The Truth Behind the Facade

In his speech before the Republican national convention tonight, Arnold Schwarzenegger said one of the greatest things about this country is that “you don’t have to agree with” the party platform to be a Republican. He would say that since he along with Rudy Giuliani and John McCain are ‘crazy liberals’ (pro-choice, pro-gay marriage, pro-stem cell research, pro-gun control) compared to the religious right which had so much influence over this platform, not to mention the governance of this administration. I won’t beat on this too much since I believe conventions are really big commercials anyway but I would like to point out some of the stark differences between the beliefs of the people speaking at this convention and those who wrote the GOP Party Platform (PDF).

Ripped from the GOP Platform

We support a human life amendment to the Constitution and we endorse legislation to make it clear that the Fourteenth Amendment’s protections apply to unborn children. Our purpose is to have legislative and judicial protection of that right against those who perform abortions. We oppose using public revenues for abortion and will not fund organizations which advocate it. We support the appointment of judges who respect traditional family values and the sanctity of innocent human life.

We strongly support President Bush’s call for a Constitutional amendment that fully protects marriage, and we believe that neither federal nor state judges nor bureaucrats should force states to recognize other living arrangements as equivalent to marriage. We believe, and the social science confirms, that the well-being of children is best accomplished in the environment of the home, nurtured by their mother and father anchored by the bonds of marriage. We further believe that legal recognition and the accompanying benefits afforded couples should be preserved for that unique and special union of one man and one woman which has historically been called marriage.

[Stem Cell Research] We strongly support the President’s policy that prevents taxpayer dollars from being used to encourage the future destruction of human embryos.

We strongly support voluntary student-initiated prayer in school without governmental interference. We strongly disagree with the Supreme Court’s rulings against student initiated prayer.

Abstinence from sexual activity is the only protection that is 100 percent effective against out-of-wedlock pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases, including sexually transmitted HIV/AIDS. Therefore, we support doubling abstinence education funding. We oppose school-based clinics that provide referrals, counseling, and related services for contraception and abortion.

Our President and our Party strongly oppose the Kyoto Protocol and similar mandatory carbon emissions controls that harm economic growth and destroy American jobs.

Personal retirement accounts must be the cornerstone of strengthening and enhancing Social Security.

Now have a look at the Democratic Party Platform (PDF).

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