Political Gum Hockey

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Republican Platform Denies Rights to Virtually All Americans – Abe Lincoln Cries

The Republican platform was finalized in Tampa this week and includes the infamous “Akin Amendment” that denies a woman’s legal right to abortions even in the case of rape or incest. And that’s just the beginning. The platform goes much further in rolling back the legal rights not only of women but the legal rights of virtually every group of Americans. For example,

It denies the rights of same-sex couples to marry.

It denies the rights of women by pushing the Akin Amendment cosponsored by Paul Ryan.

It suppresses the rights of legal voters to vote.

It adopts the fossil fuel energy plan of “Drill Baby Drill” written by the fossil fuel lobbyists, bumper stickered by Sarah Palin, and lobbied by Newt Gingrich’s lobbying firm.

It eliminates Medicare as we know it and replaces it with a voucher program that will cost future seniors thousands of dollars.

It forces the states to deal with Medicaid, which will bankrupt many states and increase the costs of current seniors by thousands of dollars.

It virtually eliminates public schooling and adopts Mitt Romney’s believe that students should “get the best education they or their parents can afford,” thereby eliminating higher education for most of the populace.

It takes all of the money not spent on programs that help the middle class and the working poor and gives it to the 1% super-rich and to the Defense industry.

It effectively is the anti-American (unless you’re “the right kind of American,” i.e., the richest 1% or a megacorporation who sends jobs overseas and hides income from taxation in offshore tax avoidance accounts) platform.

Abraham Lincoln would be aghast at the bigotry and intolerance that his party now supports.

August 29, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , ,


  1. What a surprise. These T Party Terrorists are out to sack the United States. The money the giant donors throw around to elect officials who intend to legislate exploitation of the poor, the environment, women, the sick, etc could use their cash to create jobs and a healthy environment for everyone. Maybe 2012 really is the end of the world as we know it.

    Comment by Lynn Owen | August 31, 2012 | Reply

    • The incident with Eastwood talking to an imaginary Obama is a good metaphor for the tea party – everything they see and say is imaginary and totally divorced from reality. It’s one thing to have a different view on how to address a problem; it’s yet another to complete make up a fantasy world to attack. And the pandering to bigotry is simply disgusting.

      Comment by politicalgumhockey | September 3, 2012 | Reply

      • Unfortunately too many Americans are falling in step. Ouch.

        Comment by Lynn Owen | September 4, 2012 | Reply

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