Sunday, September 9, 2012

GOP Platform - 2012 Committee on Resolutions Report

GOP Platform - 2012 Committee on Resolutions Report - Updated

We have finished! Here is a brief summary of my work on the Platform Committee over the past three days. Some excerpts from the platform are included at the bottom of this report; the final platform will be available next week during the national convention.

On Sunday, August 19, the 2012 Committee on Resolutions convened for a welcome reception at the Tampa Bay Marriott Riverside. At approximately 7:00 pm the members were provided with a rough draft of the proposed platform for the first time. Following the reception several committee members met late into the night to discuss proposed amendments and to draft language for submission in our respective subcommittees. Amendments were due in the subcommittee rooms by 7:30 am Monday morning.

There were six subcommittees on the Platform Committee: 
  • Restoring the American Dream: Rebuilding the Economy and Creating Jobs    
  • We the People: A Restoration of Constitutional Government
  • America's Natural Resources: Energy, Agriculture and the Environment
  • Reforming Government to Serve the People
  • Renewing American Values to Build Healthy Families, Great Schools and Safe Neighborhoods
  • American Exceptionalism
Each of these subcommittees began meeting on Monday, August 20, at 8:00 am; the full committee began its first session at 2:00 on Monday afternoon. Time was short, but everyone worked diligently to submit amendments and suggest changes.

I was assigned to the subcommittee dealing with foreign policy and national security titled, "An American Century." Our Chairman was Senator Jim Talent of Missouri. My counterpart David Barton was assigned to the "Restoring Constitutional Government" subcommittee. In my subcommittee I submitted several amendments that were passed unanimously and without debate. Things went so well that we were able to finish in time for lunch.

The entire committee met until 8:00 pm Monday evening, reconvened on Tuesday morning and finished by 6:00 pm on Tuesday. Although we were in somewhat of a time crunch to finish in two days, the debates and amendments proceeded well and it is the consensus of the committee members that the finished product is one of the best platforms that we have ever seen. I am very proud of the work done by all. It was a pleasure working with my fellow Republicans from around the country and from the U.S. territories. It was also an honor to work with leading conservatives such as my fellow Texan David Barton, Tony Perkins, Phyllis Schlafly, et al. Several of my old friends from the RNC were also members, such as Debbie Joslin from Alaska and many others.

All in all, it was a wonderful experience, and it was my honor to serve and represent Texas on the Committee.

Here are some highlights from the final draft:

This platform includes the same pro-life language that has been in the GOP Platform since 1984:

"Faithful to the "self-evident" truths enshrined in the Declaration of Independence, we assert the sanctity of human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed. We support a human life amendment to the Constitution and endorse legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment's protections apply to unborn children."

On traditional marriage:

""We affirm our support for a Constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman."

Of particular note, the Republican Platform references God 12 times:

"...humility before God and before a nation of free and independent thinkers."
"...ever grateful to Almighty God for the political, religious, and civil liberties we enjoy..."
"Reaffirm that our rights come from God..."
"May God continue to shed his Grace on the United States of America.."
"We offer our Republican vision of a free people using their God-given talents..."
"God-given individual rights..."
"...the primary role of government is to protect the God-given, inalienable, inherent rights of its citizens..."
"...defend the law-abiding citizen's God-given right of self-defense..."
"...taking advantage of all our American God-given resources..."
"...God-given natural resources..."
"...We condemn decisions by activist judges to deny children the opportunity to say the Pledge of Allegiance in its entirety, including "Under God" in public schools..."
"...the God-given natural beauty and resources of our country..."

On Israel:

"Israel and the United States are part of the great fellowship of democracies who speak the same language of freedom and justice, and the right of every person to live in peace."

"We affirm our unequivocal commitment to Israel's security and will ensure that it maintains a qualitative edge in military technology over any potential adversaries. We support Israel's right to exist as a Jewish state with secure, defensible borders...Israel with Jerusalem as its capital..."

In addition:

"We are the party of maximum economic freedom and prosperity that freedom makes possible. Prosperity is the product of self-discipline, work, savings, and investment by individual Americans, but it is not an end in itself."

"The vigor of our economy makes possible our military strength and is critical to our national security."

"The best jobs program is economic growth. We do not offer yet another made-in-Washington package of subsidies and spending to create temporary or artificial jobs."

"We are the party of the Constitution, the solemn compact which confirms our God-given individual rights and assures that all Americans stand equal before the law."

"We are the party of America's growers and producers, farmers, ranchers, foresters, miners, and all those who bring from the earth the minerals and energy that are the life blood of our nation's historically strong economy."

"We are the party of government reform. At a time when the federal government has become bloated, antiquated and unresponsive to taxpayers, it is our intention to not only improve management and provide better services, but also to rethink and restructure government to bring it into the 21st century."

"We are the party of peace through strength. Professing American exceptionalism - the conviction that our country holds a unique place and role in human history..."

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