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by Kevin Keyser
Thursday, Aug. 03, 2000 at 3:06 AM
A look at the failed GOP attempt to do a "moderate makeover" at the Convention.
GOP Aims Steadily for its Feet
Left-wing, gay-baby-seal-loving liberals like myself can only rejoice at the newest volley of shots the Republican Party has lodged in their feet. While attempting to appear “inclusive” and “diverse” during the Republican National Convention by parading token minorities and gays in front of their 90-percent white (and straight) delegates, the GOP has managed to once again put forward an ultra-conservative platform that goes against what the majority of Americans want. While they have obviously learned their lessons from past conventions in which right-wing extremists were allowed to deliver venomous polemics against gays, immigrants, and even feminists, the Republicans have done a poor job masking their true intentions if George Jr. gets elected.
Allowing gay Republicans (true modern-day “Uncle Toms” if ever there were some) to speak at a convention doesn’t mask the fact that the party opposes gay rights. Giving Colin Powell a moment to criticize Republicans for opposing affirmative action won’t stop them from continuing to oppose it. Allowing pro-choice delegates to have a few moments at the podium doesn’t change the party platform, which would make abortion illegal, even in cases where the birth might be life-threatening to the mother. In fact, Republicans plan to give fetuses 14th- Amendment rights that would effectively make it possible to prosecute a mother and a doctor for murder after an abortion.
Luckily, a majority of Americans don’t agree with most of these policies. The so-called “liberal media” has ensured that even bible-belt conservatives are more familiar and comfortable with gays and minorities. It’s hard to laugh at “Ellen’s” jokes and still hate gays.
While the GOP tries to give itself a moderate makeover, it has allowed the Religious Right to hijack the party platform once again. After choosing a candidate for President of the United States who is obviously lacking the intelligence and experience necessary to run the world’s most influential country, Republicans have proven once again that they have an adept aim for their feet. By putting forward another ultra-conservative platform, Republicans have guaranteed themselves another loss as they scare away moderates, minorities, gays, and those who want to keep abortions safe and legal.
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