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PARTY PLEDGES TO UPHOLD THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE AND U.S. CONSTITUTION; REJECTS “OBAMACARE” AND ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION
by Sharon Rondeau
(Jun. 18, 2010) — Last weekend, the Texas Republican Party held its biennial convention with more than 8,000 delegates in attendance. Texas Governor Rick Perry, who is running for re-election, addressed a gathering sponsored by the Eagle Forum on Thursday, June 10, which preceded the official opening of the convention. Perry was also the keynote speaker at the official opening the following day.
The immigration plank states:
“We oppose illegal immigration, amnesty in any form leading to citizenship, or legal status for illegal immigrants…We support…empowering state and local law enforcement agencies with authority and resources to detail illegal immigrants…We support strict and immediate enforcement of all immigration laws.”
The Texas GOP opposes “all unfunded mandates by the federal and state governments.” It advocates welfare reform to encourage the self-sufficiency of Texas residents, and, in regard to health care, the following stand-alone statement appears:
ObamaCare — We urge the Congress to defund, repeal, and reject the national healthcare takeover, also known as “ObamaCare” or any similar legislation.
The platform supports the abolition of automatic “birthright citizenship” by amending the wording of the Fourteenth Amendment, recommending that a child born in the country have at least one parent who is already a U.S. citizen. It seeks to eliminate “non-emergency care” for illegal aliens and wants “aggressive prosecution of persons smuggling humans” across the borders.
In regard to the Patriot Act, the party requests “review and revision” of any parts which constrict the “constitutional rights and essential liberties of citizens.”
Other planks of the platform adopted at last weekend’s convention are the affirmation of “religious freedom in public schools,” repealing the state’s minimum wage law, a strong national defense and offense against Islamic extremism, and the withdrawal of the United States from the United Nations.
The party seeks to limit the power of government and promote “a free enterprise society unencumbered by government interference or subsidies.”
The Principles put forth in the platform include “Strict adherence to the Declaration of Independence and U.S. and Texas Constitutions,” “Personal Accountability and Responsibility,” and “Restoring American sovereignty and leadership.”
The Preamble to the U.S. Constitution reads:
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
The entire Texas GOP 2010 Platform can be found here.