Ravalli County recently decided to attempt to put forward a Preamble to our State GOP Platform for this coming 2014 Platform Convention. We assembled a committee made up of officers, RCRCC members, and legislators. The aim was to allow any potential new party member to quickly get a feel for who we are and what we stand for. The resulting Preamble (originally drafted by Dave Bedey) was voted on and passed unanimously by the general RCRCC membership. We are now circulating this first of its kind Preamble in an effort to stimulate support for the concept as well as possibly generate backing for our proposed version.
Why is this Platform important?
This Platform sets forth the Montana Republican Party’s positions on major issues confronting the citizens of the Treasure State. It is meant to inform party members—and other like-minded citizens—as to what the Party stands for, to instruct local, state, and federal GOP officeholders so that actions they take on behalf of the people of Montana might be consistent with the Party’s principles, and to serve as a basis for crafting strategies for both legislative and civic action.
What do Republicans believe?
The Montana Republican Party is the standard bearer for our state’s conservative movement. As such, members of the Party subscribe to a set of principles that transcend specific policy issues while guiding the positions their Party takes on those issues. These principles derive directly from the wisdom of America’s Founders, as expressed in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America.
Republicans believe “these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among which are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.”
Republicans believe that to secure these God-given rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.
Republicans believe that the Constitution of the United States of America is a unique and binding compact, which defines a republican form of government designed to protect the rights of citizens by limiting the power of their government.
Republicans believe that the Constitution is as relevant today as it was on the day it was ratified.
Republicans believe that centralization of political power invites the replacement of the rule of law by the rule of men and thus enables the rise of totalitarianism.
Republicans believe that each level of government should continuously strive to limit the scope of its own activity and to avoid infringing upon the lawful activities of free citizens.
Republicans believe in the dignity of each individual person and in promoting opportunities for all.
Republicans believe that a robust civil society—traditional families, churches, and various voluntary associations of free citizens—is essential for sustaining self government.
Republicans believe that in the absence of free markets and secure property rights, personal and political freedom cannot long flourish and that socialism is antithetical to liberty.
Republicans believe that their political opponents have abandoned, consciously or not, belief in America’s founding principles and in the capacity of citizens to govern themselves.
Who are the Republicans?
Montanan Republicans are men and women of all walks of life and of all creeds and colors. We are grateful to God for the quiet beauty of our state. We are united in viewing the United States of America as an exceptional nation that in its inception broke the historical norm. We celebrate being self-governing, free citizens. We recognize the debt we owe those citizens who came before us, and we gladly acknowledge our duty to pass the gift of liberty on to our children and grandchildren.
If you share these values, please join us.
If this concept is something you might support as a part of our platform, please feel free to sign at the bottom of a copy and return it to Hollis or Jeannie Poe (RCRCC State Committee people) at 406-360-4476
Please sign your name and county.