DNC 2004: Equal Rights/Ending Discrimination

Posted on February 07, 2012 in Platforms

Racial and religious profiling is wrong and we will work to stamp it out. Hate crimes desecrate sacred spaces and demean good people, and we support a strong national law to punish them.

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DNC 2004: (Counter) Terrorism

Posted on February 07, 2012 in Platforms

America needs a major initiative in public diplomacy to support the many voices of freedom in the Arab and Muslim world. To improve education for the next generation of Islamic youth, we need a cooperative international effort to compete with radical Madrassas. And we must support human rights groups, independent media, and labor unions dedicated to building a democratic culture from the grassroots up. Democracy will not blossom overnight, but America should speed its growth by sustaining the forces of democracy against repressive regimes and by rewarding governments that work toward this end.

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RNC 2004 (Counter) Terrorism

Posted on February 07, 2012 in Platforms

[Because the] PATRIOT Act… has proved to be instrumental in helping to break up terror cells and plots and seizing terrorist assets, Republicans believe that Congress needs to reauthorize this important law. … We share the guiding principles for reform that President Bush has laid out, including: increasing both the quality and quantity of human intelligence collection to disrupt terrorist attacks;  investing more in our technical intelligence capabilities so that we stay ahead of our enemies' changing communications technology and tactics; and  ensuring the most effective and coordinated use of these resources and personnel. … We also support President Bush's...

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RNC 2004: Right to Privacy

Posted on February 06, 2012 in Platforms

As tagging and tracking citizens is inconsistent with American freedom, we oppose the creation of a national identification card or system. 

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DNC 2004: Right to Privacy

Posted on February 06, 2012 in Platforms

We must always remember that terrorists do not just target our lives; they target our way of life. And so we must be on constant guard not to sacrifice the freedom we are fighting to protect. We will strengthen some provisions of the Patriot Act, like the restrictions on money laundering. And we will change the portions of the Patriot Act that threaten individual rights, such as the library provisions, while still allowing government to take all needed steps to fight terror. Our government should never round up innocent people only because of their religion or ethnicity, and we should...

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DNC 2004: Foreign Policy/Arab Spring

Posted on February 06, 2012 in Platforms

America needs a major initiative in public diplomacy to support the many voices of freedom in the Arab and Muslim world. To improve education for the next generation of Islamic youth, we need a cooperative international effort to compete with radical Madrassas. And we must support human rights groups, independent media, and labor unions dedicated to building a democratic culture from the grassroots up. Democracy will not blossom overnight, but America should speed its growth by sustaining the forces of democracy against repressive regimes and by rewarding governments that work toward this end.

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RNC 2004: Foreign Policy/Arab Spring

Posted on February 06, 2012 in Platforms

We applaud President Bush for establishing … a Forward Strategy of Freedom in the Middle East to stand with the people of that region as they seek their future in freedom. … We believe that democracy and reform will make those nations stronger and more stable, and make the world more secure by undermining terrorism at its source. …As a result of President Bush's leadership, G-8 members adopted the Broader Middle East and North Africa Initiative at this year's Sea Island Summit. We applaud the commitment of the world's leading industrial nations to this historic initiative to support political, economic,...

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DNC 2004: Middle East

Posted on February 06, 2012 in Platforms

People of good will disagree about whether America should have gone to war in Iraq, but this much is clear: this Administration badly exaggerated its case, particularly with respect to weapons of mass destruction and the connection between Saddam's government and al Qaeda. This Administration did not build a true international coalition. This Administration disdained the United Nations weapons inspection process and rushed to war without exhausting diplomatic alternatives. Ignoring the advice of military leaders, this Administration did not send sufficient forces into Iraq to accomplish the mission. And this Administration went into Iraq without a plan to win the...

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RNC 2004: Middle East

Posted on February 06, 2012 in Platforms

The Republican Party shares President Bush's commitment to the security of America's democratic ally Israel and the safety of the Israeli people. We remain committed to ensuring that Israel maintains a qualitative edge in defensive technology over any potential adversaries.  We believe that terror attacks against Israelis are part of the same evil as the September 11, 2001, attacks against America. We recognize Israel's right to defend itself in the face of homicide bombings and other attacks against the people of Israel.

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RNC 2004: Voting Rights

Posted on February 06, 2012 in Platforms

The foundation of our democratic republic is our commitment to conducting free and fair elections. Unfortunately, in November 2000, too many people believed they were denied the right to vote. Many African Americans, Hispanics, and others fear they may lose the right to vote because of inaccurate or insecure technology or because of a rolling back in the gains made by the passage of civil rights legislation. Our national commitment to a voting process that has integrity was underscored in 2002 when the Congress passed and the President signed the Help America Vote Act (HAVA). We will continue to do...

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