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Thursday, August 30, 2012

More Ahistorical Reporting on the Platform

Time analyzes the GOP platform:
On social issues, the GOP grows ever more conservative. The platform defines marriage as between one man and one woman, assails an “activist judiciary” for decreeing otherwise at the state level and urges a crackdown on Internet pornography. Separate planks support prayer in public schools and the pubic display of the Ten Commandments as “a reflection of our shared Judeo-Christian heritage.” The party would ban all abortions, asserting that “the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed.”
Conservative, yes, but more conservative than before?  Hardly. All of the positions in this passage have been in GOP platforms for years, if not decades.

Listing "strange obsessions," the article says:  "There is an obligatory prohibitions against the use of “foreign law by U.S. courts in interpreting our Constitution and laws,” a reference to the right’s infatuation with Sharia."  The 2008 platform called for the appointment of judges who would not "inject foreign law into American jurisprudence."  The issue was not Sharia, but the actual practice of some Supreme Court justices of citing foreign law in their opinions. Far from being a "strange obsession," the issue has been the subject of lively legal debate for a number of years.