GOP Platform: Very conservative and shuts out many groups
Washington – The Republican National platform committee met Monday and Tuesday in Cleveland, for a line-by-line honing of the party’s official positions in a document that will theoretically serve as a guide over the next four years. The party’s national convention will begin in Cleveland and all of the delegates will have a chance to vote on what some are calling the most conservative platform in nearly 20 years.
A look at the GOP platform shows a party that looks more like the late 1950’s and the early 1960’s than 2016, on a number of key issues. It is as if the party has gone so far to the right that Ronald Reagan’s “Big Tent,” now would barely cover a sleeping bag.
The proposed platform includes several planks crafted by the ultra conservative side of the party, including two pages on immigration policy and a provision that opposes restrictions on AR-style rifles and other high-capacity magazine weapons.
Donald Trump will finally be nominated as the GOP 2016 Presidential nominee but he is not bound to the platform. the balance of party ideology.However, one of those planks is the construction of a wall “that must cover the entirety of the southern border,” which is something that Trump has promised from day one.
Some more Trump plans found their way into the platform including imposing “special scrutiny” on foreign visitors from “terror-sponsoring” countries — an echo of the presumptive nominee’s campaign calls to bar Muslims from entering the United States.
But in other areas, including its steadfast opposition to abortion — the platform positions the party far to the right of Trump, who has children with three different wives and is not seen as an orthodox conservative.
The committee also rejected an amendment that would have explicitly stated — in the wake of the Orlando attacks — that gays are targets of the Islamic State group.
After June’s attack on a gay nightclub Trump cast himself as a defender of the community, but the Republican party as a whole remains uneasy on questions of LGBT rights and continues to oppose same-sex marriage.
Coal is deemed “clean” energy, according to The New York Times, while in 2012 it had only been declared to be “low-cost and abundant.” Many Republicans dispute the existence of climate change and President Barack Obama’s environmental policies, which toughened rules on power-plant emissions.
The platform also calls for a Republican president to immediately rescind President Obama’s executive action to grant amnesty to about 5 million illegal immigrants who are the parents of U.S. citizens. That action is on hold by order of the U.S. Supreme Court.
A plank in the platform also says the Republican Party opposes laws that would restrict magazine capacity, ban AR-style rifles or “deprive a person from the right to keep and bear arms without the right to due process.”
The provision is meant to oppose efforts to ban assault rifles – though some drafting the plant oppose using the phrase to describe the guns – and to oppose proposals to block people on the federal government’s “no fly” list from buying guns.
Same sex marriage is ruled out in the platform as the committee adopted a provision that condemns the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2015 decision to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide, a ruling they called “obviously incorrect.”
They are not accepting the clear law of the land that clearly states the affirmed the fundamental right of every American to wed the person of their choosing. The platform went as far as to submit language that supports so-called sexual conversion therapy for minors, even as every mainstream mental health and medical organization discredited the repugnant practice decades earlier.
Finally, Republicans added a passage on pornography, describing it as a “public menace,” particularly for children, and “a public health crisis that is destroying the life of millions,” according to Yahoo News. In 2012, the committee only denounced child pornography.
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