Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Comparing the DNC to the RNC 2012 Platforms? One’s Humane and the Other Is Insane

The 2012 convention season is in full swing....

The Republican National Committee released their platform for 2012 last week - "Republican Platform 2012: We Believe In America"....

Republican Platform 2012: We Believe in America

.... and the Democratic National Committee has released their platform for 2012 over the weekend and distributed it to convention attendees - "Moving America Forward: 2012 Democratic National Platform"....

Moving America Forward: 2012 Democratic National Platform

As I sit here, writing and reviewing each tome, I stop to listen to the GREAT Nancy Keenan, President of NARAL, speaking at the DNC....
Is there ANY doubt...

IS THERE ANY QUESTION as to who is HUMANE and who is INSANE?

If there were any questions as for what the 2 candidates stand, the answers are right here. Forget the double talk, NewSpeak, Etch-A-Sketch and Flip-Flop; Ignore the outrageous claims of runnin' speed, perfection, patriotism and grandeur; No matter what they claim, they "misspeak", they promote and feign, the candidates - both BIG "R" and BIG "D" - signed on to their respective platforms.

The answers to our questions are all in the platforms - released on the internet and in print.

Too late to change or back track ...

These ARE the "etched in Stone" tablets from on high, addressing each specific on which they could agree, for the next four years - their guidelines; the bible.

More importantly, these two position papers, are not just mere rhetoric for consumption by reporters and flunkies (I highly doubt there are many of us that actually read the entire platform cover to cover and even fewer who read both platforms in order to compare and contrast the various positions) , but they are a window into the soul of each party ; the very definition of the party; the group psyche; the owner's manual; the guidelines for behavior and action as well as their perception of the world, the people and the nation. The party platform, no matter what any one member may say or do, is set here.

THE PLATFORM sets the position in every debvate, every conversation and every proposal - the tone and mental state - for the party's behavior moving forward as it explains their actions to this point...  

  • Expect both the President and Congress to be tied to these positions;
  • Expect the state and local officials to fall in lock-step behind their chosen leaders, promoting the agenda all the way down to the lowest level (I know, there are those very few who may cut and run; change suits or even "maverick out" but politics be politics and the game is all about power and money for power - the state of the state is that everyone is beholden to someone else and those "IOU"s get used);
  • Expect the "unofficial" leaders - the Norquists, the Deans, the Cheneys, the Gores, The Jones, the MoveOns, the AFPs, the Roves, the Kochs, the Buffets- to all be out pushing these agendas moderately or to the extreme.
  • Expect their pundits and mouthpieces to push the agenda. the spin and even deception, as laid out - those media moguls who push the creed of those who spend their money as "sponsors" or own them outright.
Each platform addresses only those issues for which the party can come to consensus or, rather, willingly to promote as "concensus agreement." Anything else is left out either from lack of consensus or refusal to address - That void or lack of discussion is telling as well..

These documents are strikingly different:

  • One is concise and well written; the other is expensive, expansive and immature
Democratic National Platform: The platform document holds none of the pomp and promotion of the GOP's book - No slick cover, no superfluous blank sheets. No formal "Preamble" or "Table of Contents" though one can access easily on-line through multiple formats from PDF file to E-Book and can access individual sections with tools provided from those programs and from the Democratic Party Website. It is straightforward, minimalist, bordering austere, and moves right into the position statement "Moving America Forward".
Instead of appealing to anger and angst, it discusses the issues in a "down to earth" pragmatism without appealing to our most base fear and anger. It soothes with assurance and does not detract with platitudes. It appeals to the "adult" in each of us
Instead of attacks, it offers differences between approaches
The opening statement:

"Four years ago, Democrats, independents, and many Republicans came together as Americans to move our country forward. We were in the midst of the greatest economic crisis since the Great Depression, the previous administration had put two wars on our nation’s credit card, and the American Dream had slipped out of reach for too many."

Republican National Platform: The platform document, between covers of red, white and blue with photo of aged parchment "Constitution" background to the inset stripe layered with stars and stripes behind the BOLD "2012" under the "We Believe In America" brand. It is available through downloaded PDF file, or on-line at the Republican Party website, but one must access each section through the old style methods of search and location through the "Table of Contents".

Even before the old-style "Preamble" and "Table of Contents" , set off in bold type in the center of an otherwise blank page, the platform authors offer the following, poorly constructed "dedication":

"This platform is dedicated with appreciation and reverence for: The wisdom of the Framers of the United States Constitution, who gave us a Republic, as Benjamin Franklin cautioned, if we can keep it."

The rest of the document does not disappoint.

