Republican Party Platform vs. Democrat Party Platform: Liberty vs. Secular Socialism

Following is a summary of the 2008 Republican Party Platform and the 2008 Democrat Party platform, with links to both. The topical headings are mine. (I left out some things from the Republican Party platform, such as we are FOR increasing our domestic energy production according to an “all of the above” strategy and we are AGAINST government takeover of our free enterprise healthcare delivery system.)

(Here is a link to a short comparison of some of the policy issues covered in the 2012 Republican Party Platform and Democrat Party Platform. Here is a link to a more comprehensive comparison.)

Core Principles from the 2008 Republican Party Platform (http://www.gop.com/2008Platform/2008platform.pdf)

From the Preamble to the Platform: A platform in enduring principle based on ideals to unify our country, devoted to the inherent dignity and rights of every person and dedicated to a rule of law protecting and preserving liberty.

This is a platform of enduring principle, not passing convenience — the product of the most open and transparent process in American political history. We offer it to our fellow Americans in the assurance that our Republican ideals are those that unify our country: Courage in the face of foreign foes. An optimistic patriotism, driven by a passion for freedom. Devotion to the inherent dignity and rights of every person. Faith in the virtues of self-reliance, civic commitment, and concern for one another. Distrust of government’s interference in people’s lives. Dedication to a rule of law that both protects and preserves liberty. (Preamble, p. 1.)

Republicans Believe Our First Obligation is Defending our Nation by Preserving all Defense Options

All Americans should affirm that our first obligation is the security of our country. (P. 1)

In dealing with present conflicts and future crises, our next president must preserve all options. It would be presumptuous to specify them in advance and foolhardy to rule out any action deemed necessary for our security.

Republicans Believe National and Theater Missile Defenses Must Be Deployed to Protect the Nation

We must develop and deploy both national and theater missile defenses to protect the American homeland, our people, our Armed Forces abroad, and our allies. Effective, layered missile defenses are critical to guard against the unpredictable actions of rogue regimes and outlaw states, reduce the possibility of strategic blackmail, and avoid the disastrous consequences of an accidental or unauthorized launch by a foreign power. (P. 2)

Republicans Believe Our National Borders Must Be Secured

Our determination to uphold the rule of law begins with more effective enforcement, giving our agents the tools and resources they need to protect our sovereignty, completing the border fence quickly and securing the borders, and employing complementary strategies to secure our ports of entry. Experience shows that enforcement of existing laws is effective in reducing and reversing illegal immigration. (P. 3.)

Our determination to uphold the rule of law begins with . . . completing the border fence
quickly and securing the borders, and employing complementary strategies to secure our ports of entry. (P. 3.)

The rule of law means . . . enforcing the law against those who overstay their visas, rather than letting millions flout the generosity that gave them temporary entry. (P. 3.)

It does not mean driver’s licenses for illegal aliens, nor does it mean that states should be allowed to flout the federal law barring them from giving in-state tuition rates to illegal aliens, nor does it mean that illegal aliens should receive social security benefits, or other public benefits, except as provided by federal law. (P. 3.)

We oppose amnesty. (P. 3.)

We support English as the official language of our nation, while welcoming the ethnic diversity in the United States and the territories, including language. (P. 4.)

Republicans Believe We Must Increase the Size of Armed Forces

We must significantly increase the size of our Armed Forces; crucial to that goal will be retention of combat veterans. (P. 4.)

Republicans Believe U.S. Armed Forces Must Remain Under U.S. Command

As a matter of U.S. sovereignty, American forces must remain under American command. (P. 7.)

Republicans Abhor Federal Funding Of Abortions Anywhere

We strongly support the long-held policy of the Republican Party known as the Mexico City policy, which prohibits federal monies from being given to non-governmental organizations that provide abortions or actively promote abortion as a method of family planning in other countries. We reject any treaty or agreement that would violate those values. (Pp. 7-8.)

Republicans Reject the Jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court over Americans

To shield the members of our Armed Forces and others in service to America from ideological prosecutions, the Republican Party does not accept the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court over Americans. (P. 8.)

Republicans Support A Free and Secure Israel

Israel is a vigorous democracy, unique in the Middle East. We reaffirm America’s commitment to Israel’s security and will ensure that Israel maintains a qualitative edge in military technology over any potential adversaries. Israel must have secure, defensible
borders and we support its right to exist as a Jewish state able to defend itself against homicide bombings, rocket and mortar fire, and other attacks against its people. (P. 12.)

Republicans Support Enforcing Constitutional Safeguards

Republicans will uphold and defend our party’s core principles: Constrain the federal government to its legitimate constitutional functions. (P. 15.)

Republicans Support Only Constitutionally Necessary Federal Spending

Spend only what is necessary, and tax only to raise revenue for essential government functions. (P. 15.)

Republicans Reject Unconstitutional, Wasteful Pork-Barrel Special Interest Spending

The other party wants to continue pork barrel politics; we are disgusted by it, no matter who practices it. The other party wants to ignore fiscal problems while squandering billions on ineffective programs; we are determined to end that waste. The entrenched culture of official Washington – an intrusive tax-and-spend liberalism — remains a formidable foe, but we will confront and ultimately defeat it. (P. 15.)

Republicans Will Stop Unconstitutional Special Interest Earmark Spending

Earmarking must stop. To eliminate wasteful projects and pay-offs to special interests,
we will impose an immediate moratorium on the earmarking system and reform the
appropriations process through full transparency. Tax dollars must be distributed on
the basis of clear national priorities, not a politician’s seniority or party position. (P. 16.)

Republicans Believe “It’s Your Money, Taxpayers”

The most important distinction between Republicans and the leadership of today’s Democratic Party concerning taxes is not just that we believe you should keep more of what you earn. That’s true, but there is a more fundamental distinction. It concerns the
purpose of taxation. We believe government should tax only to raise money for its essential functions. (P. 23.)

