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  1. So, yet again, the Republican Party believe that the American Dream is of equality, but not for everyone.

    What complete and utter bastards.

    1. Cardinal Capone 29 Aug 2012, 12:31pm

      The threat to the American dream is the crypto-fascism pervading the Republican party.

      1. The American Dream should called the American myth though.

        It no longer exists.

        Social mobility is lower in the US than in most developed countries.

  2. F*$c# them, and the horse they drove into the convention hall on. This is the very reason Dems must win the election.

    1. Actually it doesn’t really matter.

      What we must not forget is that the US political system has been sold to corporate America.

      Democrat or Republican makes no substantive difference as both parties’ primary loyalty is not to the American people – but rather to the corporations

  3. Welcome back to the past.

    One step forward and a hundred back in this case.

    Progression is failing. Americans must march with their votes and say NO to Romney, otherwise America will stay in the past.

  4. gasp !!!

    1. gasp!!! indeed!

  5. Saw one delegate interviewed on the news. He was a republican because he wanted to “take back freedoms from the government”.?

  6. This man must never become president. Neither must any of his anti-gay Republican party. Mitt the nit belongs to an anti-Christ church, he is completely unconstitutional and has only the interests of his church and himself at heart. Obama must go in for a second term or America will erupt into real violence.

    1. Paddyswurds 29 Aug 2012, 12:01pm

      …which will affect the entire planet. The republicans will most definitely attack Iran and possibly spark a nuclear war with Pakistan and Russia becoming involved. In any case the entire planet will suffer if this moron mormon idiot and his party of outright evil gains power. it could spell the long predicted breakup of the USA which will be one of the most violent episodes the planet has ever witnessed with millions dead……… Sorry for the pessimism but that is the reality if these Tea Party idiots get power.

  7. So much for the pursuit of happiness…

  8. It amuses me that hurricaine Isaac is heading straight for their convention, in so much as normally the fundamentalist wing of the GOP is the first to interpret the extreme weather as a sign from God in some way by “allowing abortion, not being too soft on teh gays etc”.
    They can’t suddenly claim that a hurricane heading straight for their conference is a meteorological coincidence given their ‘soothsaying’ track record.
    Seems like god’s really p!ssed off with Republicans but for very different reasons!

  9. James Savik 29 Aug 2012, 8:25am

    Can’t say that I’m really surprised. Very disappointing. They just told 20 million voters to go F* themselves.

    The GOP needs to decide if its the party of Lincoln and get back to its roots or the party of Bachmann/Santorum and fade into oblivion.

  10. The Republican Party, living in 1812!

  11. Mad leading the Mad!

    1. More like a ship of fools like in the Medieval allegory.

  12. Romney and his moronic followers want to change the USA into a theocracy. Who in their right mind would vote for man who believes in magic underwear – oh yes the knuckle dragging Republicans!

  13. Surprise, surprise.

    does anyone really expect anything else from an religiously extremist, extreme rightwing party.

    The Republican party makes the BNP look moderate.

    And terrifyingly the Republican Party is a mainstream party.

  14. Mitt Romney is a mor(m)on cultist who wears magic underwear.

    1. Mushrooms?

  15. Let’s hope enough moderate Republicans see this poison for what it is and vote accordingly. Well, I can dream, can’t I?

  16. Hmmm… Maybe a case of bad reporting? Another case of newspapers’ over zealous use of the word ‘ban’?

    As far as I can tell from the actual wording they just said they would reaffirm states rights to not allow gay marriage and not provide funding for/allow promotion of abortion.

    The way you’ve reported it sounds like they’d make both illegal.

    The reality is still grim, but (if I understand correctly) not what’s been reported here.

    Anyone know for sure to correct me if I’m wrong?

    1. I think the Republicans support a constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

    2. The Republican party will “reaffirm” the states rights to make the decision in the same way that the Spanish Inquisition merely “asked” heathens to convert to christianity.

