Preamble
Political parties in general, and the Republican party in particular, lack a written charter which defines the principles of that party and thus establishes the bounds within which Party leaders must operate. This is an attempt to create such a charter for the Republican Party.

Those individuals who understand and embrace the Constitution of the United States are overwhelmingly Republican. They understand the Constitution is the finest piece of legislation ever penned by man precisely because it limits the powers of government in order that government may protect the rights of individuals.

The objective of this charter is to define the principles embraced by the Republican Party. These principles are based on the Constitution and the fundamental concept of individual rights.

It bears mentioning that any party that lacks a charter defining principles is inherently unprincipled; if it does not define itself or those things for which it stands, it is free to morph over time into something diametrically opposed to what it was at its inception. This implies party leaders of all stripes are less interested in adhering to an ideological principle and more interested in acquiring or maintaining power. This is anathema to a free people.

Creating a charter anchors a party. A party is no longer free to change or go where the political currents take it. This is the objective of our efforts.




The Charter of the Republican Party
November 13, 2009


"A political party cannot be all things to all people. It must represent certain fundamental beliefs which must not be compromised to political expediency, or simply to swell its numbers." - Ronald Reagan, 1975

WHEREAS the leaders of the Republican Party and many in the Republican Party have adopted values and implemented policies anathema to the principles and values upon which our great nation was founded, it has become necessary to codify the conservative tenets and principles that define the Republican Party. These tenets and principles must be adhered to by all candidates, incumbents and newcomers, to become (or remain) a member of, garner the electoral support of, and receive monetary support from the Republican Party and its constituency.

Be it known that We, the People, of The United States of America, do hereby propose the following Republican Party Charter:

WHEREAS Republicans believe in limited government, individual freedom and personal responsibility;

WHEREAS government has neither money nor power not derived from the consent of the people;

WHEREAS people have the right to keep the fruits of their labor;

WHEREAS elected officials must uphold the U. S. Constitution as the supreme law of the land;

BE IT RESOLVED that the Republican Party endorses and requires the following principles be strictly adhered to in ideology and actions:


RESPONSIBILITIES
The leaders of the Republican Party, understanding and acknowledging the rights of individuals and limitations of government, hereby swear to uphold and defend the rights of the Individual.

Society requires honest and able leadership.

Perceives the need for prudent restraints upon power.

Perceives the need for strict Constitutional restraints upon power.

Favors reasoned and temperate progress.

Every congressman, senator, President, and Supreme Court justice is required to obey the U.S. Constitution.

Every congressman, senator, President, and Supreme Court justice is required to read the U.S. Constitution.

Preserve, protect, and defend the U.S. Constitution.

Oppose the nationalization of private industry, commerce, or banking, and oppose partial ownership by the government in any private industry or company.


RIGHTS
*Source: Declaration of Independence and the 4th, 5th, 9th, 10th & 11th Amendment, and Article 1 Section 8.
Fisher Ames, Massachusetts Representative wrote: " The RIGHTS of conscience, of BEARING ARMS, of CHANGING THE GOVERNMENT, are declared to be INHERENT IN THE PEOPLE."

The Republican Party acknowledges the fundamental, natural rights of all individuals, understands that violating those rights is a usurpation of power indistinguishable from that of a tyrant, and pledges never to support legislation or other governmental devices that impinge on the individual rights of the people of the United States.

Rights are principles that define man's freedom of action within society, and rights are not gifts from government, but given to us by our Creator. Rights are necessitated by man's nature as rational beings; rights merely exist, apart from any government, and are unalienable.

A society is free when it secures individuals' fundamental rights to life, liberty, property and the pursuit of happiness.

The Constitution and Bill of Rights guarantees unalienable rights to each individual and needs to be voraciously defended and protected at all times.

The right to life is the source of all rights

Republican Party regards individuals as an end in themselves, and society as a means to the peaceful, orderly, voluntary coexistence of all individuals.

The Republican Party holds that an individual's life is his or hers by right, that a right is the property of an individual.

The only purpose of a government is the protection of individual rights.
*Per Article 1 section 8, Article 4 Section 4.

A right is that which can be exercised without anyone's permission.

One's freedom is absolute.

