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50 Extreme Right-Wing Proposals From The 2016 GOP Platform

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50 Extreme Right-Wing Proposals From The 2016 GOP Platform

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Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

Most voters have heard enough about Donald Trump’s plans for the presidency, but what about the rest of the Republican Party?

As polls show the race is tightening in swing states, and House Speaker Paul Ryan says he will run again for that post, it’s worth revisiting the Republican Party platform—its wish list—for what a GOP-led Congress and Donald Trump would like to impose on America. Before Trump turned the Republican nominating contest into a battle of boasts and bullying, right-wing extremists had dominated the party. Their platform, not surprisingly, goes even further to the right than what’s even been heard from Trump as he promises to build a wall along the Mexican border and embrace the religious right’s long-held tenets opposing abortion, LGBT rights and more.

The GOP 2016 platform would make Christianity the official American religion, English the official American language, replace sex education with abstinence-only advice for teenagers, privatize almost all areas of federal services, cut taxes and regulations for the rich and titans of industry, and impose a belligerent foreign policy and military build-up.

Here are 50 excerpts from the 2016 GOP platform.

1. Tax cuts for the rich: “Wherever tax rates penalize thrift or discourage investment, they must  be  lowered. Wherever current  provisions of the code are disincentives for economic growth, they  must be changed… We propose to level the international playing field by lowering the corporate  tax rate to be on a par  with, or below, the rates of other industrial nations.”

2. Deregulate the banks: “The Republican vision  for American  banking calls for establishing transparent, efficient markets where consumers can obtain loans they need at reasonable rates based on market conditions. Unfortunately, in response to the financial institutions crisis of 2008-2009, the Democratic-controlled Congress enacted the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, otherwise known as Dodd-Frank.”

3. Stop consumer protection: “The worst of Dodd-Frank is the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, deliberately designed to be a rogue agency. It answers to neither Congress nor the executive, has its own guaranteed funding outside the appropriations process… If the Bureau is not abolished, it should be subjected to congressional appropriation.”

4. Repeal environmental laws: “We call for a comprehensive review of federal regulations, especially those dealing with the environment, that make it harder and more costly for Americans to rent, buy, or sell homes.”

5. Shrink unions and union labor: “We renew our call for repeal of the Davis-Bacon law, which limits employment and drives up construction and maintenance costs for the benefit of unions… Although  unionization  has  never been permitted in any government agency concerned with national security, the current Administration has reversed that policy for the Transportation Security Administration. We will correct that mistake… We support  the right of states to enact Right-to-Work laws and call for a national law to protect the economic liberty of the modern workforce.”

6. Privatize federal railway service: “Amtrak is an extremely expensive railroad for the American taxpayers, who must subsidize every ticket. The federal government should allow private ventures to provide passenger service in the northeast corridor. The same holds  true with regard to high-speed and intercity rail across the country. We reaffirm our intention to end federal support for  boondoggles like California’s high-speed train to nowhere.”

7. No change in federal minimum wage: “Minimum wage is an issue that should be handled at the state and local level.”

8. Cut government salaries and benefits: “The taxpayers spend an average of $35,000 a year per employee on non-cash benefits, triple the average non-cash compensation of the average worker in the private sector. Federal employees receive extraordinary pension benefits and vacation time wildly out of line with those of the private sector.”

9. Appoint anti-choice Supreme Court justices: “Only a Republican president will appoint judges who respect the rule of law  expressed within the Constitution and Declaration of Independence, including the inalienable right to life and the laws of nature and nature’s God, as did the late Justice Antonin Scalia.”

10. Appoint anti-LGBT and anti-Obamacare justices: “Only such appointments will enable courts to begin to reverse the long line  of activist decisions — including Roe, Obergefell, and the Obamacare cases—that have usurped Congress’s and states’ lawmaking  authority.”

11. Legalize anti-LGBT discrimination: “We endorse the First Amendment Defense Act, Republican legislation in the House and Senate which will bar government  discrimination against individuals and businesses for acting on the belief that marriage is the union  of one man and one woman.”

12. Make Christianity a national religion: “We support the public  display of the Ten  Commandments as a reflection of our history and our country’s Judeo-Christian heritage and further affirm the rights of religious students to engage in voluntary prayer at public school events and to have equal access to school facilities.”