    3. Robert in S. Kensington 29 Aug 2012, 12:30pm

      Ban or not, Romney supports the Defence of Marriage Act in states that have it and wants it to spread to the rest of the country, so does Ryan. The American political system in some states allows legislation (equal marriage as an example) that has been passed into law to be overturned by mob rule in the form of referenda as evidenced in the states of Washington, Maryland and New Jersey. What kind of democracy is that? Why have state legislatures if the laws passed mean nothing? Thank goodness we in the UK don’t have to be subjected to that injustice.

      The most egregious thing in all this is that gay republicans will vote for this moron and his equally moronic right wing darling of the Tea Party scumbaggers.

      1. Robert, the Defence of Marriage Act does in fact cover the entire country and not just some states. Even those states where same-sex marriage is legal. Hopefully, it will soon be on it’s way out.

      2. robert, a point of information: there is no referendum of this type in new jersey as new jersey has not passed any legislation for same sex marriage. in maine, such legislation was passed but a referendum then knocked it out. another referendum for same sex marriage will be on maine’s ballot this november to affirm marriage equality. the odds for such confirmation appear to be more positive this time round.

      3. The referendum, initiative and recall were actually PROGRESSIVE politics when they were first created, around the turn of the 20th century. They were intended to challenge corrupt legislatures.

        In place, however, they have been used almost exclusively for mischief. After a century of this nonsense, it’s clearly time to reconsider them. But that’s not going to happen.

    4. I said I didn’t agree with them but questioned the innacurate reporting and nobody addressed my concerns but gave me loads of thumbs down?

      Are you guys a bunch of idiots?

      I suppose you get the journalism you deserve.

      1. I’ll give you a thumb up because you’re correct.

        I’m an American, here reading the prattling nonsense posted (as usual) about the country. It doesn’t much matter what you say to correct it, outrage is so much fun. Every time I read this “wisdom,” I hear Donald Duck in full tantrum.

        1. Paddyswurds 29 Aug 2012, 10:48pm

          Having lived in the US for ten years, I beg to differ and I am not surprised by your silly comment. I was however surprised while i lived there by how little politically aware Americans were and how easily those that were followed the extreme…. Is it perhaps because Americas economy is run mostly by the Military Industrial Complex and big corporations and they want it that way. The voter turnout for a western democracy is also woeful. Also be aware that those looking in often see the reality often missed by those “inside”…..
          BTW i was once asked in New York which states in the US bordered Ireland…. I kid you not!

    5. I notice they’ve changed the headline to a better one. Thanks Pinknews!

      Still, no doubt this comment will get thumbs down because I’m talking about facts rather than an unconstructive outrage circle jerk

  17. The platform announcing these approvals began with an acknowledgement that the American Dream had allowed equal opportunity, but went on to say:

    “Today that American Dream is at risk.”

    That doesn’t even make any sense. You know, equality means, everyone is treated the same, right?

    Otherwise it’s not equality.

    1. The American Dream is dead.

      Social mobility in the US is now lower than in pretty much any other developed country in the world.

      The Americans continue to believe their own fake mythology.

      The US is rapidly becoming the christian Iran and the population doesn’t seem to notice.

      1. Paddyswurds 29 Aug 2012, 5:29pm

        It’s all part of the corporate plan. Sheeple are easier contrioolled and they won’t be running around making laws which the corporates find objectionable, like paying fair corporate taxes……

  18. Good-looking White All-American boys (and girls), like Romney, and Palin, should frighten us all.

    They truly think of themselves as a kind of super-race, a super-breed.

    And of course they all believe in the non-existent “God”.

    1. Don’t forget the all-american poster children are always blonde and blue eyed…

  19. GingerlyColors 29 Aug 2012, 11:48am

    American Nightmare, more like. With outdated attitudes like that it looks like that Barrak Obama has already won his second term of office. I sincerely hope that progressive Republicans like San Diego’s Jerry Sanders get the upper hand during the next four years.
    The majority of Americans now support marriage equality and even if Mitt Romney does become President he will have a fat cat in Hell’s chance of passing a Constitutional Amendment banning gay marriage as two thirds of Congress has to approve such an Amendment before it is ratified by at least 38 of the 50 States. You will find that the US Constitution is what stands between the likes of Mitt Romney and his outdated views.

