Does anyone really read the Democrat and Republican Party Platforms? This year, the Republican Party apparently decided that it wasn’t even worth the time required to update their 2016 document for the 2020 election — they simply re-adopted it wholesale. Still, Professor Marjorie Hershey argues that they signal who has power within the party, and may accurately predict what to expect in the next four years from the successful candidate.
So where do human rights sit within the two platforms for this year’s election? Here’s a simple analysis based just on a word search for the terms “human rights.”
The Democrat Party Platform uses the term “human rights” twenty-one times. Often, the term appears in reference to foreign policy and efforts through diplomacy or trade deals to promote human rights. Here are some examples:
“We will stand up to the forces of authoritarianism, not aid and abet their rise, and