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ELECTION: GOP platform too radically right

Letter by Veda A. Baldwin, Tacoma on Sep. 11, 2012 at 10:33 am with 13 Comments »
September 11, 2012 10:33 am

After watching most of the Republican and all of the Democratic speeches from both conventions, I am amazed that everyone seems to be overly concerned about the economy and little else.

I’m retired, low-income (read poor) and I’m not worried about the economy nearly as much as what we may lose if the Republicans are elected in 2012. From their speeches it seems that the GOP wants women to be transported back to the 1950s, gays to just shut up and get back into the closet, and all minorities to quit being uppity and remember their place.

If the GOP gets its way, women could lose many of the hard-won rights and advancements they’ve made in the last 50 to 60 years, such as medical control over their bodies – safe birth control methods; legal abortion if their birth control fails, if they are raped or for whatever reason they feel the need to terminate an unwanted pregnancy.

Are we to go back to having too many kids or back-alley abortions?

At serious risk are the many things we’ve fought for since the 1960s. So, what I can’t figure out is why  a woman, a minority, a gay man or lesbian woman, or anyone who gives a damn about civil rights, women’s rights or gay rights would support the GOP platform.

The price is way too high for this far-right-wing party to control our future.

Leave a comment Comments → 13
  1. First off, we do not have too many kids. That is up to parents, not social engineering.

    While protecting the unborn is a principle in the republian party, the conversation is centered around paying for it.

    Please show where the speakers at the RNC talked about removing one right from women. Thanks!

  2. Interesting take on GOP objectives. Veda forgets our elected President is not a dictator. He could not do the things feared even if this was his agenda.

    Another missing or broken puzzle piece is the definition of a right. Women were given the right to vote in 1920 with the nineteenth amendment to the constitution. Abortion is a privilege set in place by Supreme Court action.

    Important issues other than abortion or homosexual wants are at stake in this election. America would be well served if Veda pondered them.

  3. Frankenchrist says:

    The Republican Party hates and fears women which is why they GOP wants to control their vaginas.

  4. averageJose says:

    Veda, other than looneyleft talking points, could you provide and example from a speech at the GOP convention to support your strawman?

  5. CT8 and aJo – nice attempted deflection, but even you two know the truth.

  6. Sonofwashington says:

    Is this not the true meaning of “conservatism” Ms. Baldwin? A return to a bygone era when women and minorities knew “their place” and did not presume to question the greater wisdom and morality of White Anglo-Saxon Protestant property owners (read rich folk) and the other power brokers who are the “real Americans”.

    As you must know, liberals and progressives who want equal rights for everyone, believe that an advanced democratic government should provide universal health care and a safety net for the disabled and retired, and that corporations and the very rich should pay a fair share of taxes, will undermine the kind of “true capitalism” (read greed and corporate reverence) that Ayn Rand believed in.

  7. The letter writer’s style looks suspiciously like menopaws, hmmmmmm!

  8. Sonofwashington, surely you jest..read your history dude! It was your democratic party that kept YOU in your place and are still doing it. Wake up!

  9. The platform is only important for the Convention as no one expects any politician to stay true to it.

    That being said – How Republicans Went Crazy, Democrats Became Useless and the Middle Class Got Shafted
    http://truth-out.org/news/item/11304-the-party-is-over

  10. averageJose says:

    No examples from the speech(s)? Didn’t think so.

  11. Yep, those two styles are definitely similar. Hmmmmmmm.

  12. If this is what you heard, you must have a filter of some sort on your hearing device, no doubt manufactured and sold by Obama fund-raisers. Strange what tricks the mind can play.

  13. ehill, your input is such an inspiration to liberal haters such as I.

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