So John Deeth thinks he's got a good bit to dig the GOP with, courtesy of Daily Kos. The Daily Kos put up a post of party platform planks, asking readers to identify who wrote them. It's selectively cut and pasted to make it look like a liberal dream, but it's actually parts of the 1956 GOP platform. Then the Daily Kos makes the wild claim that today's GOP would call the platform socialist. How absurd! Remember, it's selectively omissive, to include cut and paste work and John Deeth did his readers a disservice by perpetuating such blatant omission and manipulation.
Bogus Daily Kos claim: "Dwight D. Eisenhower would not only not be welcome in today's GOP, if he tried to crash their convention he would be forcibly removed -- possibly with firehoses. This brings into stunning relief just how far to the right the Republican Party has gone in a relatively short time (54 years ain't that long, folks). And how far out of touch with most Americans they've truly gotten. The American people back in those halcyon, crewcut 1950's agreed with this platform overwhelmingly. But today, Republicans would label it as "socialist"."
What a load of crap by the Daily Kos.
Shame on Deeth for copying and pasting and taking what the Daily Kos posted at face value..... Shame on Deeth for failing to do some homework. Shame on Deeth for again copying what the Daily Kos did in innapropriately applying a socialist label to the 1956 GOP platform.
Side note: Eisenhower wasn't exactly a conservative and comparing the events of the 1950's to today is not apples to apples. Doing so is downright disingenous.
Daily Kos posting/Deeth copy & paste of GOP planks are as follows:
Extend the protection of the Federal minimum wage laws to as many more workers as is possible and practicable.
Stimulate improved job safety of our workers, through assistance to the States, employees and employers.
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...
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.
That's the stuff of socialism? Either the Daily Kos is just ignorant, or they're just hoping you aren't familiar with socialism and its real world practices. Deeth is guilty by association here. Let's take a look at those planks shall we?
1. RE: Extending federal minimum wage laws plank..... The Daily Kos is not guilty of any selective copying/pasting here, that is the actual plank as written in the 1956 platform in its entirety. But what is not addressed by Daily Kos (let alone Deeth) is that federal minimum wage laws was a political hot potato of the day. That the GOP conceded to powerful labor union demands (much larger union base back then, much more powerful and inclusive of Republicans than they are today as well) is not 'socialist' as Daily Kos claims. Decades later, we have learned that these laws do not live up to the dreams legislators promise, in fact, it can easily be argued that such mandates are counter-productive. Progressives know this, why do you think they have put new window dressing on a failed concept and now call it "living wage?" It's a matter of intent vs. actual results, not socialism.
2. RE: Stimulating improved job safety plank...... Plank posted in its entirety, but how is improving job safety socialist? Apparently the Daily Kos and John Deeth are unfamiliar with socialist reality. Chernobal anyone?
3. RE: Equal pay plank...... Plank posted in it's entirety, but how is equal pay for equal work regardless of sex socialist?
4. RE: Eight-hour work day laws plank...... Here's where some selective copying and pasting by Daily Kos from the actual platform and John's Deeth's copy/paste in lieu of doing some actual homework come into play.... Here's the entire plank regarding eight-hour laws (that's socialist?): 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;
Translation: Have a government job? You work eight hours a day, and you'll get paid a minimum 'X'/hr. Gee, why did Daily Kos cut off the plank in mid-sentence? Because if refers to public sector jobs only, not private sector jobs. It's a manipulation by Daily Kos and a perpetuation by John Deeth.
And how is defining the number of hours in a work day socialist? Apparently the Daily Kos and Deeth have no clue what comes with socialism. Gulogs anyone? Chinese sweat shops anyone? Not exactly eight-hour days.....
5. RE: Taft-Hartley Act plank...... Here's another example of manipulative copying and pasting by Daily Kos and perpetuation by John Deeth. Here's the whole plank: 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. The protection of the right of workers to organize into unions and to bargain collectively is the firm and permanent policy of the Eisenhower Administration. In 1954, 1955 and again in 1956, President Eisenhower recommended constructive amendments to this Act. The Democrats in Congress have consistently blocked these needed changes by parliamentary maneuvers. The Republican Party pledges itself to overhaul and improve the Taft-Hartley Act along the lines of these recommendations.
Translation: The Taft-Hartley Act as written was unsatisfactory, note that the Daily Kos clipped out how the Democrats didn't want to make changes to legislation favorable to them, one side.
This is typical progressive omission and manipulation, and Deeth plays right along with it. Where's the honor in that?