13. Loosen campaign finance loopholes and dark money: “Freedom of speech includes the right to devote resources to whatever  cause or candidate one supports. We oppose any restrictions or conditions that would discourage citizens from participating in the  public square or limit their ability to promote their ideas, such as requiring private organizations to publicly disclose their donors to the government.”

14. Loosen gun controls nationwide: “We support firearm reciprocity legislation to recognize the right  of  law-abiding  Americans to carry firearms to protect themselves and their families in all  50  states. We support constitutional carry  statutes  and  salute  the  states  that  have  passed  them. We oppose ill-conceived laws that  would  restrict magazine capacity or ban  the  sale  of  the  most  popular  and  common modern rifle.”

15. Pass an anti-choice constitutional 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  legislation  to  make  clear  that  the  Fourteenth  Amendment’s protections apply to children before birth.”

16. End federal funding for Planned Parenthood: “We oppose the use of public funds to perform or promote abortion or to fund organizations, like Planned  Parenthood, so long as they provide or refer for elective abortions or sell fetal body parts rather than provide healthcare.”

17. Allow states to shut down abortion clinics: “We condemn the Supreme Court’s activist decision in Whole  Woman’s  Health v. Hellerstedt striking down commonsense Texas laws providing for basic health and safety standards in abortion  clinics.”

18. Oppose stem cell scientific research: “We  oppose  embryonic stem cell research. We  oppose  federal  funding  of  embryonic  stem cell research. We support adult stem cell research and urge the restoration of the national  placental stem cell bank created by President George H.W. Bush but abolished by  his Democrat  successor, President Bill Clinton. We oppose  federal  funding  for  harvesting embryos and call for a ban on human cloning.”

19. Oppose executive branch policy making: “We condemn the current Administration’s unconstitutional expansion  into  areas  beyond  those  specifically  enumerated,  including  bullying  of state and local governments in matters ranging from voter identification (ID) laws to immigration, from  healthcare  programs  to  land  use  decisions,  and  from  forced  education  curricula  to  school  restroom policies.”

20. Oppose efforts to end the electoral college: “We oppose the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact  and  any  other  scheme  to abolish or distort the procedures of the Electoral College.”

21. Require citizenship documents to register to vote: “We support  legislation  to  require  proof  of  citizenship  when  registering  to vote and  secure  photo  ID when  voting. We strongly oppose litigation against states exercising their sovereign authority to enact such laws.”

22. Ignore undocumented immigrants when drawing congressional districts: “In order to  preserve  the principle of one person, one vote, we urge our elected representatives to ensure that citizenship, rather than mere residency, be made the basis for the  apportionment of representatives  among the states.”

23. No labeling of GMO ingredients in food products: “The  intrusive  and  expensive  federal mandates on food options and menu labeling should be ended as  soon as  possible by a  Republican  Congress. We  oppose the mandatory labeling of genetically modified food, which has proven to be safe, healthy, and a literal life-saver for millions in the developing world.”

24. Add work requirements to welfare and cut food stamps: “Nearly all the work requirements for able-bodied adults, instituted by our  landmark  welfare  reform  of  1996,  have  been  removed. We  will  restore  those  provisions  and,  to correct a mistake made when the Food Stamp program  was  first  created  in  1964, separate the  administration  of SNAP  [Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program] from the Department of Agriculture.”

25. Open America’s shores to more oil and gas drilling: “We support the opening of public lands and the outer continental shelf to exploration and responsible production, even if these resources will not be immediately developed.”

26. Build the Keystone XL Pipeline: “The  Keystone  Pipeline  has  become a symbol of everything  wrong  with the current  Administration’s  ideological approach. After years of delay, the President killed it to satisfy environmental extremists. We intend to finish that pipeline and others as part of our commitment to North American energy security.”

27. Expand fracking and burying nuclear waste: “A  federal  judge  has  struck  down  the  BLM’s rule on hydraulic fracturing and we support upholding  this  decision.  We  respect  the  states’  proven  ability  to  regulate  the  use  of  hydraulic  fracturing,  methane  emissions,  and  horizontal  drilling,  and  we  will  end  the  Administration’s  disregard  of  the  Nuclear  Waste  Policy  Act  with  respect to the long-term storage of nuclear waste.”

