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Here’s our next section of the Maine GOP Platform:

  1. To Form a More perfect Union
    1. All legislation must adhere to the restrictions outlined in the Constitution to protect the individual from intrusive government.
    2. Direct the State of Maine to join with other states in asserting our 10th amendment sovereignty rights which protect us from unconstitutional federal government intrusions.
    3. Insist on strict adherence to our 2nd amendment right to keep and bear arms.
    4. Pass a “Read the Bill” act, to insure clarity, and eliminate the corruption associated with side issues, earmarks, pork or riders.
    5. Oppose “Localism and Diversity”, the Fairness Doctrine or whatever else such attempted restrictions are labeled. Any restriction on speech is by definition NOT free speech.
    6. Reject the Employee free -choice Elimination- act, as an unconscionable affront to the right to a secret vote.
    7. Restore integrity to the electoral process:

                                          i.   Prohibit any public funding of advocacy groups such as ACORN, no matter what it or its affiliate organizations rename themselves; New York Communities for Change, New England United for Justice etc.; Conduct thorough investigation of their activities and voter fraud and prosecute violations.

                                        ii.   Eliminate motor voter and other voter fraud mechanisms; institute secure voter registration and identification systems.

                                       iii.   Reject any effort to give foreign citizens the right to vote in the US in any situation or capacity.

Still looking for radical stuff?  So am I. 

Items 1 through 6 seem fairly tame to me.  Common sense.

1.  All laws should be subject to the Constitution. 

2.  Maine should stand up for its rights and the rights of other states against federal intrusion. 

3.  The right of the people to keep and bear arms is a right in the Constitution and also essential to a free people. 

4.  Laws should be read before they are passed. 

5.  The “Fairness Doctrine” that used to mandate “equal time” (which usually meant “no time”) for all viewpoints would never pass constitutional muster except in the broadcast media.  Do we want to go back to the bland political debate before “Fairness Doctrine” was set aside?  Talk radio and soon Fox News have enhanced the dialogue and empowered conservatives.  The Internet also needs to be left alone. 

6.   The so-called “Card Check” law will deny workers a secret ballot for union elections and replace it with thugs and intimidation.

The ACORN aspect of item seven could be slightly controversial.  I agree it is not fair to criticize all the affiliates of ACORN but there is enough scandal associated with ACORN and related items to deny them public funds unless they can show they are not involved in illegal activities.

Foreign citizens should not vote in US elections.

Finally, we showed in my first post on this matter that the respected libertarian think tank the Cato Institute has demonstrated that the motor voter scheme has increased voter fraud. 

Maybe we’ll find something radical tomorrow…

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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Tom White Says:

Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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