Based on the platform approved over the weekend at the state's Republican convention, believers in the national GOP principles - including many of those espoused by the Tea Party - are thick on the ground here in Maine. Which is weird, because Maine has always been a state where Republicans have been less beholden to the national diatribe dialogue and more able to think for themselves.
Herewith, the Maine GOP's official 2010 platform, followed by the early draft, for contrast.
Official platform, as adopted
In the course of a nation's
history, it is natural that political philosophies will evolve which run
contrary to the original principles evident at the time of that nation's
founding. A nation founded in tyranny will by its nature spawn sentiment in
direct opposition to that tyranny. Conversely, a nation which is dedicated to
protecting the rights of its people, and seeks to bind the excesses of power
which naturally accrue to governments, is subject to the evolution of factions
which strive to throw off those shackles of restraint and gather power and
influence over the people. Freedom is not a pre-existing condition into which
everyone is delivered. Freedom and personal liberty are conditions of existence
which are hard fought for and once won, must be maintained. Each generation
must be taught anew the importance of eternal vigilance against those who would
disregard the limits imposed on government, and usurp powers not granted to
them by the people.
Today this state and the nation
are in crisis precisely because we as a people have failed to maintain that
vigilance. We have failed to pass down from one generation to another the
critical knowledge and lessons that history provides. We have let rot from
within, the foundation upon which freedom and prosperity must be built for it
This election cycle is unique in
the history of both this state and our nation. We are presented with a
situation in which WE THE PEOPLE,
must re-educate ourselves and our neighbors, and put the knowledge of liberty
to work in the elections this November. Years of neglect have allowed factions
detrimental to the core principles of this nation, to entrench themselves in
both political parties, and undermine the education of Constitutional principles
vital to the survival of the republic.
The Tea Party movement is
reminiscent of the principled revolt that led to the birth of the Republican
Party in 1854. In June of that year,
Horace Greeley referred to the newly formed Republicans as "...united to restore
the Union to its true mission of champion and promulgator of
Liberty...". This year it is
incumbent upon those Republicans who strive to protect and defend our
Constitution, to reclaim that heritage.
It is within this context that We, the citizens of Maine united by free
association as Republicans, dedicated to seeing the principles which
brought forth the birth and ascendance of this State and these United States
once again made dominant and pledge our unwavering allegiance, not to a
political party, but to the Constitution
of the State of Maine and the Constitution
of the United States of America. The Republican Party is the vehicle
through which we seek to better unify and promote those in pursuit of these
The principles upon which the Republican
Party was founded, to which we as Citizens seek return, and to which we demand
our elected representatives abide, are summarized as follows:
Constitutions, both State and Federal, are the framework to which any and all
legislation must adhere.
sovereignty must be regained and retained on all issues specifically relegated
to the States by the constitution.
sovereignty shall be preserved and retained as dominant over any attempted
unconstitutional usurpations of such by international treaty.
is the responsibility and duty, of "We the People", to educate both ourselves and others; to
demand honest elections free of corruption, and to hold our elected officials
to the highest standards of honesty, integrity and loyalty to the constitution.
pursuit of these principles we endorse and shall promote the following
Form a More perfect Union
legislation must adhere to the restrictions outlined in the Constitution to
protect the individual from intrusive government.
the State of Maine to join with other states in asserting our 10th
amendment sovereignty rights which protect us from unconstitutional federal
on strict adherence to our 2nd amendment right to keep and bear
a "Read the Bill" act, to insure clarity, and eliminate the corruption
associated with side issues, earmarks, pork or riders.
"Localism and Diversity", the Fairness Doctrine or whatever else such attempted
restrictions are labeled. Any restriction on speech is by definition NOT free
the Employee free -choice Elimination-
act, as an unconscionable affront to the right to a secret vote.
integrity to the electoral process:
any public funding of advocacy groups such as ACORN, no matter what it or its
affiliate organizations rename themselves; New York Communities for Change, New
England United for Justice etc.; Conduct thorough investigation of their
activities and voter fraud and prosecute violations.
Eliminate motor voter and other voter fraud
mechanisms; institute secure voter registration and identification systems.
Reject any effort to give foreign citizens the
right to vote in the US in any situation or capacity.
any and all treaties with the UN or any other organization or country which
surrenders US sovereignty. Specifically:
the UN Treaty on Rights of the Child.
