Election 2016: Republican, Democratic Party Platforms

Election 2016:

Republican, Democratic Party Platforms

afa-politicalparties10 key issues … taken directly from official party platforms*


Rusty Benson

Associate Editor, American Family Association Journal

Human Life

liberal-compassion-abortionDemocratic Party
Democrats are committed to protecting and advancing reproductive health, rights, and justice. We believe unequivocally that every woman should have access to quality reproductive health care services, including safe and legal abortion – regardless of where she lives, how much money she makes, or how she is insured. We believe that reproductive health is core to women’s, men’s, and young people’s health and wellbeing. …We will continue to oppose – and seek to overturn – federal and state laws and policies that impede a woman’s access to abortion, including by repealing the Hyde Amendment. (p.37)
abortion3-pro-lifeRepublican Party
The Constitution’s guarantee that no one can “be deprived of life, liberty or property” deliberately echoes the Declaration of Independence’s proclamation that “all” are “endowed by their Creator” with the inalienable right to life. Accordingly, we assert the sanctity of human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental right to life which cannot be infringed. We support a human life amendment to the Constitution and legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment’s protections apply to children before birth. (p.13)

Planned Parenthood

Democratic Party
We will continue to stand up to Republican efforts to defund Planned Parenthood health centers, which provide critical health services to millions of people. (p.37)
reagan-quote-abortionRepublican Party
We oppose the use of public funds to perform or promote abortion or to fund organizations, like Planned Parenthood,
so long as they provide or refer for elective abortions or sell fetal body parts rather than provide health care. (p.13)



Democratic Party
We will appoint judges who defend the constitutional principles of liberty and equality for all, protect a woman’s right to safe and legal abortion, curb billionaires’ influence over elections because they understand that Citizens United has fundamentally damaged our democracy, and see the Constitution as a blueprint for progress. (p.25)
judicialtyrannyRepublican Party
We support the appointment of judges who respect traditional family values and the sanctity of innocent human life. We condemn attempts by activist judges at any level of government to seize the power of the purse from the people’s elected representatives by ordering higher taxes. (p.13)

Religious Liberty

Democratic Party

election-quote6-dem-vs-godDemocrats know that our nation, our communities, and our lives are made vastly stronger and richer by faith in many forms and the countless acts of justice, mercy, and tolerance it inspires. We believe in lifting up and valuing the good work of people of faith and religious organizations and finding ways to support that work where possible. (p.19)
church-state3-first-amendmtRepublican Party
We value the right of America’s religious leaders to preach, and Americans to speak freely, according to their faith. Republicans believe the federal government, specifically the IRS, is constitutionally prohibited from policing or censoring speech based on religious convictions or beliefs, and therefore we urge the repeal of the Johnson Amendment. (p.11)

Education/School Choice
Democratic Party
commoncoreDemocrats are also committed to providing parents with high-quality public school options and expanding these options for low-income youth. We support democratically governed, great neighborhood public schools and high-quality public charter schools, and we will help them disseminate best practices to other school leaders and educators. Democrats oppose for-profit charter schools focused on making a profit off of public resources. (p.34)

common core opponents

common core opponents

Republican Party
We support options for learning, including home-schooling, career and technical education, private or parochial schools, magnet schools, charter schools, online learning, and early-college high schools. We especially support the innovative financing mechanisms that make options available to all children: education savings accounts (ESAs), vouchers, and tuition tax credits. (p.34)

Sex Education

abortion-pp-moneyDemocratic Party
We recognize that quality, affordable comprehensive health care, evidence-based sex education, and a full range of family planning services help reduce the number of unintended pregnancies. (p.37)
abstinence-mychoiceRepublican Party
We renew our call for replacing “family planning” programs for teens with sexual risk avoidance education that sets abstinence until marriage as the responsible and respected standard of behavior. (p.34)



obamacaresocialismDemocratic Party
Thanks to the hard work of President Obama and Democrats in Congress, we took a critically important step towards the goal of universal health care by passing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which has offered coverage to 20 million more Americans and ensured millions more will never be denied coverage on account of a pre-existing condition. (p.34)
repeal-obamacareRepublican Party
Any honest agenda for improving health care must start with repeal of the dishonestly named Affordable Care Act of 2010: Obamacare. …To simplify the system for both patients and providers, we will reduce mandates and enable insurers and providers of care to increase health care options and contain costs. (p.36)


