Republican Platform / 2012
The 2012 Republican Platform is a statement of who we
are and what we believe as a Party and our vision for a stronger and
The pursuit of opportunity has defined America from our very beginning.
This is a land of opportunity. The American Dream is a dream of equal
opportunity for all. And the Republican Party is the party of opportunity.
Today, that American Dream is at risk.
Our nation faces unprecedented uncertainty with great fiscal and economic
challenges, and under the current Administration has suffered through
the longest and most severe economic downturn since the Great Depression.
Many Americans have experienced the burden of lost jobs, lost homes,
and lost hopes. Our middle class has felt that burden most acutely.
Meanwhile, the federal government has expanded its size and scope, its
borrowing and spending, its debt and deficit. Federalism is threatened
and liberty retreats.
For the world, this has been four years of lost American leadership,
leadership that depends upon economic vitality and peace through strength.
Put simply: The times call for trustworthy leadership and honest talk
about the challenges we face. Our nation and our people cannot afford
the status quo. We must begin anew, with profound changes in the way
government operates; the way it budgets, taxes, and regulates. Jeffersons
vision of a wise and frugal government must be restored.
Providence has put us at the fork in the road, and we must answer the
question: If not us, who? If not now, when?
That is the choice facing the American people this November. Every voter
will be asked to choose between the chronic high unemployment and the
unsustainable debt produced by a big government entitlement society,
or a positive, optimistic view of an opportunity society, where any
American who works hard, dreams big and follows the rules can achieve
anything he or she wants.
The American people possess vast reserves of courage and determination
and the capacity to hear the truth and chart a strong course. They are
eager for the opportunity to take on lifes challenges and, through
faith and hard work, transform the future for the better. They are the
most generous people on earth, giving sacrificially of their time, talent,
This platform affirms that America has always been a place of grand
dreams and even grander realities; and so it will be again, if we return
government to its proper role, making it smaller and smarter. If we
restructure governments most important domestic programs to avoid
their fiscal collapse. If we keep taxation, litigation, and regulation
to a minimum. If we celebrate success, entrepreneurship, and innovation.
If we lift up the middle class. If we hand over to the next generation
a legacy of growth and prosperity, rather than entitlements and indebtedness.
That same commitment must be present both here at home and abroad. We
are a party that knows the difference between international acclaim
and world leadership. We will lift the torch of freedom and democracy
to inspire all those who would be free. As President Reagan issued the
clarion call to tear down this Wall, so must we always stand
against tyranny and oppression. We will always support and cherish our
men and women in uniform who defend our liberties with their lives.
As we embark upon this critical mission, we are not without guidance.
We possess an owners manual: the Constitution of the United States,
the greatest political document ever written. That sacred document shows
us the path forward. Trust the people. Limit government. Respect federalism.
Guarantee opportunity, not outcomes. Adhere to the rule of law. Reaffirm
that our rights come from God, are protected by government, and that
the only just government is one that truly governs with the consent
of the governed.
The principles written in the Constitution are secured by the character
of the American people. President George Washington said in his first
inaugural address: The propitious smiles of Heaven can never be
expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and
right which Heaven itself has ordained. Values matter. Character
Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan understand these great truths. They share
a positive vision for America a vision of America renewed and
strong. They know Americas best days lay ahead. It will take honest
results-oriented, conservative leadership to enact good policies for
our people. They will provide it.
We respectfully submit this platform to the American people. It is both
a vision of where we are headed and an invitation to join us in that
journey. It is about the great dreams and opportunities that have always
been America and must remain the essence of America for generations
May God continue to shed his grace on the United States of America.
Governor Bob McDonnell, Chairman
Senator John Hoeven, Co-Chair
Congressman Marsha Blackburn, Co-Chair
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