The name Donald Trump seems to trigger apoplectic rage among liberals who are convinced that Trump is guilty of all the things the mainstream media (MSM) accuse him of doing and being. Conservatives believe that the MSM are incredibly biased in how they present the news – when they aren’t simply lying through their teeth. However, we do little good by focusing on personalities rather than on the policy platforms each candidate represents.
We could make better voting decisions if we focused on the stated policies of the two major political parties. Those are pretty straight-forward. Anyone can find them just by looking at each party’s adopted policy platform. The stark differences between the two are quite obvious on a number of important issues.
On the issue of “Sanctity of Human Life,” Republicans are “proud to be the party that protects human life and offers real solutions for women.” They also “strongly oppose infanticide.” Democrats want to use federal tax dollars to pay for abortion on demand from conception until birth and even after birth (as Governor Northam pointed out in his infamous radio interview). Conservatives advocate that life is precious from conception to the grave. If a person’s life isn’t valuable enough to preserve when in the womb, then it follows that a person’s life has no value at all, but that is a tenet of socialism – people are animals who should be corralled and trained to just do what they are told.
Republicans “strongly support the freedom of Americans to act in accordance with their religious beliefs, not only in their houses of worship, but also in their everyday lives.” Democrats “reject the misuse of religion to discriminate.” The Democratic Party platform fails to define “misuse,” but it means that they want the government to dictate what people of faith get to believe and how they practice their religion. Of course, destroying the moral fiber of a nation is a tactic that Socialism has used for decades to take over a nation.
In a similar manner, Republicans believe that doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals have a right to refrain from participating in medical procedures they find morally objectionable. Democrats would use the term “civil rights” to force all medical professionals – all occupations for that matter – to participate in activities that violate their religious beliefs just because the government tells them they have to accept it – and that is a violation of the First Amendment because by doing so, the government would be establishing state-authorized religion.
Republicans advocate that God has a place in government. “If God-given, natural, inalienable rights come in conflict with government, court, or human-granted rights, God-given, natural, inalienable rights always prevail.” Democrats demand that people of faith keep their faith in their places of worship and not bring their faith into their daily lives. (If it isn’t a part of their daily lives, it isn’t real faith.) Democratic governors around the nation are doing everything they can to shut down churches. Over 2000 churches are being sued for holding religious services during the COVID quarantine. Those governors allow casinos and abortion clinics to be open, but not houses of worship, even though the quarantine has caused so much fear and stress that people need to renew their faith more than ever. And it isn’t just Christians in the crosshairs. A large group of orthodox Jews in New York recently rioted and burned quarantine masks when Governor Cuomo banned them from meeting in their synagogues.
The Democrats even refused to use the phrase “under God” when they recited the Pledge of Allegiance every night of their national convention. They are definitely the anti-God party.
Republicans want to appoint Supreme Court justices who believe that the Constitution is the law of the land and should be taken as written and as intended by the founding fathers. Democrats want Supreme Court justices who will interpret the Constitution to mean what the government wants it to mean regardless of the original intent of the founding fathers or of the will of the people.
Republicans believe that parents should control their children’s education, that is why they support “school choice” and “local control” of education. Democrats want centralized control of education so that the government determines what is taught, not the parents. It is the perfect way for the government to indoctrinate children. That happens in every socialist country, and they have made a measurable start at it in America.
There are dozens more points of difference between the policies in the two parties’ platforms. We would do far better to determine our votes based on how our lives will be affected by the policies of the candidates rather than by the candidates’ personalities. Their policies are far more important than their manners.
Steve “Doc” Troxel, Ph.D.