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Republican Guiding Principles
The Republican Party believes that the United States has been blessed with a unique set of individual rights and freedoms available to all.
The Republican Party is inspired by the power and ingenuity of the individual to succeed through hard work, family support and self-discipline.
The Republican Party believes in the value of voluntary giving and community support over taxation and forced redistribution.
The Republican Party, like our nation’s founders, believes that government must be limited so that it never becomes powerful enough to infringe on the rights of individuals.
The Republican Party supports low taxes because individuals know best how to make their own economic and charitable choices.
The Republican Party is supportive of logical business regulations that encourage entrepreneurs to start more businesses so more individuals can enjoy the satisfaction and fruits of self-made success.
The Republican Party is committed to preserving our national strength while working to extend peace, freedom and human rights throughout the world.
The Republican Party is guided by these principles as it develops solutions to the challenges facing America.
Republican National Committee 2012
Letter from the Chair:
On July 4, 1776 our Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence, which contained the following:
When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the Powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident that, that all men are created equal that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”
Words written 236 years ago resonate through history to provide us with the blueprint to secure lasting liberty and enduring freedom. However, liberty and freedom are not free, and not easily secured.
Ronald Reagan warned that the loss of liberty was only one generation away and each must fight for it:
Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.
As Republicans, we believe America is the greatest place on earth! It’s the shining city on the hill that has provided generations of Americans opportunities to raise their families, create new businesses, and exercise their freedoms of speech, religion, and press without burdensome government intrusion.
Republicans believe in a limited federal government; that state and local governments have the authority to govern and create laws that best recognize the needs of their citizens. Right now, this tenet is under assault like never before. The Obama Administration has bypassed Congress, and through the EPA, the Department of Education, Department of Energy, FDA, and the ATF, created rules and regulations that we must all abide by.
Most recently, the Obama Administration (via ObamaCare that was passed last year~ thank you, Ben Nelson) has assaulted our religious freedoms by demanding our Catholic friends pay for contraception for their employees, which is contrary to their deeply held moral and religious beliefs.
Another example of overreaching by the Obama Administration is Solyndra and the XL Pipeline. The Obama Administration is not only choosing the economic winners and losers by giving a green energy company over $500 million in tax-payer dollars, it’s also completely ignoring the fact that it would provide real jobs and dramatically decreasing our dependency on oil from the Middle East.
Finally, rather than cutting the deficit in half like Obama promised in 2008, we’re now at almost $16,000,000,000,000 (that’s trillion). Do you think that’s a threat to national security? You should, because it is.
The list goes on.
The Founding Fathers knew what was at stake as they signed the Declaration of Independence that hot day in Philadelphia:
For support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of the Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other, our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.
We must fight and work hard for the things we believe in. Too much is at stake for us not to.
I’ll be calling on you.
Lancaster County Republican Chair.