Right now, Kirby Wilbur is reading the preamble to the state platform, written by a committee of one representative from each county plus the chair.
After this, they’ll move on to adopting individual sections – which is where it might get interesting.
But the preamble has already been adopted. As Wilbur reads it, members of the crowd are clapping, letting out cheers or shouts of approval.
Here’s a bit of it:
We believe that active participation by citizens is absolutely necessary to protect and preserve conservative values which include: preserving free society, free markets, free trade, the sanctity of human life, limited government, low taxes, a minimal bureaucracy, a strong national defense, private property rights, and the concept that government should do for individuals only those things they cannot do for themselves.
Washington State REpublicans believe that good government is based on respect for, and trust in, the ability of individuals to chart the course of their own lives. We believe that respect for each person’s ability, dignity, and liberty is the foundation for a free and prosperous civic body politic. Good citizenship begins with protected rights and ends with accompanying responsibilities.
It is our belief that individuals are more enlightened than governments, that free markets are more efficient than bureaucracies, and that the citizen is more visionary than the collective. To this end, we reaffirm the words in the Declaration of Independence…
At the turn of this new century, these values are more important than ever. To each generation falls the responsibility to uphold the values that have made the United States the most free, wealthy, compassionate and successful civilization in history. As we confront security threats from international terrorism, economic threats from globalization, and social threats from liberal cultural elites, we must also see the need to limit big government and enhance individual rights, personal responsibility, and free enterprise.
Alright, time to catch some debate. There are a few paragraphs remaining. I’ll try to update later.