Eagle Forum Legislative Alerts

Friday, September 02, 2016

A Tale of Two Platforms

Party platforms should be statements of policy and principle, not partisan political attacks against a particular candidate. The Republican Party platform references Hillary Clinton only once, while the Democratic Party platform rales against Donald Trump 32 times. Let’s explore a few more distinct differences.

The Democrat platform wants federal taxpayer dollars to pay for abortions. For first time it also calls for the repeal of the 40-year-old Hyde Amendment which limits federal spending on abortion. The Republican platform opposes the use of taxpayer dollars to fund abortion and declares that “the unborn child has a fundamental right to life.”

The Republican platform, for the first time, calls for building a wall to stop the overrun of our southern border. “The presence of millions of [illegal aliens] in this country poses grave risks to the safety and sovereignty of the United States.” Democrats demand amnesty for the millions of foreigners who came to our country illegally or failed to go home on time. This will simply encourage millions more to do likewise. The Democrat platform would also grant drivers’ licenses, in-state tuition, and citizenship for the millions of illegals, most of whom would surely then be loyal Democrat voters.

The Republican platform says “We need better negotiated trade agreements that put America first. When trade agreements do not adequately protect U.S. sovereignty, they must be rejected.” This speaks against the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which the Democratic platform embraces, despite intense backlash from the far-left base.

The Democrat platform puts Teacher’s unions at its core, and omits any reference to homeschooling and educational choice. The Republican platform extols the benefits of parental control over education, and praises multiple alternatives to the failing public school system.

The sharp contrast between the Republican and Democratic platforms leaves little doubt which party should receive your vote this fall.

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