28. No tax on carbon products: “We oppose any carbon tax… We urge the private sector to focus its resources on the development of carbon capture and sequestration technology still in its early stages here and overseas. ”

29. Ignore global climate change agreements: “The United  Nations’ Intergovernmental  Panel  on  Climate  Change  is  a  political  mechanism,  not  an  unbiased  scientific  institution. Its  unreliability  is  reflected  in  its  intolerance  toward  scientists  and  others  who  dissent  from  its  orthodoxy. We  will  evaluate  its  recommendations  accordingly. We reject the agendas of both the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement, which  represent  only  the  personal  commitments of  their   signatories; no such agreement can be binding upon the United States until it is submitted to and ratified by the Senate.”

30. Privatize Medicare, the health plan for seniors: “Impose no changes  for  persons  55  or  older.  Give  others  the  option  of  traditional  Medicare  or  transition  to  a  premium-support  model  designed  to  strengthen  patient  choice,  promote  cost-saving  competition  among  providers.”

31. Turn Medicaid, the poor’s health plan, over to states: “Moving to a block grant approach would allow for state  and  local  governments  to  create  solutions  for  individuals  and  families  in  desperate  need  of  help  in  addressing  mental  illness.  We  respect  the  states’ authority and flexibility to exclude abortion providers from federal programs such as Medicaid and other healthcare and family planning programs so  long  as  they  continue  to  perform  or  refer  for  elective abortions.”

32. No increasing Social Security benefits by taxing the rich: “As  Republicans, we oppose tax increases and believe in the power of markets to create  wealth and to help secure the future of our Social Security system.”

33. Repeal Obamacare: “Any  honest  agenda  for  improving  healthcare  must  start  with  repeal  of  the  dishonestly  named  Affordable Care Act of 2010: Obamacare.”

34. Give internet service providers monopoly control: “The President ordered  the  chair  of  the  supposedly  independent  Federal  Communications  Commission  to  impose  upon the internet rules devised in the 1930s for the telephone monopoly… The  internet’s  free  market needs to be free and open to all ideas and competition  without  the  government  or  service  providers picking winners and losers.”

35. Make English the official U.S. language: “We both encourage the preservation of heritage tongues and support English as the nation’s official language, a unifying force  essential  for  the  advancement  of  immigrant  communities and our nation as a whole.”

36. No amnesty for undocumented immigrants: “Illegal immigration endangers everyone,  exploits  the  taxpayers,  and  insults  all  who  aspire  to  enter  America  legally.  We  oppose  any form of amnesty for those who, by breaking the law,  have  disadvantaged  those  who  have  obeyed it.”

37. Build a border wall to keep immigrants out: “Our highest  priority, therefore,  must  be  to  secure  our  borders  and  all  ports  of  entry  and  to  enforce our immigration laws. That  is  why  we  support  building  a  wall  along  our  southern  border  and  protecting  all  ports  of  entry.  The  border  wall  must  cover  the  entirety  of  the  southern  border  and  must  be  sufficient  to  stop  both  vehicular  and  pedestrian  traffic.”

38. Require government verification of citizenship of all workers: “Use of  the  E-verify  program — an internet-based system that verifies the employment authorization and  identity  of  employees—must  be  made  mandatory  nationwide. We reaffirm  our  endorsement of the SAVE program —Systematic  Alien Verification for Entitlements—to ensure that public  funds  are  not  given  to  persons  not  legally  present in this country.”

39. Penalize cities that give sanctuary to migrants: “Because ‘sanctuary cities’ violate federal law and endanger their own citizens, they should not be eligible for federal funding. Using state licenses to reward people in the country illegally is an affront to the rule of law and must be halted.”

40. Puerto Rico should be a state but not Washington DC: “We  support  the  right  of  the  United  States  citizens of Puerto Rico to be admitted to the Union as a fully sovereign state… A [D.C.} statehood amendment was soundly rejected by the states when last proposed in 1976 and should not be revived.”

41. Support traditional marriage but no other families: “Children raised in  a  two-parent  household  tend to be physically and emotionally healthier, more likely to do well in school, less likely to use drugs and alcohol, engage in  crime  or become  pregnant  outside of marriage. We oppose policies and laws that create a financial incentive for or encourage cohabitation.”

42. Privatize government services in the name of fighting poverty: “We call for removal of structural impediments which progressives throw in the path of poor people: Over-regulation  of  start-up  enterprises,  excessive  licensing  requirements,  needless  restrictions  on  formation of schools and day-care centers serving neighborhood families, and restrictions on providing public services in fields like transport and sanitation.”

