Texas Political Party Analysis

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In order to better organize like minded people and ideas, political parties form a rallying point for elected officials and candidates to stand behind and receive instant recognition, as well as give people a general idea of someone’s political beliefs. In Texas, as well as the United States as a whole, the two major political parties, the Democrats and Republicans, issue “party platforms”, a standard set of principles that the party represents, allowing voters to get a general feel for what role elected officials want government to play as well as legislation they will look to enact. Democrats tend to be more liberal in their interpretation of the government’s role, pushing for more government programs to provide services and more government…show more content…
For example, the Republican National Committee (RNC) still believes in strengthening the bond between church and state, but does not go as far as the Texas platform in similar issues like abortion, which calls for repeals of Roe v. Wade (Newell, 118), instead the RNC calls for more limitations on late term abortions and counseling periods for women seeking an abortion. The RNC also has a toned down stance on property rights in comparison to the Texas republican platform, calling for more rights for landowners, but not going as far as the Texas Republican platform which believes in “…the constitutional concept of the right to own property without government interference” (Newell, 117) and calls for the elimination of the Endangered Species Act (117). Just as the Texas party platform is more conservative than its national counterpart, the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) platform is more liberal than its Texas counterpart, though not as apparent as the Republican platform. Most notably, the DNC platform calls for “reasonable restrictions” on firearms and limits to the interpretation of the 2nd Amendment, while the Texas Democratic platform stays out of the issue

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