With the Republican convention underway, I decided to take a few moments and familiarize myself with the party’s platform. In the pursuit of being an informed voter, I wanted to know exactly what the Romney Ryan ticket would get me. After all, they are “America’s Comeback Team.”
I was somewhat surprised to find that I agreed with bits and pieces of it here and there. What I was not surprised to find was that it is still a platform that pledges more invasions into the lives of women, and discrimination against people who are not straight, married, god fearing people.
Of particular interest to me was the section entitled “Preserving and Protecting Traditional Marriage” which claims that marriage is in fact the “foundation of civil society.” I would tend to disagree. With only a handful of states recognizing same sex marriage, most of our married couples fall under the banner of traditional marriage. I don’t find our society to be particularly civil, and what about single parents? Don’t worry; there is something here for them as well.
“We recognize and honor the courageous efforts of those who bear the many burdens of parenting alone, even as we believe that marriage, the union of one man and one woman must be upheld as the national standard…”
I am not a single parent, but if I was, that would feel like a slap in the face. A patronizing, “we know it is hard and you are doing your best, but your best isn’t good enough” kind of statement. Anyone else? And what is this national standard that they are speaking of, when roughly 50% of all marriages in the United States end in divorce.
Then there is the section on “Adoption and Foster Care” about how important this system is and that there needs to be more funding. Where do they suggest states get help with funding and support for their foster care children? Faith based organizations. Is that really the best they can offer? An additional note here, LGBT adoptive parents tend to adopt children who are harder to place with adoptive or foster families. This includes children with mental and physical health problems. But, LGBT families don’t fit into their definition of traditional families, so they aren’t good enough for one of the over 400,000 children that need loving homes.
I think my overall problem with the platform is not that it is discriminatory, but that for a party who claims they want limited government intervention, they are certainly sticking their hands in a lot of pots. At least the Democrats will legislate that you have to have healthcare, and tell you to your face. Republicans would do the same and tell you that they are actively trying to have less influence over your life.