What does the Republican Party stand for anymore?
Rhetorical question: What does the Republican Party stand for? In 1956, during the Eisenhower administration they sounded sane, and like they actually believed in good government.
In the introduction of the 1956 Republican Party Platform it is stated that:
We shall ever build anew, that our children and their children, without distinction because of race, creed or color, may know the blessings of our free land.
We believe that basic to governmental integrity are unimpeachable ethical standards and irreproachable personal conduct by all people in government. We shall continue our insistence on honesty as an indispensable requirement of public service. We shall continue to root out corruption whenever and wherever it appears.
Wow! No racism, integrity, ethics, personal conduct, honesty, and rooting out corruption—sign me up! Of course today we see a Republican Party so corrupt that the emoluments clause is looked up upon as a quaint suggestion from your dear old aunt Esther, bless her soul. Ethics, irreproachable personal conduct, and honesty have been tossed out the window as nothing more than an antiquated viewpoint more in line with the days of bicycles with big front wheels, then modern America. We also know that racism has always been a part of the 1950s—even then those were mere words that sounded nice, but had little to do with the reality on the ground. One only has to look at things like Operation Wetback to see that some of the same racist, xenophobic policies are deeply rooted in the Republican Party’s past.
Of course, the Republican Party of yesteryear was a far different animal than it is today. In 1956 they sounded like socialists.
We are proud of and shall continue our far-reaching and sound advances in matters of basic human needs—expansion of social security—broadened coverage in unemployment insurance —improved housing—and better health protection for all our people. We are determined that our government remain warmly responsive to the urgent social and economic problems of our people.