DNC 1984: Civil Liberties/Detention

Posted on February 08, 2012 in Platforms

A Democratic President will pursue a foreign policy that advances basic civil and political rights—freedom of speech, association, thought and religion, the right to leave, freedom of the integrity of the person, and the prohibition of torture, arbitrary detention and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment—and that seeks as well to attain basic, economic, social, and cultural rights.

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RNC 1984: Civil Liberties/Detention

Posted on February 08, 2012 in Platforms

More than 40 years ago, a grave injustice was done to many Americans of Japanese ancestry. Uprooted from their homes in a time of crisis, loyal citizens and residents were treated in a way which contravened the fundamental principles of our people. We join them and their descendants in assuring that the deprivation of rights they suffered shall never again be permitted in this land of liberty.

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DNC 1984: Equal Rights/Ending Discrimination

Posted on February 07, 2012 in Platforms

This Administration has sought to erode the force and meaning of constitutionally-mandated and court-sanctioned remedies for long-standing patterns of discriminatory conduct. It has attempted to create new standards under each of our nation's civil rights laws by requiring a showing of intent to discriminate, and case-by-case litigation of class-wide violations. Its interpretation of two recent Supreme Court decisions attempts to sound the death knell for equal opportunity and affirmative action.

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RNC 1984: Equal Rights/Ending Discrimination

Posted on February 07, 2012 in Platforms

The Republican Party reaffirms its support of... pluralism and freedom...it repudiates and completely disassociates itself from people, organizations, publications, and entities which promulgate the practice of any form of bigotry, racism, anti-semitism, or religious intolerance...[The Civil Rights Act of 1964] requires equal rights; and it is our policy to end discrimination on account of sex, race, color, creed, or national origin.

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DNC 1984: (Counter) Terrorism

Posted on February 06, 2012 in Platforms

The Democratic Party opposes any consideration of negotiations with the PLO, unless the PLO abandons terrorism, recognizes the state of Israel, and adheres to U.N. Resolutions 242 and 338.

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RNC 1984: (Counter) Terrorism

Posted on February 06, 2012 in Platforms

Terrorism is a new form of warfare against the democracies. Supported by the Soviet Union and others, it ranges from PLO murder to the attempted assassination of the Pope. Combatting it requires an integrated effort of our diplomacy, armed forces, intelligence services, and law-enforcement organizations. Legislative obstacles to international cooperation against terrorism must be repealed, followed by a vigorous program to enhance friendly nations' counter-terrorist forces... In recent years, certain states have sponsored terrorist actions in pursuit of their strategic goals. The international links among terrorist groups are now clearly understood…It is time to think about appropriate preventive or pre-emptive...

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RNC 1984: Middle East

Posted on February 06, 2012 in Platforms

The sovereignty, security, and integrity of the state of Israel are moral imperatives. We pledge to help maintain Israel's qualitative military edge over its adversaries...U.S.-Israeli strategic planning groups are coordinating our joint defense efforts, and we are directly supporting projects to augment Israel's defense industrial base..Our determination to participate actively in the peace process begun at Camp David has won us support over the past four years from moderate Arab states. Israel's partner in the Camp David Accords, Egypt, with American support, has been a constructive force for stability. We pledge continued support to Egypt and other moderate regimes against...

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RNC 1984: Voting Rights

Posted on February 06, 2012 in Platforms

Government should protect, not impinge upon First Amendment rights. Free individuals must have unrestricted access to the process of self-government. We deplore the growing labyrinth of bewildering regulations and obstacles which have...discouraged the participation of average Americans. Even well-intentioned restrictions on campaign activity stifle free speech and have a chilling effect on spontaneous political involvement by our citizens...We will remove obstacles to grass-roots participation in federal elections and will reduce, not increase, the federal role.

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RNC 1984: Immigration

Posted on February 06, 2012 in Platforms

We affirm our country's absolute fight to control its borders... We will preserve the principle of family reunification.

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DNC 1984: Palestine

Posted on February 06, 2012 in Platforms

The Democratic Party condemns this Administration's failure to maintain a high-level Special Negotiator for the Middle East, and believes that the Camp David peace process must be taken up again with urgency. No nation in the Middle East can afford to wait until a new war brings even worse destruction. Once again we applaud and support the example of both Israel and Egypt in taking bold steps for peace. We believe that the United States should press for negotiations among Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and other Arab states. We re-emphasize the fundamental principle that the prerequisite for a lasting peace...

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