Party Platforms

Party Platforms


Althoughthere was a time when the platforms meant something, today they arejust a holdover. The party platforms mean very little or nothing tomost candidates and voters (Wayne and Wilcox 242).The voters usually pick the candidates for Congress during theprimary election, which makes it hard for political parties to upholddiscipline over their members. Hence, if a contestant does not wishto follow the party’s platform, then there is little the party cando about it. However, even if the party’s platforms are no longersignificant, major political parties still form platforms toillustrate their objectives and goals if they are elected into office(Wayne and Wilcox 243).Accordingly, in 2014 both the Republican Party of Texas and the TexasDemocratic Party formed their platforms to win over the support ofthe voters. Although the two platforms share similar views on foreignpolicy, promote affordable healthcare and support for quality freeeducation, they differ on social issues and health care reforms.Besides, the two platforms endorse some policies that can be used byopposing team to campaign against their candidates.

TheDemocrats and Republicans platforms place a lot on emphasis onaffordable and quality education for all children. The Democratsstipulate that excellent education is an economic necessity and amoral imperative for United States children to acquire the necessaryskills to compete and succeed in a global economy (Texas Democrats3). Similarly, Republicans favor the improvement of education for allstudents and support career and technology education (RepublicanParty of Texas 19). They also agree that public education fundingshould be a budget priority.

Additionally,the two platforms seek to promote affordable health care for everyonealthough they are using different strategies. The Democratic platformintends to provide health care for all by ensuring that it is notreserve for only those who can afford it (Texas Democrats 19). Theybelieve that every family needs a medical system that they can counton and provides security, stability, and access to care.Alternatively, the Republicans platform seeks to abolish the healthinsurance reform to promote affordable quality health care(Republican Party of Texas 17).

Lastly,thetwo platforms have the same attitude towards foreign policy. Theysupport military intervention in other countries. Thus, they agreethat United States aid is sometimes required in other countries. Forexample, the Republicans support the spread of representative formsof government, private humanitarian aid, and free markets to othercountries particularly the developing ones(Republican Party of Texas36). Similarly, the Democrats back the expansion of the United Statesmilitary capacity to meet the threats from terrorists and the UnitedStates enemies (Texas Democrats 60). They both call for theimprovement of veterans’ benefits as a show of gratitude andrespect for their service.

Nonetheless,the two platforms differ on social issues. Democrat offers personalsecurity and equal protection for the LGBTQ community of Texas (TexasDemocrats 51). Besides, theyfavor the pro-choice arguments where they believe that the decisionon abortion should be left to the woman. Onthe contrary, the Republicans are against the legalization of LGBTQmarriage and only support the legally defined marriages between a manand a woman (Republican Party of Texas 13). The platform endorsesreparative therapy for gays, psychological treatment, and therapiesthat aim to turn people straight. They also oppose abortion andbelieve that it should be restricted in most cases to protect allhuman life (Republican Party of Texas 14).

Thenagain, they have different views on health care reforms. TheDemocrats approve the government oversight on health care policies toguarantee that healthcare is available to everyone irrespective ofeconomic and social status (Texas Democrats 20). On the other hand,Republicans oppose national health care legislation based on theideas that these programs will increase the overall process andnegatively affect the excellent of health care (Republican Party ofTexas 18).

TheRepublican Party platform endorses some policies and ideas that wouldbe unfavorable to their candidates. I would use the idea that theplatform is intolerant to human rights and freedoms against theircandidates. For example, the party seeks to promote human rights andliberties. However, by endorsing the gay therapies it is curtailingthe same rights it claims to protect. Although the Republicanplatform only meant to recognize the legitimacy and efficacy oftherapies for gay, it can be taken as a way to impose treatment onothers (Republican Party of Texas 14). Besides, the reparativetherapy has been dismissed widely by various professionals. It alsodenies the LGBTQ parents the rights to marry or adopt. Additionally,it denies a woman the right to choose whether to have an abortion ornor even in the case of rape.

Similarly,I would use the Democrats view of stem cell research against theircandidate. The platform claims that stem cell research should not becurtailed by politics because it limits the potential for conqueringmany devastating and lethal diseases (Texas Democrats 25). TheDemocrats firmly and unconditionally support research into stem celltherapies. However, by showing their support for the stem cellresearch, the party makes it a political issue, which goes againsttheir idea of keeping it out of political discussions. Besides, theirview does not consider the strong, compelling arguments made againststem cell research based on religious values and beliefs, which forman essential foundation in the United States.

Inconclusion, party’s platforms have no significance in today’spolitics. Nonetheless, some people still view them crucial as theydefine a party’s policies and plans to promote developments in thecountry. The 2014 Democratic Party and Republican Party of Texasplatforms differ on social issues such LGBTQ rights and abortion aswell as health care reforms. However, they highly emphasize on issuesrelated to education and promote affordable health care for all. Bothplatforms explain policies that affect sectors that the partiesconsider most significant and crucial to the people. Nonetheless,they can also be used against their candidates. The Republicans claimto promote human rights while their platform curtails those rights bydenying the women the decision regarding abortion and LGBTQ the rightto live as they wish. Likewise, the Democrats argue that stem cellresearch should not be part of political debate. Yet, they endorseits practices and even call for more funding to that sector whiledisregarding all the views from various religious institutionsopposing the research. Consequently, despite the fact that theseplatforms are no longer considered too important, they can inevitablyinfluence the voters’ decision when voting between the candidatesfrom the two parties.


RepublicanParty of Texas. 2014Republican Party of Texas Platform.2014. Web. 2 Oct. 2015.

TexasDemocrats. 2014Texas Democrats Party Platform.28 June 2014. Web. 2 Oct. 2015.

Wayne,Stephen J, and Clyde Wilcox. TheElection of the Century and What It Tells Us About the Future ofAmerican Politics.Armonk, NAY: M.E. Sharpe, 2002. Print.