Something is very wrong with the process when delegates are receiving robocalls about the platform from powerful interest groups, like the one I received this morning. That group and its powerful opponents as well as other similar groups should have no voice in the platform. It should be an expression of the authentic beliefs and interests of the party membership.
If our platform is to be truly republican in character it should represent strongly held, shared beliefs and not exclude any group or give any group special consideration above others. It should be a document of universal values which any Republican can understand easily, agtee with and proudly support. It should not be overly take positions on overly specific, controversial issues which are not central to the beliefs of the Republican party. Until relatively recently Texas Republican Party platforms followed this model. Through the 1960s and early 1970s they were limited to a short general preamble and no more than a dozen specific platform planks. That is the model which we should be following.
I realize that cutting the current platform back to that kind of simple, universal document is probably infeasible, but I believe that there are three simple steps which could be taken to clarify, simplify and broaden the platform easily.
1. Remove all endorsements of policies in which government would interfere with private businesses, organizations or institutions, either to dictate policy or subsidize their operation, with the exception of reasonable regulations clearly related to public safety. Our nation's prosperity depends on reducing government interference in the private sector and allowing growth and innovation in the private sector.
2. Remove all statements supporting a government role in defining social policy or interfering with personal liberty in speech, association, movement or religion. I would further recommend striking all specific references to homosexuality or sexual acts from the platform. The Republican party was founded on championing the rights of all people and should not abandon that tradition to support special treatment for any group.