The Final Draft of the 2012 GOP Platform



republican-national-convention1This is the final draft of the 2012 GOP Platform that delegates will vote on this week during the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, FL.

Some noteworthy items (not exhaustive):

  • Establishing a commission to look at the feasibility of returning to a metallic basis for U.S. Currency, so a return to having sound money.  This most likely would be a gold standard, (pg. 4).
  • An annual audit of the Federal Reserve is part of the platform, (pg. 4)
  • An enactment of a national right-to-work law, (pg. 8).
  • Sexual orientation and gender identity are omitted from the following statement on  pg. 9: “In the spirit of the Constitution, we consider discrimination based on sex, race, age, religion, creed, disability, or national origin unacceptable and immoral.”
  • Pg. 9 they go after the Obama administration for his abuse of the executive order and call for a restoration of Constitutional government.
  • They continue the plank of defending marriage, and call for the defense of the Defense of Marriage Act, (pg. 10)
  • It advocates for a balanced budget amendment, (pg. 10).
  • It calls for the review of all Federal agencies for the express purpose to determine if they are providing a service or function that is best left to the states, (pg. 10).
  • Call for a voter ID and seek to protect the Electoral College, (pg. 11).
  • They include strong language calling for the protection of our religious freedom and free speech, (pg. 12).
  • It is against aerial surveillance and flyovers, (pg. 13).
  • Strong prolife language and a call for a Human Life Amendment without listing exceptions, (pg. 14).

You can read the platform for yourself:

Final Language GOP Platform 2012

Update: I discussed the education aspects of the platform here.  Overall it’s a good platform for education as it stresses local and state ownership of education.  They didn’t mention the Common Core State Standards which was unfortunate.  They also neglected to mention how they could promote school choice for middle class families via tax credits and deductions for tuition (which is actually already available) and homeschooling expenses (which is not).  They also have a good statement on a return to abstinence education.