Republican Party Platform
August 23, 2012 § 3 Comments
“The [Republican National Committee] platform appears to be the most conservative platform in modern history,” declared platform committee member and tea party organizer Russ Walker in an interview with the Washington Times. It certainly is. The new platform includes:
- support for a “human life amendment” which would ban abortion, even in cases of incest, rape, or threat to the mothers life.
- reaffirms the party’s stance against gay marriage:
“We reaffirm our support for a constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman.”
- calls for tougher immigration laws, such as calling for the completion of a border fence, the end of in-state tuition for illegal immigrants, an end to sanctuary cities and creating a an Internet database run by the federal government that makes it harder for undocumented workers to get jobs.
- rejects the “use of the military as a platform for social experiments,” such as a reinstatement of the draft, allowing women to partake in combat missions, and gay rights within the military.
- no new taxes, except for war:
“We call for a Constitutional amendment requiring a super-majority for any tax increase with exceptions for only war and national emergencies, and imposing a cap limiting spending to historical average percentage of GDP so that future Congresses cannot balance the budget by raising taxes.”
- an effort to repeal affirmative action:
“We support efforts to help low-income individuals get a fair chance based on their potential and individual merit; but we reject preferences, quotas, and set-asides, as the best or sole methods through which fairness can be achieved, whether in government, education or corporate boardrooms…Merit, ability, aptitude, and results should be the factors that determine advancement in our society.”
- support for gun rights, and expansion of “stand your ground” rights:
“We support the fundamental right to self-defense wherever a law-abiding citizen has a legal right to be, and we support federal legislation that would expand the exercise of that right by allowing those with state-issued carry permits to carry firearms in any state that issues such permits to its own residents.”
Many analysts believe that such a platform will make it even harder for Romney to win over independent voters.