Friday, December 11, 2009

Do The Monroe County Democrats Know They Espouse Republican Values?

Today I decided to take a look at politics in Monroe County, Pennsylvania. A Google search quickly took me to the site of the Monroe County Democrats. I was astounded at their platform..Damn, they sound like Republicans and don't know it.

The Monroe County Democratic Party supports the goal of affordable housing for all citizens. The Emergency Relief and Construction Act (ch. 520, 47 Stat. 709, enacted July 21, 1932), was the United States's first major-relief legislation, enabled under Herbert Hoover. That was the government's first major involvement in the housing field according to the HUD website.

The Monroe County Democratic Party supports a budget that is fiscally sound and reflects the real needs of the American people. From the 6th District Republican Committee- We believe in fiscal responsibility, low taxes and smaller government. Interesting that the Monroe Democrats uses a jobless rate of greater than 5% as a target. They must really be dismayed at their own party sporting a 10.2% rate.

The Monroe County Democratic Party understands that the protection of our environment and the stewardship of our land are vital to the strength of our communities. President Nixon created the Environmental Protection Agency in 1970.

The Monroe County Democratic Party believes that inherent dignity and recognition of equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice, and peace in the world.
In the 26 major civil rights votes after 1933, a majority of Democrats opposed civil rights legislation in over 80 percent of the votes. By contrast, the Republican majority favored civil rights in over 96 percent of the votes. It was the Republicans through Abraham Lincoln who opposed slavery. In fact the Republicans passed the Civil Rights Act in 1875 long before another version was passed in 1964. Unfortunately, the Supreme Court struck down the Civil Rights Act of 1875, as well as a number of other civil-rights measures enacted by Republicans to protect the freed slaves. In Plessy v. Ferguson (1896), the court gave constitutional cover to segregation, effectively prohibiting federal efforts to tackle racial inequality until Brown v. Board of Education in 1954. And any federal civil-rights laws left on the books were repealed by Democrats once they got control of Congress and the White House in 1893. President Eishenhower's efforts cannot go unnoticed in 1957 and 1960.

The Monroe County Democratic Party supports the improvement of all area roads to facilitate travel and ensure safety. The Republicans through President Dwight Eisenhower established the Interstate Highway system. It is their Democratic Governor and Democratic controlled House that want to toll Interstate 80 running through Monroe County. It is Democratic Congressman Paul Kanjorski who favors tolling I-80.

"Tolls and taxes are never popular, and I would prefer to find an alternative for funding Pennsylvania's highways without establishing tolls on I-80. However, I believe that the federal government should respect the decisions made by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania."

The Monroe County Democratic Party realizes and supports the need for women to be represented in all walks of life. The Republican Party became the first party to recognize women suffrage and the role of women in its platform.

In 1917, Jeannette Rankin, a Montana Republican, became the first woman to serve in the House. Shortly after Ms. Rankin’s election to Congress, the 19th Amendment was passed in 1919. The amendment’s journey to ratification had been a long and difficult one. Starting in 1896, the Republican Party became the first major party to officially favor women’s suffrage. That year, Republican Sen. A. A. Sargent of California introduced a proposal in the Senate to give women the right to vote.

Republicans led the fight for women’s voting rights — and the Democrats, as a party, opposed civil rights for women. All of the leading suffragists — including Susan B. Anthony, Lucretia Mott, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton — were Republicans. In fact, Susan B. Anthony bragged, after leaving the voting booth, that she had voted for “the Republican ticket — straight.”

This post should enlighten those who continue to demonize the Republican party today.

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