Beginning with the comparison of the US Democratic Party and Communist-Socialist Party, this article represents a summary of political parties in the United States.
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Under the topic Party Platform:
A party platform, also known as a manifesto, is a list of the actions which a political party supports in order to appeal to the general public for the purpose of having said party’s candidates voted into office. This often takes the form of a list of support for, or opposition to, controversial topics. Individual topics are often called planks of the platform.
Across the spectrum of party platforms, a citizen can examine a candidate’s political party and decide whether it bases its platform and planks upon the limitation of powers of the US Constitution and abides by the rights guaranteed by American Founders in the Bill of Rights, amendments to the US Constitution. The Constitution authors also provided written discussion within the Federalist Papers.
The 1948 United States Democratic Party’s platform including civil rights.
Lyndon Baines Johnson’s War on Poverty, 1965.
The 1993 Liberal Party of Canada Red Book.
The 1994 United States Republican Party’s Contract with America (technically not a platform because promising discussion of measures rather than their adoption).
Democratic Party 100 Hours, first weeks of 110th United States Congress.
Highlighted points of the US Communist Manifesto –US Socialist Party platform …
The Needs of Working, Unemployed and Farm Families
Raise the minimum wage to $12 an hour.
Moratorium on farm foreclosures.
Labor law reform to remove barriers to workers who want to join a union.
No privatization of Social Security. Increase benefits.
Universal prescription drug coverage administered by Medicare. Universal health care system.
Restore social safety net. Welfare reform that includes job training, supports and living wages.
Full funding for equal, quality, bi-lingual public education. No vouchers.
Make Evil Corporations Pay
Repeal tax cuts to the rich and corporations.
Close corporate tax loopholes.
Restitution to workers’ pensions.
Strong regulation of financial industry.
Regulation and public ownership of utilities.
Prosecute corporate polluters. Public works program to clean our air, water and land.
Aid to cities and states. Federally funded infrastructure repair and social service programs.
Foreign Policy for Peace and Justice
End war with Iraq – end military interventions.
Repeal Fast Track and NAFTA; stop Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA). No secrecy.
Save Salt II Agreements, reject Star Wars and Nuclear Posture Review.
Abolish nuclear weapons.
Cut military budget and fund human needs.
Defend Democracy and Civil Rights
End racial profiling.
Repeal the death penalty.
Enforce civil rights laws and affirmative action.
Repeal USA Patriot Act.
Legalization and protection of immigration rights.
Public financing of elections. Overall election law reform including Instant Runoff Voting.
Youth and student bill of rights. Guarantee youth’s right to earn, learn and live.
Democratic Party of the United States
Examine the ‘Progressive’ Democratic Party Platform [Renewing America’s Promise 2008 and Appendices] …
Government investment in stem cell and medical research.
Support abortion even if mother cannot pay (2004). Taxpayers provide funding for irresponsible citizens.
GOP creates debt; Dems create surpluses (2000).
Democrats will eliminate publicly held debt by 2012 (2000).
Racial and religious profiling is wrong (2004).
No federal gay marriage ban.
Pass hate crime legislation including gays (2000).
End corporate welfare (2004).
Charter schools OK; vouchers not (2004).
We cannot drill our way to energy independence (2004).
Health Care Coverage for All Americans and illegal aliens (2008).
Wages set by government (2004, 2008).
Continued Income Tax System with tax rate schedules with Earned Income Tax Credit and other bonus programs where a growing percentage of Americans receive all tax money at end of year and others pay higher percentages; continue the unconstitutional actions of the IRS and its unauthorized power.
End tax breaks for businesses, which the Dems claim is causing jobs to be sent overseas.
Creating new jobs by expansion of government bureaucracy and control over private sector industry. Corporation and private business corruption and evil dealings cause economic strife.
Government control of the Internet in the name of safety and diversity in media outlets.
Increase funding and government intervention in public schools, discouraging private schools; promoting government mandated curriculum in education of American youth.
Promise to eliminate federal taxes for retirees (2008).
Minorities deserve housing even if they don’t pay their rent or mortgages (2008). Class in society pitted against each other.
Establish Credit Card Bill of Rights and mandate Credit Card Rating System controlling financial private sector entities.
Create automatic workplace pensions.
Improve saving rate of Americans, but will not change the 1% savings rate versus the 24% debt interest rate.
Protect worker rights without policies against illegal immigration.
End the war in Iraq. Iraq was a diversion from the fight against terrorists who struck us on 9-11. (2008)
We will defeat Al Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan (2008).
No safe haven for those who plot to kill Americans (2008). [except for those arrested and tried in a liberal court].
Terrorism will be combated by providing education, open minds to tolerance, food and water supplies, health care, trade, capital and investment … provide support for political reformers, democratic institutions, and a civil society that is necessary to uphold human rights and build respect for the rule of law.
