Comparing Party Platforms
A close examination of each Party’s most recent Platform (2016) reveals its core beliefs and could provide a powerful indication of how that Party’s nominee will vote.
For your convenience, we have broken the lengthy party platforms into digestible portions based on topic and placed them side-by-side for comparison.
Democratic Party Platform
PROTECT OUR VALUES (p. 40)
Women and Girls (p. 41)
. . .In addition to expanding the availability of affordable family planning information and contraceptive supplies, we believe that safe abortion must be part of comprehensive maternal and women’s health care and included as part of America’s global health programming. Therefore, we support the repeal of harmful restrictions. . . including the “global gag rule” and the Helms Amendment that bars American assistance to provide safe, legal abortion. . .
This section was shortened from 249 to 203 words. For full text, see page 41 of the Full 2016 Democratic Party Platform.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People (p. 41)
Trafficking and Modern Slavery (p. 41)
Young People (p. 41)
Religious Minorities (p. 41)
Refugees (p. 42)
Civil Society (p. 42)
Democrats will protect Americans citizens abroad. We condemn the practice of unlawful detentions or imprisonment, especially of journalists and civil rights activists.
Anti-Corruption (p. 42)
Torture (p. 42)
Closing Guantánamo Bay (p. 42)
Development Assistance (p. 42)
We will support local development efforts, recognizing the self-determination of the peoples and countries we assist to direct their own futures. We will also learn from recent conflicts to improve civilian capacity for conflict prevention and stabilization.
Global Health (p. 43)
HIV and AIDS (p. 43)
International Labor (p. 43)
Democrats will fight to end child labor. We will promote broad-based economic growth across the world, pursuing a global economic agenda that promotes rising wages and invests in quality public services, workers’ rights, and environmental protections. We believe that we need to coordinate our economic actions with other countries to address economic insecurity, specifically youth un- and underemployment, gender inequality, the digital transformation, and the transition towards green jobs.
Republican Party Platform
American Values (p. 31)
Our society is at a crossroads. For several generations, an expansive federal regime has marginalized and supplanted the institutions holding our society together. No wonder, then, that so much seems to be coming apart now. The question is whether we are going to reinvigorate the private-sector institutions under citizen control or allow their continued erosion by the forces of centralized social planning. In that divide, the Republican Party stands with the people.
Marriage, Family, and Society (p. 31)
. . .the overwhelming evidence of experience, social science, and common sense. . . give us these truths. . . Children raised in a two-parent household tend to be physically and emotionally healthier, more likely to do well in school, less likely to use drugs and alcohol, engage in crime or become pregnant outside of marriage. We oppose policies and laws that. . . encourage cohabitation. Moreover, marriage remains the greatest antidote to child poverty. . . children. . . born outside of marriage are five times more likely to live in poverty. . .
. . .Every child deserves a married mom and dad. . . millions. . . do not have the advantages that come with that structure. We honor the courageous efforts of those who bear the burdens of parenting alone. . . all Americans should be treated with dignity and respect. . . Our laws. . . should recognize marriage as the union of one man and one woman and actively promote married family life. . . we do not accept the Supreme Court’s redefinition of marriage. . . We oppose government discrimination against businesses or entities which decline to sell items or services to individuals for activities that go against their religious views. . .
Families formed or enlarged by adoption strengthen our communities and ennoble our nation. Private entities which facilitate adoptions enrich our communities. We support measures such as the First Amendment Defense Act to ensure these entities do not face government discrimination because of their views on marriage and family. . .
. . .We urge marriage penal¬ties to be removed from the tax code and public assistance programs. . .
This section was shortened from 660 to 344 words. For full text, see page 31 of the Full 2016 Republican Party Platform.
A Culture of Hope (p. 32)
. . .it has been 20 years since the landmark Republican welfare reform of 1996. . . it put millions of recipients on a transition from dependence to independence. Welfare rolls declined by half as recipients and prospective recipients discovered a better way to reach their goals. . . 3 million children moved out of poverty. Today that progress has been lost. . .
This is the progressive pathology: Keeping people dependent so that government can redistribute income. . . This is the false compassion of the status quo. We propose instead the dynamic compassion of work requirements in a growing economy, where opportunity takes the place of a hand-out. . .
We call for removal of structural impediments. . . Over-regulation of start-up enterprises, excessive licensing requirements, needless restrictions on formation of schools and day-care centers. . . and restrictions on providing public services. . . we urge greater state and local responsibility for, and control over, public assistance programs.
This section was shortened from 474 to 202 words. For full text, see page 32 of the Full 2016 Republican Party Platform.