It really doesn’t mean anything, does it?
This from the blog “How Conservatives Drove Me Away”:
From the 2008 Democratic Party Platform:
As Democrats, we are committed to being smart on crime. . . . We must help state, local, and tribal law enforcement work together to combat and prevent drug crime and drug and alcohol abuse, which are a blight on our communities.
From the 2000 Republican Party Platform:
When the average American family has to work more than four months out of every year to fund all levels of government, it’s time to change the tax system, to make it simpler, flatter, and fairer for everyone. It’s time for an economics of inclusion that will let people keep more of what they earn and accelerate movement up the opportunity ladder.
From the 1992 Democratic Party Platform:
If a company wants to overpay its executives and underinvest in the future or transfer jobs overseas, it shouldn’t get special treatment and tax breaks from the Treasury.
From the 1988 Republican Party Platform:
We want to reduce further the intrusion of government into the lives of our citizens. Consistent with the maintenance of a competitive market place, we are committed to breaking down unnecessary barriers to entry created by regulations, statutes, and judicial decisions, to free up capital for productive investment.
These pols have been saying the same things, making the same empty promises, since, well… forever. They save themselves with incrementalism; taking away by the handful, then conceding, ever so slightly, giving back by the spoonfuls. We’ve lost many of our civil liberties in America, but in time, we’ll probably win a few of them back, bit by bit. In the meantime, the government will have racked up all sorts of human rights abuses against civilians, both here and abroad.
This is the sort of thing that makes me want to turn away and never look back.