Recognize This Party Platform's Key Points?

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Recognize This Party Platform's Key Points?

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I didn't.
1. Provide federal assistance to low-income communities;

2. Protect Social Security;

3. Provide asylum for refugees;

4. Extend minimum wage;

5. Improve unemployment benefit system so it covers more people;

6. Strengthen labor laws so workers can more easily join a union;

7. Assure equal pay for equal work regardless of sex.
Pretty damn liberal, even social democrat, isn't it? Even Today, the Democratic party would do well to stick to those 7 points.

But they weren't the Democrats'. This is the summary of the Republicans' party platform in 1956, when Eisenhower was running for re-election! Today's Republicans call those seven "Socialist" and "anti-American"!

https://www.politifact.com/truth-o-mete ... was-prett/

If you wan to dig through the platform:

https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/documen ... tform-1956
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Yup in the Eisenhower era when the two parties played well together in the sandbox. And then Barry Goldwater and Reagan, when right wing ideology poisoned Republicans and they became mean and it's been me, me, me, me...ever since.
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I have an original world almanac from like 1916 with the party platforms. Dems accused Reeps of being the tax and spend party.

Great book BTW with crazy info like details of all atlantic telegraph cables...
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YankeeTarheel wrote:
Fri Jan 24, 2020 2:57 pm
I didn't.
1. Provide federal assistance to low-income communities;

2. Protect Social Security;

3. Provide asylum for refugees;

4. Extend minimum wage;

5. Improve unemployment benefit system so it covers more people;

6. Strengthen labor laws so workers can more easily join a union;

7. Assure equal pay for equal work regardless of sex.
Pretty damn liberal, even social democrat, isn't it? Even Today, the Democratic party would do well to stick to those 7 points.

But they weren't the Democrats'. This is the summary of the Republicans' party platform in 1956, when Eisenhower was running for re-election! Today's Republicans call those seven "Socialist" and "anti-American"!

https://www.politifact.com/truth-o-mete ... was-prett/

If you wan to dig through the platform:

https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/documen ... tform-1956
BTW, much of these platforms were based on our Cold War positions at the time. Those commie bastards did a lot to force America to "keep up"
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So, in my lifetime, the GOP has gone from a liberal social welfare party to a selfish, greedy, racist, theocratic, cowardly bunch of assholes whom the 1956 Republicans wouldn't recognize.
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well, to be fair, everyone was pretty racist in the 1950s, but yeah
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the parties occasionally swap positions on some issues.

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senorgrand wrote:
Fri Jan 24, 2020 9:24 pm
well, to be fair, everyone was pretty racist in the 1950s, but yeah
The Democrats were 2 parties then: Southern racists...and northern and central liberals.
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It is hard to compare parties pre-1980 and post-1980.

For example, Iraq has been bombed every year for 29 years. Bush, Clinton, Bush, Obama, and Trump have used bombs and drones against a country we aren't "at war" with. The parties were almost indistinguishable on many issues. Remember when D & R POTUS candidates both seemed to be almost the same with almost the same positions (law and order, strong defense, etc.)?

It really hit me when I realized that Nixon and Trump weren't impeached for war crimes or criminality (or harassing the press or lying or racism). They were investigated for impeachment because they messed with the DNC (Watergate) or its main candidate (Ukraine).
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