Number 2 Bigot of the Year 2012: Republican Party Platform

30 Dec
Number 2 Bigot of 2012

Number 2 Bigot of 2012

There are those who claim that a party platform is just a bunch of words to rally the faithful and that what matters is each candidate. To them I say, words matter. Candidates who stand up under a party banner should note what they claim to stand for. This year, the Republican party approved a rancid Tea-soaked platform that slid even further backward into a viciously white, male, heterosexist hierarchy. With that being said, I still refuse to paint all Republicans with this tea stained brush.

It should come as little surprise that the platform was rabidly anti-gay. FRC President Tony Perkins was allowed to draft language that not only called for a national one-man-one-woman amendment but targeted all the progress made during the Obama administration for dismantling.

The War on Women showed up in the guise of a personhood amendment, the most egregious type of attack on reproductive choice. Trampling freedom of religion, the platform trumpeted the farthest right of so-called christian values, elevating the “rights” of a random assemblage of cells over even the life of the mother. How very pro-life THAT is–protect the fetus at all cost, but damn the mother and the child after birth.

The platform also attacked health care and called for dismantling the Affordable Care Act without proposing any alternative. It painted immigrants as greedy illegals, celebrating Arizona and Alabama-style immigration laws and demanding intrusive bureaucracies to force companies to investigate all potential employees. How’s that for smaller government?

The hypocritical, anti-everyone — unless they’re white, rich, christian, heterosexual men — document was a shocker even for the 21st Century GOP. Sadly, the candidates picked up the hateful flag and marched.

Dishonorable mention goes to four particularly loathsome GOP men. Mitt Romney leads the list, railing against the LGBT community, women, and the poor while pretending to tack to the center. His cruel detachment and willingness to do anything to win make him a perfect exemplar of this decaying party. His running mate, Paul Ryan, gets special notice for his Randian budget plans, a real “I’ve got mine so go to Hell” approach to governance.

Two angry men round out the list. Regular TSM bigot winner Allen West leaves office in a fit of petulance. Despite his clear loss, he prepared to waste thousands of dollars and ignore election law to try to change the results. Fortunately, he was so nuts that even in Florida he couldn’t make the case. Sen John McCain (R – Pleistocene) rounds out the list. His regular angry rants hit a new low when he targeted U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice. He hypocritically attacked her integrity — after supporting Sarah (Gun) Palin and  Conoleezza Rice and her lying ways years earlier — in a blatant move to get John Kerry out of the Senate and give his mini-me Scott Brown another shot. What a sad, nasty creature our McCain (Gollum) is.

11 Responses to “Number 2 Bigot of the Year 2012: Republican Party Platform”

  1. Christine Noble December 30, 2012 at 8:16 am #

    Sigh… unfortunately they will help to continue to pull our politics to the right. There are quite a few in the Democratic party who attribute this fall’s win not to a more compassionate and thoughtful electorate, but to the party’s willingness to “compromise” (read: willingness to cut help for the disenfranchised, willingness to preserve our military budget, etc.) Don’t get me wrong, I prefer them to the accepted alternative, and as a queer individual I appreciate the gains we’ve made, but we cannot ignore the real threat of rightward drift on other issues.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt December 30, 2012 at 8:31 am #

      Christine, my hope is that over the course of the next four years, the GOP will begin to see just how out of date and how out of touch they are with the American people. Consequently, we may see the GOP reinventing themselves and finally pouring out that rancid tea.

      • Central Oregon Coast NOW December 30, 2012 at 9:33 am #

        Oh, Michael, I hope you are right. I must say, I am more inclined to agree with Christine. As only one example, look at Obama proposing using the “chained CPI” to calculate cost of living increases for Social Security recipients, rather than proposing to get rid of the income cap on Social Security taxes (he was still talking about switching to the “chained CPI” this morning on Meet the Press). I so hope my pessimism is wrong and your optimism is correct!

      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt December 30, 2012 at 9:39 am #

        Yuck. I thought that was off the table, so it comes as a surprise to me that he is maintaining the chained CPI approach on Meet the Press this morning. I am taking three deep breaths and am trying to hold onto some hope.

  2. Scott Rose December 30, 2012 at 9:25 am #

    Sen John McCain (R – Pleistocene) LOL!

  3. Jennifer Carey December 30, 2012 at 9:57 am #

    Oh Michael, I believe you are being short-sited here. You see, the Repulicans very specifically did *not* discriminate against you in their bigotry – you could be a person of color, a woman, a member of the LGBTQ community, foreign (legal or illegal), a college student, an elementary student a victim of violent and/or sexual crime, poor, unemployed (you could even be white and male here). So in fact, their platform was the most inclusive ever!! Everyone was on their chopping block except the super, duper extremely rich (and then, money was the only requirement).

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt December 30, 2012 at 10:51 am #

      Oy! Jennifer, thank you so very much! Finally, someone has taken the time to explain to me how truly inclusive the GOP is. 🙂

  4. Bruce Thompson December 31, 2012 at 5:36 am #

    Michael, every word of your commentary should be immortalized and framed next to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights! Exceptional reporting here! Thank you for getting it so right, at least from my perspective. We need you in the host line-up of MSNBC!

    I would say INTENTIONALLY not inclusive! It was a “political” calculation of the most obscene kind. I’ll let your reads give that some thought! One hint, let’s go back to the times of slavery in this country. What were the power and psychosocial conditions of that time???


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