians. The remaining two--Reps. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.) and David Kustoff (R-Tenn.)--are Jewish.
The Democratic side is also overwhelmingly Christian, at 80 percent.
But of the 242 Democrats in both chambers, there are also 28 Jews, three Buddhists, three Hindus, two Muslims, one Unitarian Universalist and one representative--Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.)--who is religiously unaffiliated.
Source: The Hill FactCheck on 2017-2018 Congress' religion
, Jan 3, 2017
OpEd: GOP has proven tone-deaf in courting Hispanic voters
The strong work ethic, devotion to family, and conservative social values prevalent among Hispanics should make large numbers of them natural Republicans--and many fewer of them Democrats. Most are devoutly religious. A minuscule 7.7% of Hispanic adults
in the US are divorced. The principal magnets attracting Hispanics to the US are work and entrepreneurship. Fully 60% of Hispanic registered voters own their homes.
And yet Republicans have proven themselves remarkably tone-deaf when it comes to
courting Hispanic voters--to the extent that they court them at all. Attracting Hispanic votes does not require abandoning conservative principles--quite the contrary. Rather, it means seeing Hispanic voters as individuals, most of whom fervently
cherish our nation's ideals.
To win Hispanic votes--and those of immigrants generally--Republicans should play to their strengths while avoiding alienating rhetoric that makes them appear anti-immigrant.
We support the public display of the Ten Commandments as a reflection of our history and of our country's Judeo-Christian heritage, and we affirm the right of students to engage in prayer in public schools and to have equal access to public schools and
other public facilities to accommodate religious freedom in the public square. We assert every citizen's right to apply religious values to public policy and the right of faith-based organizations to participate fully in public programs.
Source: 2012 Republican Party Platform
, Aug 27, 2012
The GOP is the Great Opportunity Party
Republicans believe in the Great American Dream, with its economics of inclusion, enabling everyone to have a chance to own, invest, build, and prosper.
Excessive taxation and regulation impede economic development.
Lowering taxes promotes substantial economic growth and reducing regulation encourages business formation and job creation. Knowing that, a Republican President and
Congress will jumpstart an economic renewal that creates opportunity, rewards work and saving, and unleashes the productive genius of the American people. Because the GOP is the Great Opportunity Party, this is our pledge to workers without
jobs, families without savings, and neighborhoods without hope: together we can get our country back on track, expanding its bounty, renewing its faith, and fulfilling its promise of a better life.
K Street Project: get Republicans into lobbying firms
By 2001, parochialism and partisanship had undermined the foundations of the Republican Party. The divide between conservatives and party insiders was getting wider.
Conservatives were aghast that Republican appropriators were embarking on an orgy of pork-barrel spending unparalleled in human history.
Meanwhile, lobbyists and party insiders Jack Abramoff and Grover Norquist were helping Tom DeLay (R-TX), the Republican whip at the time, on the K Street Project--a project that was designed to populate
K Street lobbying shops with loyal Republicans instead of reducing the size of K Street by reducing the ways in which government interferes with our lives and necessitates lobbying.
Social conservatism is central reason politics is polarized
Much of the elite Republican and conservative opinion has remained hostile to a political role for social issues, preferring they be paid no more than lip service and removed completely from political debate whenever this can be managed.
Such tension would not be possible in any other affluent democracy, because in those democracies nothing remotely resembling social conservatism exists. Its absence is the main reason the politics of
Western Europe and Japan have not become polarized, and the continued presence and strength of social conservatism is the central reason politics is polarized here. Understanding why this is so, and why it is
likely to continue well into the future, goes a long way toward explaining why American politics has such a different feel from the politics of other affluent democracies, as well as where our very different politics may lead.
1988: Curbs on public prayer sparked Christian activism
A series of rulings dating back to the 1940s began to set sharp limits on the role of religion in public life.
A particular shock was the Supreme Court's near unanimous 1962 decision banning all school-sponsored prayers, including blandly written nonsectarian ones, from America's public schools.
Liberal-backed judicial curbs on public prayer and other symbols and expressions of faith were making believers more and more uneasy.
The year 1988 television evangelist Pat Robertson's ability to mobilize previously uninvolved Christian activists began a new era in GOP presidential politics.
Separation of church and state outside the Constitution
Activist judges with a mission to destroy the influence of Christians on America used a definition of the separation of church and state that is outside the Constitution. Thomas Jefferson's opinion was that there needed to be a separation of church and
state. He expressed his view after the Constitution was ratified. He was not even the author of the Constitution. He wrote his opinion in the letter to explain the "government" should not establish a church like the British government did.
Therefore, he expressed there should be a wall of separation between the church and state in the U.S.
Nowhere in the Constitution is the term "separation of church and state " used.
It was a deliberate omission by the authors and signers of the Constitution. It is not an agreed term in the contract between we the people and the federal government. It is outside of the four corners of the Constitution.
