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February 4, 2009

New RNC Chair Wants to "Reach Out"

New RNC chairman Michael Steele was on Fox News Sunday this past weekend, and one of the topics was how the GOP can attract a more diverse group of voters.
WALLACE: You are one of the co-founders of something called the Republican Leadership Council which supports candidates who favor abortion and gay rights.


WALLACE: Does the GOP needs to do a better job of reaching out to people who hold those views?

STEELE: I think -- I think that's an important opportunity for us, absolutely. Within our party we do have those who have that view as well as outside and my partnership with Christy Todd Whittman was an effort to build a bridge between moderates and conservatives.

Let's pay a quick visit to the official 2008 Republican party platform and see what it has to say about people who "favor abortion and gay rights".

Maintaining The Sanctity and Dignity of Human Life

Faithful to the first guarantee of the Declaration of Independence, we assert the inherent dignity and sanctity of all human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed. We support a human life amendment to the Constitution, and we endorse legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment’s protections apply to unborn children. We oppose using public revenues to promote or perform abortion and will not fund organizations which advocate it. We support the appointment of judges who respect traditional family values and the sanctity and dignity of innocent human life.

We have made progress. The Supreme Court has upheld prohibitions against the barbaric practice of partial-birth abortion. States are now permitted to extend health-care coverage to children before birth. And the Born Alive Infants Protection Act has become law; this law ensures that infants who are born alive during an abortion receive all treatment and care that is provided to all newborn infants and are not neglected and left to die. We must protect girls from exploitation and statutory rape through a parental notification requirement. We all have a moral obligation to assist, not to penalize, women struggling with the challenges of an unplanned pregnancy. At its core, abortion is a fundamental assault on the sanctity of innocent human life. Women deserve better than abortion. Every effort should be made to work with women considering abortion to enable and empower them to choose life. We salute those who provide them alternatives, including pregnancy care centers, and we take pride in the tremendous increase in adoptions that has followed Republican legislative initiatives.

Respect for life requires efforts to include persons with disabilities in education, employment, the justice system, and civic participation. In keeping with that commitment, we oppose the non-consensual withholding of care or treatment from people with disabilities, as well as the elderly and infirm, just as we oppose euthanasia and assisted suicide, which endanger especially those on the margins of society. Because government should set a positive standard in hiring and contracting for the services of persons with disabilities, we need to update the statutory authority for the AbilityOne program, the main avenue by which those productive members of our society can offer high quality services at the best possible value.

Preserving Traditional Marriage
Because our children’s future is best preserved within the traditional understanding of marriage, we call for a constitutional amendment that fully protects marriage as a union of a man and a woman, so that judges cannot make other arrangements equivalent to it. In the absence of a national amendment, we support the right of the people of the various states to affirm traditional marriage through state initiatives.

Republicans recognize the importance of having in the home a father and a mother who are married. The two-parent family still provides the best environment of stability, discipline, responsibility, and character. Children in homes without fathers are more likely to commit a crime, drop out of school, become violent, become teen parents, use illegal drugs, become mired in poverty, or have emotional or behavioral problems. We support the courageous efforts of single-parent families to provide a stable home for their children. Children are our nation’s most precious resource. We also salute and support the efforts of foster and adoptive families.

Republicans have been at the forefront of protecting traditional marriage laws, both in the states and in Congress. A Republican Congress enacted the Defense of Marriage Act, affirming the right of states not to recognize same-sex “marriages” licensed in other states. Unbelievably, the Democratic Party has now pledged to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, which would subject every state to the redefinition of marriage by a judge without ever allowing the people to vote on the matter. We also urge Congress to use its Article III, Section 2 power to prevent activist federal judges from imposing upon the rest of the nation the judicial activism in Massachusetts and California. We also encourage states to review their marriage and divorce laws in order to strengthen marriage.

As the family is our basic unit of society, we oppose initiatives to erode parental rights.

So the new head of the Republican party wants to reach out to those of us in the pro-choice, pro-gay crowd, as long as we're cool with the fact that his party's official platform calls for a bunch of laws and constitutional amendments that are totally anti-choice and anti-gay. Or, to put it another way, he wants to "build a bridge" between moderates and conservatives, as long as the moderates understand that they're actually wrong about everything and that the conservatives always get to win. Basically, he's asking if he can be our verbally abusive, manipulative, and controlling political boyfriend. Who wants to sign up first?


A. said...

Democrat or Republican, it's all about bigger government. At least the Democrats are explicit about it! I'm all for more conservative spending, but I adamantly believe that the government does not belong in my bedroom or doctor's office.

And on the whole marriage thing...with the escalating divorce rate (highest among evangelicals, interestingly), shouldn't we *encourage* two people who commit to the permanent and sacred bond of marriage?


Heather said...

Unbelievable that Republicans push the normative mom-dad leadership of the household as best for the kids, and a few sentences later in this platform laud the "courageous" lives of single-parent homes. I do believe single-parent childrearing is admirable, but Republicans just got through saying that kids need mom-dad leadership to become good citizens (a load of crap). So if single parents are okay, how are two moms not okay? Or two dads? How are they not as courageous?

Just because two people join to bear/adopt/foster and rear children, does not mean that the union of those two are good for the children. That goes for same-sex, and opposite-sex parents. What matters is that everyone has the right to have a family and do their best to raise it in safety and love.

FEMily! said...

"We must protect girls from exploitation and statutory rape through a parental notification requirement."

So requiring pregnant teenagers to tell their parents that they're going to have an abortion will keep those same pregnant teenagers from having sex with older dudes? Wow, Republicans really don't know how reproduction works, do they? Parental notification requirements are not contraception! If they were, Republicans would probably be against them.