Just what is a Republican? Find your answer here

In response to the article that I wrote calling out Colin Powell on his GOP fakery, some have asked what I think a Republican is. I’ll tell you. Its a person that believes in all or most of the GOP Party Platform. If you prefer cliff’s notes, check out this cool summary from The Blaze:


It states that the best jobs program is economic growth. “We do not offer yet another made-in-Washington package of subsidies and spending to create temporary or artificial jobs.”


The GOP pledges to reform the tax code to make it easier for businesses to generate more capital and create more jobs.


“We reject the use of taxation to redistribute income, fund unnecessary or ineffective programs or foster the crony capitalism that corrupts both politicians and corporations.”

It says a Republican administration would extend the Bush tax cuts of 2001 and 2003, pending reform of the tax code. It says the party would strive to eliminate taxes on interest, dividends and capital gains altogether for lower- and middle-income taxpayers. It also would work to repeal the estate tax and the alternative minimum tax.

The party backs constitutional amendments to balance the federal budget and require a super majority for any tax increases.


The platform affirms the rights of states and the federal government not to recognize same-sex marriage. It backs a constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman.


“Voter fraud is a political poison,” the platform says. It praises legislation to require photo identification for voting and to prevent election fraud.


The party says it opposes legislation intended to restrict Second Amendment rights by limiting the capacity of clips or magazines or otherwise restoring the assault weapons ban passed during the Clinton presidency.


The party states that “the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed.” It opposes using public revenues to promote or perform abortion or to fund organizations that perform or advocate abortions. It says the party will not fund or subsidize health care that includes abortion coverage.


The party is committed to domestic energy independence and an “all-of-the-above” energy policy, backing the exploration and development of the Outer Continental Shelf and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. It criticizes the Obama administration for picking winners and losers in the energy sector and expresses support for new coal-fired plants that will be low-cost, environmentally responsible and efficient.

It adds: “We will end the EPA’s war on coal and encourage the increased safe development in all regions of the nation’s coal resources.” It calls on Congress to prohibit the EPA from moving forward with new greenhouse gas regulations “that will harm the nation’s economy and threaten millions of jobs over the next quarter century.”


The platform pledges to move both Medicare and Medicaid away from “the current unsustainable defined-benefit entitlement model to a fiscally sound defined-contribution model.” It supports a Medicare transition to a premium-support model with an income-adjusted contribution toward a health plan of the enrollee’s choice. Age eligibility in Medicare must be made more realistic in light of longer life spans.

Medicaid services for low income people would be transformed into a block grant program in which the states would be given the flexibility to determine the best programs for their residents.


The platform makes clear that “we oppose any form of amnesty for those who, by intentionally violating the law, disadvantage those who have obeyed it.” It demands that the Justice Department halt lawsuits against Arizona, Alabama and other states that have enacted tough measures against illegal immigrants. It says federal funding should be denied to universities that provide in-state tuition rates to illegal immigrants. It advocates making English the official national language.


It states that a Republican president on his first day in office would use his waiver authority to halt progress in carrying out the health care act pushed through by President Barack Obama and that Republican victories in November would guarantee that the act is never implemented. It proposes a Republican plan based on improving health care quality and lowering costs and a system that promotes the free market and gives consumers more choice.


Republicans support consumer choice, including home schooling, local innovations such as single-sex classes, full-day school hours and year-round schools. It says Republicans renew their call for replacing family planning programs for teens “with abstinence education which teaches abstinence until marriage as the responsible and respected standard of behavior.”


The platform says Republicans are “the party of peace through strength” and support the concept of American exceptionalism – “the conviction that our country holds a unique place and role in human history.” It criticizes the current administration for its weak positions toward such countries as North Korea, China and Iran and its reductions in military spending. The Republican national military strategy “restores as a principal objective the deterrence using the full spectrum of our military capabilities.”

Now if you actually read all of that, you understand that Republicans are not racists, don’t hate women, use contraception, and value all life. If you have never watched anything but MSDNC and CNN, and get all of your online news via the Huffington Post, you are pretty shocked right now. It’s okay. Go forth and tell a friend.

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    R Thompson. 15 January, 2013 at 22:00 Reply

    Powell didn’t say anything that refuted any of this. What is the basis for saying his political positions align with the Democratic party? All he said was that a lot of Republicans are clearly bigoted, make bigoted statements, and that the party hierarchy doesn’t do anything to reign this in. He’s right, this is objectively true and demonstrable.
    Colin Powell is an intelligent, thoughtful man, with an accomplished record and a long list of accolades and achievements, and I have yet to hear a single criticism of his statements that focuses on or addresses the substance of his words. There is a deep vein of intolerance among conservatives, and a casual perusal of the Fox News message boards reveals a deep vein of deep racism. If the GOP wishes to align itself as the party of white males and their female enablers, their current strategies and positions are fine. If they wish to expand their demographic to be more representative of modern America, they are going to have to excise and cauterize their links to this deeply racist strain, which unfortunately comprises too much of the modern Republican party.
    The modern, intolerant Republican party brooks no challenge to the status quo. Colin Powell continues to demonstrate the courage that he’s exhibited all his life by standing up to this with regards to the casually racist comments that grew exceedingly blatant during the recent presidential campaign. I’m old enough to remember a time when Republicans of conscience and intellect would have stood by him. It is sad to see this party fall to a state when there are none left to recognize the truth in his words–or perhaps none left who value truth and integrity enough to place those traits over blind party allegiance.

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      StacyOnTheRight 17 January, 2013 at 22:38 Reply

      What? He’s not an uncle tom anymore? Oh. I see! Now that he’s undercover out front schilling for the Democrats you like him!!!

      I’m using the GOP platform to base my assertions on. If he votes for Democrats, supports Democratic policies instead of the Republican ones, and plays the race card like a race obsessed Liberal, then he’s a Democrat.

      Try to keep up!

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