Principles of the RRM

I BELIEVE that the strength of our nation lies with the individual and that each person’s liberty, dignity, freedom and privacy must be honored and respected.
I BELIEVE that the role of government is to practice fiscal responsibility and allow individuals to keep more of the money they earn.
I BELIEVE that strong national security and safety of Americans at home and abroad must be a top priority of our Party and our government.
I BELIEVE in the Constitutional protection of the separation of church and state– that official policies of our Party and our country should not be dictated by personal religious beliefs.
I BELIEVE that medical and moral choices are individual and family decisions not government decisions.
I BELIEVE that we build a strong Party by consensus, not by forcing an agenda on issues that are divisive, personal and best left at home.
I BELIEVE that the Republican National Committee should focus on our traditional agenda of smaller government, lower taxes, and a pro-growth economy.
I BELIEVE that the Republican Party Platform should be welcoming and respectful of differing views on issues of disagreement and promote the ‘Big Tent’ philosophy.

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2 Responses to Principles of the RRM

  1. Ken Mortland says:

    I support your principles and have shared them with the Mainstream Republicans of Washington’s board members. Perhaps you’ll be hearing from us.

  2. Ken Mortland says:

    In May, 2010, Mainstream Republicans of Washington revised and updated its “principles”. I have posted them below.

    We believe, first and foremost, with President Lincoln, that “The proper function of government is to do for people those things that have to be done but cannot be done, or cannot be done as well, by individuals.”

    We believe the fundamental principle that government should be fiscally responsible, limited in scope, and non-intrusive.

    We believe in limited government and the fulfillment of its important responsibilities, but our goal is to make that limited government work well, efficiently, effectively, and responsively.

    We believe in the American family as the appropriate environment to teach the values of our society, without governmental intrusion.

    We believe in the free enterprise system, and free trade, with restrained government involvement, to allow our economic system to maximize both the common good and individual opportunity.

    We believe in a strong national defense, featuring a volunteer force that is honored and compensated appropriately for service to our country.

    We believe that the best government is closest to home, with local importance placed on law enforcement, the prevention of crime, strong court systems, and emphasis on coordinating services and avoiding conflict with state and federal entities.

    We believe in government at all levels that is transparent; that the public has a “right to know” how their laws are being carried out.

    We believe that there are more effective ways of creating a “safety net” for the disabled, the elderly, and the under-privileged by encouraging individual initiative rather than creating dependency.

    We believe in personal responsibility, that faith in the individual is the true foundation of our national strength, and personal freedom and privacy must be maintained by our governing laws.

    We believe that religion is a matter of personal conscience, and we must carefully balance within the constitutional mandate that the “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion” and “prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”

    We believe in ethnic, cultural, and religious diversity in our society – maintaining unity with such diversity is necessary and remains a unique characteristic of America.

    We believe in equal access to economic opportunity and due process of law as these are the basics which make America the land of opportunity and freedom.

    We believe in equal rights for all citizens as our full potential can only be realized after these become a reality, including race ethnicity, gender, age, and sexual orientation.

    We believe in publicly funded public education as an obligation of our society; it provides the glue that bonds together the diverse segments of our society and provides the skills necessary to realize our economic opportunities.

    We believe in environmental stewardship, the protection of our recreational opportunities and our safety, and encourage the use of public-private partnerships to achieve these goals.

    We believe that participation in the political process by an informed, involved citizenry is essential if we are to have truly representative government.

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