GOP Platform


Rep. Thaddeus McCotter published a pamphlet on the foundation of Republican Principles. (link) These are simply stated as:

  1. Our liberty is from God not government. (“all men…. are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights”);
  2. Our Sovereignty is in our souls not soil. (“…to secure these rights governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed”);
  3. Our security is in strength not surrender. (The Declaration itself was a document asserting the Colonies right to use its military might in support of its principles);
  4. Our prosperity is from the private sector not the public sector. (“that {among these} unalienable rights are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness”); and
  5. Our truths are self evident not relative. (“….we hold these truths to be self evident”).

(Hat tip: Big Government)

I don’t know any American that can disagree with any of these principles and still call themselves truly American, at least American by ideology.

However, how these five principles are translated to agenda items in our legislatures is where the rubber meets the road.

Reading through the list of ideas, I find very little to disagree with, and a lot to get excited about. In this pamphlet, I hear echoes of our past Republican visionary presidents, who recognized our true strength is in the individual, not the state, and who fought to keep the state small except where it did what no individual could do.

If this is the agenda the republicans adopt for 2010, then I expect to see even Washington State electing a republican. This is the change that the Obama voters voted for. This is the hope that we all have in the future.

There are a few minor quibbles in the pamphlet. I don’t consider China our biggest threat, I consider its form of government our biggest threat. This is made clear in the pamphlet if you read exactly what he says, but bringing “China” into it as if China carried the banner for tyranny and totalitarianism isn’t the best way to communicate.

Or perhaps it is, because we are rapidly approaching a country that looks like China.


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