This is the published Republican Party Platform from my state. My clarifications are in italics.
Statement of Principles
We, the duly elected delegates of the Republican Party of New Hampshire, in convention assembled , in discharge of the duty we owe to our constituents and our state, unite in the following Platform of Republican Principles:
We, the people of the New Hampshire Republican Party, do stand united in our dedication to preserving freedom, limited government and unlimited opportunity for all.
…what does this mean, exactly? This is an empty platitude that, unless clarified, means nothing.
We believe, above all else, in the founding principle that all people are created equal, endowed by our Creator with the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, unimpeded by intrusive government regulation and control.
We believe that the New Hampshire and United States Constitutions were written by our forefathers to limit our government, not our freedom.
…wow. The NHGOP really likes the “limited government, unlimited freedom” line, huh? Until someone can articulate what that means in real terms, though, I’m not having it.
We believe that individual liberty is guaranteed under the Constitutions of the United States and New Hampshire, that the liberty of the people must be protected above the power of the government, and that it is only through an adherence to our founding documents that we will continue to grow as a free, Constitutional Republic.
… were I grading this, I’d have written “redundant” a few times by now.
We believe that the Founding Fathers gave the 1st Amendment its pre-eminent position with intent that religious freedom deserves to be protected.
…ah; NOW we’re getting somewhere. Again, though, I want to have some details. Does the Party mean ALL religious freedom deserves to be protected? Do they extend that protection to non-Christians? To Satanists? To atheists? I’m guessing not, but no one’s actually said, so take that for what it’s worth.
We believe that our founding fathers placed the 2nd Amendment in a position of prominence with intent; that law-abiding citizens of the United States of America have a right to protect and defend their lives, their families and their property without government infringement.
…GUNS! GUNS FOR EVERYONE! BRING BACK THE CASTLE DOCTRINE! LEGISLATE STAND YOUR GROUND! GUNS!
We believe in free people, free markets and free enterprise. We believe that happiness and success are the result of individual effort, hard work and dedication to a purpose. We believe that economies flourish when individuals and business owners retain as much of their hard earned income as possible, to spend and invest as they see fit.
…which includes the right to pay their workers poverty wages and to demand that government pick up the costs for things that would be covered by the taxes that we’re not paying.
We believe that low taxes are the result of low spending; that government has a moral obligation to the people to be as cost effective as possible, to always limit spending and growth of government, and to cut spending and cost of government at every possible turn.
…because we don’t want our tax money being spent on things that don’t directly benefit us.
We believe that a strong national defense is necessary to preserve freedom and opportunity in America, and we believe that secure national borders are an integral part of a strong national defense.
…we’d much rather our tax money be spent on foreign wars and big guns than food stamps and healthcare for poor people.
We believe that freedom can exist only in a nation that is willing to defend it. The utmost honor must be bestowed upon those who are willing to serve and sacrifice in the United States Military. Let us never forget those whose greatest sacrifice has protected a free and strong America for all.
….war. War is good. More war, please.
We believe that life is sacred, from conception to natural death and that we cannot diminish the value of one category of human life without diminishing the value of all human life.
…no abortions, ever. Women, we know better than you what decisions you should make about your body and your life.
We believe that traditional families are the foundation of strong communities, and that family life best nurtures love of country, faith in God, morality and concern for others.
…we want to overturn the State’s marriage equality statute and nullify all gay marriages. Also, remember what we said a while ago about religious freedom? Yeah; what we meant was “faith in God” as articulated here.
We believe that we the people are strongest when we stand together, that it is our responsibility to hold government accountable and that it is through the integrity of the ballot box that we do so.
…voter ID laws for EVERYONE! If you can’t jump through our carefully designed hoops, then you don’t get to vote.
We believe that every child is filled with potential and is unique in their own right; as such we believe there is no one-size-fits-all education solution; we support expanded education choices, including but not limited to: education tax credits, charter schools, and home schooling. We believe in local educational control, beginning with parents, teachers and principals.
…tax credits for private and religious schools, defunding public schools, and encouraging homeschools sounds like a dandy idea. The dumber the public is, the less likely they are to notice that we’re diverting all their tax money away from local and domestic needs and putting it to big business and war.
We believe as the New Hampshire Constitution states, that acquiring, possessing and protecting property is a natural, essential and inherent right.
…you fucking kids GET OFF MY LAWN or I’ll exercise my SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS!
We believe that the beautiful state of New Hampshire, with her rock-solid values and proud history of political activism must preserve her First In The Nation Primary position.
…because, in the grand scheme of things, we’re a tiny and insignificant state, so we are going to cling with bloody fingernails to the one thing that gives us any clout at all on the national election stage.
We believe that the history of the Republican Party is a story of strength, courage and patriotism; our party was founded in the fight to end the despicable practice of slavery, it was the Republican Party that fought for the right of all women to vote, it was Republicans in Congress who fought to overcome the southern Democrats’ resistance to pass civil rights legislation and it is Republican values that will lead our nation forward in freedom and opportunity for all.
…I LOVE this section. Clearly, the NHGOP has NO grasp of history. While it is true that all of the things that they list here DID happen under the auspices of Republican activism, the parties switched ideology in the early 20th century. MY question is this; what have they done for the causes of civil rights, equality, and justice LATELY?
We, the people of the New Hampshire Republican Party, pledge to our neighbors across our great, beautiful and proud state, that we remain dedicated to maintaining a limited, affordable government, to lead with integrity, character and compassion, and to forever defend the freedom that has made the United States of America a beacon of hope for all people.
…again with the platitudes. I want to SEE what their idea of “integrity, character, and compassion” actually looks like, because if the candidates and their records are any indication, we think these words mean VERY different things.