Republicans Oppose Using the Tax Code for Social Engineering

The Republican Party will put a stop to both social engineering and corporate handouts by simplifying tax policy, eliminating special deals, and putting those saved dollars back into the taxpayers’ pockets. (P. 23.)

Republicans Support Reducing Corporate Tax Rates

We support a major reduction in the corporate tax rate so that American companies stay competitive with their foreign counterparts and American jobs can remain in this country. (P. 23.)

Republicans Know We Cannot Tax and Spend Our Way to Prosperity

The last thing Americans need right now is tax hikes. On the federal level, Republicans lowered taxes in 2001 and 2003 in order to encourage economic growth, put more money in the pockets of every taxpayer, and make the system fairer. It worked. If Congress had then controlled its spending, we could have done even more. (P. 25.)

Republicans Support Secret Ballots for Workers

We oppose card check legislation, which deprives workers of their privacy and their right to vote, because it exposes workers to intimidation by union organizers. (P. 28.)

Republicans Support Your Right to Not Have Government Interfere With Your Healthcare

Republicans support the private practice of medicine and oppose socialized medicine in the form of a government-run universal health care system. Republicans
pledge that as we reform our health care system:

- We will protect citizens against any and all risky restructuring efforts that would complicate or ration health care.
– We will encourage health promotion and disease prevention.
– We will facilitate cooperation, not confrontation, among patients, providers, payers, and
all stakeholders in the health care system.
– We will not put government between patients and their health care providers.
– We will not put the system on a path that empowers Washington bureaucrats at the
expense of patients.
– We will not raise taxes instead of reducing health care costs.
– We will not replace the current system with the staggering inefficiency, maddening irrationality, and uncontrollable costs of a government monopoly. (Pp. 37-38.)

Republicans Will Not Infringe the Right of the People to Keep and Bear Arms

We uphold the right of individual Americans to own firearms, a right which antedated
the Constitution and was solemnly confirmed by the Second Amendment. We applaud the Supreme Court’s decision in Heller affirming that right, and we assert the individual responsibility to safely use and store firearms. We call on the next president to appoint judges who will similarly respect the Constitution. Gun ownership is responsible citizenship, enabling Americans to defend themselves, their property, and communities. (P. 51.)

Republicans Believe in the Sanctity and Dignity of All Human Life

Faithful to the first guarantee of the Declaration of Independence, we assert the inherent dignity and sanctity of all human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed. We support a human life amendment to the Constitution, and we 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 and will not fund organizations which advocate it. We support the appointment of judges who respect traditional family values and the sanctity
and dignity of innocent human life. (P. 52.)

Republicans Believe Marriage Means A Union of a Man and a Woman

Because our children’s future is best preserved within the traditional understanding of marriage, we call for a constitutional amendment that fully protects marriage as a union of a man and a woman, so that judges cannot make other arrangements equivalent to
it. In the absence of a national amendment, we support the right of the people of the various states to affirm traditional marriage through state initiatives. (P. 53.)

Republicans Support the Right of the People to Freely Exercise their Religion

Our Constitution guarantees the free exercise of religion and forbids any religious test for public office, and it likewise prohibits the establishment of a state-sponsored creed. The balance between those two ideals has been distorted by judicial rulings which attempt to drive faith out of the public arena. The public display of the Ten Commandments does
not violate the U.S. Constitution and accurately reflects the Judeo-Christian heritage of our country. We support the right of students to engage in student-initiated, student-led prayer in public schools, athletic events, and graduation ceremonies, when done in conformity with constitutional standards. (Pp. 53-54.)

Now, for the Democrat Party Platform.

Core “Principles” of 2008 Democrat Party Platform
(http://www.democrats.org/about/party_platform)

Democrats Believe in Blaming America First For Terrorism

After September 11, we could have built the foundation for a new American century, but instead we instigated an unnecessary war in Iraq before finishing a necessary war in Afghanistan. (Preamble, p. 5.)

Democrats Use Weasel Words to Mask Their True Intentions, Like Calling Taxes on the American People “Investments”, And Believe Taxes Somehow Generate Jobs

We will invest in America again – in world-class public education, in our infrastructure, and in green technology – so that our economy can generate the good, high-paying jobs of the future. (Preamble, p. 6.)

Democrats Believe Money Grows on Trees and the Solution to Every Problem is to Spend the Taxpayer’s Money

We will provide an immediate energy rebate to American families struggling with the record price of gasoline and the skyrocketing cost of other necessities – to spend on those basic needs and energy efficient measures. We will devote $50 billion to jumpstarting the economy, helping economic growth, and preventing another one million jobs from being lost. This will include assistance to states and localities to prevent them from having to cut their vital services like education, health care, and infrastructure. (Pp. 8-9.)

Democrats Routinely Ignore the Fact that the Constitution Limits Congressional Authority to the Enumerated Powers Set Forth in Article I, Section 8

Health care should be a shared responsibility between employers, workers, insurers, providers and government. All Americans should have coverage they can afford; employers should have incentives to provide coverage to their workers; insurers and providers should ensure high quality affordable care; and the government should ensure that health insurance is affordable and provides meaningful coverage. (P. 10.)

Democrats Hide Their Socialistic Policies By Using Weasel Words Like “We” and “Public” for “Government”

We will make it a priority to secure for hardworking families the part of the American Dream that includes a secure and healthy retirement. Individuals, employers, and government must all play a role. We will adopt measures to preserve and protect existing public and private pension plans. In the 21st century, Americans also need better ways to save for retirement. We will automatically enroll every worker in a workplace pension plan that can be carried from job to job and we will match savings for working families who need the help. (P. 13.)

Democrats Believe Some Unnamed Someone Should Somehow Magically Create Jobs For Everyone

In the platform hearings, Americans expressed dismay that people who are willing to study and work cannot get a job that pays enough to live on in the current economy. Democrats are committed to an economic policy that produces good jobs with good pay and benefits. That is why we support the right to organize. We know that when unions are allowed to do their job of making sure that workers get their fair share, they pull people out of poverty and create a stronger middle class. (P. 14.)

Democrats Believe They Should Hide Their Plan to Outlaw Secret Ballots by Calling it the “Employee Free Choice Act”

We will strengthen the ability of workers to organize unions and fight to pass the Employee Free Choice Act. (P. 14.)

Democrats Believe in Building Upon Over Forty Years of Failed Federal “War on Poverty” Programs with – Drum Roll, Please – More of the Same

Working together, we can cut poverty in half within ten years. We will provide all our children a world-class education, from early childhood through college. We will develop innovative transitional job programs that place unemployed people into temporary jobs and train them for permanent ones. To help workers share in our country’s productivity, we’ll expand the Earned Income Tax Credit, and raise the minimum wage and index it to inflation. The majority of adults in poverty are women, and to combat poverty we must work for fair pay, support for mothers, and policies that promote responsible fatherhood. (P. 15.)

Democrats Believe Higher Taxes (Er, “Investments”) Will Lower Gas Prices

And this is how we’ll solve the problem of four-dollar-a-gallon gas — with a comprehensive plan and investment in clean energy. (P. 18.)

Democrats Believe The Federal Government Should Be The National Babysitter, Despite No Constitutional Power Exists for that Role

We will make quality, affordable early childhood care and education available to every
American child from the day he or she is born. Our Children’s First Agenda, including increases in Head Start and Early Head Start, and investments in high-quality Pre-K, will improve quality and provide learning and support to families with children ages zero to five. Our Presidential Early Learning Council will coordinate these efforts. (P. 19.)

Democrats Believe Taking Money Out of the Economy By Taxes (“Investments”) And Spending It on Vague Federal “Programs” and “Partnerships” Will Somehow “Grow” the Economy they just Weakened Through the Taxes and the Wasteful, Inefficient “Programs” and “Partnerships”

We will invest in American jobs and finally end the tax breaks that ship jobs overseas. We will create an Advanced Manufacturing Fund to provide for our next generation of
innovators and job creators; we will expand the Manufacturing Extension Partnerships and create new job training programs for clean technologies. We will bring together government, private industry, workers, and academia to turn around the manufacturing sector of the U.S. economy and provide assistance to automakers and parts companies to encourage retooling of facilities in this country to produce advanced technology vehicles and their key components. (Pp. 21-22.)

Democrats Envy Those Who Succeed and Demand to “Steward” Their Prosperity By Using the Tax Code to Take Money from “Rich” Peter and Give it to “Poor” Paul Who Pays No Taxes

We will shut down the corporate loopholes and tax havens and use the money so that we can provide an immediate middle-class tax cut that will offer relief to workers and their families. We’ll eliminate federal income taxes for millions of retirees, because all seniors deserve to live out their lives with dignity and respect. We will not increase taxes on any family earning under $250,000 and we will offer additional tax cuts for middle class families. For families making more than $250,000, we’ll ask them to give back a portion of the Bush tax cuts to invest in health care and other key priorities. (P. 24.)

Democrats Believe in a Fairy-Tale World Having No Nuclear Weapons – Including Ours

America will seek a world with no nuclear weapons and take concrete actions to move in this direction. (P. 31.)

We will make the goal of eliminating nuclear weapons worldwide a central element of U.S. nuclear weapons policy. (P. 31.)

Democrats Believe In Risking the Safety of all Americans by Not Developing New Nuclear Deterrents Nor Testing Any of Our Nuclear Deterrent Weapons

We will not develop new nuclear weapons, and will work to create a bipartisan consensus to support ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, which will strengthen the NPT and aid international monitoring of nuclear activities. (P. 32.)

Democrats Claim To Want to Expand Our Armed Forces, But Then Cut Their Budgets and Weapons Programs

We will use this moment both to rebuild our military and to prepare it for the
missions of the future. (P. 33.)

Democrats Believe Our Military Should Be Used For Non-Defense “International Social Work”

We believe we must also be willing to consider using military force in circumstances beyond self-defense in order to provide for the common security that underpins global stability – to support friends, participate in stability and reconstruction operations, or confront mass atrocities. (P. 33.)

Democrats Believe The Success of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Program Should Be Ignored And Replaced With A System Allowing Individual Soldiers To Force Their Sexual Preferences Openly On Their Fellow Soldiers

We support the repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” and the implementation of policies to allow qualified men and women to serve openly regardless of sexual orientation. (P. 36.)

Democrats Believe in a “Blame America First” Policy in International Security Arrangements With Our Allies

Too often, in recent years, we have sent the opposite signal to our international partners. In the case of Europe, we dismissed European reservations about the wisdom and
necessity of the Iraq war and their concerns about climate change. In Asia, we belittled South Korean efforts to improve relations with the North. In Latin America, from
Mexico to Argentina, we failed to address concerns about immigration and equity and economic growth. In Africa, we have allowed genocide to persist for over five years in Darfur and have not done nearly enough to answer the United Nation’s call for more support to stop the killing. Under Barack Obama, we will rebuild our ties to our allies in Europe and Asia and strengthen our partnerships throughout the Americas and Africa. (P. 36.)

Democrats Believe Man is Changing the Climate of the Globe, Despite No Evidence for that Conclusion

We will lead to defeat the epochal, man-made threat to the planet: climate change. Without dramatic changes, rising sea levels will flood coastal regions around the world. Warmer temperatures and declining rainfall will reduce crop yields, increasing conflict, famine, disease, and poverty. By 2050, famine could displace more than 250 million people worldwide. That means increased instability in some of the most volatile parts of the world. (P. 43.)

