Friday, July 15, 2016

GOP platform is a telescope on a supernova

AZBlueMeanie at Blog for Arizona likens the Republican party to the death of a star - collapsing inward under the weight of policies at odds with broader America.

Remember the RNC “autopsy” report after the 2012 election?

The report, formally called the “Growth and Opportunity Project,” laid out an extensive plan the RNC believed would lead the party to victory with an extensive outreach to women, African-American, Asian, Hispanic and gay voters.

Yeah, that autopsy report was immediately filed in the waste basket. After every electoral defeat, the GOP listens to its propaganda ministers in the conservative media entertainment complex: the party must become more conservative, more radical, more extreme. Appeal to the hardcore foaming-at-the-mouth conservative base.

This is analogous to the process of The Death of a Star: once the core of the star has cooled and “turned to iron, it can burn no longer. The star collapses by its own gravity and the iron core heats up. The core becomes so tightly packed that protons and electrons merge to form neutrons. In less than a second, the iron core, which is about the size of the Earth, shrinks to a neutron core with a radius of about 6 miles (10 kilometers). The outer layers of the star fall inward on the neutron core, thereby crushing it further. The core heats to billions of degrees and explodes (a supernova), thereby releasing large amounts of energy and material into space.”

The RNC is collapsing into a supernova, and the death of the Grand Old Party.

The platform includes Trump's wall, apparently in an appeal to the 19% of the Latinos who continue to support Trump.

It includes opposition to a ban on assault rifles and limits on magazine sizes, apparently in an appeal to those who have lost loved ones to gun violence.

It includes opposition to same-sex marriage, apparently in an attempt to be more inclusive of the LGBT community.

It includes language specifically and solidly against abortion rights, apparently meant to show support for women's reproductive choice.

Trump was barely mentioned by the 112-member platform committee, composed mostly of longtime conservative activists. The candidate and his team had little presence during the discussions, ceding the details of the platform to party faithful.” Because Trump does not care what is in the platform. It is all about him, always.

Platforms do matter. Even when ignored by bombastic bullies, platforms are lenses through which we understand the very soul of a political party. In this case, the Republican platform is indicative of a party increasingly out of step with America. That is, an America composed of more folks other than uneduated, white, gun-toting old guys.

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