|At a minimum, it must be amended to:
- Include language supporting the goal of equalizing pay among men and women, but without the heavy-handed legislative approach advocated by the Democrats.
- Remove abstinence-only approaches to sex education. This is a sop to religious conservatives. Either be more broad in what is acceptable, or remove it entirely.
- At a minimum add language to the abortion ban that includes rape, incest, and mother's health.
- Take out the hypocritical (anti-federalist - the preamble said we must respect federalism!) language on punishing states for allowing in-state tuition for illegal immigrants.
- Advocate a variety of immigration reforms: DREAM act, more visas for entrepreneurs, green cards for foreign graduates of STEM majors, more H1-B visas, and finally, a long, but earned path to citizenship for the millions of illegals already here.
- Remove the outrageous language on climate change implying that all of climatology is a lie just because a small number of scientists had their thumb on the scale. ("Moreover, the advance of science and technology advances environmentalism as well. Science allows us to weigh the costs and benefits of a policy so that we can prudently deal with our resources. This is es- pecially important when the causes and long-range effects of a phenomenon are uncertain. We must restore public integrity to our public research institutions and remove political incentives from publicly funded research.")
- Remove the scare quotes around "climate change" in the national security section.
- Add language saying that climate change is real, that humans are the main cause, and that massive, private initiatives must be undertaken to combat it.
- Add language recognizing the exploding social consensus that gay people need to be treated more humanely and more equally than in the past. Confirm that some rights traditionally associated with marriage (inheritance, beneficiary designation, sharing of healthcare benefits, hospital visitation, etc) should be extended to gays. Say that if state legislatures want to adopt civil unions to grant these rights to gay couples, that is an acceptable solution.
I know many younger Republicans in this state, and I know that most of you have already abandoned the national party's positions on all of these issues. But it is time to let the state party know that you have and that you are absolutely against the wholesale adoption of this platform, which is not only bad for America, but is electoral suicide here in Massachusetts. (I am a social conservative! But I am one who acknowledges reality here.)
Sigh. If I were still under 40, I would gather all the younger Republicans I know on a Facebook page, invite the Boston Globe, go to Boston Common where I would burn a copy of this platform, before putting it all on YouTube. I would do it before the state party officially votes, so I wouldn't be doing anything against what they adopted, just protesting a document under consideration. But that means you must hurry.
If you guys do this, it will be a media sensation. Even if you wisely did this as younger Republicans and not officially as Young Republicans, you will get in trouble. But it is the kind of trouble that this party needs, and I know that the two Republicans most likely to win high office (Brown and Tisei) will be with you - privately, at a minimum, but I think publicly.
In your hearts, you know that this party must be more inclusive or it is doomed in the future. Why not make a big statement about this while people are listening, rather than 4 years from now when you've already given up on this great party? This must seem crazy, but the original Boston Tea Party must have seemed crazy. They got all good and drunk before they did it - so why not do the same!?
If you want to be clever and to show loyalty, in the YouTube video, before you light the printed platform on fire, show people making donations on their smartphones to the MassGOP, Brown, and Tisei in the amounts of $20.12 - to show that it is 2012, and the platform needs to acknowledge that. Ask everyone in the state to make $20.12 donations to every MassGOP candidate who they want to show tolerance and intelligence on the social issues. Every time a candidate sees that, they know a supporter of theirs wants tolerance. And if you want help on specifics, find/friend/message me on Facebook. My url is http://www.facebook.com/ed.lyons
ONE LAST THING: Don't make a committee out of this. All it takes is one guy who says on FB, all by himself, "I am going to print out the document, and be at the Parkman Bandstand at 7:00 a.m. before work on Thursday with a $15 hibachi grill from Economy Hardware, a match, and an iPhone camera for video. If anyone wants to join me, that's great."