Thursday, September 20, 2012

We Believe in America: 2012 GOP Platform


We Believe in America: 2012 GOP Platform

There are some who do not believe that our party platform matters; after all, most of our elected officials don’t bother to read it.

Even Speaker John Boehner stated, “Have you ever met anybody who read the party platform? I never met anybody.”

And yet, our 2012 Republican Party Platform makes a great case for why the GOP is the party of opportunity and common-sense solutions.

In the GOP’s Preamble to the Platform, it states:

“This platform affirms that America has always been a place of grand dreams and even grander realities; and so it will be again, if we return government to its proper role, making it smaller and smarter. If we restructure government’s most important domestic programs to avoid their fiscal collapse. If we keep taxation, litigation, and regulation to a minimum. If we celebrate success, entrepreneurship, and innovation. If we lift up the middle class. If we hand over to the next generation a legacy of growth and prosperity, rather than entitlements and indebtedness.”

On the issue of life, the GOP Platform says, “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 oppose using public revenues to promote or perform abortions…”

In contrast, the Democratic Party Platform states, “The Democratic Party strongly and unequivocally supports Roe vs. Wade and a woman’s right to make decisions regarding her pregnancy, including a safe and legal abortion, regardless of ability to pay.”

On the issue of marriage, our platform reiterates, “Congressional Republicans took the lead in enacting the Defense of Marriage Act, affirming the right of States and the federal government not to recognize same-sex relationships licensed in other jurisdictions. We reaffirm our support for a constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one women.”

Democrats, on the other hand, proudly proclaim, “We support equality and support the movement to secure equal treatment under law for same-sex couples.”

And, as we witnessed during the Democratic National Convention, Democrats were pushing to remove any reference to God in their platform as well as remove the language supporting Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. After three floor votes, those efforts were reversed, much to the dismay of the delegates.

In contrast, the GOP Platform references God 12 times. As for Israel, it states, “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…”

Other themes of our Republican Platform include:

·      Reducing tax rates by 20%
·      Reducing corporate taxes – we currently have the highest in the world
·      Instituting a test for every federal activity, including whether it is within the scope of the Constitution
·      Auditing the Fed
·      Supporting a national right-to-work law
·      Opposing legislation that is intended to restrict our 2nd Amendment rights by limiting the capacity of clips or magazines
·      Achieving domestic energy independence
·      Opposing amnesty
·      Supporting E-Verify
·      Repealing ObamaCare
·      Peace through strength
·      Stopping sequestration which will be a disaster for our national security

Our national GOP Platform is a document of which we can all be proud, and I hope that you will read it in its entirety at 2012 Republican Platform.

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