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Wednesday, September 01, 2004
 
Compassionate?
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The Only Way I Could Attract Less Readers Would Be to Post a Copy of the Republican Party Platform
. . . but I can’t find a copy of the fuckin’ thing. Seriously. I actually googled “2004 Republican Party Platform.” I found some articles commenting on it, and Fox News had a “draft” version that they Flash-ed into some interactive/click-y link-y window. But I want the raw, “ratified” version. I want the text of the whole thing. All together.

But I don’t think I’ll find it. Because they don’t want me to.

The GOP/RNC website, strangely, isn’t advertising their own platform. Could it be that they’re ashamed of it? Or maybe they’re afraid that moderate/swing voters will read it and be appalled. From what I can gather, the “official” platform comes out pretty hard and fast against gay marriage (calling for a Constitutional Amendment), against abortion, and against stem cell research. So, to help drive home their far-right conservative agenda, surely they must have a stellar lineup of speakers to appeal to their “base,” right? Perhaps some rousing primetime speeches by Rick Santorum, or Bill Frist, or Pat Robertson?

Nope. All of the keynote speakers are moderate window-dressing. We have some pro-gay-rights, pro-choice guys like Rudy Giuliani and Ahnuld. This is typical, isn’t it? The parties run to their “bases” during the primaries and then to the “center” for the general election. And with things so polarized, you can understand why the Republicans want to hide their Conservative Agenda like a dirty secret. It’s, like, “Hey, let’s get Arnold to come out and talk about all the great things that America has to offer immigrants while we create policy that’s basically gonna close every door in their faces. Heh.”

After Monday night’s lineup of everyone’s favorite “renegade”-turned-sellout, we were treated to standup comedy from Giuliani. Both of them carried the banner of how much unity there was after 9/11 . . . how the country supported the president, regardless of party affiliation. And how the world grieved with us.

What they didn’t say was that the Bush cashed in every bit of that sentiment and sympathy and unity and used it to attack Iraq and push his Christian-Coalition-approved social agenda here in the States. Now I hear that the Log Cabin Republicans are considering whether they should endorse the president while, on the other side, there were some on the platform committee who actually wanted to make the planks more conservative. The head of the committee told Chris Jansing that they’re the inclusive party, and everyone’s welcome.

Liddy Dole came out like a good salesperson to tell us all about the Platform. She seemed pretty happy about it. And that’s what it boils down to, folks: You can have exclusionary policies, and if they’re delivered with a smile, then you’re compassionate.