Americans at a fork in the road: Contrasting the two party’s platforms


Conservative titan Phyllis Schlafly recently outlined the differencesbetween the Democratic Party and Republican Party platforms.


“The Republican Party Platform, hammered out by a national committee with representatives from every state, gives Republicans a basis on which to rebuild both their party and the grassroots conservative movement. It’s a “call to arms,” a platform of bold colors with no pastel shades, just as Ronald Reagan described the 1976 Platform that Delegates adopted after rejecting the Ford-Kissinger platform.

This year’s Platform marks a complete break from the ponderous 2004 Platform, which strung together 40,000 tiresome words, praising George W. Bush on nearly every page. The 2008 Platform isn’t about personalities; it’s about principles.”

In her summary, Schlafly notes this:

“The 2008 Platform recognizes that energy independence is vital to our national security. The Platform calls for drilling in “new oilfields” in Alaska and elsewhere, as well as developing nuclear power and clean coal.”

The 2008 Platform, she writes, is also is the “most pro-life ever.” The platform also “better represents Republicans” by supporting parents’ rights when it comes to the public schools, such as vouchers and tax credits.

Schlafly concludes by saying that the GOP 2008 Platform “has given conservatives a new lease on life and started the rebuilding of the conservative movement.”

The Democrat’s platform, on the other hand –

– “consists of promising benefits that will cost already burdened taxpayers aplenty. There’s no mention of how these extravagant handouts will be paid for.”

Schlafly includes the following in her summary of the Dem’s platform:

  • The Democrats say “we need stronger international institutions.”
  • The Democratic Platform is full of proposals to raid the pockets of John Q. Taxpayer and reduce the American standard of living.
  • The Democratic Platform goes all-out in recognizing the support of their gay rights constituency. “We support the full inclusion of all families, including same-sex couples, in the life of our nation, and support equal responsibility, benefits, and protections.”
  • The Platform adds, “We oppose the Defense of Marriage Act.” Overwhelmingly passed in 1996 to prevent judges from forcing other states to validate Massachusetts’ same-sex marriages, DOMA was one of the most popular laws ever passed and it was even signed by Bill Clinton.

This sounds expensive:

“The Democrats want the government to take care of American kids from birth through college. ‘We will make quality, affordable early childhood care and education available to every American child from the day he or she is born,’ and ‘we will provide all our children a world-class education, from early childhood through college.'”

And this is critical:

“The most provocative line in the Democratic national platform adopted in Denver is: ‘We oppose laws that require identification in order to vote or register to vote.’ Are the Democrats planning on winning the 2008 election by stuffing the ballot box? Since it’s routine to show an ID in order to board a plane and do dozens of other very ordinary things, what’s the big deal about showing an ID to exercise the most important privilege of citizenship?

That question is answered in the new book by John Fund called ‘Stealing Elections: How Voter Fraud Threatens Our Democracy.’ Honest elections absolutely depend on preventing the stuffing of the ballot box by people who are not eligible to vote.”

Schlafly provides some history on the issue and then writes this:

“Fund believes that the biggest opportunity for vote fraud this year is the registration tactics of ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now). ACORN is a classic Saul Alinsky-style community-organizing group, and it has received hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars as well as corporate donations.

It’s no surprise that ACORN is closely associated with Barack Obama. Right after graduating from the Harvard Law school, Obama was recruited by ACORN to run a successful voter registration drive for an ACORN affiliate, Project Vote.”

To read Phyllis Schlafly’s excellent article, click here.