THE EMERGING 2016 REPUBLICAN platform is a hot mess of bad ideas. The GOP is putting together its 2016 party platform in the run-up to the Cleveland convention (which starts today), and the positions that have emerged have been almost universally horrifying.
The platform calls for the overturn of the Supreme Court decision allowing gay couples to wed, and calls for the widely discredited practice known as “conversion therapy to be more commonly used. It calls for Trump’s border wall with Mexico. It’s against marijuana legalization — even for medicinal purposes. It wants to ban abortion, even in cases of rape or incest. And it wants coal — literally the least clean fuel source — to be defined as “clean.”
All of these positions are extreme, but none are hugely surprising in the age of Trump. But there’s one position that is truly, transcendentally stupid: to gut the US National Parks system.