Democrats Believe “Service” to Our Country Means Only “Government-Paid Service”

The future of our country will be determined not only by our government and our policies but through the efforts of the American people. That is why we will ask all Americans to be actively involved in meeting the challenges of the new century. In this young century, our military has answered the call to serve, even as that call has come too often. We must now make it possible for all citizens to serve. We will expand AmeriCorps, double the size of the Peace Corps, enable more to serve in the military, create new opportunities for international service, integrate service into primary education, and create new opportunities for experienced and retired persons to serve. And if you invest in America, America will invest in you: we will increase support for service-learning, establish tax incentives for college students who serve, and create scholarships for students who pledge to become teachers. (P. 44.)

Democrats Use A Mythical Imminent “Climate Change Catastrophe” as a Reason For More Taxes and Regulations to Hobble Our Economy

Despite the efforts of our current Administration to deny the science of climate change and the need to act, we still believe that America can be earth’s best hope. We will implement a market-based cap and trade system to reduce carbon emissions by the
amount scientists say is necessary to avoid catastrophic change and we will set interim targets along the way to ensure that we meet our goal. We will invest in advanced energy technologies, to build the clean energy economy and create millions of new, good “Green Collar” American jobs. (Pp. 46-47.)

Democrats Believe In Preventing Nuclear Power By Preventing Safe Storage of Spent Nuclear Fuel Rods

We will protect Nevada and its communities from the high-level nuclear waste dump at Yucca Mountain, which has not been proven to be safe by sound science. (P. 47.)

Democrats Believe Taking Money Out of the Economy to Spend on “Investments” In Government –Favored Wasteful “Programs” and “Public-Private Partnerships” Will Somehow Have a Positive Effect on the Economy Rather than Less Regulation and Lower Taxes

To help regional business development we will double federal funding for basic research, expand the deployment of broadband technology, increase access to capital for businesses in underserved areas, create a national network of public-private business incubators, and provide grants to support regional innovation clusters. Since businesses can only function when workers can get to their place of employment, we will invest in public transportation including rail, expand transportation options for low-income communities, and strengthen core infrastructure like our roads and bridges. (P. 48.)

Democrats Believe Disarmed Citizens Are Safe From Armed Criminals and Gun Control In Chicago, the “Murder Capital of America,” Has Made Chicagoans Safer And the Discredited and Failed “Assault Weapons Ban” Should Be Reinstated To Disarm Law-Abiding Americans

We believe that the right to own firearms is subject to reasonable regulation, but we know that what works in Chicago may not work in Cheyenne. We can work together to enact and enforce commonsense laws and improvements – like closing the gun show loophole, improving our background check system, and reinstating the assault weapons ban, so that guns do not fall into the hands of terrorists or criminals. (P. 48.)

Democrats Believe Women Have the Right to Kill Unborn Children

The Democratic Party strongly and unequivocally supports Roe v. Wade and a woman’s right to choose a safe and legal abortion, regardless of ability to pay, and we oppose any and all efforts to weaken or undermine that right. (P. 50.)

Democrats Believe the Government Should Control Elections and Candidates and Prevent Americans from Exercising their Freedom to Spend “Too Much” on the Candidates of their own Choosing

We support campaign finance reform to reduce the influence of moneyed special interests, including public financing of campaigns combined with free television and radio time. (P. 54.)

Democrats Believe Americans Involved in Terrorism Should Not Be Wiretapped No Matter Where They Live – Really!

We reject illegal wiretapping of American citizens, wherever they live. (P. 54.)

Democrats Believe The Federal Government Can Somehow Magically Fix Bad State Economies Caused by Imprudent “Tax and Spend” Policies By Democrat Governors and Legislatures Through More Federal Deficit Spending To Throw Money To Those Badly Governed States

Given the economic crisis across the country, states, and territories today face serious
difficulties. More than half of our states face a combined billions of dollars in shortfalls. As a result, states have had to innovate and take matters into their own hands—and they have done an extraordinary job. Yet they should not have to do it alone. We will provide significant and immediate temporary funding to state and local governments, as well as territories and tribes. (P. 56.)

Democrats Believe They Are Smarter Than the Framers of the Constitution Regarding the District of Columbia and Congressional Representation

Our civil rights leaders and many Americans of every background have sacrificed too much for us to tolerate continuing denial to the nearly 600,000 residents of our nation’s capital of the benefits of full citizenship, especially the vote, that are accorded to citizens of every state. We support equal rights to democratic self-government and congressional representation for the citizens of our nation’s capital. (P. 56.)

50 Responses to Republican Party Platform vs. Democrat Party Platform: Liberty vs. Secular Socialism

  1. Ty Stafford says:

    First off I would like to thank you for having such a wonderful website. Second;I love your analysis of Democrats Core Principles and manipulation of words. My Father always told me never trust a lair.
    Now I am going to become controversial on a point of the Republican Core Principles. 1. Republicans believe that Marriage means the union between a man and a woman. Sorry I strongly disagree with the Government being involved in the personal lives of Americans and their religious customs. I am a conservative first and must insist that this issue be handled by the people on a local level. For those of you supporting this due to the threat of “Gay Marriage” to the family values we hold so dear I understand your feelings. However; you are also infringing upon other religious values with this Amendment. The Bible also defines marriage between a man and his wives plural. Conservatives value freedom and what might be right for someone in Utah might not be right for someone in Kansas. Sadly I must say what values they have in Massachusetts and San Francisco are different from those in California and other states at large. It is a State Issue. I do realize that the Fed’s are already involved but we cannot promote freedom by allowing the Federal Govt. to rule on this issue. Let us stand together and remove power from the Federal Government, let the states decide and leave the Judgment of others religious practices to God. -Amen

  2. Ushlander says:

    Why, praytell, do conserv-tards spend so much energy telling us liberals what we Really think and Really mean despite what we say—I guess it is for the same reason you KNOW what Jesus Really meant, despite what he said. Be free of your fear, only then will you hear what is.

