When Kerry and the Democrats oppose both a marriage amendment and Defense of Marriage Act, it means they want left-wing activist judges to define marriage instead of elected representatives. The Republican platform accurately describes such impudence as "judicial supremacy."
It implores Congress to limit federal court jurisdiction in instances where judges are threatening to abuse their power by banning the use of "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance, or prohibiting depictions of the Ten Commandments, or invalidating the Defense of Marriage Act.
The two platforms are also starkly different on the abortion issue. The Republican platform states that "the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed."
The pro-life plank continues in language that is practically identical to the pro-life plank in every Republican national platform since 1984. It supports a human life amendment to the Constitution, legislation to make clear that the 14th Amendment applies to unborn children, and the appointment of judges who respect the sanctity of innocent human life, and it opposes spending taxpayer money for abortion or organizations that advocate it.
In obedience to the Democrats' pro-abortion constituency, their platform advocates "a woman's right to choose, consistent with Roe v. Wade, and regardless of her ability to pay." Their platform didn't quite have the gall to brag about their opposition to the partial-birth abortion ban (passed by the Republican Congress and signed by President Bush) which has now been voided by two Clinton-appointed activist judges.
On health care, the Republican platform describes the achievement of conservatives' 10-year goal to establish health savings accounts. This reform allows people "to save, earn interest, and spend tax free on their health care needs."
It is really pretty funny the way Kerry's operatives designed a platform to present a mainstream image that omits or muffles many of the Democrats' radical positions. These include the war in Iraq (even though 80 percent of the Democratic delegates oppose the war), socialized health care, the Kyoto global warming treaty, capital punishment, and Alaska oil drilling.
Even funnier is the Democratic platform's false allegations that the Democratic Party supports tax cuts, more secure borders, and protecting our Second Amendment right to own guns. Such Platform lies are cushioned with soft platitudes such as "the challenges of our times are profound" and "the stakes are immeasurably high."
Phyllis Schlafly is a national leader of the pro-family movement, a nationally syndicated columnist and author of Feminist Fantasies.
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