Wednesday, September 01, 2004

So much for my integrity...

This week is the Republic National Convention for those of you living in a cave in Wyoming. Watching what little coverage I've been able to stomach has probably increased my blood pressure to dangerously high levels.

According to what I've seen on the news, the theme for yesterday was "Inclusion and Compassion." The GOP is also working like crazy to highlight party moderates like John McCain, Rudy Giuliani, and Arnold Schwartzenegger.

This should be the real theme:
The 2004 Republican National Convention: Desperately trying to convince America that we're something we're not - Moderate, Inclusive and Compassionate.

Here are some helpful excerpts from the 2004 GOP Platform:

We oppose school-based clinics that provide referrals, counseling, and related services for contraception and abortion.

In the federal courts, scores of judges with activist backgrounds in the hard-left now have lifetime tenure. Recent events have made it clear that these judges threaten America’s dearest institutions and our very way of life. In some states, activist judges are redefining the institution of marriage. The Pledge of Allegiance has already been invalidated by the courts once, and the Supreme Court’s ruling has left the Pledge in danger of being struck down again – not because the American people have rejected it and the values that it embodies, but because a handful of activist judges threaten to overturn commonsense and tradition. And while the vast majority of Americans support a ban on partial birth abortion, this brutal and violent practice will likely continue by judicial fiat. We believe that the self-proclaimed supremacy of these judicial activists is antithetical to the democratic ideals on which our nation was founded. President Bush has established a solid record of nominating only judges who have demonstrated respect for the Constitution and the democratic processes of our republic, and Republicans in the Senate have strongly supported those nominees. We call upon obstructionist Democrats in the Senate to abandon their unprecedented and highly irresponsible filibuster of President Bush’s highly qualified judicial nominees, and to allow the Republican Party to restore respect for the law to America’s courts.

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.

We oppose school-based mental health programs that include recommendations for the use of psychotropic drugs.

As Republicans, we support President Bush’s principled position that the current embargo on trade with, and restrictions on travel to, Cuba must remain in place as along as the Cuban government refuses to hold free and fair elections, ease its stranglehold on private enterprise, and allow the Cuban people to organize, assemble, and speak freely.



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