  3. Andrew Soucek says:

    Fair and balanced just like Fox. I prefer to hear Democrats tell me what they stand for. Why should I let you tell me what to think?

  4. Lavena Adams says:

    I AM 64 YRS OLD AND HAVE LIVED LONG ENOUGH TO KNOW WHAT A LOAD OF CRAP IS WHEN I SEE IT AND THIS TRULY IS A LOAD OF CRAP! WHERE DID YOU COME FROM ANYHOW – THE BOTTOM OF THE RUSH LIMBAUGH’S IGNORANCE BARREL?

  5. Katie Sien says:

    wow. that makes the democrats seem hilariously stupid!

  6. Dick Hertz says:

    Extremists disgust me, I was somewhat interested until I hit the democratic “titles” When you “Libery-lovers” stop celebrating at the death of our soldiers then I’ll maybe consider right wing extremists worth my typing time (other than the obvious time spent writing this comment)

  7. wayne says:

    Where does the Republican Party stand on State’s Rights and protecting the majority?
    Why is my country tied at the hip to Isreal?
    Why does the Republican Party constantly pander to minorities while actively denying their base (ie white Americans, although I know you cringe with shame to hear that)
    Why has the Republican Party allowed the US to slip continuously to the left over the last 100 years?

    Not buying it! I’ve been a stauch Republican since High School, now I’m over 40 and have learned what a sham the two-party system really is. I’m sick of seein MY NATIVE CHILDREN being made hated minorities and second class citizens RIGHT IN FRONT OF OUR EYES because both parties hate the native born white population.

    • theprecinctproject says:

      Wayne,
      Are you “in” the Republican Party? Have you been inside it as a voting member of it trying to change it from within?
      Thank you,
      Cold Warrior

  8. Kathleen Gibbs says:

    I’m an English teacher and well versed on political science. I am currently teaching my students how to carefully review political statements for false or misleading elements. The responses in the above summary will give me loads of examples!!!! Oh, by the way, I’m a staunch, progressive liberal Democrat with an MA in Education and fully able to decipher your well-used phrases that only suggest with just the correct word, what an uninformed person will accept as fact. The “GOP” has created so many paradigms to mislead the populace that you make my instruction and planning relatively simple. I am so supportive of all the people driven organizations out there determined to pull you down from power. I am also inspired that educated youth, who will be our next inspired leaders, are primarily rising up from a middle class that republicans have sought to crush. The pendulum has swung big guys…..you will have no choice but step aside as we return this country to a true Democracy from the Plutocracy the republican party has created. I’m part of the 99% and I believe our well respected, honest, inspiring president deserves and will received the second term to finish what he started. Thanks for the great curriculum material!

    • theprecinctproject says:

      Kathleen,
      When you say that “we will return this country to a true Democracy,” I hope you will point out to your students and cohorts that the word “democracy” does not appear in either the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution, that Article IV, Section 4 of the Constitution guarantees “to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government . . .,” and that James Madison wrote in The Federalist No. 10 that “democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and have in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths.”

      But, as you are a self-described “staunch, progressive liberal Democrat” I’m sure there’s no hope of that.

      Sincerely,
      Cold Warrior

    • REPUBLICANS have sought to crush the middle class? Where have you been the last three years? Obama has done everything in his power to destroy middle-class wealth by closing down energy-producing jobs in the gulf, denying the pipeline and paying off donors with fraudulent solar companies using our tax dollars. Now, he wants to make it a crime for kids to perform chores on family farms? And he wants to tax middle-class families MORE under the guise of the Buffet Rule. You are in an alternate reality if you are blaming the GOP for killing the American Dream. Obama stands on his own record.

      • hughes_paul@hotmail.com says:

        My God…wake up you fools!
        The Republican Party has learned how to rule from the middle east! Money is their God – people no longer matter to them!
        Please go away and leave the good caring people of American along! You are such a sad bunch! We pray for you, but your hatred created by non-stop Republican lies prevents you from seeing past the hell you live in! Boo – the sky is falling!

    • Gary Reynolds says:

      Kathleen, I would not want you teaching my children English or ANYTHING else. If you support killing babies, same sex marriage, apologizing to foreign governments for America, instead of lifting us up, and unmanageable Health care fiasco, and trillions of $ debt.. is that the way your love your kids, and grandkids,etc?…

    • Ken R says:

      First of all, why would any teacher proudly proclaim his/her political leanings? Your role is to educate and open your students minds and think for themselves. Why would you want to influence there political persuations? Kathleen you are s lousy teacher and should be ashamed of yourself. In fact you should be dimissed. I’m sure glad my children won’t be subject to your crap!

    • Dylan says:

      I wish you were my teacher I’d tell you off and make you look like a fool and then laugh at you when you sent me out for not agreeing with you

    • Dylan says:

      Also education does not mean anything If all the information is one sided bullshit

      • theprecinctproject says:

        Dylan,
        Thank you for those insightful comments. I wonder whether they have helped to educate people.
        Sincerely,
        ColdWarrior

      • theprecinctproject says:

        Dylan,
        Thank you for those insightful comments. I wonder whether they have helped to educate people.
        Sincerely,
        ColdWarrior

  9. Joe Warner says:

    This is amazing! I am doing research on a paper topic for an American Government course this semester and this provides very interesting perspectives. Honestly, political science is not my forte, the natural sciences and mathematics is where my heart lies. I served our nation in Afghanistan as a Navy corpsman with a Marine battalion, so I have seen our nation at work. My government class is relatively unbiased and provides a wide range of information from the efforts of the framers of the Constitution to the current system we have today. The one thing that I have taken away so far is that the government is corrupt and, like anything else, the more power and control it has the more corrupt it will be. I am 28 years old and ever since the day I graduated high school have worked and earned everything I have. That is something that many “Americans” can never say. This current government supported by liberals is compelled to just give give give, further promoting this inherent laziness of humans and hurting the people actually earning their keep. The role of the government should strictly be to protect its nations CITIZENS ( obviously omitting any person who is not here legally ). Resources are inevitably limited, selectivity is a natural process, and free market principles will deem the worthy from the regressive.