Democratic Party
Democrats applaud last year’s decision by the Supreme Court that recognized LGBT people – like every other American – have the right to marry the person they love. But there is still much work to be done. … Democrats will fight for the continued development of sex discrimination law to cover LGBT people. We will also fight for comprehensive federal non-discrimination protections for all LGBT Americans … . (p.19)
familydefendmarriage1Republican Party
We condemn the Supreme Court’s ruling in United States v Windsor, which wrongly removed the ability of Congress to define marriage policy in federal law. We also condemn the Supreme Court’s lawless ruling in Obergefell v Hodges. … In Obergefell, five unelected lawyers robbed 320 million Americans of their legitimate constitutional authority to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman. (p.11)

Biomedical Research

abortion-embryoDemocratic Party

Democrats believe we must accelerate the pace of medical progress, ensuring that we invest more in our scientists and give them the resources they need to invigorate our fundamental studies in the life sciences in a growing, stable, and predictable way. …We recognize the critical importance of a fully funded National Institutes of Health to accelerate the pace of medical progress. (p.36)
anti-cloningRepublican Party
We call for expanded support for the stem cell research that now offers the greatest hope for many afflictions – through adult stem cells, umbilical cord blood, and cells reprogrammed into pluripotent stem cells – without the destruction of embryonic human life. We urge a ban on human cloning for research or reproduction, and a ban on the creation of, or experimentation on, human embryos for research. (p.37-38)


cartoon-obama-Iran-ATM-600Democratic Party

We support the nuclear agreement with Iran because, if vigorously enforced and implemented, it verifiably cuts off all of Iran’s pathways to a bomb without resorting to war. (p.43)
obama-treasonRepublican Party
We consider the Administration’s deal with Iran, to lift international sanctions and make hundreds of billions of dollars available to the Mullahs, a personal agreement between the President and his negotiating partners. … Because of it, the defiant and emboldened regime in Tehran continues to sponsor terrorism across the region, develop a nuclear weapon, test-fire ballistic missiles inscribed with “Death to Israel,” and abuse the basic human rights of its citizens. A Republican president will not be bound by it. (p.46)


Marriage Definition, God, and Importance of Family

Dinner Topics for Monday

Marriage Definition, God, and Importance of Family


Month-Defining Moment

keyLook, folks, it really isn’t complicatedMarriage, like every other word, has a definition.  It is the union of a man and a woman, and — very, very importantly, in this instancein most cases it happens or is supposed to happen under the eyes of God.  ~Rush Limbaugh

christofferson-family-marriage-The social science case for marriage and for families headed by a married man and woman is compelling.19 And sowe warn that the disintegration of the family will bring upon individuals, communities, and nations the calamities foretold by ancient and modern prophets.20 But our claims for the role of marriage and family rest not on social science but on the truth that they are God’s creation. It is He who in the beginning created Adam and Eve in His image, male and female, and joined them as husband and wife to become “one flesh” and to multiply and replenish the earth.21 Each individual carries the divine image, but it is in the matrimonial union of male and female as one that we attain perhaps the most complete meaning of our having been made in the image of God—male and female. Neither we nor any other mortal can alter this divine order of matrimony. It is not a human invention.Such marriage is indeed “from above, from God” and is as much a part of the plan of happiness as the Fall and the Atonement. ~D. Todd Christofferson

Rush Limbaugh

RUSH:  Look, folks, it really isn’t complicatedMarriage, like every other word, has a definition.  It is the union of a man and a woman, and — very, very importantly, in this instance — in most cases it happens or is supposed to happen under the eyes of God.  (gasping)  Uh-oh, religious component, uh-oh, religion is the enemy of the left.  Uh-oh, anything we can do to blow up religion, we’ll do.  Therefore, make marriage nothing more than an agreement. God’s got nothing to do with it.  There isn’t anything really serious going on here, just two people that love each other, saying so, why not.  Additionally, marriage was never established to discriminate against anybody. 

But you wouldn’t believe that if you listen to the advocates who want to change what it means.  Nobody ever thought about it discriminating against anybody.  It’s just what it was.  I mean, there are certain activities that are what they are, and no matter how much you try to change the definition, you can’t change what the activity of the institution, tradition is.  It was never established to discriminate against people.  It had much loftier goals.  Marriage had a much, much loftier purpose than to discriminate.  It was not even a factor. 

