Below is the Draft Platform. It falls far short on many of what I feel are key issues. One issue I will focus on today is the terrible lack of support for the 2nd Amendment.
The 2nd Amendment is key to protecting all of Civil Rights. The fact that the Party has placed one sentence in one paragraph says to the country that Republicans are OK with far-reaching gun control laws.
The Party should take the position of supporting "SHALL-ISSUE" policies and regulations. Shall-issue means that all citizens shall be issued a permit to carry a concealed weapon unless the citizen is mentally ill or a convicted felon.
The issues with the CRP Draft Platform are many and nothing is set in stone just yet.
Draft May 25, 2011
A party platform is normally a statement of present positions. This platform is a statement of future action. With this platform the California Republican Party seeks to unite all Californians.
Our Declaration of Independence’s vision for a great nation continues to ring true today and is more important than ever to remember: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
State government has been failing us for years. As it fails, it begins to extinguish the dreams and aspirations of all Californians. For some Californians, this failure threatens their equality... for some their life... for some their liberty... for some their happiness.
This is as unacceptable to us as it was to our Founding Fathers.
We recognize that in recent years, the California Republican Party has not been a viable alternative for many Californians. We want to change this.
We believe we can offer real solutions to bring good paying jobs back to California.
We believe we can offer real solutions to reform our failed state government in Sacramento.
We believe we can offer real solutions to keep our families educated, healthy, and safe.
We believe we can offer real solutions to make sure the California Dream is available for a new generation.
Perhaps most important, we believe Californians have more in common than not. We believe a failed state government hurts all of us - regardless of race, gender, age, political affiliation, or wealth.
With this platform, we hope to clearly convey what Republicans will do in office to ensure the public trust. We want to make state government accountable, effective, and ethical again. Not just for Republicans - for everyone. This platform is our call to all of the people of California: take a few minutes to read what Republicans stand for today.
If you agree with us, let’s stand together to demand the type of government that Californians deserve.
California Republican Party Platform