NO ABORTION IN CASES OF RAPE OR INCEST. The proposal for a “human life amendment” passed without a hitch - and without any exceptions for rape or incest. The committee didn’t stop there; they also adopted language that would ban drugs that end pregnancy after conception, which could potentially include Plan B, the “morning after pill.” NO LEGAL RECOGNITION OF SAME-SEX COUPLES. The committee embraced extreme anti-gay language, even rejecting a proposal to endorse civil unions for gay couples after vehement objections from Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council and Romney adviser Jim Bopp, who called it a “counterfeit marriage.” The rejection of civil unions, along with the refusal to include a line affirming the legal equality of same-sex couples prompted the organization GOProud to declare, “Those who have engaged in this public platform fight have provided distraction from important issues and damaged Mitt Romney’s campaign.” REPLICATE ARIZONA-STYLE IMMIGRATION LAWS. Kris Kobach, who wrote the now mostly invalidated immigration laws in Arizona and Alabama, pushed for language calling for a border fence, a national E-Verify system to make it harder for undocumented workers to find employment, the end of in-state tuition for illegal immigrants and an end to sanctuary cities. The committee overwhelmingly approved the proposals, as well as a line chastising the Department of Justice to halt the lawsuits against draconian immigration laws in Arizona, Alabama, South Carolina and Utah: “State efforts to reduce illegal immigration must be encouraged, not attacked.” AUDIT THE FED. The pet project of Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) to audit the Federal Reserve has now been embraced as an official Republican goal. For the first time, the platform calls for an annual audit of the Federal Reserve. NO WOMEN IN COMBAT. The platform condemns “social experimentation” in the military, which covers everything from the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” to allowing officers to wear their uniforms in gay pride events to letting women serve on the front lines. NO STATEHOOD, MORE GUNS FOR WASHINGTON DC. FRC’s Perkins, who recently blamed President Obama and the Southern Poverty Law Center for the shooting at FRC’s Washington headquarters, requested and received a section specifically urging the DC Council to expand gun rights. The same section also opposes DC statehood, which would allow the District to govern itself and put an end to Congressional attempts to impose abortion bans on DC. NO NEW TAXES, EXCEPT FOR WAR. The platform calls for a Constitutional amendment requiring a super-majority to approve any tax increase, “with exceptions for only war and national emergencies.” It would also deliberately hobble future Congresses through a cap limiting all government spending to historical average percentage of GDP - “so that future Congresses cannot balance the budget by raising taxes.”
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By Aviva Shen on Aug 22, 2012 at 9:23 am
A week from the 2012 Republican National Convention, Republican committee members spent Tuesday articulating and affirming the principles they stand for in a draft of the official party platform. Led by Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-VA) and featuring other Tea Party stars like Kansas Secretary of State
Kris Kobach and Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), the committee approved a draft of the platform McDonnell said “will reflect the heart and soul of the Republican Party” and one committee member called “the most conservative platform in modern history.” Here are some highlights
The following reflects some of what ended up in the Platform:
We believe in the power and opportunity of America’s free-market economy. We believe in the importance of sensible business regulations that promote confidence in our economy among consumers, entrepreneurs and businesses alike. We oppose interventionist policies that put the federal government in control of industry and allow it to pick winners and losers in the marketplace.
President Ronald Reagan’s approach to America’s national defense, which successfully confronted the Soviet Union and ended the Cold War, is as essential today as it was then: Peace through strength - an enduring peace, based on freedom and the will to defend it. Today, it requires defending America’s homeland, including remaining vigilant in confronting global terrorism, maintaining a robust defense against the threats arising from nuclear proliferation, including a strong ballistic missile defense for America and our allies, and promoting an effective, capable intelligence community. It requires a full commitment to America’s Armed Forces to ensure they are modern, agile and adaptable to the unpredictable range of challenges in the years ahead. And it requires a sustained international effort, which complements our military activities, to develop and maintain alliances and relationships that will lead to greater peace and stability. While the United States participates in various international organizations which can serve the cause of peace and posterity, they must never substitute for principled American leadership nor prevent America from joining other democracies to protect our vital national interests.
We support common-sense reforms that will lower costs, ensure quality health care that Americans deserve, and end lawsuit abuse. We oppose government-run health care, which won’t protect the physician-patient relationship, won’t promote competition, and won’t promote health care quality and choice.
We believe that maintaining a world-class system of primary and secondary education with high standards in which all students can reach their potential is critically important to America’s future. We believe parents should be empowered to send their children to the school of their choice.
We believe in energy independence. We support an “all of the above” approach that encourages the responsible production of nuclear power, clean coal, solar, wind, geothermal, hydropower, as well as drilling for oil and natural gas in an environmentally responsible way. We oppose so-called cap and trade legislation that would impose a national energy tax on families and small business that would kill jobs and raise utility prices.
Republicans believe a judge’s role is to interpret the law, not make law from the bench. Judges in our federal court system, from district courts to the Supreme Court, should demonstrate fidelity to the U.S. Constitution. We trust the judicial system to base rulings on the law, and nothing else.