The "Preamble" is little more than a screed, over wrought with doom and gloom and blame while attempting to stroke egos and appeal to false "patriotism" with use of "Federalism," "Jefferson," "Washington," and "Providence" as they beat the dead horse of "Ronald Reagan" once again. Nothing new is proffered - pomposity and fear all before we even get to the "Table of Contents," address ANY issues, or get into any specifics. The 2 page "Preamble" ends with photos of the 3 Republican Platform Committee members - ALL three known for their extremist views to include, Gov. Bob ("Vaginal Probe" ) McDonnell, Senator John Hoeven, and "Congressman" (As opposed to "Congressperson") Marsha Blackburn contains the same level of writing throughout starting with the first sentence of the "Preamble":

     "The 2012 Republican Platform is a statement of who we are and what we believe as a Party and our vision for a stronger and freer America. The pursuit of opportunity has defined America from our very beginning. This is a land of opportunity. The American Dream is a dream of equal opportunity for all. And the Republican Party is the party of opportunity. Today, that American Dream is at risk. Our nation faces unprecedented uncertainty with great fiscal and economic challenges, and under the current Administration has suffered through the longest and most severe economic downturn since the Great Depression."
  • One is filled with anecdotal statements from citizens from around the country as a method of humanizing the piece; the other is grandiose with poorly expressed platitudes and bloviation
Democratic National Platform: Under the section called "The Middle Class Bargain", subsection "Health Care", we find the following anecdote presented to the side punctuating the topic, further identifying with the people:

"My life was saved by the Affordable Care Act. I have a family history of breast cancer, and when I heard on the news that the health care law was going to make sure I could get a mammogram without any copay, I breathed a sigh of relief. I knew I’d be able to keep on schedule and stay up to date on my breast cancer screenings. Then I had a mammogram and found out I had a small tumor. Luckily, we caught it very early and I’m doing fine.” – Judith Smith".

Republican National Platform: Instead of anecdotes and humanizing, the authors chose formality and redundancy. The "Preamble" is exactly that. From the opening statements (see above) to the final sentence of the Preamble:

"May God continue to shed his grace on the United States of America."

or the "George Washington" statement:

"The principles written in the Constitution are secured by the character of the American people. President George Washington said in his first inaugural address: “The propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained.” Values matter. Character counts."
  • One works at assisting the people while working with them to rebuild a nation; the other hammers on the old rhetoric of tax reduction and removing regulations all to benefit the wealthy and business.
  • One is inclusive, attempting to merge us all as a populace and government working together for common cause while comparing and contrasting "views" of the two parties: the other, while attacking the administration, promotes their out-of-touch vision of the US as "Ozzie and Harriet" or "Leave It to Beaver" mixed with "Might equals Right"
Democratic National Platform:

"Today, our economy is growing again, al-Qaeda is weaker than at any point since 9/11, and our manufacturing sector is growing for the first time in more than a decade. But there is more we need to do, and so we come together again to continue what we started. We gather to reclaim the basic bargain that built the largest middle class and the most prosperous nation on Earth – the simple principle that in America, hard work should pay off, responsibility should be rewarded, and each one of us should be able to go as far as our talent and drive take us.

This election is not simply a choice between two candidates or two political parties, but between two fundamentally different paths for our country and our families.

We Democrats offer America the opportunity to move our country forward by creating an economy built to last and built from the middle out. Mitt Romney and the Republican Party have a drastically different vision. They still believe the best way to grow the economy is from the top down – the same approach that benefited the wealthy few but crashed the economy and crushed the middle class."

Republican National Platform:

     "We are the party of maximum economic freedom and the prosperity freedom makes possible. Prosperity is the product of self-discipline, work, savings, and investment by individual Americans, but it is not an end in itself. Prosperity provides the means by which individuals and families can maintain their independence from government, raise their children by their own values, practice their faith, and build communities of self-reliant neighbors. It is also the means by which the United States is able to assert global leadership. The vigor of our economy makes possible our military strength and is critical to our national security.  

     This year’s election is a chance to restore the proven values of the American free enterprise system. We offer our Republican vision of a free people using their God-given talents, combined with hard work, self-reliance, ethical conduct, and the pursuit of opportunity, to achieve great things for themselves and the greater community. Our vision of an opportunity society stands in stark contrast to the current Administration’s policies that expand entitlements and guarantees, create new public programs, and provide expensive government bailouts. That road has created a culture of dependency, bloated government, and massive debt."
  • One shows a real attempt to reach the people, understand them and bring them into the process; the other preaches and promotes the same old tired rhetoric - out if touch with a pretense of caring.
Democratic National Platform: Titles of sections include "Rebuilding Middle Class Security," "Putting Americans Back to Work," and "The Middle Class Bargain" while addressing issues from Health Care to Tax Cuts, Stabilizing the Housing Market to assisting hard-hit communities, Education to Insourcing

Republican National Platform: While pushing the Tax Cut extension as the way to "Grow economy" and "create jobs", we have the same tired "trickle-down" re-spun and re-packaged as pushing "Small Business and Entrepreneurship." The focus continues to be on Business, Business Business and the people? Well, they have to depend on Business, Business, Business....

So far, I have discussed only the beginning of these platforms - We have so many more issues to address and answers to find to include positions on:

  • Women's rights vs religious oppression;
  • True National Security vs Imperialism;
  • Public Education vs Privatization to limit education;
  • Social Security vs Poverty for the Aged
  • The REAL acceptance of ourselves and our country vs American Exceptionalism
It is imperative for us all, the voting public, to recognize exactly what it is being proposed by each candidate and vote according to our educated judgment.        

 Cross-posted on FreakOutNation   

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