“We oppose any form of amnesty for those who, by intentionally violating the law, disadvantage those who have obeyed it.” ~Republican National Platform
Let’s apply that to everyone and see how many politicians and Wall Street CEOs remain out of jail.
The RNC is on, and the Republicans have reaffirmed their party’s platform. Here are some highlights:
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.”
What is this, the Industrial Revolution? Are we going to be breathing in coal from belching factories again? I often joke “What decade is this?” but now, I really am starting to wonder what century this is. First World Nations have been moving ahead and finding safer sources of fuel and trying to be greener. People take public transit instead of driving, bikes are huge in cities (we have Hub Bike in Boston where people can rent bikes). People are conscious of their carbon footprint. There are solar panels and wind turbines. There is enough alternate, safe, energy out there to really power the world. Are the Republicans so money hungry that they think that going backwards in energy and repealing the laws that are making our world safer is actually going to make them money?
I’m sure they wouldn’t mind repealing child labor laws either, so kids could work in factories again and not have to go to school.
Speaking of school:
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.”
I have no problem with home schooling, or even online schools, though I have seen that home schooled people tend to not be as socially adept as those who are not home schooled, but not a big deal.
However, “single-sex classes?” Where do they plan on finding male teachers for elementary schools (after all, elementary teachers are mostly female)? Maybe the Republicans would just rather that women remove ourselves from the workforce completely. Then they wouldn’t have to teach little girls in schools at all, because moms will be home with the kids and that’s all the schooling a girl needs, right?
Furthermore, haven’t we learned that abstinence-only doesn’t work? Teenagers have sex. People have been having premarital sex forever. It is far safer to teach teenagers (and younger!) how bodies work and how to stay safe.
But they don’t care. After all, women are just baby-factories:
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 pre-born life is something sacred to the Republicans. Once you’re born though, you’re on your own. No inexpensive healthcare, no WIC, no insurance, no public schools, no police to protect you, no jobs when you’re old enough to work, and no medicare or social security to help you when you are older.
I really wish that the Occupy Movement could have pulled together better and found a few strong voices to speak for the 99%. I really believe that, if Occupy found a few spokespeople, maybe one or two per city/state, it could rival the Tea Party in political power. Young people don’t get out to vote and therefore don’t make their (our) voices heard loud enough. I believe that the system needs an overhaul. But I also believe that in order to make a change, one MUST play within the system to start it changing. It may make the people inside the system become obsolete, but that is what must happen to change it for the better.
To quote Dr Death Defying of MCR’s Danger Days world: “Keep your boots tight, keep your gun close and die with your mask on if you’ve got to.”