43. Require bible study in public schools: “A  good understanding of the  Bible  being  indispensable  for the development  of  an  educated  citizenry, we encourage  state  legislatures to  offer  the  Bible in a  literature  curriculum as an elective in  America’s  high  schools.”

44. Replace traditional public schools with privatized options: “We  support  options  for  learning,  including  home-schooling,  career  and  technical  education,  private  or  parochial  schools,  magnet  schools,  charter  schools,  online  learning,  and  early-college  high schools.”

45. Replace sex education with abstinence-only approaches: “We renew our call for replacing ‘family  planning’  programs  for  teens  with  sexual  risk  avoidance  education  that  sets  abstinence  until  marriage  as  the  responsible  and  respected  standard  of  behavior.  That  approach— the  only  one always effective against premarital pregnancy and  sexually transmitted  disease—empowers  teens  to  achieve  optimal  health  outcomes.  We oppose  school-based  clinics  that  provide  referral  or  counseling  for  abortion  and  contraception  and  believe  that  federal  funds  should  not  be  used  in mandatory or universal mental health, psychiatric, or socio-emotional screening programs.”

46. Privatize student loans instead of lowering interest rates: “The  federal  government  should  not  be  in  the  business  of  originating  student  loans.  In  order  to  bring  down  college  costs  and  give  students  access to a multitude of financing options, private sector participation in student financing should be restored.”

47. Restore the death penalty: “The  constitutionality  of  the  death  penalty  is  firmly  settled  by  its  explicit  mention  in  the  Fifth  Amendment. With  the  murder  rate  soaring  in our great  cities,  we  condemn  the  Supreme  Court’s  erosion of the right of the people to enact capital punishment in their states.”

48. Dramatically increase Pentagon budget: “Quite simply, the Republican Party is committed to rebuilding the U.S. military into the strongest on earth, with vast superiority over any other nation or group of nations in the world.”

49. Cancel Iran nuclear treaty and expand nuclear arsenal: “We  should  abandon  arms  control  treaties  that  benefit  our  adversaries  without  improving our national security. We must fund, develop, and deploy a multi-layered missile defense system. We must modernize nuclear weapons and their delivery platforms.”

50. Reaffirm support for Israel and slam sanctions movement: “We reaffirm America’s  commitment to Israel’s security and will ensure that Israel maintains a qualitative military edge over any and all adversaries…We reject  the false notion that Israel is an occupier and specifically recognize  that  the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement (BDS) is anti-Semitic in nature and seeks to destroy Israel. Therefore, we call for effective legislation to thwart actions that are intended to limit commercial relations with Israel, or persons or entities doing business in Israel or in Israeli-controlled territories, in a discriminatory manner.”

Steven Rosenfeld covers national political issues for AlterNet, including America’s retirement crisis, democracy and voting rights, and campaigns and elections. He is the author of “Count My Vote: A Citizen’s Guide to Voting” (AlterNet Books, 2008).

IMAGE: U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) holds a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington March 17, 2016. REUTERS/Gary Cameron/File photo

 

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6 Comments

  1. Thoughtopsy November 8, 2016

    It’s a laundry list of crazy. anti-middle class, and anti-American debunked ideas, folks.

    This is what happens when a dying party has no sane people left to combat the stupid.
    Their platform ends up being a complete wishlist of every single outdated throwback idea they ever had…

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  2. PrecipitousDrop November 8, 2016

    Yet the GOP remains mystified by their failures to win the White House.
    Seriously. They pretend not to know.
    Weird, huh?

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  3. TZToronto November 8, 2016

    At 10 PM Tuesday night, it’s getting scary that the GOP platform might actually be implemented. The ideas in the list of 50 include many that are anti-Constitutional and would lead to the Corporate States of America. Many are contrary to common sense. Many are simply mean-spirited. Others are designed to hurt the very people who would be voting against their own interests. The bottom line would be that many in the red states who are looking for benefits from a Trump presidency will be the same people who will be having their benefits taken away. America, be prepared for a country that resembles Biff Tannen’s alternate 1985 version of Hill ValleY from Back to the Future II.

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    1. PrecipitousDrop November 8, 2016

      Like baseball and half-time scores, it’s not over til it’s over.
      It’s a nail-biter though.

