I have a project that is to compare Democratic ideals with Republican ideals. So what was the first thing I did? I went to their individual websites which are:
Click on those. look around. The Democrat page opens up and you see tabs that say “who we are” and “what we stand for” and has a flipping banner that talks about the American Jobs Act and the end of DADT. when you scroll down, you see a sticker about how you can get involved in the 2012 election, another that says “the real cost of photo ID laws” and another that says “see progress in your area”
Now look at the GOP front page. You may notice that you are automatically redirected to a site called Debt End Tour, which solely blames obama and the liberal media for everything going wrong at the moment, followed by a way you can donate to the Republican National Party. You have to scroll all the way down to click on a link that says “continue to GOP.com”. On that site, the first thing that caught my eye was the “Obama debt watch” which showed how much debt had been wracked up. The next thing I noticed was a link to “RNC women”, so I clicked on that. All I can say is that I am happy it wasn’t pink.
The light blue layout shows you how you can get involved, and includes 96 testimonials about why some women are proud to be Republican Women.
I then noticed another widget that led you to RNClatinos.org, a recently launched Republican National Party Website aimed at the latino population. So I went there, hoping to find what they stand for. Obviously, since I do not read spanish well, that didn’t help either.
So maybe I’m jumping the gun here, but I’m going to say this:
The Republicans don’t really want you to know what they stand for. I went through 4 separate Republican National Party websites, and not one of them gave me the lowdown about where they stood on any subject. Most of it was Anti-Obama rhetoric. It was a bit like navigating a PETA website. it kept redirecting you to bright colors and big text, but at the end, you come out not knowing any more then when you entered and feeling a bit odd, like you’re about to be indoctrinated into a cult.
The Democrat website, however, was quite different. I could find the information I needed and wanted quickly. It was easy to navigate, didn’t redirect you asking for money to defund a current politician, and it was inclusive. The Republican national party had three separate websites and weren’t inclusive at all about the African American population, the disabled population, or any other group. There is an entire tab on the Democrats website dedicated to every minority and how current things that are happening in politics effect them and how they can get involved.
This was frustrating, as I am sure it is for GOP-ers who want to know what is going on with their party. Propaganda doesn’t help your cause, it only harms it. Take a lesson from the Democrats, GOP. An easily navigable site might actually get you somewhere.