The party platform. It’s supposed to be comprised of ideals your party supports and intends to fight for if elected. In years past, party platforms have included planks promising to support Medicare and Social Security, calling for universal health care, supports civil rights and equality. For instance, here’s an excerpt of a party platform.
• In all those things which deal with people, be liberal, be human.
• We firmly believe in the right of peoples everywhere to determine their form of government, their leaders, their destiny, in peace.
• We hold that the major world issue today is whether Government shall be the servant or the master of men. We hold that the Bill of Rights is the sacred foundation of personal liberty. That men are created equal needs no affirmation, but they must have equality of opportunity and protection of their civil rights under the law.
• The individual is of supreme importance.
• The spirit of our people is the strength of our nation.
• America does not prosper unless all Americans prosper.
• Government must have a heart as well as a head.
• Assure equal pay for equal work regardless of sex.
• Continue to fight for the elimination of discrimination in employment because of race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry or sex;
• We recommend to Congress the submission of a constitutional amendment providing equal rights for men and women.
• We recognize that the supreme law of the land is embodied in the Constitution, which guarantees to all people the blessings of liberty, due process and equal protection of the laws. It confers upon all native-born and naturalized citizens not only citizenship in the State where the individual resides but citizenship of the United States as well. This is an unqualified right, regardless of race, creed or color.
• We believe that true progress can be attained through intelligent study, understanding, education and good will. Use of force or violence by any group or agency will tend only to worsen the many problems inherent in the situation. This progress must be encouraged and the work of the courts supported in every legal manner by all branches of the Federal Government to the end that the constitutional ideal of the law, regardless of race, creed or color, be steadily achieved.”
As you’ll notice, this party platform says nothing about supporting the right to discriminate against others. The North Carolina Republican Party platform on the other hand, now does.
On Sunday, The North Carolina GOP adopted a platform plank that would give people the legal right to discriminate against the LGBT community while declaring simultaneously that discrimination against other citizens for other reasons isn’t right.
Article III: Individual Liberty states “Government should treat all citizens impartially, without regard to wealth, race, ethnicity, disability, religion, sex, political affiliation or national origin. We oppose all forms of invidious discrimination. Sexual orientation is not an appropriate category.”
The platform also declares that “the ideal environment for raising children is a two-parent family with a mother and father who are married and committed to that life-long relationship” and that “adoption by same sex couples” should be illegal.
So there you have it. In the wake of North Carolinians voting to enshrine a discriminatory ban on same-sex marriage in the state’s pitiful and disgraceful excuse for a Constitution, the state Republican Party is making the open discrimination of homosexuals part of their platform.
As you’ve noticed, discrimination is not written into the party platform described earlier. Hate was not a virtue in that platform and values such as equality, liberty, justice, opportunity, equal protection, peace, and government with a heart were uplifted. So which platform did these values come from? Which platform exemplified an anti-discriminatory creed?
That platform was the Republican Party’s platform in 1956. The GOP has fallen far since then.