Free Market Foundation does not endorse any party or candidate, but we want you to be informed about how the three major parties (Republican, Democrat, Libertarian) address important issues that impact families and freedoms.
On the issue of abortion, the Republican Platform states, “…we assert the inherent dignity and sanctity of all human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental right to life which cannot be infringed.” The Democratic platform says that it “…strongly and unequivocally supports Roe v. Wade and a woman’s right to choose a safe and legal abortion…” Libertarians address the issue by stating that they “believe the government should be kept out of the matter, leaving the question to each person for their conscious consideration.”
Regarding the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the platforms directly disagree. The Democratic Platform says, “We oppose the Defense of Marriage Act…” Similarly, the Libertarian Platform states, “Sexual orientation, preference, gender, or gender identity should have no impact on the rights of individuals by government, such as in current marriage…” However, the Republican Platform says this: “A Republican Congress enacted the Defense of Marriage Act, affirming the right of states not to recognize same-sex ‘marriages’ licensed in other states.”
On the appointment of judges, the Republican Platform “will insist on the appointment of constitutionalist judges, men and women who will not distort our founding documents to deny the people’s right to self-government, sanction federal powers that violate our liberties, or inject foreign law into American jurisprudence.” The Democratic Platform says, “…we will select and confirm judges who are men and women of unquestionable talent and character, who firmly respect the rule of law, …and who represent the diversity of America. We support the appointment of judges who respect our system of checks and balances and the separation of power among the Executive Branch, Congress, and the Judiciary—and who understand that the Constitution protects not only the powerful, but also the disadvantaged and powerless.” The Libertarian Platform does not address the judiciary or the Constitution.
(All answers given came directly from the national platforms of each party. To read the entire platform, click on the name of the party. To see an evaluation of the Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates, CLICK HERE.)
So, what do you think about the platforms? If the issue you are most passionate about isn’t on here or you have a question, post it in your comment and we will try to keep the blog updated!