  10. joannacle says:

    Sorry, not gonna take the time nor the effort to be intellectual here. But just gotta say, I love you! :)

  11. David brouillette says:

    If the Rupublican party is pro- Gun Rights then why is your party electing the Biggest gun Banner thare is! actions speak louder than words.– to the rank and file: don’t go by what they say, look at what they did?, look at what Romney Passed in massachusetts.

  12. David brouillette says:

    I am writing as a person who has experienced the legislation that Romney has signed in to law.

    I have experiences first hand his two gun control laws.

    I have recieved the letters from the local police dept stating that my firearms identification card (which was good for life) would Expire and now a pistol permit was required to even keep a handgun in the house.

    I seen pistol permits go from $25 to $100 for 5 years, and $100 per year for out of state. Pistol permits are issued at the discretion of the local police chief. Diane fienstien gets a full carry permit within days, waiting for her as she flies in, but Mr. average guy or gal waits for monthes for a permit just to keep and transport un-loaded.

    I have seen first hand, Romney’s so called gun safety act where only new guns on the govt approval list could be sold. One day I went into a gun store and it looked like a normal one, where there were several showcases of new guns. I went in again after Romneys so-called safe guns act, and there were just a few Smith & Wessons and Walthers for sale, and it was that way for years, list has improved, but we Massachusetts residents still can’t buy most quality guns that are out there.

    I have experienced the outlawing of the further sale of hi-capacity mags, and only 10 rounders availiable for new semi-autos — clinton de-ja-vu.

    I read the news letters that stated that it was now illegal to shoot at siluette targets at a public range.

    The Massachusetts gun laws are now almost the size of a phone book.

    Under Romney, govt power, govt intrusion, legislation and mandates on businesses, govt control of education, public debt, and of cource Gun Control has grown, not shrank. Towns are even turning off some street lights because they can’t afford the electrical bills.

    To me, it is amazing how Mitt Romney has pulled the wool over so many peoples eyes. It is going to be Clinton, Brady, assault weapons ban, magazine ban, brady II all over again. Don’t take my word for it, Do a little bit of research into Massachusetts gun laws and who passed them.

  13. David brouillette says:

    Bill and Hillery Clinton, George W.Bush, Obama, Romney, Diane Fienstien, and the Chinese Government are a lot more a like than they are different.

    as hillery was praising google for leaving china over censorship and govt control of the internet, Obamas cyberspace bill was strikenly similar not only to what china is doing, but also strikenly similar to W’s policeware bill and Bill’s clipper chip bill.

    obamas healthcare bill is almost exactly tha same as Romney’s Massachusetts healthcare Law

    All the the above listed voted for or promised to renew the Clinton gun ban – even arnold !

    We need NEW PARTIES, Both parties have been eroding our civil liberties for some time (the Republicans are just smarter and more covert about it – drawing on bushe’s CIA experience) Even the majority of the american people no longer believe in the land of the free and the home of the brave. Land of the free and the home of the brave go hand in hand — In order to be free you have to be brave – brave enough to pick your own children’s schools, brave enough to make your own medical choices, etc – and I don’t mean choosing from a short menu of govt pre-approved choices. All over cape cod there are old houses still in use – proof that people are actually capable of building their own houses with out govt approval and permission – a right that we had for thousands of years but has been taken away from us in the last 50 years.

    If your party is so pro-freedom than WHY IS THE MOST PRO-FREEDOM CANADATE OF YOUR PARTY DEAD LAST – and the biggest anti-freedom advocate coming in first.

    • theprecinctproject says:

      No, we need to use the party we’ve got. “We the [conservative] People” have not been, in sufficient numbers, engaged in basic American civic activities, as demonstrated by the fact that over 50% of the precinct committeeman slots are vacant, on average, in every state and about one third of the precincts, on average, in every state do not have even one Republican precinct committeemen. School board elections happen without any conservatives running for the seats.

      We need more conservatives to get involved in the political process and the best way to do that is by becoming a Republican Party precinct committeeman.

      Have you ever been one?

      Thank you.

