What we stand for
We are the party of independent individuals and the institutions they create together — families, schools, congregations, neighborhoods — to advance their ideals and make real their dreams. Those institutions, standing between the citizen and the power of government, are the pillars of a free society. They create spaces where the power of government should not intrude. They allow Americans to work together to solve most of the problems facing their communities.
Marriage, Family, and Society
Foremost among those institutions is the American family. It is the foundation of civil society, and the cornerstone of the family is natural marriage, the union of one man and one woman. Its daily lessons — cooperation, patience, mutual respect, responsibility, self-reliance — are fundamental to the order and progress of our Republic. Strong families advance the cause of liberty by lessening the need for government in their daily lives.
A Culture of Hope
We have been fighting the War on Poverty for 50 years and poverty is winning. Our social safety net — about 80 separate means-tested programs costing over $1 trillion every year — is designed to help people born into or falling into poverty. Republicans propose to evaluate a poverty program by whether it actually reduces poverty and increases the personal independence of its participants.
Education For Every Child
Our colleges, universities, and trade schools form the world’s greatest assemblage of learning. They drive much of the research that keeps America competitive. Their excellence is undermined by an ideological bias deeply entrenched within the current university system. Trustees have a responsibility to the taxpayers to ensure that their enormous investment is not abused for political indoctrination.
The Guiding Principles That Lead Our Party
The United States Constitution should be honored, valued, and upheld by all of it’s citizens.
Health care decisions should be made by us and our doctors, not by the government.
Paychecks should not be wasted on poorly run government programs that do not help but instead enable.
Our military must be strong and prepared to defend our shores and our Veterans should have the best care and opportunities in the world.