Republican Conservative Principles
We believe The Constitution-including its amendments- is the supreme law of the land. It defines what government may and may not do. Government powers arise from this document and the laws properly enacted under the Constitution. Government powers do not arise from emergency or social need, however dire.
Individual Property Rights
Limited Government and Low Taxes
Strong National Defense
Don’t interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties. - Abraham Lincoln
A Bill of Rights is what the people are entitled to against every government, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inference. - Thomas Jefferson
Government should be limited, effective and accountable. Government is the servant of its citizens; citizens are not servants of government.
Limited government is a government that is generally focused on: (1) security (national defense and domestic law enforcement); (2) a legal system to define property rights and ensure orderly market transactions (see above); (3) provision of essential functions that cannot be effectively provided by the private sector (e.g., fire protection); and, (4) protection of those who are unable to fend for themselves.
Effective government is one that actually produces the results demanded by its citizens within the constraints of the law.
Accountable government is one that is a fiscally responsible, effective steward of public resources.
Many look to the government to be a social safety net and, too often, government is not held to account for the results it actually produced or the taxpayer resources it uses.
I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them. - Thomas Jefferson
A government big enough to give you everything you want is also big enough to take everything you have. - Gerald Ford
Man is not free unless government is limited. - Ronald Reagan
The family is society’s central institution. It is a covenant between a man and a woman to share their lives, their property and to raise their children. Legitimate government roles for families include establishing property rules for married couples and overseeing dissolution of marriage when spouses cannot agree. So long as they do not harm their children, parents have an absolute right to raise their children and impart such values to their children as they see fit.
Competition and Free Enterprise
Fully informed individuals acting in their own best interest in a competitive market makes society better off. Government’s involvement in the market should be focused on: (1) defining and protecting private property rights; (2) enforcing free market transactions and protecting against fraud or coercion; (3) ensuring that market participants have the freedom to enter and exit markets; and, (4) protecting against the imposition of unbargained for costs on innocent third parties (externalities). Such involvement assures that property of value can be exchanged, that market choices are freely made, that markets are competitive, and that market transactions do not harm others.
Free markets are distorted by market regulation, government restrictions on entry, taxation and direct government ownership/provision of goods and services.
Individual Liberty and Responsibility
So long as they do not harm others, individuals should have the absolute right to make their own informed decisions, use their property as they wish, enjoy all the fruits of their decisions and labor, but also bear the full responsibility for their decisions and actions. Government’s proper role does not include using its police powers to protect individuals from themselves or to take income, property or wealth and redistribute those individual assets in order to meet the needs of others.
The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not. - Thomas Jefferson
Profit, property rights, and freedom are inseparable and you cannot have the third unless you continue to be entitled to have the first two. - Ronald Reagan