  20. The Republicans, once again exploiting ignorance to win power. Their ‘American Dream’ sounds more like a nightmare.

    I sincerely hope they don’t win. Do they really want to join the likes of other countries that have banned ‘gays’? Surely, most voters are not that ignorant. Surely, most straight voters don’t even care if someone is gay? It’s the Republicans that are creating the problem. Old hat politics at the expense of millions of gay people.

    1. That’s why they are trying to prevent people from voting in the first place.
      By way of voter ID laws, Pennsylvania is at risk of having nearly 9% of it’s voters being unable to cast their vote. Oddly enough, most of these 750000 people reside in democrat majority areas.
      The Republicans in Ohio tried (though ultimately failed) to change the opening hours of polling stations, restricting the times for those in democrat majority areas, but extending the hours in republican majority hours.
      It doesn’t matter how many people oppose the republicans if those people cannot express that opposition in a polling station.

      1. And not forgetting that the electoral system is designed in such a way so a 3rd political party can never emerge.

        American democracy – what a joke.

        1. And not forgetting that in 2004 the electoral system meant that the candidate with the most votes wasn’t elected… :-(

          1. 2004 or 2000…whatever… Al Gore did win the election by 500,000 votes and George W. Bush got in..

            Go figure.

  21. This platform is political suicide.
    They have thrown the moderate and female vote out of the window.
    I think there can be little doubt now of a second term for Obama, and possibly by a comfortable margin, which I would not have said until now. Given the ruthlessness of the GOP leadership, I could believe that they are allowing policy proposals that they know will lose them the election so that Obama will be made to take responsibility for an even worse economic situation in the offing.

    1. That all depends on the immense stupid vote, it is not a co-incidence that all the Red states are the ones with the stupidest populations.

      1. Robert in S. Kensington 29 Aug 2012, 1:30pm

        And not surprisingly, the red states have the highest rate of divorce and pornography consumption as well as lower education rates particularly in the deep south, the bible belt.

        1. As well as violence and the laxest gun laws, and therefore higher gun crime rate.

          1. Robert in S. Kensington 29 Aug 2012, 8:08pm

            One of the highest gun crime rates in the western world. America might as well abolish their armed police since individuals can buy guns and shoot anyone at random.

    2. We must not underestimate the vast number of middle-American church-lovin’ finger-lickin’ whites who believe in everything Republican. Yes, it may seem to us out of the question that they should take power, but they have done it many many times before . . . and they could well do it again.

      1. Paddyswurds 29 Aug 2012, 10:54pm

        Scarily so …..You thought George Bush the twit from Texas was bad…you ain’t seen nothing yet if the mormon moron wins….

  22. Anthony Maxwell 29 Aug 2012, 12:40pm

    Did no one mention that a step to the right was part of the Time Warp?

    If Mitt Romney get anywhere near the White House then America will become as progressive on LGBT issues as Uganda.

    1. Time Warp ?

      Let’s do the time-warp again !
      Let’s do the time-warp again !

      I make mine the words of Riff Raff and Magenta when I think about the rise and fall of the Tea Party and the American Christian-fascist movement:

      Riff Raff:
      It’s astounding;
      Time is fleeting;
      Madness takes its toll.
      But listen closely…

      Not for very much longer…

  23. Christopher 29 Aug 2012, 12:58pm

    The only reason ANYONE pays attention to the Americans is because they

    1) have done a good job of exporting their pop culture for the last century

    2) have nukes

    Meanwhile, progressive nations like Canada remain in the shadows. We beat them in 1812…

    1. Paddyswurds 29 Aug 2012, 1:31pm

      .. Actually , what the Yanks do is import Western European culture and innovations , blow them up with gaudy bells and whistles and sell them back to us as theirs, similarly with the whole Electronic revolution which the stole from the Far East, like Japan and all the while pretending they innovated first. The same with the fast food rubbish we are now plied with. They took perfectly good Europeans food, chopped reformed and whatever else, filled it full of salt and corn syrup sugar and fed it back to us at inflated efficacy and price and we fell for it. However the sight of Americans waddling about, so fat the pavement cracks under their weight, has scared most Europeans into rejecting the Chick fil As, McDonalds, and KFC slop for real food as is witnessed by all the “dine with me” programs now evident.
      The whole American Dream experience has left a very sour taste in the mouths of the entire planets population. They are now seen as nothing more than devious bullies.

