Have you seen the Republican platform? No abortion even for rape and incest. Also, no gay civil unions.
That is a disgusting proposal. I am curious if the full convention votes in favor of this platform on Monday.
If they don't keep that particular plank in the platform I'm willing to bet money (that I don't have) that it won't receive as much coverage as the announcement today got.
In other words IF the full convention removes that specific language from the platform on Monday then almost NONE of the media outlets will announce that. They will just let the reports about the proposed platform stand.
I will personally be watching closely on that one because I WILL NOT vote for anyone who vows (as a representative of their party) to remove ANY constitutional right.
Even though gay civil unions are not currently a protected constitutional RIGHT. They should be. So I can't in good conscience vote for any one who opposes that issue.
The issue I have to wrestle with is this: Does economic policy trump social policy?
If the economy goes belly up and disintegrates completely then all of our rights fly straight out the window because "desperate times call for desperate measures"
And nothing will get "fixed" if everybody is free to run around all willy nilly doing whatever they want as if they are free to do so. NO SIR! Gubbaments gotta maintain CONTROL! And EVERYBODY is going to have to make sacrifices for the greater good if America goes bankrupt.
So...do I vote for the party that will fix the economic problem? Which party might that be? It's hard to trust either party because of their collective past records.
Under Bill Clinton we enjoyed an economic boom but he installed the "don't ask don't tell" policy. He also sent a couple of cruise missiles into hospitals and asprin factories. Wounding dozens of civilians and damaging foreign relations. He also passed on the opportunity to have Bin Laden handed to us on a silver platter.
Under George W the government went on a drunken spending spree and enjoyed the implementation of the Patriot ACT and No Child Left Behind. The Twin Towers fell and he pulled together a coalition to go to war with a nation that had nothing to do with it.
Under Obama the debt has damn near tripled. Congress hasn't set a budget the whole time he has been in office. He has been hugely unsuccessful in promoting bipartisanship which he promised he would do. He pulled the old mark up then mark down strategy stores use to trick us into buying their shit on sale when he approved the troop surge AFTER promising to pull troops out then a year later bragged about bringing those same troops home. And it is absolutely fucking amazing how much MORE gun violence there has been in the news since he took office. He extended the patriot act and expanded his own power to selectively target and kill people using drones.
Constantly, in the background and in the headlines both parties have sought to erode our individual liberty.
I can't vote Democrat because they want to collapse the system and take away my right to defend myself.
I can't vote for Republicans because they want to collapse the system and take away women's rights and disenfranchise minorities.
This is why the two party system is a complete and utter failure. If their was only one party it wouldn't change anything because all the same people would still be in power.
The Constitution doesn't need to be redacted, our House and Senate does.
We should DEMAND tougher penalties for graft and corruption from our elected representatives. We should DEMAND stricter enforcement of their ability to collect money. We should DEMAND that no public servant be paid more than the average household income. Their insurance should be either available to us or they should only be able to obtain the same insurance offered to us. There should be NO lifetime retirement benefits for any of them. Holding public office should be a sacrifice, not a good career move.
But I digress....If you all think that your party is the bestest most compassionate party that ever walked the face of the earth and that they truly only have YOUR best interest at heart...I gotta ask,
Did you bring enough cool-aid for the whole class?