World Without Nuclear Weapons … global ban on the production of fissile material for nuclear weapons.
Support democratic development in Africa; continue aid for poverty, hunger, conflict, and HIV/AIDS.
Commit an alliance with Latin America and Caribbean nations.
Bilateral agreements in Asia; One China policy, disregarding the sovereignty rights of Taiwan.
Continue pouring funds to NATO.
Only the Democratic Party offers a commitment to support democratic institutions – worldwide. Dem-approved organizations like ACORN, CAIR, et cetera.
Supports United Nation agenda of a New World Order, a centralized government against sovereignty of nations within the concepts of the European Union; which also supports the ban of civilian firearm ownership.
Support amnesty for illegal immigrants established in the United States.
Promise to prevent disasters like Hurricane Katrina (2008).
Second Amendment: …what works in Chicago may not work in Cheyenne.
Honor faith but ban the name of God used publicly, public prayer, public display of Ten Commandments, removal of God from Pledge of Allegiance; disallow Christianity in public schools but not Islam/Muslim Appreciation Day.
Siding with China in Tibet issue (2000).
Line-item veto to root out pork-barrel spending (2004).
Support McCain-Feingold bill for campaign finance reform (2000).
Reauthorize assault weapons ban, close gun show loophole (2004/2008).
Read new book by Jonah Goldberg: Liberal Fascism.
Spectator, UK wrote a review:
The book, a New York Times No. 1 bestseller has, needless to say, enraged lefties (‘liberals’ as they’re more usually known in the States) everywhere. ‘In the first week I had half a dozen emails from total strangers saying, “How dare you accuse us caring liberals of being fascists!” and then going on to say what a shame it was that my family hadn’t been sorted out once and for all a few years back in the concentration camps,’ he says. Goldberg is a New York Jew and growing up as a conservative in Manhattan’s impeccably liberal, Jewish Upper West Side, he said he often felt like a Christian in Ancient Rome. At school and university, whenever he spoke in favour of tax cuts or a free market economy, the response was invariably the same. ‘Nazi’, he was called. Or ‘fascist’. By the time he was established as a contributing editor to National Review, he’d had quite enough of this. He spent four years researching and writing the book which would put the record straight. What he found astonished him. Nazism and fascism, it turned out, was closer kindred spirits of Soviet communism than he could ever have imagined. The first expressed itself through ideas about racial purity and Jew-hatred, the second with ideas about the primacy of the nation, but in most other respects they were all remarkably similar: seizing the means of production; empowering the masses; rule by experts; the elevation of youth and brute emotion over wisdom, tradition and intellect; the submission of the individual to the will of the state. As Goldberg wryly puts it, ‘The Nazis were not big on property rights and tax cuts.’ … Goldberg points out that it was liberals — not conservatives — who were the biggest advocates of eugenics; that America’s most racist (and fascistic) president was the arch-liberal Woodrow Wilson; and that during the supposedly wondrous New Deal of the beloved liberal president FDR, an immigrant dry-cleaner could have his door kicked in and be imprisoned for cleaning suits for five cents less than the agreed government minimum, while Nuremberg-style rallies — prompting a visiting British Independent Labour MP to complain it all felt far too much like Nazi Germany — were staged in New York. Goldberg’s purpose is not to argue that liberals are bad people, still less that they’re all closet fascists. But he does want them to realise that people in glass houses are scarcely in the ideal position to throw stones. … the problem with liberals is that they’ve always been so convinced of their moral righteousness that they never feel the need to analyse their position too deeply. Conservatives are continually agonising among themselves about precisely what the role of government should be — ‘where to draw the line between freedom and virtue’. For leftists, the dogma is settled: ‘Government should do good where it can, whenever it can, period.’ … It’s not the war part of fascism’s inherent militarism that liberals find so attractive but the way it gives the state the chance to take control and put the whole of society on a war footing. In order to effect this sweeping social mobilisation, liberals need grand and apparently urgent causes to justify the bossiness and repression that this inevitably entails. ‘Climate change’ provided them with a perfect excuse for this kind of statist bullying; the new Great Depression has given them an even better one. … The big problem in bipartisan political systems when governments move leftwards, says Goldberg, is that right-wing oppositions move leftwards too, creating what Barry Goldwater christened ‘Me Too Republicanism’ and what Dubya (a much bigger leftie than anyone yet credits) called Compassionate Conservatism. ‘It means buying into the fundamental assumptions of the Left, but promising to do everything a bit more efficiently,’ says Goldberg. ‘Which sounds nice, but is incredibly dangerous. Once conservatives abandon their dogma about the limits of state, there is nothing to restrain the “will to power” that makes them almost as destructive in government as a left-wing regime.’