Everyone knew the flag desecration vote would be close. Veterans groups, the American Legion in particular, were energized on the issue. Everyone knew the margin was razor thin. The veterans reminded me: "We vote in Republican primaries."
with veterans I argued that almost no one desecrates the flag. To the contrary, September 11 had inspired millions of Americans to start flying the flag for the 1st time in their lives. Republicans were whipping up veterans over a nonissue for short-term
political gain in November.
I had not seen an American protester burn an American flag in 30 years. It was just plain wrong and irresponsible to use our own partisan political agenda to poison 50 statehouses with the emotional nonissues. We would
be sabotaging the real work our state lawmakers had to accomplish.
The House passed the amendment and Pres. Bush was delighted to announce that he would sign the legislation if the Senate followed suit [but it failed].
1980s: Gained southern Whites plus southern Evangelicals
Between the Southern White Man, angry at the world in general and black people in particular, and the hard core evangelical Christian, determined to make the Bible the law of the land, you have 2 of the 3 supporting legs Republicans have used to rule the
South. The 3rd leg is the traditional Republican, the economic conservatives--the quasi-libertarian most concerned about keeping government small and taxes low.
The one thing they all have in common: they always know that no matter how weak the
Republican candidate is on any of their particular issues, the Democrat can only be worse. Bubba knows that a modern Florida Democrat, even a moderate Democrat, will owe his election to blacks and liberals. The evangelicals know that a Democrat will be
unlikely to put biblical creationism back in the public schools.
These 3 groups in total account for 40% to 45% of the electorate. The difference was, by the late 1980s, all 3 were voting, for the first time, in lockstep with the Republicans.
Increasingly, the Democratic Party feels the need to match the Republican right in stridency and hardball tactics. The accepted wisdom something like this: The Republican Party has been able to win elections not by expanding its base but by vilifying
Democrats, driving wedges into the electorate, energizing its right wing, and disciplining those who stray.
I am convinced that whenever we exaggerate or demonize, oversimplify or overstate our case, we lose. For it is the predictability of our current
political debate, that keeps us from finding new ways to meet the challenges we face. It is what keeps us locked in “either/or” thinking: the notion that we can only have big government or no government; the assumption that we must either tolerate
46 million uninsured or embrace “socialized medicine.”
It is such partisanship that have turned Americans off. What is needed is a broad majority who are re-engaged and who see their own self-interest as inextricably linked to the interest of others.
On 9/11, we saw the spirit of courage and optimism of the American people - that greatest assurance of the ultimate triumph of our cause. Courage and optimism led colleagues to help each other in escaping from collapsing buildings.
Courage and optimism led policemen, firefighters, emergency medical professionals, public works employees, our men & women in uniform, and selfless volunteers to run into burning buildings to save others and undertake a mammoth rescue and recovery effort
Source: 2004 Republican Party Platform, p. 4
, Sep 7, 2004
Credo of free market economics & less government
Republicans have a clear credo. They promise free-market economics, less government, lower taxes, strong defense, local control, and individual liberty. Republicans are more accepting of the free-market economy and its results.
They want to rely totally on our system of capitalism to render just consequences.
They believe that the wealthy are the engines of our economy and that a tax system that benefits the most affluent will have long-term benefits for the middle and lower classes. Republicans fear government will hold back America's potential.
They believe that left to its own devices, business can be trusted to make the right decisions for the public--"the business of America is business and what's good for General Motors is good for America."
Many judges make up laws, invent new rights, free vicious criminals, and pamper felons in prison. They have arbitrarily overturned state laws, utterly disregarding the right of the people and the democratic process. A
Republican president will restore the separation of powers. We applaud Governor Bush’s pledge to name only judges who have demonstrated that they share his conservative beliefs and respect the Constitution.
Source: Republican Platform adopted at GOP National Convention
, Aug 12, 2000
A distinctly American internationalism for the 21st century
The Twenty-First Century opens with unique promise for the United States. There is every reason for Americans to be extraordinarily optimistic about their future.
Few nations in history have been granted such a singular opportunity to shape the future.
Even after World War II the United States had to reckon with a divided world and terrible dangers. Now America can help mold international ideals and institutions for decades to come. Handed the torch by generations that won great battles, our generation
of Americans with its allies and friends can build a different and better world, promoting U.S. interests and principles, avoiding the economic convulsions and perilous conflicts that so scarred the century just past. Through a distinctly
American internationalism, a new Republican president will build public support for a new strategy that can lead the United States of America toward a more peaceful and prosperous world for us, our children, and future generations.
[On 2021 CA Recall]: Republicans are starting to fear that Trump's ridiculous allegations are actually hurting their performance in elections. They are especially worried about the damage Trump is doing to mail-in ballot habits of base Republican
voters, habits that GOP strategists have spent years building up. Registered Democrats made up a disproportionately high share of ballots returned by mail, while many Republicans appear to have waited for Election Day to vote--if they voted at all.
Source: The Hill on 2021 CA recall race
, Sep 15, 2021
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