And then there’s this.

2-parentfamily-silhouetteWhen you boil this all down, I don’t care what you do, and I don’t care how you arrange things, every single one of us has a mother and a father. 

I don’t care what you do, I don’t care what changes in definitions of words and whatever inroads you make in society, but there’s nothing you are ever gonna be able to do to change that.  We all have a mother and a father.  And if we start screwing around — well, we already have — with the definition of marriage and all this, then there are gonna be a lot of people who aren’t gonna know who both of their parents are.  And that’s true I know of adopted kids.  I know there are exceptions to everything.

But it’s undeniable.  We all have a mother and father.  No matter how else we try to tell ourselves that we’re gonna change, we’re becoming more enlightened, you can’t wipe that out.  You can’t erase that fact, and that fact results from biology.  There’s nothing you can do to wipe it out until somebody comes up with the artificial womb.

family3generationsFor millennia marriage has been an institution about specific things.  It has not been an arrangement of convenience in the here and now to satisfy surface, specious desires.  Marriage has been a commitment. You can say it works or doesn’t. You can say that it’s not always perfect. I don’t care how you want to rip it, but marriage is what it is.  Marriage is a union of a man and a woman which has, whether you want to admit it, agree to it or not, one purpose:  to propagate the race, to create bloodlines and family lines, family being the keyword, for the express purpose of giving people the best opportunity to be raised in a good way so as to be prepared to meet life as an adult. 

That’s what marriage is.  The definition of the word is a union of a man and a woman. 

It is exclusive, it is monogamous.  Not everybody obeys, I understand that, but institutions are not rendered useless simply because some people fail them.  An institution is what it is.  Just because some people do not follow through it doesn’t mean the institution is flawed.  If you’re gonna come along because desires of the moment leave people to think that they are excluded from this and this is unfair and so we’re going to redefine what marriage is, that’s the problem people have with it.  Marriage is a specific thing and it has specific purposes.

Now, your question, hey, it’s only 1%, 2% of the population.  What is the big deal?

It is a recognition that the institution of marriage, defined through the millennia, has a definitive and worthwhile, uplifting, demonstrably proven to be uplifting, purpose.  You can go anywhere you want and look at results of the human civilization where such arrangements haven’t been made, and there’s been no question, the stats, the children of a mother-and-dad family, mom-and-dad, female-male relationship, do better in life than single parent kids, all that.  It’s all rolled into one.

GayPolitical-minoritiesYour analogy to interracial marriage, I don’t think it works.  I don’t think it’s relevant because we’re not changing the definition of marriage in an interracial marriage in any way, shape, manner, or form.  The skin color of the participants doesn’t do anything to the institution.  It doesn’t change it, it doesn’t dilute it, it doesn’t water it down, it doesn’t make it meaningless.  But the marriage of people of the same sex totally wipes out the meaning of the word and once again we are allowing institutions of millennia and tradition to be diluted and perhaps even eliminated in terms of their real true meaning in order to satisfy wants and desires of convenience in the moment. 

familydefendmarriage1If you looked at every institution, “Well, hey, you know, only 1% of the population has a million dollars, why not tax ’em at 75%?  What’s the big deal?  Raise their taxes, 75%.”  You do that, and pretty soon everybody’s gonna be paying a 75% tax rate.  It doesn’t stop.  The fact it affects so few is not the way to look at it.  Now we have people in the UK who want to marry their dogs.  Now we have people who want to get married to two or three different people, and there are people that care about the institution that consider it valid, valuable, worthwhile, meaningful, relevant, and productive.

They’re worried about it being watered down and diluted to meaninglessness.

And in the process, they’re worried about the whole notion of respect for it crumbling as well.  Your attitude happens to be the majority opinion, though.  That’s how it is coming to pass.  “Hey, if two people love each other, what difference does it make?  Who are you to say people who love each other shouldn’t be able to get married?”  The old saw.

I could use one of your techniques back at you.  Well, gay people are not prohibited from getting married.  Anybody, man, woman, if they want to marry each other they can get married. Nobody is being denied the chance to get married.  Now, you would guffaw at that, you would pooh-pooh that, but it’s the same analogy as your interracial marriage example.  That would be my answer to you.  These things, to a lot of people, do matter, because of the future implications contained.