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The Stepford Party

OK, who knows what the Republican Party stands for? If you raised your hand, I’m hard pressed to know how you do. You can find complete copies of the Democratic Party Platform all over the web, but you can’t find the GOP Platform anywhere.

John Dean, Nixon's old White House Counsel, just wrote a book about how the Bush administration is even more secretive than Nixon's was. When you consider that Bush signed an executive order to countermand a 30 year tradition of making Presidential papers and records publicly available, and ordered his cabinet to make every effort to withhold and censor documents requested through the Freedom of Information Act, I guess it's no surprise that the Republican Party Platform should also be suppressed.

The best I could do was some excerpts I found at issues2000.org, and it was immediately obvious why the GOP is not widely disseminating the document: It pretty much tears down the moderate facade they put up for their convention. The Republican Party isn't the party of "compassionate conservatives", but it plays one on TV.

Pro-gay civil union Giuliani and (suddenly) Cheney are a blind for the anti-gay civil union GOP platform: "We believe that legal recognition and the accompanying benefits afforded couples should be preserved for that unique and special union of one man and one woman which has historically been called marriage."

Pro-choice Schwarzenegger is a flimsy facade for, "Our purpose is to have legislative and judicial protection of [fetal rights] against those who perform abortions."

The pro-immigrant and pro-minority rhetoric is contradicted by the platform's message of massive deportations and sealed borders, and cut-backs on civil rights programs and laws under the code name: Affirmative Access.

but that's just a small sample of the reality behind the Bird Cage review that was the Republican Convention. Why is the GOP breaking out the wigs and mascara? Utah GOP Party Chairman Joe Cannon says, "I don't know that we'll be throwing up [listening to the political soft-focus lineup], but we have to just say, 'Look, to win, we are going to have to have more people than our base.' ''

If you want to know what the Republican Party stands for, especially if you call yourself a moderate Republican, the entire document is worth a read. If you can find it.

Posted by American Pundit at September 8, 2004 4:47 AM