The Republican National Convention is in full-swing in Tampa right now as the rest of the world shudders at what ideas and resolutions come out as a result.
Voldemort himself would fear that many death eaters in one place.
One thing already coming from the Convention is the party Platform. It doesn’t bind any politician when it comes to governing or law making, but it speaks volumes about the mindset of the GOP and the party’s… how do I say this… basic views of us constituents.
So for you, I present the six reasons why I’m literally crying after reading some of the Platform’s main points:
The party states that “the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed.” It opposes using public revenues to promote or perform abortion or to fund organizations that perform or advocate abortions. It says the party will not fund or subsidize health care that includes abortion coverage.
The fuckery of this all aside, I mean really, let’s at least give Mitt Romney a point for having exceptions to this rule in the case of rape, incest, and when a birth would threaten a mother’s life.
Never, EVER, thought I’d say it, but here it goes: Good job, Mitt.
The platform affirms the rights of states and the federal government not to recognize same-sex marriage. It backs a constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
Yeah. OK. Fuck you, GOP. Thanks.
3. GUN CONTROL:
The party says it opposes legislation intended to restrict Second Amendment rights by limiting the capacity of clips or magazines or otherwise restoring the assault weapons ban passed during the Clinton presidency.
Republicans support consumer choice, including home schooling, local innovations such as single-sex classes, full-day school hours and year-round schools. It says Republicans renew their call for replacing family planning programs for teens “with abstinence education which teaches abstinence until marriage as the responsible and respected standard of behavior.”
Let’s just not talk about the correlation between abstinence-only education and high rates of teen pregnancy. I mean, science, right? What is that?
The party is committed to domestic energy independence and an “all-of-the-above” energy policy, backing the exploration and development of the Outer Continental Shelf and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. It criticizes the Obama administration for picking winners and losers in the energy sector and expresses support for new coal-fired plants that will be low-cost, environmentally responsible and efficient.
All I have to say: Save ANWR!
The platform says Republicans are “the party of peace through strength” and support the concept of American exceptionalism – “the conviction that our country holds a unique place and role in human history.”
That role isn’t being that one country that kind of sort of was into civil rights and equality and then was like, nah, j.k, we playin’, is it?
Oh, it is? Then yeah, they got that one right.
It [the platform] criticizes the current administration for its weak positions toward such countries as North Korea, China and Iran and its reductions in military spending. The Republican national military strategy “restores as a principal objective the deterrence using the full spectrum of our military capabilities.”
If all of this talk about politics, Mitt Romney, the Republican National Convention, and the world ending (wait, what?) is making you a bit sad, I really am sorry.
Just take this image of a happy baby pig shaking itself as my way of showing it.