Reject "LOST" the Law Of The Sea Treaty.
Reject any agreement which seeks to confiscate
the process of assimilation of immigrants to preserve the benefits of an
advanced educated and prosperous society.
Rescind Maine's sanctuary State status. No amnesty, no benefits, no
citizenship -ever- for anyone in the country illegally. Arrest and detain, for
a specified period of time, anyone here illegally, and then deport, period.
a Congressional reform act which includes the following provisions:
Limits: 12 years only, in any capacity.
Two Six year Senate terms
Six Two year House terms
One Six year Senate term and three Two Year
Congress participates in Social Security under
the same rules as the general public.
Congress can no longer vote themselves a pay raise.
participates in the same health care plan as the general public. No
preferential plans or treatment.
Congress is subject to and must abide by all the
laws they impose on the general public.
"Constitutional law" as the basis for the Judiciary.
the principle that "Freedom of Religion" does not mean "freedom from religion".
III. To Insure
is an institution between a man and a woman.
Parents, not government, are responsible for
making decisions in the best interest of their children, whether disciplinary,
educational, or medical.
We recognize the sanctity of life, which
includes the unborn.
IV. To Provide
for the Common Defense:
political correctness, make public the declaration of war (Jihad), made against
the US on 23 Feb 1998, and fight the war against the United States
by radical Islam to win.
the border and protect US citizens along the border and everywhere, as is the
prime directive of the Federal Government.
Promote the General Welfare:
to the principles of Austrian Economics, and redirect the economy back to one
of incentives to save and invest.
spending, balance the budget, and institute a plan for paying down debt.
Proclaim that generational debt shifting is immoral and unconscionable and will
not be tolerated!
and implement Fed bill #1207 (Introduced by Ron Paul), to Audit the Federal
Reserve, as the first step in Ending the Fed.
to transparent and honest reporting of economic statistics free of gimmicks and
the government and all its agencies adhere to the same GAAP accounting rules
that businesses must follow.
the provisions of welfare reform removed with the stimulus bill.
Cap and Trade, investigate collusion between government and industry in the
global warming myth, and prosecute any illegal collusion.
current stimulus funds, prohibit any further stimulus bills, and apply all
unspent funds towards the debt they created.
energy independence aggressively by removing the obstacles created by
government to allow private development of our resources; natural gas, oil,
coal, and nuclear power.
Zero based budgeting on all programs.
and follow the principle: It is immoral to steal the property rightfully earned
by one person, and give it to another who has no claim or right to its
that healthcare is not a right. It is a service. As a compassionate society we will aid those
in need. However, the government takeover of healthcare is not only
unconstitutional, but detrimental to the entire healthcare system. Only market based solutions will solve the
the state of Maine:
Remove the restrictions on health providers, (as
was done in New Hampshire), to increase competition, drive down the costs, and
increase the options available.
Bring Maine standards in line with national
Allow purchase of insurance across state lines.
Enact tort reform as exemplified by Texas.
VI. To Secure
the Blessings of Liberty:
a vigorous grounding in the history and precepts of liberty, freedom, and the
constitution to the educational process. As Thomas Jefferson said, "If a nation
expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what
never was and never will be."
the Department of Education and restore schools to local control as specified
in the constitution.
and prohibit any participation in efforts to create a one world government.
Original Draft Platform:
of the 2010 Maine Republican PlatformTo
Be Considered By The Maine Republican State Convention, May 7 & 8,
2010We believe the defense of our safety and sovereignty
is the primary responsibility of the national government.
· We believe we must protect our country and fellow citizens by
supporting our military and the men and women who proudly serve our
country in the defense of our nation against all enemies;
We believe that the strength of Maine and
the United States lies with the individual and that every person's
dignity, freedom, liberty, ability and responsibility must be honored
We believe in free enterprise and
encouraging individual initiative.
We believe that the best government is
that which governs least. However, we believe that the proper role of
government is to help provide for those who can not help themselves.
We believe that the most effective,
responsive and responsible government is that which is closest to the
We believe in fiscal restraint and
accountability for all levels of government.
We believe the
family is the foundation of a stable society.
Based on these
principles, we support the following initiatives: