Stand behind party platform in GOP
By TERRY ROEMER
Will you vote Republican? The Idaho Republican platform can be found at www.idgop.org. Some points of interest from the preamble:
We believe the strength of our nation lies with our faith and reliance on God our creator, the individual and the family.
We believe the proper role of government is to provide for the people only those critical functions that cannot be performed by individuals or private organization.
From financing government:
We believe Social Security should be stabilized, diversified and privatized to expand individual retirement options.
The Idaho Republican Party recognizes that the future of this great state lies with our faith and reliance on God our creator, in our strong efforts to uphold family values and in the quality of education provided for its citizens.
From American family:
We believe the traditional family to be the basic unit of society. Government officials and legislators are called upon to protect the traditional family and use all means possible to prevent expansion of the definition of marriage beyond that of a bond between one man and one woman. (Has Sen. Coiner read this?)
Are these ideals outdated in modern society for a political party? With liberals, environmentalists, Democrats and “enlightened” progressives running as Republicans in the Idaho State primary, the Republican Party will be transformed. Keeping the open primary system in Idaho will change (read destroy or transform) the Republican Party as we know it today. Idaho’s primary needs to be closed as 39 other states have done.
Read both parties platforms on their respective web sites. There is a difference.
One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors (Plato).
Read between the lines... wrote on August 30, 2006 11:04 AM:
"Same old "save our morals" speech failing to note what has happened to this country under a GOP who knows what strings to pull, but does whatever they want (moral or not) when the people aren't watching. They want Social Security changed so rich people don't have to repay bonds with interest they've borrowed out of it. This even though only the first $94,000 of earnings has Social Security deductions. Privatizing would transfer over $1 trillion from the bottom 95% of income distribution to the richest 5%. Well, they're taking almost everything we earn just to live now, why not give them the rest? And education? Look at the headline on Yahoo "Sharpest SAT drop in 31 years." Yet another "tell them one thing but do another" result. Unbelievable! And the old "God" argument. Let's be honest here. You have no more proof of the existence of your god than the Muslims do. Look into the origins of the bible you live by and get a clue."