Please note: this platform belongs to Mitt Romney, and to Paul Ryan, as it was prepared under the direction of their campaign.
With the inclusion of the agenda of those once considered the fringe into the2012 GOP Platform, the Republican Party should officially be flushed down the toilet. From the time when the once great party came into being in 1856, there has been no more hateful and conservative agenda than that of the 2012 GOP Platform.
The GOP has arrived at this unenviable place/state of being , a state of being where they are feared more than respected, hated more than tolerated, derided more than praised, by catering to the extremist religious fringe of their party until that extremist wing gained majority control. This can be easily, too easily, confirmed by reading their official platforms from the years prior to Nixon through that of this platform—the difference is striking.
This year we see the Republican war against women codified in the 2012 GOP platform in the form of several planks which endorse infringement upon not only our reproductive rights, but upon our dignity (the mandatory ultrasounds). Think Progress with the details:
1. NO ABORTION IN CASES OF RAPE OR INCEST. The proposal for a “human life amendment” passed without a hitch — and without any exceptions for rape or incest. The committee didn’t stop there; they also adopted language that would ban drugs that end pregnancy after conception, which could potentially include Plan B, the “morning after pill.” [the "Akin Amendment", so called by Democrats]
2. SALUTE TO MANDATORY ULTRASOUNDS. The GOP officially praises states’ “informed consent” laws that force women to undergo unnecessary procedures, require waiting periods and endure other measures meant to discourage them from getting an abortion. One such law receiving a “salute” was crafted by committee head McDonnell, who passed a notorious mandatory ultrasound requirement after he signed an unsuccessful bill to require an even more invasive transvaginal probe ultrasound during an abortion consultation.
3. NO WOMEN IN COMBAT. The platform condemns “social experimentation” in the military, which covers everything from the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” to allowing officers to wear their uniforms in gay pride events to letting women serve on the front lines.
With the GOP’s adoption of these very specific planks which seek to control women, four things should be noted:
- “No exceptions for rape or incest” means many, many young lives would be destroyed, often due to a pregnancy resulting from statutory rape and/or incestuous rape.
- A zygote is more important to the Republican Party than a fully grown woman, or child. A human life amendment would label abortion as murder. Literally.
- They are unlikely to stop at a “mandatory” ultrasound during an abortion consultation, they may very well go for the much more invasive trans-vaginal ultrasound, the dignity and privacy of women be damned.
Although presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney stated recently that he would not oppose an exception for rape, he has a history of having opposed such an exception, and in fact, Romney surrogates were present and did not object to the wording of this plank:
“Several Romney supporters and advisers were present and stood silently while this vote took place,” Obama campaign spokeswoman Lis Smith said in a statement. “This should come as no surprise, as Mitt Romney supported this exact language in the 2004 and 2008 Republican platforms and Paul Ryan fought to ban abortion even in cases of rape.”
But the war against women isn’t all they’re about. Oh no, they have more stupidity in store for us, in fact they also aim their poisonous need to control at same sex couples, immigrants, the Federal Reserve, and the District of Columbia:
· NO LEGAL RECOGNITION OF SAME-SEX COUPLES. The committee embraced extreme anti-gay language, even rejecting a proposal to endorse civil unions for gay couples after vehement objections from Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council and Romney adviser Jim Bopp, who called it a “counterfeit marriage.” The rejection of civil unions, along with the refusal to include a line affirming the legal equality of same-sex couples prompted the organization GOProud to declare, “Those who have engaged in this public platform fight have provided distraction from important issues and damaged Mitt Romney’s campaign.”
· REPLICATE ARIZONA-STYLE IMMIGRATION LAWS. Kris Kobach, who wrote the now mostly invalidated immigration laws in Arizona and Alabama, pushed for language calling for a border fence, a national E-Verify system to make it harder for undocumented workers to find employment, the end of in-state tuition for illegal immigrants and an end to sanctuary cities. The committee overwhelmingly approved the proposals, as well as a line chastising the Department of Justice to halt the lawsuits against draconian immigration laws in Arizona, Alabama, South Carolina and Utah: “State efforts to reduce illegal immigration must be encouraged, not attacked.”
AUDIT THE FED. The pet project of Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) to audit the Federal Reserve has now been embraced as an official Republican goal. For the first time, the platform calls for an annual audit of the Federal Reserve.·
NO STATEHOOD, MORE GUNS FOR WASHINGTON DC. FRC’s Perkins, who recently blamed President Obama and the Southern Poverty Law Center for the shooting at FRC’s Washington headquarters, requested and received a section specifically urging the DC Council to expand gun rights. The same section also opposes DC statehood, which would allow the District to govern itself and put an end to Congressional attempts to impose abortion bans on DC.
But they weren’t finished yet. They just had to completely destroy the poor and the middle class by protecting the upper classes from tax increases:
NO NEW TAXES, EXCEPT FOR WAR. The platform calls for a Constitutional amendment requiring a super-majority to approve any tax increase, “with exceptions for only war and national emergencies.” It would also deliberately hobble future Congresses through a cap limiting all government spending to historical average percentage of GDP — “so that future Congresses cannot balance the budget by raising taxes.”
Which party wins this election will determine more than just who the next president is.
UPDATE Aug. 25: Think Progress has a piece up detailing the Republican motivation behind their very unusual platform plank, Audit the Fed:
Accountability is no doubt an important aspect of effective and democratic government, but the GOP’s intentions are less noble than they appear. Conservatives are upset that the Federal Reserve has acted in the past, and may act again in the near future, to use monetary policy to help Americans return to work and hasten the recovery. The recent Audit the Fed movement is less about holding the Fed accountable, and more about bullying the Fed away from helping the economy.
This policy is a radical departure from the party’s own tradition of respecting the Federal Reserve’s independence. In 1980, the Republican national platform read clearly: “The independence of the Federal Reserve System must be preserved.” The Audit the Fed platform plank disregards this tradition, and instead allows conservatives to attack monetary policymakers for helping the economy. [Continue reading….]