""Government growing beyond our consent had become a lumbering giant, slamming shut the gates of opportunity, threatening to crush the very roots of our freedom. What brought America back? The American people brought us back -- with quiet courage and common sense; with undying faith that in this nation under God the future will be ours, for the future belongs to the free." Ronald Reagan (State of the Union Address 2/4/86)
The proper function of government is to do for the people those things that have to be done but can not be done, or cannot be done as well, by individuals, and that the most effective government is government closest to the people.
Good government is based upon the individual and that each person’s ability, dignity, freedom and responsibility must be honored and recognized.
That free enterprise and the encouragement of individual initiative and incentive have given this nation an economic system second to none.
Sound money management should be our goal.
In equal rights, equal justice and equal opportunity for all, regardless of race, creed, age, sex or national origin.
We must retain those principles of the past worth retaining, yet always be receptive to new ideas with an outlook broad enough to accommodate thoughtful change and varying points of view.
That Americans value and should preserve their feeling of national strength and pride, and at the same time share with people everywhere a desire for peace and freedom and the extension of human rights throughout the world.
The Republican Party is the best vehicle for translating these ideals into positive and successful principles of government.