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The Texas Republican Party Platform can be read as a blueprint for Bush administration policies, and reflects the values of Dominion Theology.
Dominionists believe the federal government should recede into the background. This would be achieved through massive tax cuts. Then the Church would assume responsibliltly for welfare and education. Tax cuts, Faith-based initiatives and school vouchers are the cornerstone of Bush administration domestic policies and recommended in the Texas GOP Platform. These policies are putting the U.S. on the path toward becoming what the Platform calls a "Christian" nation.
Tax Cuts, p. 17 - "The Party urges the IRS be abolished," and the following taxes eliminated:
"income tax, inheritance tax, gift tax, capital gains, corporate income tax, payroll tax and property tax."
Tax cuts are accompanied by Downsizing the Federal Government on p. 19 -
We support the abolition of ... the Bureau of Tobacco and Firearms, the position of Surgeon General, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Departments of Energy, Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services, Education, Commerce and Labor. We also call for the de-funding or abolition of the National Endowment for the Arts, and Public Broadcasting System.
Deregulation - Dominion Theologists support deregulation of industry. They use terms such as "unfettered" or "unhampered" by regulation. The first three agencies listed in the above paragraph are all regulatory agencies. The Texas GOP Platform calls for business to be "unencumbered by excessive government regulation." (p.1, preamble)
The Washington Post has published a three-part series analyzing the devastating impact of Bush administration deregulatory policies on the environment and public health. The first article from the Post is called Bush Forces a Shift In Regulatory Thrust, OSHA Made More Business-Friendly, August 15, 2004. The second article, August 16, 'Data Quality' Law Is Nemesis Of Regulation talks about the health threat of a law to deregulate chemicals. The third article, August 17, Appalachia Is Paying Price for White House Rule Change explains how Bush administration rule changes are devastating the environment.
Biblical Law - Dominion theology calls for a government based on Biblical Law, relying on the Ten Commandments as its guiding source. Therefore, posting of the Ten Commandments in public buildings has great symbolic value.
On p.7 of the Platform: Ten Commandments - "We ... oppose any governmental action to restrict prohibit, or remove public display of the [Ten Commandments]..."
The Platform goes on to say "or any other religious symbols." The words "any other" probably mean "any other Christian symbols," for the religious right does not accept religions that aren't monotheistic. The Family Research Council, the most powerful lobbying organization of the religious right, spoke strongly against religious pluralism when a Hindu priest offered an invocation for Congress. They wrote:
"(W)hile it is true that the United States of America was founded on the sacred principle of religious freedom for all, that liberty was never intended to exalt other religions to the level that Christianity holds in our country's heritage."
"Our Founders expected that Christianity -- and no other religion -- would receive support from the government as long as that support did not violate peoples' consciences and their right to worship. They would have found utterly incredible the idea that all religions, including paganism, be treated with equal deference."
The "wall" of separation between church and state would need to come down to establish Biblical Law. On p.8, Free Exercise of Religion:
"Our party pledges to exert its influence to ... dispel the "myth" of the separation of church and state."
The Bush administration has been consistently nominating federal court judges who would support Biblical Law and don't believe in a separatioin of church and state.
P.4: Free Speech for Clergy - Clergy should not risk losing tax-empt status for political activity (See the Houses of Worship Political Speech Protection Act); (New York Times, A Bill Eases Vote Curb on Churches By David Kirkpatrick, June 8, 2004)
p.8: "We reclaim freedom of religious expression in public on government property, and freedom from governmental interference."
p.8, Christian Nation: "The Republican Party of Texas affirms the United States of America is a Christian Nation ..."
p. 8: Faith-Based opportunites should be increased. Until that time, "Faith-based Initiatives as proposed by President George W. Bush and currently implemented, should continue to be funded by federal monies. (In other words, the Church should assume responsibility for welfare and education. These programs would be funded through tithing -- collecting 10% of church members' income, and through community, and business contributions. Until the churches have taken over welfare, the government would fund these programs.)
Until such time as such unconstitutional spending programs are repealed, we believe that the faith-based initiative as proposed by President George W. Bush, and currently implemented, should continue to receive federal monies.
From America's Providential History, a popular text book in Christian schools and the Christian homeschool movement, "Scripture makes it clear that God is the provider, not the state, and that needy individuals are to be cared for by private acts of charity." (p.187)
The Environment, (p.2)
p.2 #17: "We reaffirm belief in the fundamental constitutional right of an individual to use property without governmental interference."
p.2 #10: "We oppose conservation easements on our natural resources administered by organizations unaccountable to tax payers and voters." (That means land trusts and conservation groups would be declared unconstitutional.)
p. 2 #18: "We oppose the Endangered Species Act."
p.2 #7: "We believe that groundwater is an absolute, vested right of the landowner."
