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The History of the California Republican Party Platform

I was curious what was in the recent California Republican Party platforms from 1995, 2000 and 2004. I know the 2011 platform was based on the 2008 platform, but oddly enough our platform is based on a 16 year old document. I think its better to know what is in our past platforms to make a better informed vote at the convention in Anaheim as a delegate.

1995 Platform

This was a straightforward platform that was very lengthy with over thirty pages. It has some stuff that Republicans would squirm today such as advocacy for high speed rail. It regurgitated stuff that should of stayed in the federal platform which led to the increased length.

On LGBT issues, they express the position that non-straight people do not belong in the military and the preference for heterosexual relationships as the ideal for society.

There is some interesting language in the 1995 platform that could be helpful in a 2015 platform that could help us express our disapproval for SB 277.

Recognizing the family is the foundation of our society; that parents, as the leaders of the family, should be free from excessive and undue interference and intrusion from the state into matters relating to the family; and that parents are the people most capable of making decisions for and about their children; the Republican Party of California opposes:
* any effort that would weaken parents freedom of decision and freedom of choice and
* any abridgement of parental rights by the state.

I tried to write an amendment to the platform during the drafting committee on this subject recently, and they thought it was a pro-abortion amendment even though Planned Parenthood did spend big money against me last year.

The language I wrote stated this:

We support parental rights and individual choice in health care decisions. Only you and your doctor should be the arbiters of all medical decisions; not government healthcare mandates.

I vetted this with three other people who are not big fans of abortion and we did not see the reasons for opposition until the week of the drafting committee in August 2015.

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On the Road to Irrelevancy

When we thought there would be some sanity in the California Republican Party, I guess there will be none at all. Young voters and the educated will likely not bother. A political party’s platform is symbolic and does not matter much due to American elections being candidate centered and the party has no direct sway in selecting candidates who enter the primary for an election.

When will we have a political party that will be relevant for all parts of our state. If we want to succeed we must have a platform that reflects an agenda that can work in all parts of our state. Certain parts of our state may want lock boxes on women’s reproductive issues, and certain parts of our state may want to make sure the inheritances of same sex couples gets seized by parents who do not approve of their choices. We are just as bad as the Democratic Party who adds regulation to the small business. The only thing as Republicans we should state on abortion is abortion should not be paid for by the taxpayer and should be paid for by private funds only.

If we want Silicon Valley, if we want the San Fernando Valley and other populated areas that once elected Republicans we need to get our grubby hands off people’s personal choices. Lets stay out of the pocketbooks and stay out of the bedrooms whenever we can.

Following the status quo for the last two decades has not done much to improve our party. As stated on my past column, we are on the road to losing the 1/3rds firewall in both chambers in the state legislature and we will need to do something to expand our audience.  Without new Republicans we will not have Republican safe districts or even tossup seats.