The two big national parties in the US, the Republicans and the Democrats, will have a convention to pick their presidential candidate. At this convention, they will also draft and vote on their "platform": a series of policy statements.
The 2020 Republican Party Platform was simply their 2016 platform, plus bemoaning their inability to have an in-person convention due to COVID restrictions. The Democrats did have a new 2020 Platform.
The platforms are dozens of pages long. Each starts with a one or two page preamble laying out their principles in general terms, then go on in detail for dozens of pages on subjects such as the economy, civil rights, the environment, voting rights, jobs, religious liberty, gun rights, and so on.
The preamble of their platform states diversity, change, fixing inequalities, shared prosperity, voting rights, and many others as their core values.
America is an idea—one that has endured and evolved through war and depression, prevailed over fascism and communism, and radiated hope to far distant corners of the earth. Americans believe that diversity is our greatest strength. That protest is among the highest forms of patriotism. That our fates and fortunes are bound to rise and fall together. That even when we fall short of our highest ideals, we never stop trying to build a more perfect union.
The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare deep-seated problems in our society—the fragility of our economy and social safety net, the risks posed by growing inequality, the impacts of racial and economic disparities on health and well-being, and the profound consequences of deepening polarization and political paralysis.
We must right the wrongs in our democracy, redress the systemic injustices that have long plagued our society, throw open the doors of opportunity for all Americans, and reinvent our institutions at home and our leadership abroad. We do not simply aspire to return our country to where we were four years ago. We know we must be bolder and more ambitious.
We must once again stop another Republican recession from becoming a second Great Depression. President Trump and the Republican Party have rigged the economy in favor of the wealthiest few and the biggest corporations, and left working families and small businesses out in the cold. Democrats will forge a new social and economic contract with the American people—a contract that creates millions of new jobs and promotes shared prosperity, closes racial gaps in income and wealth, guarantees the right to join or form a union, raises wages and ensures equal pay for women and paid family leave for all, and safeguards a secure and dignified retirement.
We must guarantee health care not as a privilege for some, but as a right for every single American. For a century, Democrats have fought to secure universal health care. In the depths of the COVID-19 pandemic, President Trump and the Republican Party are trying to tear health care away from millions of people who depend on it for survival. Democrats will not allow that to happen. We will not rest until every American can access quality health care and affordable prescription drugs.
We must steel and strengthen our democracy, not distort and debase it. Democrats believe there is nothing to fear from the voices and votes of the American people. We will restore the full power of the Voting Rights Act and stamp out voter suppression in all its forms. We will curb the corrupting influence of money in politics and protect the integrity of our elections from all enemies, foreign and domestic. We will never accept political gridlock as our fate. We will never tire in our fight to deliver results and create opportunity for all Americans. And we will end the war on government that has politicized our institutions, denigrated public service, and left the American people on their own instead of working to make them whole.
We will ensure that our nation continues to prize diversity and compassion, and welcomes those who yearn to participate in our great democratic experiment by creating a humane, 21st century immigration system that benefits all Americans.
And so on.
The Republican preamble begins...
With this platform, we the Republican Party reaffirm the principles that unite us in a common purpose.
And then goes on with a series of ideological beliefs: Constitutional originalism, American exceptionalism, limited government, intertwined political and economic freedom, exploitation of natural resources, belief in divine salvation.
We believe in American exceptionalism...
We believe the Constitution was written not as a flexible document, but as our enduring covenant.
We believe our constitutional system -- limited government, separation of powers, federalism, and the rights of the people -- must be preserved uncompromised for future generations.
When political freedom and economic freedom are separated -- both are in peril; when united, they are invincible.
We believe that people are the ultimate resource -- and that the people, not the government, are the best stewards of our country's God-given natural resources.
Every time we sing, "God Bless America" we are asking for help. We ask for divine help that our country can fulfill its promise.
And the rest is grievances about the President and the Democrats (which is funny because by 2020 a Republican had been president for the past four years).