MONROE COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY APPROVED PLATFORM PLANKS ─ 2008
SANCTITY OF HUMAN LIFE
The most basic duty of government is to defend the lives of all innocent persons within its jurisdiction, including the unborn, the infirm, and the disabled. We affirm the inherent worth and dignity of all people; and thereby intend to have judicial and legislative protection of the right to life against those who perform abortions, euthanasia, or assisted suicide.
We want to ensure that women with problem pregnancies have the support, material and otherwise, they need for themselves and their babies. For this purpose we will use public revenues in accordance with the principle of subsidiarity. We oppose punitive action against women who have an abortion.
NOTE: Subsidiarity is the principle which states that matters ought to be handled by the lowest or smallest competent authority.
PROTECTING OUR 2ND AMENDMENT RIGHTS, FIGHTING CRIME, AND SECURING OUR NATION
For the protection of our Constitution, our Republic, and ourselves the support of the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, as written, is affirmed by the Monroe County Republican Party.
LIMIT GOVERNMENT SPENDING ─ TAX REDUCTION
Spending by governments must be limited to purposes enumerated in their respective constitutions and charters. All subsidies to private organizations and revenue sharing to governments must be phased out and eventually abolished.
IDEALLY, combined government peacetime spending should not consume in excess of 20% of GDP. The American worker should not be forced to work more than one day a week for tax and spend politicians.
Our country was built on individual property rights. No government entity has the right to take the real or personal property of an individual citizen unless that citizen has forfeited the right to that property by using force or fraud and the individuals harmed can be made whole only by the forfeiture of said property.
No government entity should be allowed to tax real or personal property owned by any individual. The right to tax real or personal property, in effect, gives the government the deed to that property.
Individuals must have the right to defend their property from intruders. There must be no civil or criminal penalties for defending one’s person or property.
ENSURING EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES
All manner of racism is hateful, immoral, and dangerously divisive. We will not tolerate references to race or ethnicity in the laws or business of our governments. We will not be neither manipulated nor divided and conquered by racist legislation.
Webster’s Unabridged definition of “platform.”
A declaration of principles on which a party stands and on which they appeal for support. A plan of action or statement of policy.