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by Sharon Rondeau

Texas became an independent republic after the Texas War of Independence in 1936 but joined the United States in 1845

(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 party officially adopted a stricter stance on illegal immigration, something which delegates had been expected to debate.

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.

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  1. “Other planks of the platform … the withdrawal of the United States from the United Nations.”

    That is good, but it doesn’t go far enough. The Texas GOP makes no mention of withdrawing the Office of President from the unlawful usurper, Barry Soetoro, a.k.a. Barack Obama.

  2. Righ On AttilasDaughter! Perry is a typical corrupt politician. People need to quit towing their pary line and support / vote for those who will uphold the constitution – in TX it’s not Perry. Texas should be following in the foot steps of AZ. But Gov.Perry is a one worlder. TX is better off than many other states and not as messed up as CA, but there’s lots of money trails in TX to be followed that lead to political & often unconstitutional corruption. Texans do not want amnesty, but illegals are here and they’re still coming and Perry does nothing. Austin is plagued with Obummer fever. Thankfully true Texans will NOT give up their guns, so they better watch out!

  3. WOW! I really liked the planks in the Texas Republican Platform. Now if we could just get them into practice. I don’t think Gov. Perry, and many of the Texas Republican Legislators will let the platform be put into practice though. Many of them are not true Republicans, but Progressives and internationalists. Many of them hire illegals to work on their farms, ranches and businesses at less than minimum wages.
    I hope not, but the platform put forth is probably just a pipe dream for those of us who work for a living and want our state and nation back from the UN and the internationalist… One can only hope and dream… It’s a beautiful dream though…

  4. b fuller….thank you for your response. My paternal grandmother’s family came from TN to TX pre-civil war, and my grandmother was born in Cresson and raised in Cleburne. Though I have roots there, I have never been there. I appreciate your response and yes, I’m VERY conservative, come from a military upbringing and love my country with all my heart with a deep appreciation for our military.

    Thanks for being candid about Rick Perry. I sensed that his loyalties were with whatever direction the wind was blowing. I have deeper roots in CA (several generations and my husband’s lines even deeper here yet) but it’s changed into something we no longer recognise as home anymore. Facing this reality has been difficult for both of us….like being in mourning (kind of like we all feel about the horrid changes in our beloved country this last couple of years). We want out, but getting our grown children and 7 grandchildren out too will be the hard part.

    1. Rick Perry speaks and acts like a Conservative every 4th year, if you know what I mean. Debra Medina, who ran unsuccessfully for governor in the primary, is a true Conservative all of the time. We are sure to see her again in a future election in Texas.

  5. Government-Approved Illegals !

    Speaking of illegals, the government hasn’t built the fence high enough to keep out the un-American criminals who want to take away our freedoms.
    Yes, the government hasn’t built the White House fence high enough to keep out the un-American criminals who somehow got into the White House and who are now working hard to take away the religious, social, and economic freedoms of true American patriots!
    Here are two slogans that Obama would rather not think about: “Unborn babies should have the right to keep and bear arms – and legs and ears and eyes, etc.!” and “Unborn babies should have the same right to be born alive that abortionists had!”
    If Obama should ever happen to Google “Dangerous Radicals of the Religious Right,” do you think he would feel guilty merely walking in the hallowed halls of that House where true Americans walked?
    Is it safe to assume that Mecca Wafers are Obama’s favorite candy? And is barack-coli a vegetable or a disease?

    (Neither Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi nor any other DemocRAT approved of this message!)

  6. Can someone please help me clarify something. I’ve read that Gov. Perry attended a Bilderberg meeting last year. Is he part of that group? Also, wasn’t he for the highway running from Mexico to Canada and also the union of Mexico, USA and Canada? Realizing that one can be mislead by just about anything found on the internet, I’d just like to know the truth by someone who knows for sure. My husband and I thought about moving to Texas. We are impressed with their recent passing of the overhaul in the educational institutions and textbooks. If they are For all those great things listed above in this article, then I am impressed. However, if they won’t stand with AZ on the immigration issue, then we may as well stay where we are because we already live in a state (CA) that is also overloaded with illegals. I remember reading that Gov. Perry made a statement after AZ passed their immigration law that he didn’t feel TX needed this law. Can anyone elaborate on that? Thanks in advance.

    1. Thistle, I am a native Texan, fifth generation. My ancestors moved to Texas from TN. Remember the saying “Gone To Texas”. That was my ancestors. Texas is a state populated by independent “cusses” who don’t like interference from politicians. Lately, however, we have been invaded by wetbacks, foreigners and other illegals and non-working types who have diluted the independent working population. Houston is a sanctuary city whose mayor, Bill White, is trying to replace Perry. White is as crooked as BO and has almost destroyed our great city. I grew up in Houston back in the 50’s when my parents moved from the country to the big city. I left Houston for the last time in 2003 and vowed not to go back until it was cleansed of all of the idiots and beggars. Back to your question, Perry is an opportunistic politician. He reads the wind and makes his policies accordingly. Texas is a red state for now and he has the conservative talking points down pat but he can throw in a progressive line every once in a while if it will help him with the audience. One thing you will never do is pin him down. If you have ever seen Dolly Parton in “The Best Little Whorehouse…”, you can see Perry in the movie as the Texas governor. He is just as slippery and slimy as the fictitional character. He is not rich enough or smart enough for Bilderberg and he got off of the Trans-Texas Corridor when he saw it was a loser. He tried to ride GWB’s coattails on the issue and almost got burned. As for moving here, Texas is a great place to live with a great diversity of lifestyles and climates. If you are conservative, believe in the Constitution and what it stands for, honest, and believe in speaking your mind when you are right, you would be welcome. Come on down. I hope this answers most of your questions. I wouldn’t trade my state for any other.

    1. As a native Texan, my first question is did the Maine Republican party get their existing senators to agree to this platform? From what I can tell neither of those two should be allowed to hold an elected office. Secondly, the platform should offer total resistance to a federal government that does not follow these doctrines. If the federal government does not comply, then secession should be the final recourse.

    1. You better hurry. If Texas should ever secede, then it will be very difficult for you to get past the Texas-sized fence that will be erected on all of our borders with former adjacent states, in order to keep the United Socialist Staters out! : )

  7. It’s moments like these that I’m most proud to be a Texan, born and bred (as was my daddy and his daddy before him).

    Yeah, I realize that parts of this platform simply protest current Federal laws and Oilbama policies and that they aren’t actually sticking their necks out there by breaking those laws or, better still, working to oust the usurper. But still, compared to the legislations and legislators of some of the other 49 states, well, at least they’re saying something and not just nodding, saying “Yes, sir,” or, worse, helping to promote socialism in the state of Texas and the US.

    Now I’m encouraged to write each of them (even those not reps of my district) and ask them to visibly and vocally stand with Gov Brewer of AZ, and not just leave her standing there alone, trying to protect her state from the Feds. The state governors who love the US and believe the Constitution to be the rule of law need to stand united and we need to stand behind them. So, I suggest others write their Governers and state reps, requesting that they, too, stand with Gov Brewer of AZ.

    1. Hi Auntie,
      Great post! We here in PA hope our next governor stands with Governor brewer and the good citizens of AZ – cuz Ed “Spendell” sure as heck won’t. It appears that Tom Corbett, our AG, has already signed on with 12 other state attorneys general to block or nullify Nobama-Care. Thanks for the suggestion that we write…will do!