Grand New Party
It began in a little schoolhouse in Ripon, Wisconsin, in 1854. A small group of dedicated abolitionists gathered to fight the expansion of slavery, and they gave birth to a Party dedicated to freedom and equal opportunity.
The name “Republican” was chosen, alluding to Thomas Jefferson’s Democratic-Republican Party and conveying a commitment to the inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
The Party was formally organized in July 1854 by thousands of anti-slavery activists at a convention in Jackson, Michigan. And it was no accident that two years later, in 1856, the first Republican National Convention took place in Philadelphia, where the Constitution was written.
- That we are a nation under God who has created us all equal and endowed us with the rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
- That since life is a sacred gift from God, it is to be valued and protected for all including the unborn, those with special needs, the poor, and the elderly.
- That since we are created with the right of liberty, we are free to use our individual abilities to pursue personal happiness and financial gain as long as we do not infringe upon the rights of others to do likewise.
- That included in the pursuit of happiness is our individual right to own possessions and property and seek entrepreneurial success.
- That we have the right to keep and bear arms to protect ourselves, loved ones, and personal property from those who seek to do harm.
- That the traditional marriage between one man and one woman forms the foundation of the family unit, which then becomes a supportive and stabilizing institution of our society.
- That we free individuals give our consent to be governed as a republic by elected officials, thereby forming a government of law whose primary responsibility is to preserve and protect the God given rights of individuals.
- That the federal government should maintain and employ a strong national defense of our freedoms against all enemies, both foreign and domestic.
- That our government should receive the consent of the governed and exercise purposeful restraint and responsibility in taxing its citizens, spending its citizens’ money, and regulating its citizens’ free pursuit of capitalism.
- That the Constitution of the United States of America, when read and applied with the original intent of the founding fathers, provides the structure for our free republic and the basis for these affirmations.