Excerpts from WE THE PEOPLE; WIDE AWAKE, for Our Newest Birth of Freedom,
Authored by United States Representative Thaddeus G. McCotter, Chairman
1. Our liberty is from God not the government;
2. Our sovereignty is in our souls not the soil;
3. Our security is from strength not surrender;
4. Our prosperity is from the private sector not the public sector; and
5. Our truths are self-evident not relative.
The Cornerstone of Republican philosophy is the belief that each person is responsible for their own place in our society. Individuals are encouraged by the Republican Party to work to secure the benefits of society for themselves.
Republicans believe that government should be limited to doing for people those things which they cannot do for themselves. The right to determine individual destiny should lie in the hands of the individual. Similarly, Republicans believe governmental power and resources should be kept close to the people, through their State and community leaders, rather than centralized in distant big government.
Republicans believe that peace and freedom can be protected only if America maintains a defense force strong enough to deter any aggressor. Republicans turn away from the paternalism of the 50's and encourage other nations to shoulder responsibility for their own problems. Republicans oppose unnecessary intervention in the internal affairs of other nations and stress helping our friends around the globe develop the skills and strengths necessary to protect themselves.
Republicans believe in the competitive free-enterprise system. Individuals must be free to use their talents. This is the key to personal and National prosperity. Republicans believe that the only limits to an individual's opportunity to success are the limits of his or her own initiative and enterprise.
Republicans constantly strive to cut governmental spending and to eliminate costly, overlapping and unnecessary governmental programs. Because Republicans believe that the individual should control his government's pocketbook, they believe that tax increases should be voted upon by the people.
Republicans believe in solutions, which are decided upon and implemented by the people themselves, through their locally elected representatives. Republicans believe that the solution to America's problems lie in the greatness of the American people.