The Better-Than-Good Republican Platform of 2016
We dedicate this platform with admiration and gratitude to all who stand strong
in the face of danger so that the American people may be protected against it –
the men and women of our military of our law enforcement, and the first responders
of every community in our land – and to their families.
– Republican Platform 2016
The Republican Platform adopted by the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio on July 18, 2016 is a power-packed, 58-page document of facts, promises, and proposals developed1 by the 19-member GOP Platform Committee, 110 committee members, 36 staff, and a myriad of participants listed as deserving of special thanks.
GOP Platform Sound Bites
“Republicans consider the establishment of a pro-growth tax code a moral imperative.”
“We envision government at all levels as a partner with individuals and industries in technological progress, not a meddlesome monitor.”
“We pledge to defend the religious beliefs and rights of conscience of all Americans and to safeguard religious institutions against government control.”
“We call for a permanent ban on federal funding and subsidies for abortion and healthcare plans that include abortion coverage.”
“We support the development of all forms of energy that are marketable in a free economy without subsidies, including coal, oil, natural gas, nuclear power, and hydropower.”
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14 Years of GSAs
Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, July 22, 2016 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler
Fourteen years ago Senator Richard Marable introduced S.B. 426 so parents could be notified of clubs and activities available for students to join at school. Opponents of the bill included Georgia Equality, Georgia Rural Urban Summit, Enlight Atlanta, the ACLU and the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network (GLSEN).
The bill did three things: (a) local boards of education were to develop policies to notify parents or guardians of clubs and activities available to students. (b) It would have provided an opportunity for parents to WITHHOLD permission to join, (c) but it did not REQUIRE parental permission for students to join. The focus of the bill was to keep parents in-the-loop about school activities available to their children.
Opponents brought in a Lakeside High School junior to speak against the bill when it was heard in the Senate Education committee. The student was president of Lakeside’s Gay Straight Alliance club. Despite opposition, S.B. 426 passed out of committee, but it died without further action.
When the bill was introduced, eleven Georgia counties had GSA clubs in high schools – six were school-certified and five were not certified. Now, Georgia has almost four dozen GSA clubs, and it’s important that parents know their focus. Continue reading
Four Decades of Decline
Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, July 15, 2016 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler
Georgia parents lost authority over their children’s healthcare in the late 1960s when government clinics decided to defy parental authority and provide “safe-sex” items and devices, prescription medication, and abortion referrals to children without parental consent.
When the Public Health Department extended specialized outreach to minors by creating Teen Clinics in 39 Georgia counties, forces determined to gain total access to children were not satisfied. Although public schools were equipped with a clinic and nurse on the premises, pressure began to build for comprehensive medical clinics in all public schools.
During his years in office (1983 – 1991), to quell the concern of parents, Governor Joe Frank Harris deleted a line-item in the state budget that would have funded comprehensive healthcare clinics in public schools. Continue reading
It didn’t Happen Overnight
Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, July 8, 2016 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler
Some may be stunned by the apparent “sudden” prevalence of immorality, but it was NOT sudden, at all. It was an inevitable outcome of a carefully planned strategy to destroy the moral fabric of this great nation.
Today I’ll begin to outline the chronological process of change that brought us to this place. We’ll start in 1988 when Dr. Robert A. Hatcher’s book Contraceptive Technology of 1988-1989 described the authors’ attitudes toward “Abstinence and the Range of Sexual Expression.”
Dr. Hatcher, then-Director of Emory University’s Family Planning Program, now Professor Emeritus of Emory’s School of Gynecology and Obstetrics, is the first of seven Contraceptive Technology authors listed. Along with Dr. Hatcher, 37 other Georgians contributed to his book, which is currently in its 19th edition. Of 23 states contributing to the 1980s editions, Georgia’s 37 participants far outnumbered other states. California came in second with only 19. Continue reading