  4. Aaron_of_Portsmouth November 9, 2016

    Even before Tuesday’s vote, the extremely contentious nature of this election proves one thing for certain: That materialism has infiltrated the hearts and minds of so many Americans to the point that religious values like empathy, humility, courtesy, proper behavior especially in regards to attitudes towards women, are secondary.
    Trump’s appeal to the baser instincts like greed, lewd behavior, lying, cheating the system, and a primary emphasis on one’s own well-being first followed by a begrudging yielding to the needs of others, shows the ascendancy of materialism over cultivation of spiritual values.
    When the talk is that the GOP may make Christianity the state religion, one has to wonder what sort of Christianity are they talking about? Is their sense of Christianity a pattern of belief and behavior that accepts racial and ethnic bigotry, a “me first/what’s in it for me” perspective, disrespect for women as merely “locker room talk”, bullying, allows for stereotypical views of other people’s Religion? If so, then the Christianity that they propose is only a superficial facsimile of what Religion in its Essence is all about, represents a compromise of what Christianity advocates, and will prove to be a further nail in “American Status Quo” coffin.

    Abdu’l Baha, during his visit to America in 1912, remarked on several occasions how impressive America’s material progress while juxtaposing that progress with the expectation that America needs to aspire in spiritual degrees to the same extent. A prayer for America was specifically written by him, to supplement the numerous prayers and meditations on a variety of themes and principles revealed by Baha’u’llah, the Prophet-Founder of the Baha’i Faith.

    It would seem that America, by and large, has decided to ignore this hope that Abdu’l Baha expressed in his talks, and which Baha’u’llah envisions for America’s potentiality in leading the world spiritually. Right now, a majority of people are focused on looking downward at heir own personal material needs, bemoaning lost jobs exported by corporate America—the same corporate structure that allowed Donald and his father the opportunity to reap billions prior to jobs going away overseas or just becoming unnecessary in an evolving technological society, and which Trump owes a lot to said corporate America for his inordinate wealth that dwarfs the combined assets of his ardent followers. This kind of attitude will never make America great, except by furthering its material orientation and benefiting most the likes of Trump.

    The next year alone may prove quite ominous if Make America Great will continue to be about material gain, and if even more emphasis on materialism and personal gains is the primary motive force in one’s personal life.

    Material well-being is fine, and helps greatly in the short-term, but material things don’t go with you to the next phase of life beyond the door of Death. Trump’s billions will have to stay behind, while he sets a pace for being indigent spiritually at the hour of death, seeing that spiritual assets of virtuous behavior and nobility, or the lack thereof, are the things that will define our status in the Realm beyond.

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  5. toto November 9, 2016

    The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact would not abolish or distort the procedures of the Electoral College.

    The current winner-take-all method of awarding electoral votes is not in the U.S. Constitution. It was not debated at the Constitutional Convention. It is not mentioned in the Federalist Papers. It was not the Founders’ choice. It was used by only three states in 1789, and all three of them repealed it by 1800. It is not entitled to any special deference based on history or the historical meaning of the words in the U.S. Constitution. The actions taken by the Founding Fathers make it clear that they never gave their imprimatur to the winner-take-all method. The winner-take-all method of awarding electoral votes became dominant only in the 1830s, when most of the Founders had been dead for decades, after the states adopted it, one-by-one, in order to maximize the power of the party in power in each state.

    The constitutional wording does not encourage, discourage, require, or prohibit the use of any particular method for awarding a state’s electoral votes.

    As a result of changes in state laws enacted since 1789, the people have the right to vote for presidential electors in 100% of the states, there are no property requirements for voting in any state, and the state-by-state winner-take-all method is used by 48 of the 50 states. States can, and have, changed their method of awarding electoral votes over the years. Maine and Nebraska laws do not use the winner-take-all method

    The bill would take effect when enacted by states with a majority of the electoral votes—270 of 538.
    All of the presidential electors from the enacting states will be supporters of the presidential candidate receiving the most popular votes in all 50 states (and DC)—thereby guaranteeing that candidate with an Electoral College majority.

    The bill was approved this year by a unanimous bipartisan House committee vote in both Georgia (16 electoral votes) and Missouri (10).
    The bill has passed 34 state legislative chambers in 23 rural, small, medium, large, red, blue, and purple states with 261 electoral votes.
    The bill has been enacted by 11 small, medium, and large jurisdictions with 165 electoral votes – 61% of the way to guaranteeing the presidency to the candidate with the most popular votes in the country

    NationalPopularVote

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