How far right can you go?

That seems to be the question the Republican Party platform is raising.  From the NYT:

CLEVELAND — Republicans moved on Tuesday toward adopting a staunchly conservative platform that takes a strict, traditionalist view of the family and child rearing, bars military women from combat, describes coal as a “clean” energy source and declares pornography a “public health crisis.”

It is a platform that at times seems to channel the party’s presumptive presidential nominee, Donald J. Trump — calling to “destroy ISIS,” belittling President Obama as weak and accusing his administration of inviting attacks from adversaries.

But the document positions itself far to the right of Mr. Trump’s beliefs in other places — and amounts to a rightward lurch even from the party’s hard-line platform in 2012 — especially as it addresses gay men, lesbians and transgender people.

Good Lord.  Coal is many things; clean is not one of them.  And letting women shoot people is not okay, apparently, unless it is bad guys and it’s a state “stand your ground law.”  And pornography, again, is many things.  A public health crisis it’s not.  If it was, I’m pretty sure our hospitals would be overflowing.

About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State

One Response to How far right can you go?

  1. coachmbrown says:

    DNC v RNC National platforms are constructed to mark the extreme contrasts between the two opposing parties. The opposing platforms’ extreme contentious points will never make a significant difference except to define the preferable choice to be made by the majority of Americans who are actually situated philosophically between either platforms’ extreme points of view. In truth, as a collective electorate body, we reside as neither red or blue. The election will ultimately be determined by the various shades of purple that define our nation. Neither Clinton or Trump by themselves, if elected President, can do more than lean our country in one direction or the other. Our legislative and judicial branches of government and our states’ rights system of governance protects us from either extreme points of view of the national platforms from ever coloring our country totally red or blue. Finally, NONE of us individually will ever be totally satisfied with whichever party dominates the election process. However, all of us will continue to embrace the American Right of Whining loudly and proudly, because in the end, we have little other voice in the actual decision-making process once we execute our right to vote. But don’t fret, the MEDIA will amplify the whining to stir their ratings among the masses. Funny, the MEDIA’s only color of choice is neither Red nor Blue, but Green. Whichever agenda stirs the most interest from the viewers determines the filter they embrace, because in the end its the color of green they are after not political correctness or identity.

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