The Presidential Campaign season is in full swing and soon the conventions for both major parties will roll out each party’s platform. So what is a platform? Quite simply it is a political party’s formal statement of its basic principles, objectives, and positions on major issues. It is usually composed of three major portions: its opening statement, the planks (or positions), and the closing statement.
So if Campaign for Liberty were to develop a Republican platform it might go as follows.
America is in peril. The welfare of American men and women and the future of our youth are at stake. We dedicate ourselves to the preservation of their political liberty, their individual opportunity and their character as free citizens, which today for the first time are threatened by Government itself.
For three long years the Obama Administration has dishonored American traditions and flagrantly betrayed the pledges upon which the Democratic Party sought and received public support.
The powers of Congress have been usurped by the President.
The integrity and authority of the Supreme Court have been flouted.
The rights and liberties of American citizens have been violated.
Regulated monopoly has displaced free enterprise.
The Obama Administration constantly seeks to usurp the rights reserved to the States and to the people.
It has insisted on the passage of laws contrary to the Constitution.
It has intimidated witnesses and interfered with the right of petition.
It has dishonored our country by repudiating its most sacred obligations.
It has been guilty of frightful waste and extravagance, using public funds for partisan political purposes.
It has promoted investigations to harass and intimidate American citizens, at the same time denying investigations into its own improper expenditures.
It has created a vast multitude of new offices, filled them with its favorites, set up a centralized bureaucracy, and sent out swarms of inspectors to harass our people.
It has bred fear and hesitation in commerce and industry, thus discouraging new enterprises, preventing employment and prolonging the recession.
It secretly has made tariff agreements with our foreign competitors, flooding our markets with foreign commodities.
It has coerced and intimidated voters by withholding relief to those opposing its tyrannical policies.
It has destroyed the morale of our people and made them dependent upon government.
Appeals to passion and class prejudice have replaced reason and tolerance.
To a free people, these actions are insufferable. This campaign cannot be waged on the traditional differences between the Republican and Democrat parties. The responsibility of this election transcends all previous political divisions. We invite all Americans, irrespective of party, to join us in defense of American institutions
Constitutional Government and Free Enterprise
We pledge ourselves:
- To maintain the American system of Constitutional and local self government, and to resist all attempts to impair the authority of the Supreme Court of the United States, the final protector of the rights of our citizens against the arbitrary encroachments of the legislative and executive branches of government. There can be no individual liberty without an independent judiciary.
- To preserve the American system of free enterprise, private competition, and equality of opportunity, and to seek its constant betterment in the interests of all.
We pledge ourselves:
- To promote and maintain peace by all honorable means not leading to foreign alliances or political commitments.
- Obedient to the traditional foreign policy of America and to the repeatedly expressed will of the American people, we pledge that America shall not become a member of the United Nations nor of the World Court nor shall America take on any entangling alliances in foreign affairs.
- To promote, as the best means of securing and maintaining peace by the pacific settlement of disputes, the great cause of international arbitration through the establishment of free, independent tribunals, which shall determine such disputes in accordance with law, equity and justice.
- We favor an army and navy & air force, superior for our National Defense requirements.
Bill of Rights
- We pledge ourselves to preserve, protect and defend, against all intimidation and threat, freedom of religion, speech, press and radio; and the right of assembly and petition and immunity from unreasonable searches and seizures.
- We offer the abiding security of a government of laws as against the autocratic perils of a government of men.
The Obama Administration has been characterized by shameful waste, and general financial irresponsibility. It has piled deficit upon deficit. It threatens national bankruptcy and the destruction through inflation of savings bank deposits. We pledge ourselves to stop the folly of uncontrolled spending.
- Balance the budget—not by increasing taxes but by cutting expenditures, drastically and immediately.
Money and Banking
- We advocate a sound currency to be preserved at all hazards.
- The first requisite to a sound and stable currency is a balanced budget.
- We oppose further devaluation of the dollar.
- We will restore to the Congress the authority lodged with it by the Constitution to coin money and regulate the value thereof by repealing all the laws delegating this authority to the Executive.
Real security will be possible only when our productive capacity is sufficient to furnish a decent standard of living for all American families and to provide a surplus for future needs and contingencies. For the attainment of that ultimate objective, we look to the energy, self-reliance and character of our people, and to our system of free enterprise.
Society has an obligation to promote the security of the people, by affording some measure of protection against involuntary unemployment and dependency in old age. The Obama policies, while purporting to provide social security, have, in fact, endangered it. We propose a system of old age security, based upon the following principle:
- We approve a pay-as-you-go policy, which requires of each generation the support of the aged and the determination of what is just and adequate.
We assume the obligations and duties imposed upon Government by modern conditions. We affirm our unalterable conviction that, in the future as in the past, the fate of the nation will depend, not so much on the wisdom and power of government, as on the character and virtue, self-reliance, industry and thrift of the people and on their willingness to meet the responsibilities essential to the preservation of a free society.
“Believing that the spirit of our institutions as well as the Constitution of our country guarantees liberty of conscience and equality of rights among our citizens we oppose all legislation tending to impair them,” and “we invite the affiliation and cooperation of the men of all parties, however differing from us in other respects, in support of the principles herein declared.”
The acceptance of the nomination tendered by the Convention carries with it, as a matter of private honor and public faith, an undertaking by each candidate to be true to the principles and program herein set forth.
You have just read the opening statement, some of the main planks, and the closing statement of the Republican Party Platform of 1936. Then as now, the country was led by a progressive Democrat, beset by unemployment and rattled by rumors of war.
In order to accommodate the original text to our present day situation, the following changes were made.
- 4 times, changed New Deal to Obama
- 1 time, changed depression to recession
- 1 time, changed the League of Nations to United Nations
As you can see, the C4Lmission is to promote and defend the great American principles of individual liberty, constitutional government, sound money, free markets, and a noninterventionist foreign policy, is not some radical new idea. These ideals are rooted in American tradition and were once the proudly proclaimed principles of the Republican Party.
Thomas Paine said, “Freedom had been hunted round the globe; reason was considered as rebellion; and the slavery of fear had made men afraid to think. But such is the irresistible nature of truth, that all it asks, and all it wants, is the liberty of appearing.”
We are the bearers of reason, truth & liberty. Together we can restore the rule of law & restore our republic.