• Republican Party Platform v. Republican Party Platforms

    The morning of November 4th marks the end Daylight Savings Time. It's an opportunity to set our clocks back by an hour to soften the blow of the following Tuesday when we set the clock back by at least a century.

    Or so goes the snark, but how would the Republican Party remake American policy if it only followed the radical path of… previous Republican Party platforms? For each of the following, identify whether the plank is part of the 2012 draft platform or one of its antecedents…

    1. The Nation's labor unions, comprised of millions of working people, have advanced the well-being not only of their members but also of our entire free-enterprise system. We of the Republican Party reaffirm our strong endorsement of Organized Labor's key role in our national life.

    2. The Republican Party supports an immigration policy which is in keeping with the traditions of America in providing a haven for oppressed peoples, and which is based on equality of treatment, freedom from implications of discrimination between racial, nationality and religious groups, and flexible enough to conform to changing needs and conditions…In that concept, this Republican Administration sponsored the Refugee Relief Act to provide asylum for thousands of refugees, expellees and displaced persons, and undertook in the face of Democrat opposition to correct the inequities in existing law and to bring our immigration policies in line with the dynamic needs of the country and principles of equity and justice.

    3. We fully endorse the principle of equal rights, equal opportunities and equal responsibilities for women, and believe that progress in these areas is needed to achieve the full realization of the potentials of American women both in the home and outside the home…[We have...]

    Required all firms doing business with the Government to have affirmative action plans for the hiring and promotion of women;

    Requested Congress to expand the jurisdiction of the Commission on Civil Rights to cover sex discrimination;

    Recommended and supported passage of Title IX of the Higher Education Act opposing discrimination against women in educational institutions;

    Supported the Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972 giving the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission enforcement power in sex discrimination cases;

    Continued our support of the Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution, our Party being the first national party to back this Amendment.

    4. We favor self-government, national suffrage and representation in the Congress of the United States for residents of the District of Columbia.

    5. Resolved, That foreign immigration, which in the past has added so much to the wealth, development of resources and increase of power to the nation, the asylum of the oppressed of all nations, should be fostered and encouraged by a liberal and just policy.

    Answer: Trick question. None of this communist rabblerousery  would pass muster with the GOP today. Numbers 1 and 3 are excerpts from the 1972 platform. Items 2 and 4 are from the 1956 platform. And number 5 is from 1864.

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