The Republican Party Platform has focused on eleven key principles to unite and inspire policymaking in order to unite Republicans in a common purpose.

  1. US Constitution- our Constitution should be preserved, valued and honored
  2. Economy- growing America’s economy instead of Washington’s economy so that hard working Americans see better wages and more opportunity
  3. Budget-to pass a Balanced Budget Amendment, make government more efficient and leave the next generation with opportunity, not debt
  4. Healthcare- a healthcare plan that puts patients and doctors in charge, not unelected bureaucrats in Washington
  5. Veterans- our veterans have earned our respect and gratitude.  No veteran should be subjected to long wait times for treatment.
  6. Security- keeping America safe is a constitutional role of the federal government. This requires a strong military, prosperous economy, energy independence and secure borders.
  7. Education- every child should have an equal opportunity to great education; no parent should be forced to send their child to a failing school.
  8. Poverty- the best anti-poverty program is a strong family and a good job; our focus is to lift people up and help them find work
  9. Values- our country should value the traditions of family, life, religious liberty and hard work
  10. Energy- by encouraging investment in domestic energy, lowering prices and creating jobs at home, America should reach energy independence.
  11. Immigration- we need an immigration system that secures our borders, upholds the law and boosts our economy

These are reasonable, admirable aspirations worthy of our Party’s support yet are absent some crucial nuances.

  1. Reverence for our US Constitution is essential to preserving our republic, therefore, Republican lawmakers must uphold their oath to abide by what is written in the Constitution when casting votes and must be particularly vigilant in upholding the rule of law!
  2. Washington is part of America’s economy.  The power of the economy needs to shift back to consumers and the market which only happens if the scope of government is limited and reduced.
  3. A Balanced Budget Amendment is only effective if a) all of the expenditures are included in the calculation and b) if Congress is faithful in upholding the amendment (it seems to struggle with the others).
  4. Patient/Doctor centric healthcare is only palatable in a society which teaches its population the virtue of self reliance.
  5. Veterans- enough said
  6. Indeed maintenance of a strong military and security of the nation is actually a legitimate constitutional responsibility of the US government. However, do Republican voters seek to instate representatives who focus on getting our own house in order or representatives who focus on promoting liberal principles around the globe?
  7. Yes, school choice is a good solution to serve as a check on state/federal intervention in education.  Yet, of equal importance for generational preservation of America is defining
    “equal opportunity to great education.”  For Republicans, “great” education should insist on thorough, profound understanding of our US Constitution/Bill of Rights, American history, American principles and values and their origin.
  8. With pride and conviction Republicans should promote strong families and good jobs as a solution to poverty yet rhetorically supporting these principles yet not voting for advancing policy of this nature and failure to deliver such policy on a statewide on local level will lead to failure in this system; hence government fills the void.
  9. These are fine, admirable values on which generally everyone would agree.  We must be the Party who insists on teaching these values in our schools and defending our valued cultural traditions and celebrations.
  10. Republicans should fully support policies for energy independence; being respectful and mindful of environmental issues but keeping all in check.
  11. There is no shame in maintaining national borders and a legal immigration system.  Republican representatives have no excuse for not supporting American citizens on these matters.

At this critical time in our nation’s history the American people who concern themselves with the future of the country simply must adopt a clear understanding of what the Republican Party should stand for and then work hard to elect candidates who will stand firm of those principles.

Words from the Wise

Many people want the government to protect the consumer. A much more urgent problem is to protect the consumer from the government

— Milton Friedman