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Republican Party approves platform: Ban all abortions and same-sex marriage

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

TAMPA, Fla. — In a convention dominated by the politics and policies of the conservative far right, the Tea Party and “family values” special interests, delegates to the 2012 Republican National Convention on Tuesday approved a platform calling for a ban on all abortions and same-sex unions, reshaping current Medicare benefits into a voucher-like program and tax code reform that would make it easier for businesses to generate more capital and create more jobs.

In language crafted by Tony Perkins, the anti-gay leader of the Family Research Council, the platform states that the party believes that it must honor the rights of states and the federal government not to recognize same-sex marriage, and backs a constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

On the subject of abortion, specific and uncompromising language 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.

The platform also says the party would not fund or subsidize health care that includes abortion coverage.

The platform also pledges to move both Medicare and Medicaid away from “the current unsustainable defined-benefit entitlement model to a fiscally sound defined-contribution model.”

The GOP said it supports a Medicare transition to a premium-support model with an income-adjusted contribution toward a health plan of the enrollee’s choice, amend age eligibility in light of longer life spans, and transition services for low income recipients into a block grant program in which the states would be given the flexibility to determine the best programs for their residents.

While both Democrats and Republicans routinely approve platforms during their conventions that coincide with presidential election races that are meant to encapsulate each party’s policy initiatives and goals, historically, those same goals are normally sidelined once the victorious party takes power.

The latest poll by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, released Monday, showed a higher level of interest in the GOP platform versus people interested in watching Romney’s acceptance speech.

Fifty-two percent of the poll’s respondents were very interested in learning about the GOP’s platform, while 44 percent were interested in watching Romney’s acceptance speech, and 46 percent who were interested in watching Paul Ryan’s speech.

Overall interest in the Republican convention has been relatively flat — 44 percent of those surveyed say they are very or fairly interested — compared with 48 percent in 2008 and 46 percent in 2004 who were very or fairly interested in it.

“The Pew opinion survey showed that overall interest in both party’s conventions is virtually identical. That is, a majority of Americans say they aren’t interested,” reported the Los Angeles Times.

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  1. HAHAHAHAHAH good luck fuckheadz~.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 9:21pm
  2. plot twist: they get into office

    Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 9:22pm
  3. :(

    Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 9:22pm
  4. They just sliced their own throats with the election. There are way too many gay voters, and even more women who are pro-choice. Way to go, jerkoffs, you might be able to fix the economy, but leave your bible thumping at home.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 9:23pm
  5. NEVER!!

    Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 9:24pm
  6. Then it will show just how ignorant this divided states really is.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 9:24pm
  7. can hardly believe that THIS was once the party of Abe Lincoln and the abolition of slavery, or the party of Teddy Roosevelt and the U.S.A.’s extensive National Park system.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 9:25pm
  8. They are ignorant and afraid to learn.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 9:26pm
  9. what a surprise at least mitt can not retro this the stand is made

    Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 9:27pm
  10. the GOP party scare the HELL out of me……if they have their way, ALOT OF RIGHTS WILL BE TAKEN AWAY …..WAKE UP PEOPLE.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 9:28pm
  11. good obama has a chance to win if it sunny and rain free!

    Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 9:28pm
  12. They are not the party I once belonged to…glad I left them!

    Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 9:29pm
  13. American fascism

    Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 9:29pm
  14. Its scary to think of how many people are going to vote for them. Very sad. :(

    Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 9:30pm
  15. Another tragic move by the party. As a Romney-Ryan supporter, I feel the party has betrayed the candidates and may lose again to an incumbent who gives us the rhetoric of hope and change but leaves Americans with little change in their pockets. If Romney-Ryan lose, it will be a tragedy, in my opinion. But I saw signs of hope tonight. More younger, diverse crowd that simply is not going to go along with the religious fossils that craft the platform. The Santorums are slowly fading away. There’s a new breed coming that will recover the party from the death grip of intolerance, idiocy and and hypocrisy. The party of Lincoln deserves to stand in the image of Lincoln, not in the shadow of fear and ignorance. #

    Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 9:30pm
  16. Wow, if elected life as we know it will be without rights for all except those who think like them.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 9:31pm
  17. Wow….Glad I am a voting citizen…I will voice my opinion at the polls…as will many others, I am sure.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 9:34pm
  18. The GOP scares the hell out of me! This country will go to SHIT if Romney wins.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 9:34pm
  19. It’s frightening to me thinking about what will happen to our rights if Republicans get elected. We need to help get Democrats out to vote!

    Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 9:36pm
  20. That’s why I struggle with my stance on politics.100% pro-life and 100% for same-sex marriage. I do still believe that the republicans will when this though because there are so many people who want Obama out.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 9:36pm
  21. I expected nothing more from the Loonypalooza Party.
    This is most certainly NOT the party Abraham Lincoln once belonged to.
    It is a indeed a sad day for women and the LGBT community.
    But nevertheless we shall overcome this persecution.
    Love Will Prevail

    Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 9:36pm
  22. VOTE VOTE VOTE – and not republican either!

    Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 9:37pm
  23. If they could come up with a test to see if the fetus would be gay or transgender, or democrat, they would allow abortion under those circumstances.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 9:39pm
  24. Umm. ANY sane woman/LGB member wouldn’t DARE vote for the Republican candidate at this point. They’ve basically doomed themselves to lose with their socially-backwards agenda.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 9:40pm
  25. these people make me sick… this country should never have been about taking rights away!

    Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 9:41pm
  26. I expected nothing more from the GOP

    Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 9:42pm
  27. Vote for your life!

    Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 9:45pm
  28. BUT most ppl will not vote or care what their platform is, they’ll just vote by the rhetoric that is spewed…SAD!

    Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 9:49pm
  29. Apparently the Republican Party is under the impression that it is 1850. Tell them to hop back into their DeLorean and GTFO.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 9:50pm
  30. MF they are all going to Hell, destroy by Yave!

    Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 9:56pm
  31. Did they still let us have the right to vote? Party platform is to end the plight of women by ending women’s suffrage…..

    Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 10:17pm
  32. Def voting anything but republican’T

    Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 10:20pm
  33. Idiots!

    Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 10:44pm
  34. Unsurprised.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 11:03pm
  35. Hello 1800″s no rights,do not like they took their 6 shooters kill them Not while i’m alive Peace for every one right for every one love who u want to ,be who u want to be,

    Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 11:29pm
  36. I’m surprised they didn’t add taking away the right for women and blacks to vote along with it!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at 12:43am
  37. How far backwards can we as a nation go with this type of thinking trying to “lead” us forward? Women and the LGBT community definitely need to get out and vote DEMOCRATIC and keep us in the 21st century!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at 12:44am
  38. Oh, come on folks, stop kidding yourself. Stop parsing words. Admit it. The Republican Party of today has evolved so damn far to the right that it is void of decency, morality, and common sense. It excludes more people than it includes. And those that it does exclude are doused in religious “immoralities” or other hateful stupidity. Sad that the Republican Party of old that embraced anti-slavery, women’s rights has devolved into the rich and ignorant. How in hell can anyone join this Robber Baron and ignoramuses club while keeping their heads held high? How the hell do you look yourself in the mirror in the morning? LGBT Republican is an oxymoron.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at 1:12am
  39. Party platform, otherwise known as a wish list. They forgot to tack on a pony.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at 3:01am
  40. To the GOP…now you have hit me twice.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at 4:26am
  41. they are so out of step with reality.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at 5:37am
  42. :(

    Posted on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at 5:48am
  43. Big surprise-Not

    Posted on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at 6:05am
  44. Party of H8te continues…

    Posted on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at 8:26am
  45. Fine. Give them some more rope. Get women & GLBTs and allies to vote and it will be fine.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at 1:00pm
  46. Should we be surprised?

    Posted on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at 1:48pm