Here is my suggested resolution to the Republican Party of Minnesota Platform. Long story short: Delete all and replace with the existing Statement of Principles. Simple, short, and still just as powerful. We got this to the State Convention in 2012, but we didn’t get it passed, instead we added 2000 more words to this document.
We need a simple and concise message.
“Promote Economic Prosperity
We support lowering the tax burden, exercising spending restraint, and creating and maintaining a fair, honest and competitive business environment to promote economic prosperity and once again make Minnesota the economic engine of the Upper Midwest.
Preserve Civil Rights
We support defending the right to life, protecting religious, political and economic liberties, and respecting personal privacy and property to preserve civil rights and ensure that government treats all of its citizens equally under the law.
Educate our Children
We support the belief that parents are responsible for their children’s education and that parents, teachers and local school boards can make the best decisions about our children’s education.
Strengthen our Families and Communities
We recognize the blessings that God has bestowed on this great Nation. We also recognize the sanctity of human life and the central role of the traditional family in our society. We work to defend those values in order to strengthen our families and communities.
Protect Public Safety
We believe that the most fundamental function of government is to keep citizens and our property secure.
Strengthen the Rule of Law
We support limiting the power of attorneys and frivolous lawsuits, increasing the responsibility of the jury, protecting judicial elections and holding judges accountable to strengthen the rule of law and prevent abuse of our legal system.
Enjoy and Protect our Natural Resources
We believe that proper stewardship of our natural resources and agricultural lands is best achieved through sound science and adherence to constitutionally guaranteed property rights.
Make Government Smaller and Better
We support keeping government functions in state, local or private hands, electing honest and responsive legislative bodies and advocating for fair election processes to make government smaller and better.
Defend America at Home and Abroad
We believe that we can maintain peace by having a strong national defense, securing our borders and by encouraging all people to seek freedom, democracy and free enterprise. “
That clearly sums up what it means to be a Republican.
Here it is in PDF form that you can print off and submit on Tuesday.