By John Semmens
This week, House Minority leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif) unveiled the Republicans’ “Commitment to America” platform. The platform focused on inflation, crime, and the southern border.
“President Biden and the Democrats in Congress took a whack at the strong economy bequeathed to them by former President Trump’s policies of low taxes, energy independence, and secure borders and wrecked it,” McCarthy said. “Democrats raised taxes, doubled the size of the IRS, squelched domestic energy production, and allowed more than two million people to enter the country illegally through our southern border. Now inflation is the highest its been in more than 40 years, the cost of fueling our cars, heating and cooling our homes, and putting food on the table are mercilessly squeezing family budgets, and crime is soaring in many of our largest cities as Democrat district attorneys go easy on violent criminals. The Republican Party is pledging to undo the Democrats’ foolish policies if voters give us a majority in Congress.”
Biden immediately assailed the GOP Platform’s “absence of a pledge to restore the Roe v. Wade abortion rights recently overturned by the Supreme Court. What good is prosperity if a woman cannot get an abortion when she needs it? Sure, some states have laws affirming the right to an abortion, but what about women who live in states that have stricter controls on the procedure? Who’s going to pay the high costs of their travel to states where abortions are well-funded with public money?”
Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams added to Biden’s criticism by characterizing the whole pro-life movement as “phony. There’s no such thing as a fetal heartbeat. Republicans are duping women with fake sounds to try to scare them into forgoing their sacred right to abort an unwanted child. They put the right to life of the child ahead of a woman’s right to freedom. We can’t let these monsters hold any office in this country.”
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md) called the GOP platform “more Make America Great Again extremism. Rather than crossing the aisle to support the unifying agenda of the President they are advancing a program of selfishness for America. The difficulties of transitioning to a cleaner and more equitable future are prices the American people must pay. The attempt to avoid this pain is unpatriotic. We urge all voters to stay the course by casting their ballots for Democrats as often as they can between now and November 8.”
House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La) defended the platform, saying that “this country was founded on the principles of individual freedom. Scaling back the bloated government that the Democrats are inflicting on the inhabitants of the nation is a restoration of these founding principles. The doubling of the IRS that Democrats have enacted into law will send out swarms of officers to harass the people and eat out their substance. This election is an opportunity for these intended victims of the socialist nostrums that drive modern Democrats to fight for their freedom by voting against the Democrats’ oppressive schemes. We have laid out a bold conservative vision to show the country there’s hope again.”
In related news, a Convention of States Action/Trafalgar Group survey found that 68% of Americans felt safer when Trump was president than they do now. The breakout by political affiliation was 87% for Republicans, 64% for independents, and 44% for Democrats. Sens Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) asserted that “public safety isn’t some random fluctuation of nature. It is directly influenced by government policies toward crime. Law-abiding citizens need to be protected from law-breaking criminals. Republicans understand this. Too many of the Democrats in charge around the country don’t seem to understand this. Replacing them with Republicans is one thing voters can do to improve safety where they live.”