Iowa National Committeeman May Update
by Steve Scheffler
Executive Committees First, I want to publicly state that I am totally and enthusiastically supportive of activating the 4 Congressional District Executive Committees. If we are to be successful as a party in electing our candidates, we have to have the grassroots of our party fully engaged. Iowa is a purple state. This fact makes it essential that we must convey to grassroots activists that their work and dedication are the key ingredients for a successful ground operation. We must meet the challenge of the Democrats at this level. If we don’t-we will fail. Congressional Districts 3 and 4 have held their first organizational meetings. Congressional Districts 1 and 2 are now making plans to hold their first organizational meetings. I applaud the leadership that the Executive Committee and county GOP leaders are willing to take on to strengthen our grassroots operation! My solid commitment and promise to you is this-whatever I can do behind the scenes or wherever else-I want to be there to lend a helping hand. As a huge believer in grassroots politics and one who has been involved in this very endeavor for years and years, your commitment and dedication to this effort-is greatly needed and appreciated! I know that there have been tensions between the state party and the grassroots of our party. My solid commitment and promise to you is that I will be actively engaged in tearing these walls down. All factions of the party must work together if we are to be successful. Any and all of these factions and/or coalitions have much, much more in common than we have with the socialist agenda of the Democrat Party. With this in mind, Tamara Scott and I are working on setting up listening posts in all parts of Iowa. This is an idea that Tamara and I came up with in our desire to hear any and all of your concerns, frustrations, and/or trust issues that you might have with Republican leadership. Our intense desire and commitment is to work towards bringing healing, peace and trust back to our party! All Republican Executive committee members will be invited. Tamara and I will share our views and be totally transparent. But the main purpose of the meeting is to hear your concerns. And then we want to work towards solutions! Continued Update on RNC Spring Meeting I promised some more details from the Republican National Committee Spring Meeting held in LA. As I mentioned in my first report to you, I have a grave concern that the Growth & Opportunity Project had some objectionable items contained in the 98-page report. First, I have deep concerns because at the end of the day-the report was written by political consultants and “insiders” who represent Establishment Republicans. What do I mean by this? These are the same people that spent millions of dollars in this last election cycle and most of their candidates lost! Establishment Republicans are those who do not want to talk about cultural and moral issues-like the sanctity of life and marriage and a strong military defense. If our candidates are to be successful, they have to emphasize all issues that are important to the “base.” One example here is where the report refers to so-called Comprehensive Immigration Reform. Former Senator Jim De Mint (now with the Heritage Foundation) just this week made a clear case that the Gang of 8 US Senators are proposing an Amnesty Bill. The senator then went on to document that this bill, if implemented, would add another 6.3 trillion dollars to the national debt. We must not allow the “talking heads” to frame the debate that would have negative consequences for the Republican Party! Second, I have been making visits to as many counties as possible. Thus far, since January 1st, I have attended county central committee meetings and/or county fundraisers in the following 30 counties. I will be working towards attending 3 to 4 county GOP functions every week. I believe it is important for me to be engaged with you, the grassroots of our party. I am excited to share information. But even more important, I want to garner your feedback and suggestions of how to build a strong party going into the critical 2014 election cycle. Please put me on your email list so that I might be aware of when your functions are so that I can attend one. I will always call you in advance to make sure that you know I will be attending. Third, I am not only honored to serve as Iowa’s representative on the Rules Committee, but also as 1 of 8 members of the RNC on the Resolutions Committee. Here is a report on the resolutions that we passed at our Spring Meeting. I fully supported and co-sponsored each of these great resolutions. ·RESOLUTION 1: Resolution for Marriage and Children ·RESOLUTION 2: Resolution Supporting Core Values of the 2012 Republican Platform ·RESOLUTION 3: Resolution Concerning Common Core Education Standards ·RESOLUTION 4: Resolution Concerning China’s Ongoing Practice of Espionage ·RESOLUTION 5: Resolution Calling for Cooperation With the Conservative Grassroots Movement ·RESOLUTION 6: Resolution Requesting Accountability From the Department of Homeland Security ·RESOLUTION 7: Resolution Concerning Voting of Overseas Members of the Military ·RESOLUTION 8: Resolution Supporting a Strong Space Program ·RESOLUTION 9: Resolution to Restore State Share of Mineral Royalties ·RESOLUTION 10: Resolution Celebrating the Life, Accomplishments, and Memory of Borah Van Dormolen ·RESOLUTION 11: Resolution Honoring Ron Paul, Former Congressman and Medical Doctor ·RESOLUTION 12: Resolution Commending the Life and Honoring the Memory of Shirley Leslie These resolutions consist of strong conservative principles that will help make us a majority party once again. Many of the resolutions that we have passed over the last five years have received a lot of press attention-including our opposition to UN Agenda 21 and our opposition to the National Popular Vote Compact. We must as a party stand strong on conservative, constitutional principles if we are to be successful in 2014 and 2016. We must demand that our candidates live up to these ideals and principles and to lead on these issues! Thank you for all you do and I hope that my updates are useful in getting out information that will keep you fully informed. I would love to have your feedback and your suggestions for a strong party! Please don’t hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me on my cell at 515/971-7363.
On to Victory! Steve Scheffler Your Republican National Committeeman