2.21.2010

a quiz: who said this?

Can you guess what this is excerpted from?
We are proud of and shall continue our far-reaching and sound advances in matters of basic human needs--expansion of social security--broadened coverage in unemployment insurance --improved housing--and better health protection for all our people.

We favor a comprehensive study of the effect upon wildlife of the drainage of our wetlands.

We recognize the need for maintaining isolated wilderness areas.

[We call for...]

A continuously vigorous enforcement of anti-trust laws

Legislation to enable closer Federal scrutiny of mergers which have a significant or potential monopolistic connotations;

Procedural changes in the antitrust laws to facilitate their enforcement.

Stimulate improved job safety of our workers, through assistance to the States, employees and employers;

Continue and further perfect its programs of assistance to the millions of workers with special employment problems, such as older workers, handicapped workers, members of minority groups, and migratory workers;

Strengthen and improve the Federal-State Employment Service and improve the effectiveness of the unemployment insurance system;...

Assure equal pay for equal work regardless of Sex;

Clarify and strengthen the eight-hour laws for the benefit of workers who are subject to federal wage standards on Federal and Federally-assisted construction, and maintain and continue the vigorous administration of the Federal prevailing minimum wage law for public supply contracts;

Extend the protection of the Federal minimum wage laws to as many more workers as is possible and practicable;

Continue to fight for the elimination of discrimination in employment because of race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry or sex;

Provide assistance to improve the economic conditions of areas faced with persistent and substantial unemployment;

Revise and improve the Taft-Hartley Act so as to protect more effectively the rights of labor unions, management, the individual worker, and the public.

Was it...
A. The 2004 Democratic Party platform
B: The 2000 Green Party platform
C: The 1956 Republican Party platform
D: The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx

Yes, it's a trick, and you've probably guessed it by now. The answer is C. It's an excerpt from the 1956 Republican Party Platform.

This is the best illustration I've seen in a long, long time of just how far to the right the US centre has moved. Thanks to James, via Ed Brayton, via KOS.

13 comments:

impudent strumpet said...

In the great tradition of focusing on the least important thing, why is the word "Sex" capitalized?

deang said...

Great post. Before I saw the choices, I was guessing maybe Nixon, but I wasn't thinking hard enough.

John F said...

I Like Ike! I mean, all of a sudden I really Like Ike!

John F said...

Let me pick another cherry from this fragrant tree:

"We recommend to Congress the submission of a constitutional amendment providing equal rights for men and women."

L-girl said...

In the great tradition of focusing on the least important thing, why is the word "Sex" capitalized?

If this were a legal document, I'd say it was a defined term. But in this case, maybe... sloppiness? Dunno.

L-girl said...

Great post. Before I saw the choices, I was guessing maybe Nixon, but I wasn't thinking hard enough.

Thanks Dean. I never would have guessed. Ever!

I Like Ike! I mean, all of a sudden I really Like Ike!

He is, after all, the man who originally warned us about the military-industrial complex. He seems like a genius in retrospect.

Let me pick another cherry from this fragrant tree:

"We recommend to Congress the submission of a constitutional amendment providing equal rights for men and women."


Something the US still hasn't done! And that the Republicans always oppose.

So the ERA is from the 1956 Repubs, too? I thought I saw it in the Dem platform of the same year, but I may have not looked closely enough.

redsock said...

1956 Dems

L-girl said...

1956 Dems

No ERA in that. Just "equal pay for equal work".

Most of it is about defense, anti-communism and a lot of mumbo-jumbo like this:

Bringing the Truth to the World.

The tools of truth and candor are even more important than economic tools. The Democratic Party believes that once our Government is purged of the confusion and complacency fostered by the Republican Administration a new image of America will emerge in the world: the image of a confident America dedicated to its traditional principles, eager to work with other peoples, honest in its pronouncements, and consistent in its policies.

John F said...

I did find the ERA in the Dems platform:

Equal Rights Amendment.

We of the Democratic Party recommend and indorse for submission to the Congress a Constitutional amendment providing equal rights for women.

L-girl said...

Thanks, John. Sorry, '56 Dems. You were very lame but not as completely lame as I thought.

MSEH said...

"He is, after all, the man who originally warned us about the military-industrial complex."

That's exactly what I was going to post. Glad to see it mentioned. The story goes that he also wanted to include Congress and was dissuaded from doing so.

Some Person said...

Remember that the South was solidly in the Democratic Party camp in 1956, which probably explains the posturing about defense spending and anti-communism.

L-girl said...

That's right. It was Dems pandering to those Dixiecrats that held up any passage of a civil rights bill for so long. Also why 99% of African Americans voted Republican in those days - and why after the passage of the Civil Rights Act that completely changed.

The Dems were so worried about losing "the Southern vote" by voting against Jim Crow - never understanding that once they did, they would gain "the Black vote" - seemingly forever.