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Jonathan Kraut | GOP Platform Tries to Have it Both Ways

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The Republican Party platform of 2016, which was largely adopted “as is” in 2020, states the GOP stands for many noble views and aspirations.

While proclamations are simply projections about what should be, reality is reflected by what real actions and positions are taken. Just like a carefully crafted recipe, it takes a fine cook to bring out the best from what is written.

Regarding immigration, the Republican platform states, “Our party is the natural home for those who come in search of freedom and justice. We welcome all to the Great Opportunity Party.”

We can recall Donald Trump’s executive orders banning immigration from Muslim-majority countries and his promises to build a wall to protect us from, in his own words, “criminals, including rapists and murderers and drug dealers,” coming across the border.

Are Muslims, Central American migrants, the impoverished, and those fleeing lawlessness excluded from those being considered in search of freedom and justice? It would seem so.

The Republican platform calls for “fair and simple tax for growth” and budgetary conservatism. A Politico analysis puts the cost of the Trump tax cut at $2.3 trillion. As we now know, almost all the allocated cuts benefitted the wealthy and big corporations while we taxpayers never got “fair and simple tax” relief.


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