CHH Politics: Republican National Convention

Friday, Aug. 31, Political Cartoon

Dalton Workman

Yesterday, the Republican Party closed out its national convention by nominating Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan as their ticket for the Presidency of the United States. However, the GOP’s national convention isn’t just a time where they display their party and their candidates for office. It’s a time where the party lays out its vision for the next four years. The convention is an opportunity for the members of the GOP to bring their visions and ideas to the floor in order to have them placed on the party’s platform for the next four years.

This year, the Republican Party took a more conservative stance on their national platform. Over the last four years, the party has seen its base move farther to the right and align themselves with the conservative movement. Thus, there has been a big push for the party to adopt a more conservative platform.

On Tuesday, that new conservative platform was finalized and passed. In the platform, the Republican Party takes a strong stance on issues such as traditional marriage, protecting the rights of the unborn, and fighting to reduce the size and scope of government. The Republican Party believes that over the last four years, President Barack Obama has drastically expanded the size of government and has added trillions of dollars in new debt to our country. In the platform, the GOP calls out the Democratic idea of raising taxes in a recession. The GOP plan explains that raising taxes as a means of jump-starting the economy is not the smart nor the right way to fix the problem.

When taking a detailed look at the new Republican Platform, you can begin to see that the debate and upcoming election will focus on differences such as increasing or decreasing the size of government. Obama and the Democratic Party have made it all too clear that they are pushing for more government and more taxes. The Republican Party and Romney want to down size government and reduce taxes on all levels of income as means of jump-starting the economy. Which way is best? That’s for you to decide on Nov. 6!