Since individuals have unalienable rights, this means that the same rights are held by all individuals at all times. Therefore, the rights of one cannot and must not violate the rights of another.

The right to property means that a man has the right to take the economic actions necessary to earn property, to use it and to dispose of it

The government should not take private property without just compensation.

All unconstitutional regulation of private property must be repealed.

All laws, which give license to violate the Bill of Rights, must be repealed.

Taking away people's liberties in the name of security is not patriotic.

Capitalism is a social and economic system based on the recognition of individual rights, including property rights, in which all property is privately owned

It is acknowledged that Capitalism's ruling principle is justice: the fruits of an individual's labor belong to that individual.
*Per The 4th, 5th, 6th, 9th, 10th & 11th Amendments.


VALUES
*Source: Article 1 Section 8 and the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th Amendments.
The Republican Party believes that there exists an enduring moral order. That order is made for man, and man is made for it: human nature is a constant, and moral truths are permanent.

The ruin of great nations throughout recorded history shows us the pit into which fall societies that mistake clever self-interest, or ingenious social controls, for pleasing alternatives to an traditional moral order.

Adheres to custom, convention, and continuity. It is old custom that enables people to live together peaceably.

Does not put his trust in mere benevolence. Constitutional restrictions, political checks and balances, adequate enforcement of the laws, the old intricate web of restraints upon will and appetite - these the conservative approves as instruments of freedom and order.

The first rule of government should be to govern strictly within and by the Constitution AND "do no harm."

Restore the parental right to be responsible in educating children.

Protect the institution of marriage.


GOVERNMENT POWERS
*Source: Article 1 Section 8, Article 6 Clause 2 & the 5th, 9th, 10th and 11th Amendments.
In order for individuals to benefit from living together, society must respect individual rights. The sole purpose of government is to protect these rights.

A government that initiates the employment of force against men who had forced no one, the employment of armed compulsion against disarmed victims, is antithetical to the Republican Party.

The Republican Party understands that jobs, food, clothing, recreation, homes, medical care, education, etc., do not grow in nature. These are goods and services produced by individuals. Because these are produced by individuals, it is outside the scope of government to presume to be able to provide the products of the work of some individuals to other individuals. To do so would be a violation of the fundamental, natural rights of those who provide those goods and services.
*Per Article 1 Section 8, Article 6 Clause 2 and the 5th 9th, 10 & 11th Amendments.

The power of the federal government should be limited, as per the tenth amendment to the U. S. Constitution.

The US Government must answer only to the Constitution and the citizens protected by it.
*Per Article 6 Clause 2.

The government possesses only those powers delegated to it by the Constitution and necessary for the protection of each citizen's individual rights against force and fraud.
*Per the 9th, 10th and 11th Amendments.

It is the job of government to protect and secure God-given rights, not use its power to take those rights away.

The most basic function of government is to protect life.

Support all enumerated Constitutional rights.

Government is bound and limited by law in every official act.
*Per Article 6 Clause 2.

A government official may do nothing except that which is legally mandated.

The United States shall not be answerable to any governing body outside the United States for its trade, foreign or military policy.

Perceives the need for prudent restraints upon power.
*Per Article 6 Clause 2 and the 9th, 10th and 11th Amendments.

Three "separate but equal" branches of government that are supposed to hold each other in check and balance.

The Federal Government must return to its constitutionally enumerated powers and restore our inalienable rights.

The most basic function of government is to protect life.

Support all enumerated Constitutional rights.

Support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America.
*Per Article 3 Section 3 and Article 4 Section 4.


LAWS/LEGISLATION
Republicans are guided by their principle of prudence.

The rule of law is critical to maintaining liberty.

Laws must be objective in both form and substance.

Objective laws are laws that confine government to its one legitimate function: protecting individual rights.

The law must forbid only such private conduct as violates the individual rights of others.

When law is clear and precise, it leaves no room for the State to exercise arbitrary power through unpredictable, subjective decisions.

Any proposed law, which cannot be formulated into an objective law, cannot be made the subject of legislation.

Republican legislators will always cite the specific Article and Section of the Constitution that authorizes any bills they put forth.

No bill will be submitted that does not strictly adhere to the Constitution and keep with the principle of guarding individual rights.

