Against abortion, but for nothing else

The Republican Party is against the right of a woman to choose whether or not to have an abortion. Republicans candidates are anti-abortion or pro-life.
But except for that, there is not reason as average person would want to vote for them.
They are against more funding for public education, teacher salary raises, reduced costs for medications, more benefits for veterans, a minimum wage of $15 per hour, immigration reform, affordable healthy care, prison reform, lower taxes for the middle and working class, an increase in taxes for those who make $500,000 or more per year, voter registration simplification, more paid vacation for workers, a reduction in the cost of user fees like driver’s licenses and hunting licenses, sensible gun control laws, and on and on.
GOP candidates do time and again support tax cuts for the truly wealthy and affluent in this country.


That’s a lot to chew on.

This is an oversimplified view. Political parties and their platforms are far more complex.


Is your rant over?


Haven’t we done this already?


Yes, that horse is long since dead.


Republicans are just anti-abortion. and I suspect mostly because they see it as a useful wedge issue rather than for any true ideological reason. Most of what they do is to limit a woman’s right to chose, rather than recognizing the unborn as people with human rights (although they managed to grant corporations “people” status). They are as inconsistent in their defense of life overall as are the Democrats. They are not pro-life in any Catholic sense of the word.

American political debates over what constitutes a “life issue” are usually stuck in a rigid, partisan paradigm that offers little more than predictable talking points on both the right and left. Pope Francis’s insistence that “everything is connected,” as he described it in his encyclical Laudato si’ , explodes those insufficient and suffocating categories. What the pope calls a “throwaway culture” includes myriad threats to life. During his 2015 trip to the United States, the pope clearly articulated this framework during his homily in a Mass for U.S. Catholic bishops. Francis specifically linked what he called “the innocent victim of abortion” to “children who die of hunger or from bombings,” “immigrants who drown in the search for a better tomorrow,” and “the environment devastated by man’s predatory relationship with nature.”

Please don’t keep starting multiple threads on the same topic.


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