  24. “Today that American Dream is at risk.”

    Yes, from the kind of lunacy peddled by Romney. It reminds me of that jokey comment about the Pilgrim Fathers – they weren’t fleeing persecution, they were looking for people to persecute.

    The Republicans are nasty, nasty people who have no conception of the separation of church and state, and seem to thrive on both aggression and repression of human rights. They are not amusing, for all their idiocy, they’re actually frightening.

  25. Then they will ‘Ban’ all Jews, all Gypsies, all Blacks and replace the Stars and Strips with the Swastika! – Bigoted backwood reckneck scum!!!

    Yes I’m angry

    1. Maybe not all Jews, since they support unconditionally the fanatic Jews of Israel, like that Israeli rabbi who claimed women should stay only at home and that children raised by working mothers are weak, but maybe ban all secularized intelligent non-fanatic Jews.

  26. America is the Land of the Free, but only if you are white, male, heterosexual and christian…

    1. And rich, don’t forget money has a big part to play in this too.

      1. Ooops, yeah, forgot that bit.

  27. Hopefully their ridiculous opinions around women’s rights have already lost them the election.

    Maybe they’re living that far back in the past that they’ve forgotten women can vote?

  28. I hope we can trust the women of America to give Romney and his ilk the result they deserve. Zilch !!

  29. Republicans are evil. Like Conservatives, all they really care about is money and keeping those with it rich and not letting anyone else in. They are scum who will use anything and anyone to keep good people out of power. They disgust me.

    1. Democrats are not much better.

      People keep falling for the fake idea that the Democrats are marvellous.

      They are not. The Democrats are more rightwing than the Tories and their primary purpose is to protect the wealthy as well (they are just more pleasant in how they do it.)

      1. Yes, some Democrats are or were just as crazy. I remember reading once that Fred Phelps, before he became mentally insane and started accusing everyone of being the personification of the Devil, was closely lined with the Democratic Party and even run for under the Democrats sometimes when the Democratic Party was still anti-gay. However times changed and that’s not the main position of the Democrats anymore, as you can see the campaign of Barack Obama.

  30. Merseymike 29 Aug 2012, 4:04pm

    If this doesn’t make gay people and women recognise the dangers of supporting this bunch of loons, nothing will

  31. “The American Dream” © – in the eyes of Republicans – only applies to straight, white, preferably rich, cis-males.

  32. Man, the Republican Party sure doesn’t want to win this election !!

  33. REALLY ! >.< that is such a bitch slap to the face! when is there justice!

  34. has anyone ever considered the poability (this is just a crazy conspericy thery) but there doing this too lose the election?

    1. mmm…. I did hear that somewhere,,, because the Republicans would not want to inherit America’s economic mess

  35. American Dream — absolute load of tosh! It might be a dream symbolically for a lucky few, but for the majority, life in America is a nightmare. I know I lived there and the Republicans….oh I need I go on! Give me a grey UK any time!

  36. The land of the free my arse!

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 29 Aug 2012, 8:10pm

      Only if you’re heterosexual of course, ideally white helps.

  37. What a lovely country you have there.


    In most EU countries, being gay isn’t even a big thing anymore and marriage equality is already pretty much a done deal. We just need to make it a law. UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Portugal…and Finland (in a few years if we’re lucky) will all get equal marriage rights.

  38. My sad and greatest surprise and disappointment is with the American public that seems to buy into the backward narrow minded thinking of the Republican Party. Only the American voters can put Mr Romney and Mr Ryan in office. A vote for President Obama insures a freer America for all. Time for the World Community to speak on our behalf.

  39. Lets get rid of Woman and Civil rights too, it will be a big bigotry party.

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