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Republican Party Platform Analysis

Posted on: October 1, 2012

It was Mark Twain who popularized the dictum about there being three kinds of lies – lies, damn lies, and statistics. But even these pale in comparison with the lies found in the Republican Party platform.

Why should we believe anything the Republicans promise to do when they had the power to do it everyday for over four years when Bush was the president and did absolutely nothing? “The American people work too hard and too long to support a bloated government,” say the Republicans. Then why didn’t they apologize for their part in giving Americans a bloated government? And why didn’t they do something about it when they had the chance?

And what good are the Republicans’ promises anyway? Republicans always say they are going to reform, examine, study, simplify, improve, rethink, restructure, and reconsider instead of abolish, cut, eliminate, slash, get rid of, end, do away with, and eradicate.

When the Republicans in their platform say anything bad about Obama, just remember that he is probably continuing one of Bush’s policies. When they say anything good about lower taxes, less spending, fewer regulations, or limited government, don’t believe a word of it. It is all a ruse to get votes.

And never mind the nineteen times that abortion is mentioned in the Republican platform. The promise of ending abortion is the carrot held just out of reach of gullible conservatives to get them to continue to vote Republican in every election hoping that the Republicans will actually do something.

It works the same way regarding economics, as explained by Lew Rockwell about the Republicans:

Economic liberty is the utopia that they keep promising to bring us, pending the higher priority of blowing up foreign peoples, jailing political dissidents, crushing the left wing on campus, and routing the Democrats. Once all of this is done, they say, then they will get to the instituting of a free-market economic system. Of course, that day never arrives, and it is not supposed to. Capitalism serves the Republicans the way Communism served Stalin: a symbolic distraction to keep you hoping, voting, and coughing up money.

The Republican platform says that the elections of 2012 will be “a referendum on the future of liberty in America.” If that is truly the case, then the last thing anyone should do is vote Republican.

Read the full analysis by Laurence M. Vance at LRC

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