Election 2012

Your Republican Party Platform

The most conservative GOP platform ever. Some notable highlights via ThinkProgress:

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.”

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.

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 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.

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.

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.”

And Mitt Romney is running to be the leader of this group of extremists. His victory would irreparably damage America for decades.

(h/t David Benowitz Attorney at Law)

  • Victor_the_Crab

    Also included: The card carrying GOP rich should be allowed to toss a couple of puppies and kittens into a wood chipper on a regular basis, LIKE A BOSS!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rich-Morgan/100000299284844 Rich Morgan

    And I thought all Romney wanted to talk about was the economy and jobs. Sill me!

  • KanaW

    People seem to forget that it’s not only the President. The House and Senate are just as important, if not more so. That’s been proven in these last elections. Without an at least moderate Congress, the President cannot do a bloody thing, even get federal judges approved!

  • Ned F

    I overheard a bunch of “older” ladies yesterday at a local eatery exclaim that, “Well, Mitt Romney is (ital.) a moderate.”
    I couldn’t grab them by their lapels and shake them without getting arrested, but if I had had this list, I would have left it on their table. People do have this misconception with Romney, maybe because he used to be a moderate governor of a blue state, but they should know by now he’ll morph into whatever his handlers want him to be, and that’s the scary part. They need to realize you don’t get just Romney, you get the whole clown bus that was on parade for four months with the Republican primary. Not to mention the whole foreign and economic policy guys of the past administration. Hello?

    • Brutlyhonest

      They should know, but they don’t because the corporate media only runs fluff pieces on him and his wife that give that impression.

    • D_C_Wilson

      So, they hadn’t heard he was a “severe conservative” as governor?

  • Terry Maguire

    RE: 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.

    2 questions:
    1. Does this mean no more racial integration in military?
    2. Can officers still wear their uniforms on The Price is Right?

  • GrafZeppelin127
    • D_C_Wilson

      Please let them play, “We Built This City” (ie, second worst song ever after “My Humps”) during the convention.