Party: n. (see prior post)
Platform: n. a declaration of the principles on which a group of persons stands ; especially : a declaration of principles and policies adopted by a political party or a candidate
Plank: n. an article or particular issue in the platform of a political party
When Republicans got together last year to write the national security plank of their party platform, I wonder if the irony in this passage escaped them:
One sign of our unity is our English language. For newcomers, it has always been the fastest route to prosperity in America. English empowers. We support English as the official language in our nation … thereby fostering a commitment to our national motto, E Pluribus Unum.
… because the facts certainly did. Our national motto is:
In God We Trust