Republican legislators will work to repeal laws that contravene the Constitution and/or the principle that government must always guard individual rights.

All people, regardless of position in the public or private sector, should be held equally accountable under the law.

Supreme Court and other judges should be appointed based on their determination to accurately interpret, not amend, the Constitution. Judges have *no* authority to make new law.

All laws, which give license to violate the Bill of Rights, must be repealed.

Any public measure ought to be judged by its probable long. run consequences, not merely by temporary advantage or popularity.

See politicians are forced to abide by the same laws they make everyone else submit to.

Congress or the White House or any sovereign State is not required to submit to unconstitutional Supreme Court rulings.

Congressmen and senators are required to actually read a bill before passing it into law.

Cutting taxes and decreasing regulation are necessary to procuring a healthy Republic and guarding the rights of the individual.

Must not reward people in America illegally.
*Per Article 4 Section 4.

Enforce the laws that are already on the books to deal with illegal immigration.

Republicans in the Executive Branch will strictly adhere to Article IV Section 4 of the Constitution which ensures protection of each state from invasion by a foreign force. To include, but not limited to: fixing our immigration system by first securing our borders, fixing the visa and entry process and opposing amnesty in any reform.


JUDICIAL NOMINATIONS
Judges, who will respect the rule of law, strictly interpret our Constitution and not legislate from the bench.
* Per Article 1 Section 8, Article 3 section 3, Article 4 section 4, Article 6 Clause 2, and the 5th, 9th, 10th and 11th Amendments.


BUDGET
Honest accounting dictates that all federal expenditures should be on budget.
*As solely defined and restricted by Article 1 Section 8.

Each budget should be derived based upon the justification for and needs of each program, with no program being either budgeted for or increased automatically. No program, item or property can be funded except as it is found clearly defined in Article 1 Section 8.

The federal government should live within its means.

Promote fiscal responsibility.

A balanced budget amendment and the line-item veto that will help control the excessive and wasteful spending.

The Federal Reserve is held accountable and restore transparency to our monetary system and must be abolished as soon as possible and the coining and regulating of currency be restored to Congress.
*Per Article 1 Section 8.


TAXES
*Article 1 section 8 and the 5th, 9th, 10 and 11th Amendments.
There should be a national debate discussing various alternative means of taxation including but not limited to a single flat income tax, repealing the income tax and replacing it with a national sales tax, and reducing spending to the point where the income tax can be repealed without the need to replace it with a national sales tax or any other form of taxation.

I.R.S. and the Federal Reserve should be abolished.

Higher taxes and more regulations destroy jobs.

Support flatter tax rates with a simplified tax code.

NO company should ever be treated favorably with taxpayer dollars.

Not to vote for tax increases.

Our tax code should encourage people to buy basic health insurance coverage, not mandate.

Personal Liberty and Property are God-given Rights that no law can rightly transgress.


DEFENSE/NATIONAL SECURITY
*Source: Article 4 Section 4 and Article 1 Section 8.
Defending our Country is the most important function of the federal government. When we are threatened, it is the obligation of our representatives to unleash the full arsenal of power that is granted by and derived from free men and women.

U. S. military should be deployed only where there is a clear threat to vital U. S. interests and only with the consent of the U. S. Congress.

Before the United States invades and occupies another country, Congress must first declare war.

U. S military personnel should always, and only, be under U. S. command.

U.S. troops should never serve under foreign commanders or wear the uniform or insignia of the United Nations, and that they must never submit to illegal orders, such as turning their weapons against American citizens, or confiscating the guns of U.S. citizens.

U.S. troops are not the world's policemen; their purpose is only to defend American lives and property.

Our country must have the strongest defensive capabilities in the world.

American military action is guided first and foremost by the country's national interest.

Every nation has a sovereign right to secure its borders against the threat of drug, weapon, and human smuggling.

A border fence along our southern border.

Enforce the laws that are already on the books to deal with illegal immigration.


ENERGY
*Source: Article 1 Section 8, and the 5th, 9th, 10th and 11th Amendments.
Seek to grow our economy AND reduce greenhouse gas emissions by encouraging the development of modern nuclear power.

Every dollar of oil we pump for ourselves is another dollar available for domestic investment and, potentially, another dollar kept out of the hands of petro-dictatorships or petro-terrorism.

