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What Is a Republican?

January 2, 2010
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REPUBLICAN PRINCIPLES

I’m a Republican Because…

I BELIEVE the strength of our nation lies with the individual and that each person’s dignity, freedom, ability and responsibility must be honored.

I BELIEVE in equal rights, equal justice and equal opportunity for all, regardless of race, creed, sex, age or disability.

I BELIEVE free enterprise and encouraging individual initiative have brought this nation opportunity, economic growth and prosperity.

I BELIEVE government must practice fiscal responsibility and allow individuals to keep more of the money they earn.

I BELIEVE the proper role of government is to provide for the people only those critical functions that cannot be performed by individuals or private organizations, and that the best government is that which governs least.

I BELIEVE the most effective, responsible and responsive government is government closest to the people.

I BELIEVE Americans must retain the principles that have made us strong while developing new and innovative ideas to meet the challenges of changing times.

I BELIEVE Americans value and should preserve our national strength and pride while working to extend peace, freedom and human rights throughout the world.

FINALLY, I believe the Republican Party is the best vehicle for translating these ideals into positive and successful principles of government….”

THE REPUBLICAN CREED

I do not choose to be a common man.
It is my right to be uncommon.
If I can seek opportunity,
not security,
I want to take the calculated risk to dream
And build, to fail and to succeed.
I refused to barter incentive for dole.
I prefer the challenges of life to
guaranteed security,
the thrill of fulfillment
to the state of calm utopia.
I will not trade freedom for beneficence,
nor my dignity for a handout.
I will never cower before any master,
save my God.
It is my heritage to stand erect,
proud and unafraid.
To think and act for myself,
enjoy the benefit of my creations;
to face the whole world
boldly and say, “I am a free American.”

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1 Comment

  • Barbara Lawson says:

    Can you tell me who wrote “The Republican Creed”? I love it. It seems to speak to Republicans, Independents, Libertarians, and all who eschew fear and neurosis as major factors in decision-making.

    It espouses and celebrates maturity, rather than pandering to and patronizing the “less fortunate” while “entitling” them to lives without purpose or inspiration. It recognizes God over government.

    I am struck by lines in the “Democratic Creed”:

    “At the heart of our party lies a fundamental conviction – that Americans must not only be free, but they must live in a fair society. We believe it is the responsibility of government to help us achieve this fair society”.

    How can one be free if someone else is determining what is “fair”?


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