  14. E. H. Curtis says:

    Morris explains Obama Plan for Loss of American Sovereignty and Freedom by Mar2013.
    http://www.dickmorris.com/one-world-globalism-run-amuck-dick-morris-tv-history-video/ 6:24
    One-World Globalism Run Amuck – Dick Morris TV: History Video!
    By Dick Morris on May 12, 2012
    In this History video commentary, Morris briefly explains how Obama is implementing the one-world utopian vision of leftists Elites throughout the world. Treaties are to be used to subjugate American Sovereignty. Described are Tricks and Treaties from the pages of a new book Screwed! by Dick Morris and Eilene McGann 368 pg ($16.76 Amazon or B&N). Morris explains how Obama is whittling away American sovereignty and creating new global bodies to replace Congress and the President himself. Obama plans New Treaties to be rammed through by the Democratic Senate during the Lame-Duck Session, after the November 2012 election and before Romney takes office in January 2013. The Republican House will not be involved as they do not vote on Treaty ratification. The US Constitution of 1789 designated the Senate as the protector of State’s Rights through the duty of Treaty ratification. But under the popular Senate election as proscribed by the 17thAmendment of 1912, the Senate has morphed into “pork barrel specialists” while protecting State’s Rights has been forgotten. Presidential Executive Agreements (EAs) that do not have to be ratified by the US Senate may be used as the EAs only need to be ratified by the Senate.
    The planned Obama Treaties, or Presidential Executive Agreements, will essentially implement the vision of “One World Government” by the Elite. These Treaties will end Nationalism, end national boundaries, and end national sovereignty. One Treaty would cede the power to declare war to the United Nations; meaning to Russia and China. Another Treaty would create a legally enforceable obligation to pay welfare and foreign aid. Another Treaty says we will not launch interceptor missiles into outer space; which is the only way America could defend itself. Another Treaty says that we promise to pay half of our off-shore revenue to the United Nations for the UN to distribute. Another Treaty vests an international authority with rights for them to enact gun controls throughout the entire world without Congress having any “say so.” The problem with these Treaties is that under the US Constitution Supremacy Clause these Treaties trump any Act of Congress or State Legislatures, or even a local City Council. Further, the US Courts are obliged to enforce these Treaties as if they were part of the US Constitution. The only way out of these Treaties is a Constitutional Amendment or another Treaty signed by the initial nations to let America out of one or more Treaties. Thus it will be almost impossible to get out of those coming Treaties.
    What Obama is doing is setting up a series of global entities under the United Nations that will take the place of the American Congress and the American Government in making crucial decisions that will affect our destiny and our freedoms. The UN Security Council, not our Congress will decide if we can declare war. The Seabed Authority of the UN, not the US Department of the Interior, will decide if and when off-shore drilling can be done and to whom oil revenue will be given to. The enforcement mechanism for the rights of the child, a body being set up in Geneva, will decide whether our welfare benefits, our education benefits, our Medicare benefits, or our foreign aid benefits are adequate, or whether they need to be increased, with the inevitable increase in taxes. The body being set up to enforce the Small Arms Treaty will decide whether we need to register handguns, or whether handguns will be permitted in the US.
    Our US Congress will have no jurisdiction over this. The United States in these coming Treaties will have ceded authority in these matters to these international bodies. Most nations have already signed these Treaties, including Great Brittan, France, Germany, Russia, etc. Of course Russia and China can sign any Treaty you want, because they will not abide by them. But under our constitutional government, these Treaties are enforceable by the US Courts and all can believe that they will.
    So . . . this is what Obama has planned for the United States. And . . . NO BODY is talking about it. And . . . NO BODY is fighting it. There is a petition on the http://www.dickmorris.com web site about the Law of the Sea Treaty which would oblige USA to give half of our oil royalties to other nations. That Treaty comes up for ratification Jun2012 and all Lovers of Freedom need to get our Senators to reject and kill the Law of the Sea Treaty.
    These planned Obama Treaties, if accomplished, will set the stage for the Beast to reign for 3.5 years beginning about March 2013. See the prophecies in Dan 7:24-27; Rev 13:4-5; D&C 87:6 . . . until the consumption decreed hath made a full end of all nations; . . .

  15. Jim Bybee says:

    I have never seen ao many lies in one article in my entire 66 year adult life. I wonder if this person can name a single bill introduced by a Republican that supports any of the comments he says are what Republicans stand for? Just one example, he states “Democrats Believe Man is Changing the Climate of the Globe, Despite No Evidence for that Conclusion”. This is not a belief. It is a fact. There is not one scientist in the entire world that is not paid by an energy company that disputes this fact. Man has changed the climate. All those who disagree should immediately go into their garage, close all doors and windows and start their car and email me after 24 hours. If they are still alive and can email me, then I will “believe” what they tell me about man’s interaction with the climate.

  16. xmaskarol says:

    Yiiikes, this is more propaganda, and bs, I was looking ffor some real facts and some truth. If this is really the platform of anything…then the end is in sight…’cold warrior’ wtf is that!

  17. Lucy Allen says:

    I have always taken pride in the fact that I am a Republican until lately.I have just read an article that Republicans do not want to fund early education programs. Since kids cannot read, write or do math anymore I suppose the GOP wants to be known as the “dumbing down American children”. This is not what my parents, grand parents would have stood for. Less government, keep the military strong and cut spending, but not educating our children? I need to know what are you going to do?????

  18. Alan says:

    Interesting. No one has commented on the Republican platform that says “Republicans Believe U.S. Armed Forces Must Remain Under U.S. Command

As a matter of U.S. sovereignty, American forces must remain under American command. (P. 7.)”

    What is that all about? Are the Democrats trying to give away command of our armed forces, and if so, to whom? The UN? That’s the rumors I’m hearing! Maybe the Russians? They (Russians) are here training with our troops. Rumors are that they will help take the guns away from US citizens, but maybe they are really training us for the day that they command our forces.

    Also, “Republicans Reject the Jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court over Americans

To shield the members of our Armed Forces and others in service to America from ideological prosecutions, the Republican Party does not accept the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court over Americans. (P. 8.)”

    Why would we (the USA) do that, and who is supporting that (Democrats?) When this type of language appears in the Republican platform, we must be in deep trouble. We are loosing our sovereignty.

  19. Mary says:

    Alan, you sound genuinely surprised! Obama and the libs (yes, some republican “progressives” too) ADVOCATE & LEGISLATE for UN control of our nation and the world! Read conservative writers–do your own homework, people! Our Republic is in DIRE DISTRESS; and while Romney is NOT the conservative many of us would have liked, he is our best hope for saving us from the “road to serfdom” that Obama, Reid, Pelosi, & Ohio’s Sherrod Brown (to name a few) have us RACING DOWN!!!

  20. jason walsh says:

    http://demsvsgop.com – an open video forum on various topics – this week – In 30 seconds or less…who is better for the US economy – Romney or Obama? – and why…

  21. Erin says:

    I came here to learn something. And what do i get? A onesided sick story of republican takeover thought. How dare this website even come up on my browser. I have learned nothing. If you are going to speak- speak truth. If you are going to share ideas on each political parties. Be less one sided. To be worse, you only allow opinion (clearly your own) of two parties. This site is useless, thanks for nothing.

