Republican Platform: No Abortion, No Gay Marriage, Trayvon Martin Had It Coming
The Tampa Bay Times has obtained a draft of the Republican platform, and it leans way, way to the right: Human life amendment "We assert the sanctity of human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental right to life which cannot be infringed. We support a human life amendment to the Constitution and endorse legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment's protections apply to unborn children. We oppose using public revenues to promote or perform abortion or fund organizations which perform or advocate it and will not fund or subsidize heath care which includes aboartion coverage." There is no explicit exception for rape or incest. Gay marriage? No way "We reaffirm our support for a constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman." Stand your ground "We support the fundamental right to self-defense wherever a law-abiding citizen has a legal right to be, and we support federal legislation that would expand the exercise of that right by allowing those with state-issued carry permits to carry firearms in any state that issues such permits to its own residents." If this document makes it—there's much more, including statements against affirmative action, cstem cells, and tax increases (except in cases of war), and for posting the Ten Commandments on government property—it will mean the Republican Party doesn't care about moderates. They must believe they can win the presidency and Congress solely on people who support George Zimmerman, Todd Akin, and Focus on the Family. It's a revolutionary document, all right. [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
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Aug. 21, 2012
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