We must aggressively expand energy production in our country, including stepping up offshore drilling and looking to nuclear power.

Stand for policies that make us more energy efficient, less reliant on foreign sources of oil, create jobs and ease the burden on family budgets.


EDUCATION
The Federal Government has exceeded its power by placing the control of Education under federal agencies. Education is the jurisdiction of each individual State. And as such, the federal agencies, i.e. NEA, need to be abolished and education control returned to the States under the Tenth Amendment of the Constitution.

Parents have the right to spend their money on the school or method of schooling they deem appropriate for their children.

Parents have a right to home school their children.


HEALTHCARE
*Article 1 Section 8.
Our healthcare system can be improved by applying free-market principles.

Free market health care alternatives, such as medical savings accounts, should be available to everyone, including senior citizens.

Our tax code should encourage people to buy basic health insurance coverage, not mandate it.

Allow interstate competition for insurance coverage.

Encourage tort reform.


WELFARE
All able-bodied Americans have the responsibility to support themselves and their families.


FIRST AMENDMENT
"Congress shall make NO law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

ALL First Amendment Rights are for everybody, including Christians.

The federal government had no authority to tell a citizen that he cannot pray or display publicly his religious symbolism - to include Christianity.

There is nothing unconstitutional about the public acknowledgement of God and our Christian heritage.

Does NOT forbid the display, expression or celebration of Religion/Christianity on/in Public grounds or buildings.


SECOND AMENDMENT
"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

The U.S. Constitution confers an individual right to keep and bear arms.

The Bill of Rights' Second Amendment is clear and is a cornerstone of our democracy.

The right of citizens to defend themselves by bearing arms is a fundamental human right that should be protected."

Offers a strong moral check against usurpation and arbitrary power of rulers, and enables the people to resist and triumph over them.

The Republican Party understands that the Second Amendment in the Bill of Rights acknowledges the fundamental, natural right of individuals to protect their lives, property, wealth and liberty by use of force, if necessary, against a belligerent government or other force, foreign or domestic.

The Republican Party acknowledges that any effort to thwart individuals' freedom to own or carry arms is in direct violation of the Constitution and directly implies a desire to encourage or bring about a totalitarian regime and to deny individuals, through use of force, their natural rights.


NINTH AMENDMENT
"The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall NOT be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the People."

The Rights and Freedoms with their attendant responsibilities are NOT enumerated in every detail in The Constitution. Our Founders meant and intended that whatever was NOT spelled out plainly that it fell to THE PEOPLE. Thus maximizing our rights and freedoms. It NEVER was meant for the Government, Local, State or Federal, to become our "overbearing nanny"! Our Founders NEVER meant that Government would EVER be a "security blanket" for ANYONE! THAT was for the individuals, Families, Churches, Charities...NOT by FORCE of Government TAXATION and REGULATION! Our Founders put the HIGHEST emphasis and HIGHEST regard on INDIVIDUAL Freedom/Rights, and only believed Government was meant to protect the law-abiding from the NON-law-abiding.


SOVEREIGNTY and the Tenth Amendment
"The powers NOT delegated to the United States by The Constitution, NOR prohibited by it to The STATES, are RESERVED TO The STATES respectively, OR to The PEOPLE."

The federal government has no authority to be involved in education or law enforcement, or in any other issue that the Tenth Amendment reserves to the States, or to the People.

The United States should get out of the United Nations and get the United Nations out of the United States.

U.S. troops should never serve under foreign commanders or wear the uniform or insignia of the United Nations, and that they must never submit to illegal orders, such as turning their weapons against American citizens, or confiscating the guns of U.S. citizens.

Oppose America's merger with any kind of regional, hemispheric, or international government.


REVOCATION OF AFFILIATION
As a defined and distinct group with a charter of principles, the Republican Party may, at any time, revoke the Republican Party affiliation of any elected or appointed official who is acting against the principles defined above. Any elected or appointed official who supports legislation or other acts that run against the principles above must have their party affiliation revoked immediately.



*REFERENCES
Constitution of The United States

Bill of Rights - Amendments 1 - 10

Amendments 11-27

Declaration of Independence

View the Republican Charter online




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