6 Dumbest Parts of the New Republican Party Platform

In advance of the Republican National Convention, a subcommittee met this week to hammer out the text for the party’s official national platform.

If you didn’t already think the GOP was out-of-touch with the people of the country, just look at the sort of things they voted to include in the platform. Here are some of the more outrageous examples:

1. Pornography is a public health crisis”

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The Republican committee unanimously agreed that pornography is dangerous, claiming in the platform, “Pornography, with all its harmful effects, especially on children, has become a public health crisis that is destroying the life of millions.”

As The Daily Beast details, the “science” the GOP sites is pretty bunk, with no real evidence to suggest that the porn industry is destroying millions of lives. Earlier this year, we saw a Republican State Senator in Utah make similar public health allegations against porn, though his personal moral views seemed to be the real driving force.

For a party that pledges to protect your personal freedoms, it sure has a lot to say about what you can and can’t do in the privacy of your own home.

2. Coal is clean energy

view of smoking coal power plant

At a point when the Democrats are adopting stronger language than ever against climate change, the Republicans are countering with some glaringly false proclamations in support of the coal industry. Even compared to other finite resources like fossil fuels, coal is most definitely not “clean.”

The platform states that coal is “an abundant, clean, affordable, reliable domestic energy resource.” In addition to clean, really none of these claims are true.

  • Abundant? There’s less than 20 years worth of coal left in America.
  • Affordable? Coal may seem cheaper, until you start to factor in all of the delayed costs the dirty form of energy will rack up thanks to climate change.
  • Reliable? By all accounts, the coal industry is in major trouble.

But sure, Republicans, say whatever you want about coal and pretend that makes it true.

3. Teaching the Bible in public schools

Little girl reading Bible

Though this issue was the subject of a prolonged debate, Republicans ultimately decided to endorse teaching the Bible in public schools since it is a “historical document.”

Most would see a deep dive into the Bible to contradict the separation of church and state divide, but the Republicans seem just fine to muddy these waters when Christian values are at stake.

4. Keeping certain birds off the Endangered Species Act

Prairie chicken

Conservationists have devoted a lot of time to look out for prairie chickens and sage grouse, but the Republicans don’t want them anywhere on the endangered list.

At least one delegate was frustrated that the GOP was even trying to weigh into a “local” issue as part of the national platform, saying, “We’re not the party of anti-prairie chickens!”

Ah, but apparently they are, because other Republicans voted to approve this amendment. It’s no secret why these birds’ lives don’t matter to the right – it’s because they live in habitats where drilling is popular, and protection for these birds inevitably obstructs oil and gas companies from drilling wherever they want.

5. Food stamps are unconstitutional

Shopping at the grocery store

Republicans voted to declare that SNAP benefits are unconstitutional, apparently convinced that providing food to the poor and hungry is a decidedly un-American principle.

Afterwards, the GOP discussed whether poor people should only be allowed to use food stamps on certain types of food, since they love telling the poor what they should and shouldn’t eat. This led to a silly debate on what is considered junk food (including whether Oreos could get a pass while chocolate-covered Oreos would be junk food.)

Ultimately, the junk food takedown was not included in the platform, perhaps because the CEO of Carl’s Jr was in attendance and unsurprisingly was not in support of banning government benefits from being spent on junk food.

6. All sorts of outdated ideas about LGBT people

WC sign icon. Toilet symbol.

The Republican really ought to stay out of declaring anything “unconstitutional” since they’re still backing the idea of marriage being between a man and a woman. As we all know, the Supreme Court already weighed in on the constitutionality of that.

The GOP also added a couple of other backwards things to their platform like a nod to allowing parents to send their homosexual children to conversion therapy. On top of that, the party says it supports laws that limit people to using restrooms for the sex they were originally born – you know, for “safety” reasons.

All of these happened in spite of having the first ever openly gay member of the Platform Committee. Delegate Rachel Hoff tearfully asked that her colleagues vote to get rid of some of the anti-gay statements in the party platform, but the majority did not agree with her pleas.

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127 comments

John B
John B2 years ago

Thanks For sharing.

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Sarah Hill
Sarah Hill2 years ago

I agree that feeding, clothing and providing health care is not the government's job. Government's main job is to keep us safe!

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Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Margaret Goodman
Margaret Goodman2 years ago

Eric Lees wrote, " ... Charity should be left to the private sector, it should be voluntary not forced. ... " Certainly this is the Libertarian position. I wonder what happens when private charity can not take care of all those who need it. Is Eric okay with mass starvation, homelessness, disease, ignorance?

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James Clary
James Clary2 years ago

So apparently this website (my first visit) is just a support arm for the Democratic Party. Too bad. Some of the issues you discuss are relevant. Why push people away just because of your party allegiance? Stupid.

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Payton Godon
Payton Godon2 years ago

They seem to forget that not everyone in the world is Christian, homophobic, transphobic and selfish. Let people live and be happy, they sound like bullies in school who are jealous of happiness and try to take it away from others. And convention therapy?? Is this the 1950s? It's already proven to be natural all and not 'curable.. Not like it's a disease.

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Elaine W.
Past Member 2 years ago

I am voting Blue and these are only 6 of the reasons why.

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Petra S.
Petra S2 years ago

Can't give stars and redeem credits.

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Carole R.
Carole R2 years ago

Scary.

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David C.
David C2 years ago

the porn issue is a tough one, I don't care what one watches/sees/does if they have the choice, but I feel bad for the women who feel their only way to make a living/life is via porn, and I suspect many of the women in the porn industry are used, abused, etc.....having said that I think its ironic how much they want to intervene in the personal issues while saying they want small government...........the other issues are all examples of how biased, bought off, and selfish the Christian Shariah GOP wants to be

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