P. 2 #13: "We oppose passage of any international treaty that overrides United States sovereignty including the Kyoto agreement and Biodiversity Treaty."
Gun Control (pp. 7-8)
pp. 7 and 8: Opposes all forms of gun control including law suits against gun manufacturers.
“We reject the establishment of any mechanism to process, license, record, register or monitor the ownership of guns.”
As the ban on assault weapons is due to expire in September, 2004, police departments all over the country are prodding Congress and the President to renew the ban. House Majority Tom DeLay has said that he wouldn't bring a bill to renew the ban to a vote in Congress, and the President is remaining silent on the subject. (New York Times, July 17, 2004)
The Family (pp 9-12)
p.9:Child Abuse - "The Party recognises that the family is a sovereign sphere of authority over which the state has no right to intervene unless the parent or guardian has committed criminal abuse." (Emphasis mine)
p.12 affirms the rights of parents.
p.9 Supports the Unborn Victims of Violence Act
p.10: Celebrating Traditional Marriage calls for a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, and opposes the legalization of "sodomy" ie homosexuality.
p.11 - Right to Life includes suspending use of RU 486 and commends President Bush for "banning the government funding of human embryo stem cell harvesting."
pp.14 -17: Education
p.14: Supports school vouchers.
p.15: "We call for the abolition of the U.S. Department of Education and the prohibition of the transfer of any of its functions to any other federal agency."
p.15: Supports abstinence only sex education which is strongly supported by the Bush administration.
p.15:"The Party urges Congress to repeal government-sponsored programs that deal with early childhood development, and phase them out as soon as possible." (Programs like Headstart have been facing heavy cuts).
P.16: Multiculturism - "We favor strengthening our common American identity and loyalty over the ideology of multiculturism that emphasizes the differences between racial and ethnic groups."
p.17: "The Party supports the termination of bilingual education programs..."
p.17: supports teaching of intelligent design (a form of creationism) and teaching evolution as merely a theory rather than scientific fact.
p.17: prohibits reproductive health care services in high schools.
The Economy (pp, 13, 17-19)
Preamble, p.1 - "We believe that the future of our country depends upon a strong and vibrant public sector unencumbered by excessive government regulation." ("Excessive government regulation" refers to protections for the environment, for workers, for consummers, and for investors.)
p.13 " ... gradually phase out Social Security tax for a system of "private pensions.."
p. 19 - Make President Bush's tax cuts permanent.
p.19: Privatize government services such as high-speed rail, sports stadiums, or space exploration.
p.19: Downsizing the Federal Government - Abolish the Bureau of Tobacco and Firearms, the position of Surgeon General, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Departments of Energy, Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services, Education, Commerce and Labor. "We also call for the de-funding or abolition of the National Endowment for the Arts, and Public Broadcasting System."
The United Nations
p.26: "The Party believes it is in the best interest of the citizens of the United States that we immediately rescind our membership, as well as financial and military contributions to, the United Nations... The Party urges Congress to evict the United Nations from U.S. soil." (While President Bush has certainly not been this extreme, he did indicate that the UN had become irrelevant when it didn't support the U.S. war in Iraq. Since that time he seems to have learned that the U.S. can't act alone, and that he does in fact need the United Nations for his war on terror.)
Originally posted by scottsquared
What has become of compromise? Where has tolerance gone? Acceptance of other cultures(other than White, Christian, Western), is no longer an option, at least not within our borders. How is the expressed dogma of the Republican party in Texas, as denoted in the last post, different from that of the Klu Klux Klan??? I see very little difference. www.kkk.bz...
Originally posted by Rant
Step one accomplished, the gutting of all "secular" government authority, sympathetic industries that support the goals will be rewarded with deregulation, the encouragement of monopolies and economic validation of man's dominion over property and nature. This allows corporate entities, which would have every right to discriminate and promote particular religions more control and influence over individual's with little to no recourse from protective agencies.
Originally posted by RANT
What is your post supposed to mean Keholmes?
Originally posted by RANT
[EDIT: Any why are you supporting the Republican platform and disagreeing with the Dem/Green/Libertarian position you're supposed to be supporting on this? Just caught that. Changing teams?]
Originally posted by RANT
Why are you avoiding the points in the GOP platform?
Originally posted by RANT
While you may disagree with some of my independent assertions you can't disagree that there are two politcal ideologies we have to choose from:
Originally posted by RANT
It's a choice, I humbly submit isn't being fully explained honestly by some parties.