Thursday, August 16, 2012

Republican Party under the Microscope

U.S. Republican Party symbol
The Mitt Romney campaign (as outlined on its website) identifies 24 issues. None of these issues involve democracy and democracy reform. As of August 16, 2012, the Mitt Romney campaign and the Republican National Committee have no policy on American democracy reform.

The current Romney campaign slogans are "America's Comeback Team" and "Believe in America".

In its about statement (below), the Republican National Committee identifies five core issues which make up the Committee: economy, national defense, health care, education, energy, and courts. There is no mention of democracy or democracy reform. In addition, there is an ongoing GOP 2012 Platform survey which includes government reform. There is no mention of democracy or democracy reform as part of government reform. (Regulatory reform, courts and Constitution, entitlements, immigration, and transportation and infrastructure are only mentioned.)

Based on the evidence above, the Mitt Romney campaign and the Republican National Committee support American democracy status quo, with no intent of American democracy reform. Although as of August, 2012, House Speaker David Ralston, Republican-Blue Ridge, will propose next year a full ban on lobbyist gifts to lawmakers. This would be a positive step forward to lessen the influence of lobbyists. Presently, lobbyists spend about $1.6 million a year in gifts on congressional politicians. (Lobbyist Gift Ban)


Republican National Committee "Our Party" Statement (2012):

Economy

We believe in the power and opportunity of America’s free-market economy. We believe in the importance of sensible business regulations that promote confidence in our economy among consumers, entrepreneurs and businesses alike. We oppose interventionist policies that put the federal government in control of industry and allow it to pick winners and losers in the marketplace.

National Defense

President Ronald Reagan’s approach to America’s national defense, which successfully confronted the Soviet Union and ended the Cold War, is as essential today as it was then: Peace through strength — an enduring peace, based on freedom and the will to defend it. Today, it requires defending America’s homeland, including remaining vigilant in confronting global terrorism, maintaining a robust defense against the threats arising from nuclear proliferation, including a strong ballistic missile defense for America and our allies, and promoting an effective, capable intelligence community. It requires a full commitment to America’s Armed Forces to ensure they are modern, agile and adaptable to the unpredictable range of challenges in the years ahead. And it requires a sustained international effort, which complements our military activities, to develop and maintain alliances and relationships that will lead to greater peace and stability. While the United States participates in various international organizations which can serve the cause of peace and posterity, they must never substitute for principled American leadership nor prevent America from joining other democracies to protect our vital national interests.

Health Care

We support common-sense reforms that will lower costs, ensure quality health care that Americans deserve, and end lawsuit abuse. We oppose government-run health care, which won’t protect the physician-patient relationship, won’t promote competition, and won’t promote health care quality and choice.

Education

We believe that maintaining a world-class system of primary and secondary education with high standards in which all students can reach their potential is critically important to America’s future. We believe parents should be empowered to send their children to the school of their choice.

Energy

We believe in energy independence. We support an “all of the above” approach that encourages the responsible production of nuclear power, clean coal, solar, wind, geothermal, hydropower, as well as drilling for oil and natural gas in an environmentally responsible way. We oppose so-called cap and trade legislation that would impose a national energy tax on families and small business that would kill jobs and raise utility prices.

Courts

Republicans believe a judge’s role is to interpret the law, not make law from the bench. Judges in our federal court system, from district courts to the Supreme Court, should demonstrate fidelity to the U.S. Constitution. We trust the judicial system to base rulings on the law, and nothing else.

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