There is an old saying that, "As the State of Maine goes, so goes the nation." In recent years, nobody has recalled that old adage because Maine's two U.S. Senators, Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, are both so-called "moderates" and are probably the least conservative of all Republican Senators.
But a funny thing happened in Portland in May. The Maine Republican Party held its state convention and conservative activists, backed by Tea Party groups, threw out the Establishment's proposed Platform and replaced it with a very conservative document. Let me quote some of the planks of this platform to give you the gist.
We assert our 10th Amendment sovereignty rights to protect us from unconstitutional federal government intrusions. We insist on strict adherence to our 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms. We prohibit any public funding of advocacy groups such as ACORN. We oppose any and all treaties with the United Nations. We reject the UN Treaty on the Rights of the Child. We reject the Law of the Sea Treaty. We reject amnesty, benefits and citizenship, ever, for anyone in our country illegally, and arrest anyone here illegally, and then deport. Seal the border and protect U.S. citizens along the border. We reassert the principle that "freedom of religion" does not mean "freedom from religion." We promote family values including Marriage between a man and a woman, parents (not government) are responsible for making decisions for their children, and the sanctity of life including the unborn. Cut spending and balance the budget. Defeat cap and trade. Prohibit further stimulus bills. Clarify that healthcare is not a right, it is a service. Eliminate the Department of Education and restore schools to local control. Prohibit participation in efforts to create a one world government.
Wow! And there is much, much more. I suggest that other party conventions get some good ideas from the new Maine Republican Party Platform.
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