This is the third part in my series on Social Issues. In the first and second parts I talked about Civil Oligarchy and Entitlements. In this post I’ll be writing about that doctrine called “American Renewal” by the Republican National Committee. Due to there being eleven principles that together create American Renewal, I will be writing about the first six of them today, and finishing up with the last five next Wednesday. When I first started on this post I didn’t realize how long it was going to be. I went on the RNC website and copied out their list of eleven important principles for what they are calling American Renewal. These are listed below in their entirety.
CONSTITUTION – Our Constitution should be preserved, valued and honored.
ECONOMY – We need to start growing America’s economy instead of Washington’s economy so that hard-working Americans see better wages and more opportunity.
BUDGET- we need to pass a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution, make government more efficient, and leave the next generation with opportunity, not debt.
HEALTHCARE – We need to start over with real healthcare reform that puts patients and their doctors in charge, not unelected bureaucrats in Washington.
VETERANS – Our veterans have earned our respect and gratitude, and no veteran should have to wait in line for months or years just to see a doctor.
SECURITY – Keeping America safe and strong requires a strong military, growing the economy, energy independence, and secure borders.
EDUCATION – Every child should have an equal opportunity to get a great education; no parent should be forced to send their child to a failing school.
POVERTY – The best anti-poverty program is a strong family and a good job, so our focus should be on getting people out of poverty by lifting up all people and helping them find work.
VALUES – Our country should value the traditions of family, life, religious liberty, and hard work.
ENERGY – We should make America energy independent by encouraging investment in domestic energy, lowering prices, and creating jobs at home.
IMMIGRATION – We need an immigration system that secures our borders, upholds the law, and boosts our economy.
These all sound like upstanding and even helpful ideas. However, when I decided to do a little research into whether or not these goals were being achieved by the elected Republicans in Congress, I found little in the way of these goals being met.
To begin with, the goal of following the Constitution remains unachieved. One example of this is the stated (and signed) promise to not allow the President to nominate a new Supreme Court Justice. Since nominating a new justice according to the Constitution should be done by the President, the Republicans in Congress are impeding an important duty of both the President and themselves. http://www.thenation.com/article/yes-president-obama-can-still-nominate-a-supreme-court-justice/ and http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/24/us/politics/supreme-court-nomination-obama.html
In the second case, the RNC states that one achievement that that republicans would like to see come to fruition is an economy where hard-working Americans see better wages and more opportunity. This again is rather interesting since they have repeatedly voted against raising the minimum wage. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/republicans-minimum-wage/ As far as opportunity is concerned, Republicans also vote against that by continuing to give tax breaks to corporations that send American jobs overseas. http://www.politicususa.com/2014/07/30/senate-republicans-vote-american-jobs-blocking-bill-outsourcing-tax-breaks.html
The balancing the federal budget is another achievement of the RNC. However, again, the Republicans in congress have blocked any advance on this process by voting to keep corporate taxes and taxes on the extremely wealthy at exceedingly low rates. http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-0415-eichelberger-taxes-20150415-story.html
Another achievement that the RNC talks about is a new form of healthcare that will cover us, and put us in charge of our own healthcare. Again, there is a little bit of double-talk, since we are in charge of our own healthcare (unless of course we are discussing woman’s healthcare, which I will do so in a separate post). With all their talk of a new reform after they vote to get rid of Obamacare; they are vague on any new form of healthcare, in fact, with all the talk about replacing it, all we get are non-answers. There is no new healthcare to replace it with – or if there is it has yet to be shared with the American people. http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2016/01/gop-not-going-to-reveal-obamacare-replacement.html# http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-congress-obamacare-repeal-20160106-story.html
The RNC also says that veterans have earned respect and gratitude; and that they should not have to wait an unseemly long time for healthcare. So, what are they doing to rectify this situation? Well, here is one article which details how the Republicans have been trying to take benefits away from veterans. http://www.politicususa.com/2015/11/11/republicans-congress-dishonoring-americas-veterans.html Another article highlights the records of the Republican politicians running for President and their views on benefits for veterans. As you can see, no matter what the rhetoric is, there is little in the way of respect or gratitude given to our veterans. http://correctrecord.org/the-gop-on-veterans-issues/
The next achievement is security of country. The RNC is extremely concerned with our security, be it our borders or our international security. This administration has spent about $20 billion dollars on border security, but if you listen to the Republican rhetoric you would never guess it. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/earl-ofari-hutchinson/gop-hypocrisy-rides-high-immigration_b_5574869.html Not only that, but they have refused to discuss or vote on any solutions to the immigration problem that they are so concerned about.
Here I am going to stop. I’ve put a lot of effort into this post, and I hope that you go to the links that I’ve provided. If you have comments please share them. I’d like to know what you think of these “American renewal” goals. Next week I will finish with the rest of the list.