  22. Chris Hanes says:

    I love how easy it is to tell the difference in tone of theauthor has when summarizing each side. “Republicans Believe Our National Borders Must Be Secured” as if it was something extraordinary. Obviously anyone and everyone else wants America to be frail and weak, and prone to attack. While the “Democrats Believe Money Grows on Trees and the Solution to Every Problem is to Spend the Taxpayer’s Money.” Apparently the democratic view is also the view of a child of a single-digit age. Even the title of the piece sets the obvious anti-liberal mood. And here I was, an unconvinced youth searching for a unbiased summary.

    I believe that we “invest” (A.K.A. pay in taxes) into the government so that they can then utilize that money to support we the people with roadways, schools, security (Police, firefighters, armed forces), and other things that are essential to the lives of American Citizens. I also understand that some of the money taken in taxes is allocated to assisting someone else to become a more productive member of the country, whether it be to send a person to school, keep someone fed, or even to save someone’s life.

  23. Lai says:

    I’m a Filipino and I stand on the most important thing. I’m ‘pro life’ and sanctity, so I’m for the Republican.

  24. Clark says:

    It would be interesting to see this rewritten–with exactly the same text pulled out the platform documents, but with different headings, written by a democrat or a neutral…

  25. William Stark Thompson says:

    I saw it on your bi-line using the word socialism. Why did the Republicans never use the words, ”THE DEMOCRATS ARE THE PARTY OF SOCIALISM AND THE PRESIDENT IS A SOCIALIST!!! to attack the Democrats and the president. That is a nasty word in the minds of most Americans, even most Democrats, especially independents. This is to be compared with the Soviets, Stalin, Kruschev, Castro, and repression. In my opinion, the refusal or oversight in not using the word Socialist when speaking of the president, is beyond my comprehension. I am convinced that one simple tactic would have put Mitt over the top??? WE ARE WEENIES!!!

  26. William Stark Thompson says:

    Mitt made a huge mistake when he pulled rank on Paul Ryan saying that if the people wanted Marijuana reform, vote for the other guy. Duh??? 70% of the people in this country are in favor of some form of legalization. What Paul Ryan said (rightly so) that it should be a matter left up to the states. Whether YOU like it or not, the ”war on drugs” is stupid, costly, puts many more drugs in the hands of children than the end of prohibition would, and IS A DAMNED ASSAULT ON OUR CONSTITUTION AND ESPECIALLY THE BILL OF RIGHTS THAT CANNOT BE TOLERATED!!! This made Mitt look foolish and another area had he just kept his yap shut, would have put him over the top. AND does he believe in the constitution or his uninformed fear of someone burning a joint in the privacy of their own home? When he said that, I decided to vote for Gary Johnson and I have always been a conservative Republican. The Republicans need to read ”The Emperor Wears no Clothes”!!!

  27. Jennifer says:

    Was this supposed to be an intelligent comparison of the republican and democratic views or the rantings of a biased asshole misinterpreting what he doesn’t understand? I’m highly disappointed.

  28. Molly says:

    Thank you for writing “Republican Party Platform vs.
    Democrat Party Platform: Liberty vs. Secular Socialism The Precinct Project’s Blog”. I personallymay really wind up being back again for more reading and commenting soon enough. Thanks, Myles

  29. neoconhunter says:

    Republicans are the ultimate narcasists.

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  31. Daniel Hyman says:

    This guy is an idiot he or she is obviously a republican which is dumb republicans caused the recession, our huge national debt, deficts, slow economic growth, wealthy people having money, high income inequality, and lower taxes for the rich while the middle class pay more

    • Do you have any facts to back up your accusations, or are you just spouting stuff you heard on The View? Neither party is perfect, but there are clear differences between the ideals of the Republicans and the ideals of the Democrats. You might try actually reading for content, thinking deeply about what they both are espousing, and making up your own mind, without simply regurgitating the talking points fed to you by the liberal media. Thinking requires effort. Try it; you may like it!

      • Paralegal says:

        It is the eternal fight between republicans and democrats, right and left, whatever you want to say. It has no sense to discuss about who did the best. The important thing is who will do the best.

  32. JohnW says:

    I say the citizens are to blame for America’s woes. It is us who have elected the congresses and Presidents that have put the country on a course to economic disaster.

    Or am I mistaken?

  33. Will the Madness Never End? says:

    I don’t agree with the Democrats or the Republicans. Why does anyone care about gay marriage? It’s a personal decision between two consenting adults. Abortion however, IS killing babies and it IS wrong. But there is a difference between “nontraditional values” and murder and I am tired of people trying to equate these issues. We also need to accept that these issues are religious issues at their core and quit pretending otherwise.

    I am a college student, and I will graduate with more than $30,000 in student loans and no concrete promise of a job. My parents say it’s worth it, and that they want me to have more opportunities in life than they had. Still, I sometimes wonder why I have to start out my life in debt because my parents aren’t wealthy enough to pay for my education. No one has a good answer for this, and no one offers me a viable solution.

    Regardless of whether humans are impacting “climate change”, humans have impacted the environment in other ways, and if we plan to keep living on this planet, we need handle all kinds of waste differently, by which I mean better.

    We should not let the government control our lives; that is what the forefathers fought to protect against. Yet, at the same time, multi-billion dollar corporations wield an equally threatening power. We should not let “big business” have its way either. Everywhere, the greed of humankind abounds, and no one is holding those responsible accountable.

    I don’t want to vote for either party. It makes me mad that all I see is stuffy politicians pointing the finger at each other. I’m young and inexperienced, and I know that, but even I can see how ridiculous this all is. Nothing will change in this country until we are all willing to see the truth and get serious about fixing the real problems in our nation and in the world. Where is the party for that?

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