The Republican National Committee (RNC) is a political committee in the U.S. that provides leadership for the Republican Party (GOP) nationally. It is mandated to develop and promote the political platform for the party, as well as organizing election strategy and fundraising. It is also mandated to organize and run the Republican National Convention. Such committees also exist in every state and county in the U.S., but RNC is the national governing council. Its leadership structure is composed of the chairman, co-chairman, treasurer, secretary and the general counsel. The current chairman is Reince Priebus and Sharon Day as the co-chairman. Tony Parker serves as the treasurer of the committee and Demetra DeMonte as the secretary. John Ryder is the current general counsel.
The party believes in a number of issues. These include economy. The republicans believe in opportunity and power of a free market economy in America. They believe in the significance of business regulations that are sensible and that create confidence in the economy among businesses, entrepreneurs and consumers alike. They also oppose the intervention of the federal government in the control and regulation of industries. Another issue in which the republicans believe in is access of quality and affordable health care for the Americans. They oppose health care that is run by the government, which cannot promote competition, quality health care and protect the relationship between physicians and patients.
National defense is another pillar on which the party is founded. Republicans believe in enduring peace that is based on the will and freedom to defend it. It is Republican’s believe that America requires defense for its homeland and promotion of a capable and effective intelligence community. That, according to them, calls for a full commitment to the Armed Forces to make sure they are adaptable, agile and modernized to the unpredictable challenges ahead. It also necessitates an international effort that complements the military activities, to maintain and develop relationships and alliances that will lead to peace and stability.
The party also believes that it is important to maintain a high standard world class system of both secondary and primary education in which all students can exploit their potential. They also believe that all parents should be enabled to send children to their school of choice. Energy independence is another pillar in which they believe in. They support an approach that will encourage responsible production of hydropower, solar, clean coal, oil and natural gas drilling, geothermal as well as nuclear power in environmentally responsible way. They oppose any legislation that would aim to impose a tax on national energy that would kill small businesses and increase utility prices. They also believe in fair and trustworthy judicial system that base rulings on the constitution and the law (gop.com).
On the other hand, Democratic National Committee (DNC) is mandated to govern the Democratic Party. It upholds the Democratic Platform and plans the convention for presidential nomination in the party. It also hires staff, coordinates candidates’ support strategies for national, state and local offices throughout the country and raises funds for the party. Moreover, the committee collects and responds to the views and needs of democrats across the country. The committee is composed of a chairman, vice-chairs of Democratic Party Committees from each state and more than two hundred members elected in all states and territories by Democrats. The current chairman is Debbie Wasserman.
The party also believes in a number of issues. These include open government. Democrats believe that changing politics means ensuring a transparent, open and a government that is responsive to the people’s needs. They also believe in limited influence of special interests and ensure that the government is accountable to the nationals. Democrats have also been known for protecting civil rights and increasing opportunities for all Americans. They have struggled to end discrimination of people based on their sex, race, language, age, religion, disability, ethnicity or sexual orientation. They are also committed to protect voting rights, non-discrimination in employments and equity in payments or salaries.
Democrats also believe in protecting, restoring and investing in clean energy solutions, ecosystems and endangered species in order to address environmental challenges. Furthermore, they believe that immigration reforms are essential to ensure continuity of innovations that immigrants bring to the economy of America. They, therefore, believe that the broken system of immigration needs to be fixed. These reforms should be founded on the principles of accountability and responsibility.
Another key pillar in which democrats believe in is science and technology. They are thus committed to increasing scientific ingenuity and technological innovation. They are also committed to investing, and supporting advanced classrooms, labs and research for technological developments. Democrats have also been in the frontline to defend retirement security. That has been achieved through protection of social security, strengthening Medicare and helping Americans to save for retirement. They have also opposed the plans by Republicans to privatize social security that would have exposed retirement funds to risks.
Additionally, Democrats believe in access to affordable, first-rate education. They have, therefore, made reforms increase standards and affordability of secondary, primary and tertiary education that will drive the economy forward. Democrats also believe in clean energy independence, national security and affordable quality health care (democrats.org).
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gop.com. "Our Party." n.d. GOP.com. http://www.gop.com/our-party/. 27 June 2014.