The Republican Philosophy

• that the right of the individual to achieve the best that is within him/her, as long as he/she respects the rights of others, is the source of our nation’s strength;
• that government exists to protect the freedom of opportunity in which each individual’s creative ability can flourish;
• that government activities should be limited to those things that people cannot do at all, or cannot do so well for themselves;
• that the most effective government is government closest to the people;
• that both government and society should assist those who cannot provide for themselves, but that every effort should be made to help them become self-supporting, productive citizens with pride in their independence;
• that equal rights, equal justice, and equal opportunity belong to all regardless of race, creed, age, sex or national origin;
• that the preservation and security of our nation and our citizens depend upon the Constitution, the laws and the courts. Respect for them is the responsibility of every individual;
• that government is responsible for maintaining sound money and a responsible economy. Individual rights, liberties and properties are continually eroded when citizens are oppressed by excessive taxation, inflation, government waste and over-regulation;
• that government is responsible for national defense and that only a strong America can remain a free America;
• that it is absolutely essential to maintain a strong national defense posture in order that we may at all times negotiate from a position of strength, not weakness in our continuing efforts toward world peace and friendship; and
• that these concepts are the foundation of our national strength and that the Republican Party, which is committed to their preservation, is the Party of today and the Party of the future.