Well, it’s out there now, the Republican Party Platform. Actually, I agree with parts of it, and am on the fence about others. The following parts range from merely extreme to truly frightening.
#s 1 through 5 are all about cutting taxes for the rich. There is no mention of reducing taxes for anyone else anywhere in the 50 proposals.
#7 would prevent any rise in the Federal minimum wage.
#8 would actually lower the pay of government employees.
#10 would eliminate progressive / liberal Supreme Court Justices.
#11 is lovely. It would legalize discrimination against LGBT.
#12 Aims to make Christianity the official national religion.
#13 Pointedly promises to legalize dark money in elections.
#14 would establish open carry nationwide & eliminate gun control.
#23 would keep GMO’s legally secret.
#s25-29 declare to hell with the environment.
#’s30-32 Would privatize Medicare and freeze Social Security
#33 would repeal Obamacare.
#34 would eliminate fairness in Internet access & speed.
#37 is “the wall.”
#41 is makes “traditional families” the only acceptable families.
#42 privatizes government services that fight poverty
#43 REQUIRES bible study in schools
#44 REPLACES public schools with private ones
#45 REPLACES sex education with abstinence-only approaches.
#46 privatizes student loans instead of lowering rates.
#48 drastically increases the military budget.
#49 cancels the Iran nuclear treaty and calls for EXPANDING THE NUCLEAR ARSENAL.
Anyone who votes in support of this ticket is in serious need of a psyche examination, because you have lost any measure of logic, reason, and intelligence.
It doesn’t matter in the least how much anyone dislikes Obama or Clinton or liberals in general. Anybody who votes Republican in this election is voting AGAINST Social Security; AGAINST Medicare; AGAINST the middle class; AGAINST unions; AGAINST any religion that isn’t Christianity; AGAINST lgbt rights; AGAINST the environment; AGAINST any form of gun control; AGAINST transparency in the use of GMO’s; AGAINST their own access to the Internet; AGAINST immigration; AGAINST the separation of state and church; AGAINST public education; AND FOR nuclear escalation.
If you are so mad about your right to exercise your prejudices against those of whom you don’t approve that you are willing to destroy your own future (unless you are rich); If you hate progress so much that you are willing to bring back the cold war; If you really hate change so much that you are willing to give the country to the rich and the religious zealots, and risk your children, and their children; if you hate Hillary Clinton so much that you are willing to make this election about striking out at her and preparing to send your children and grandchildren to war; oh the hell with it. Go ahead and vote for the Man Who Would Be King. Go ahead and put the religious zealots in charge of the nuclear codes. Go ahead and light the flares of war and torches of intolerance. Set the course of this country toward whatever cesspool makes you happy. If you don’t think LGBTs, or black people, or the poor or those of a different race or religion, should have the same rights as you, go ahead and vote against them. Just do one thing, just one thing, if you have a shard of reason left. Tell your children, when it comes your turn, tell them as they prepare to go to war, “This is what I wanted for you. I did it all for you. Be happy.”
“First They Came for the Jews”
By Pastor Niemoller
First they came for the Jews and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for the Communists and I did not speak out because I was not a Communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me.