Transcript: Republican National Convention platform statement on restoring constitutional government
Edited by Jenny Jiang
Transcript of Republican National Convention platform statement by Jim Bopp, Vice Chair of the Indiana Republican Party and Co-chair of the RNC Platform Subcommittee on Restoring Constitutional Government, on Aug. 21, 2012:
“This election is about big things, and there’s nothing bigger than the United States Constitution.
“You know, the United States Constitution was a very radical development in the history of the world. For the first time, it was the people controlling the government rather than the government controlling the people.
“The Constitution was based on the idea of the consent of the governed and that our citizens were actually engaged in an exercise of self-government.
“Now, the United States Constitution guarantees a limited government so that the people will have the maximum freedom to pursue their life’s dreams. And of course, this has resulted in the freest and most prosperous country in the history of the world – something that all people throughout the world seek to emulate.
“The Obama administration, however, has taken numerous steps to put out this flame of freedom by defying the protections of the United States Constitution.
“Our subcommittee on restoring constitutional government addresses these big and fundamental issues for the first time in a separate section in our platform.
“We started with an excellent 6-page draft, and after the consideration actually, Mr. Chairman, of some 100 amendments I think that I can say that we have met the challenge to develop a section that celebrates the promise of our U.S. Constitution.
“That, second, explains how the Obama White House has shown utter disregard for many of our constitutional guarantees as it grabs unprecedented executive power and how our Republican Party respects the genius of our founders in framing our constitution and how it will restore that vision. Many substantive issues are addressed in this section.
“We condemn the Obama administration’s violation of the rule of law by exercising authority in defiance of acts of Congress and the United States Constitution in calling for a balanced budget amendment.
“We condemn judicial activism and call for constitutional amendments to protect traditional marriage and to restore legal protection for the unborn.
“We support the separation of powers set out in our Constitution and the federalist system against the assaults by the Obama administration.
“We support the electoral college and oppose the national popular vote and interstate compact.
“We affirm measures for the support and protect the integrity of our election system, particularly the right to vote.
“We condemn the Obama administration’s war on religion and affirm the First Amendment’s protection of free exercise of religion. We support the First Amendment’s freedom of speech and call for the repeal of the remaining provisions of McCain-Feingold and for repealing contribution limits to candidates and political parties.
“We support the Second Amendment’s right to keep and bear arms and advocate further protection of that right.
“We urge measures to be taken to protect the Fourth Amendment against unreasonable searches and seizures and the Fifth Amendment’s protection of private property from being taken by the government.
“We urge a respect for the Ninth and Tenth Amendments, which protect the rights of the people and the states against encroachment by the federal government.
“We support the protection of the flag and the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.
“And we oppose the use of foreign laws in interpreting U.S. statutes and our U.S. Constitution.”