2004 Washington State Republican Party Platform
“In all that the people can individually do as well for themselves, government might not to interfere.” Abraham Lincoln
Republicans believe that good government is based on the individual and family, that each person’s ability, dignity, freedom and responsibility must be honored and recognized. Our basic freedom, the value that makes our country unique in the world is rooted in Free Enterprise and the basic right to private property. The role of government is to preserve and defend our ability to live in a free and peaceful society. We reaffirm the words of our founding fathers as written in the Declaration of Independence. “We hold these truths to be self evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable Rights. Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the Governed.”
Our Republic was founded as one nation under God on principles clearly set forth in the Declaration of Independence and codified in our Constitution.
Our Republican vision for Washington State is as follows:
SECTION 1: ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY -Jobs, Growth, and Prosperity
Government must practice fiscal responsibility, while individual citizens should enjoy an atmosphere of free enterprise, unfettered by burdensome government regulation. Excessive taxation is a loss of personal freedom. Allowing people to keep more of what they earn allows opportunity and wealth created in the private sector to give hope and relief to those ill-served by government and gives families and communities the resources to confront wider social problems.
Economic opportunity should include:
* Reducing taxes and fees on businesses and individuals.
We recognize the historical importance of labor unions and the protection of workers’ health and general welfare. Union members should be given flexibility in regards to the political use of their Union dues and informed of their rights with respect to those dues.
SECTION 2: NATIONAL DEFENSE/WINNING THE WAR ON TERROR- Superior military strength is vital to our national security.
“We will rally the world to this cause by our efforts, by our courage. We will not tire, we will not falter, and we will not fail.” George W Bush
We believe in a strong and free America, a nation leading the work in the expansion of peace, freedom and human rights. We commend our courageous President, and our armed forces, for all they have done to make us safer since September 11, 2001.
National defense should include:
* Supporting President Bush’s doctrine of pre-emptive self defense.
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SECTION 3: TRANSPORTATION
Recognizing that resolving the highway congestion is a major economic
issue in the state of Washington, we call upon the governor to solve
this as a priority issue.
* Prioritizing highway projects and using public money efficiently
to reduce congestion and maintain infrastructure.
SECTION 4: Republicans believe in the reduction of our dependence on foreign energy and:
* Support President Bush’s Energy Bill to reduce the nation’s dependence
on foreign crude oil.
SECTION 5: RESPONSIBLE STEWARDSHIP- Recognizing the primacy of people and the importance of our Northwest way of life.
“We share this common goal: we must foster economic growth in ways that protect our environment. We must encourage growth that will provide a better life for citizens, while protecting the land, the water, and the air that sustains life.” George W Bush
We can achieve a healthful environment and continued economic growth and prosperity when government works with property owners in a positive cooperative fashion. Property owners implementing environmental practices that are supported by sound, peer-reviewed scientific method are a model of responsible natural resource stewardship:
* Reasonably limit environmental regulations to insure that legislative
intent is followed.
SECTION 6: HOPE FOR RURAL AND AGRICULTURAL
Washington’s economy and health of many our rural communities is based on farming, fishing, mining, and the timber industry. Natural resource industries are the economic foundation of our economy. By ensuring economic opportunity for America’s farmers and family farms of all sizes we must secure our domestic supply of food sources and strengthen the rural economy.
To make our products competitive in the free market and make our farms viable and sustainable, we must:
* Establish a strong and secure domestic food supply that is not
dependent on foreign products.
SECTION 7: FAMILY-Families, the cornerstone of free society
The traditional family unit is the cornerstone of our society and it is the primary responsibility of parents to guide and discipline their children. We understand that a primary responsibility of government is to uphold and respect traditional institutions, such as marriage between a man and a woman and family, which are its foundation. Our commitment to protecting the life of innocents from conception through the infirmities of age must be nurtured in both our culture and our laws.
* The parental rights and responsibility to direct the upbringing
of their children, and to provide care, discipline, and moral training.
SECTION 8: EDUCATION-The key to equal opportunity begins in the classrooom
The primary authority and responsibility for educating children resides with parents.
The Federal Government, based on the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution may not determine expenditures and curriculum. School boards should be free to determine priorities, focusing on basic academics, teaching of the constitution and civics, history, opportunities for vocational training. and the promotion of traditional American values.
* Providing the highest quality education through offering a broad
selection of choices, whether public, private, charter or home school.
SECTION 9: CRIME AND JUSTICE-swift punishment for criminals
The primary role of government is to protect its citizens’ freedoms and their property from both foreign and domestic crime. Crime threatens our ability as individuals to exercise our right of self-government, but we accept the risks inherent in a free society. The rule of law is protected by policies that punish, reduce and deter crime.
* Constitutional protections, which safeguard our individual liberty,
due process, and equal protection under the law.
Health care is a personal issue, and individuals can make better decisions about their own care than government. Republicans believe in free market solutions that reduce health care costs by offering more and better choices by consumers.
* Personal/private tax-exempt medical savings accounts.
SECTION 11: PERSONAL LIBERTY- A Bill of Rights for
We have a moral obligation, a minimum debt owed, as free Americans,
to defend and preserve our freedoms: Free Speech, Freedom of Assembly,
Defense of Life, The Right to Vote, Private Property Rights, The Right
to Keep and Bear Arms, and protect
Ours is a nation created not by force, but by unifying ideals. People
came here to be free to worship God as they choose without State restriction.
For ours to remain one nation, where the source of our rights derive
from God, not the state, we have the duty and obligation to teach
our children the profound meaning behind the simple statement of allegiance
to our flag and the ideals our nation was founded upon and to which
so many have sacrificed their lives.
* Proof of United States citizenship for voting eligibility protects
our right to vote.
We believe the right to keep and bear arms as stated in the 2nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and Article 1, Section 24 of the Washington State Constitution guarantees an individual right, and as such, we support Right to Carry laws. We support protection of the American firearms industry against frivolous and harassing lawsuits that blame them for the actions of criminals, and we call for increased enforcement of existing laws against criminals, not more laws aimed at law-abiding citizens.
We encourage personal responsibility in exercising these rights.
SECTION 12: The Pledge of Allegiance
We strongly support and wish to promote and protect the continued
use of the phrase, “one nation under God” in our Pledge of Allegiance.
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