"It does not take a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brush fires of freedom in the minds of men."

- Samuel Adams

Monday, June 4, 2012

WSRP State Platform 2012 Adopted

Delegates to the WSRP State Convention voted to adopt the proposed party platform at the state convention on June 2.  Flanked by a huge American flag and replica of the Declaration of Independence, Platform Co-Chair Matthew Pederson read aloud the entire four-page, sixteen-section document to the convention.  Its preamble reads as follows:

The Washington State Republican party is dedicated to preserving a constitutional republic through active participation by citizens for the protection and preservation of conservative values including: the sanctity of human life; preserving a free society, free markets, and free trade; limited government; low taxes; minimal bureaucracy; strong national defense; and private property rights.

We believe that government should do for individuals only those things they cannot do for themselves and should be based on respect for each person's ability, dignity, and liberty.  Good citizenship begins with protected rights and ends with accompanying responsibilities.

We reaffirm the words in the Declaration of Independence, "That all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness - That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed."

It has been over two centuries since our Founders established the American creed - government under God and accountable to the people.  We believe their vision is best preserved by supporting policies outlined below.

Sixteen sections address a variety of topics and issues including follow and address civil and religious liberty, economic opportunity, limited government, national security and peace through strength, immigration policy, family values education, healthcare, property rights, the initiative process, and national sovereignty. 
   The platform specifically calls "for the repeal of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare" (Section 9). Section 16 affirms the U.S. Constitution as the "supreme law of the land." It says "The President shall not negotiate and the Senate shall not ratify any treaties, U.N. resolutions, agendas or foreign law, religious or otherwise, that are contrary to the U.S. Constitution."  Specially cited are Agenda 21, the Kyoto Protocol, Sharia Law, "and others that threaten our sovereignty."  It calls for judges, state and local authorities to "be barred from using foreign agendas, laws, and resolutions for the purpose of interpreting United States law."
The four-page platform was adopted in the final minutes of the Saturday session.

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