R E P U B L
I C A N
P L A T F O R M
We Believe in America
This platform is dedicated with appreciation and reverence for:
The wisdom of the Framers
of the United States Constitution,
who gave us a Republic,
as Benjamin Franklin cautioned,
if we can keep it.
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The 2012 Republican Platform is a statement of
who we are and what we believe as a Party and our
vision for a stronger and freer America.
The pursuit of opportunity has defined America
from our very beginning. This is a land of opportu-
nity. The American Dream is a dream of equal op-
portunity for all. And the Republican Party is the
party of opportunity.
Today, that American Dream is at risk.
Our nation faces unprecedented uncertainty
with great fiscal and economic challenges, and under
the current Administration has suffered through the
longest and most severe economic downturn since
the Great Depression.
Many Americans have experienced the burden
of lost jobs, lost homes, and lost hopes. Our middle
class has felt that burden most acutely. Meanwhile,
the federal government has expanded its size and
scope, its borrowing and spending, its debt and
deficit. Federalism is threatened and liberty retreats.
For the world, this has been four years of lost
American leadership, leadership that depends upon
economic vitality and peace through strength.
Put simply: The times call for trustworthy lead-
ership and honest talk about the challenges we face.
Our nation and our people cannot afford the status
quo. We must begin anew, with profound changes in
the way government operates; the way it budgets,
taxes, and regulates. Jefferson’s vision of a “wise and
frugal government” must be restored.
Providence has put us at the fork in the road,
and we must answer the question: If not us, who? If
not now, when?
That is the choice facing the American people
this November. Every voter will be