Beliefs

Kitsap County Republican Party Platform

OUR PHILOSOPHY

We, the Kitsap County Republican Party, believe that the following principles distinguish us as Republicans and as citizens of the United States. These principles unite us in a society characterized by individual liberty, personal responsibility, equal opportunity, compassion, and the rule of law. Freedom unites us as one nation.

REDUCING GOVERNMENT INTRUSION IN OUR LIVES

We believe that government must be restrained from unnecessarily intruding into the lives of its citizens. The function of government is to protect unalienable, God-given rights, and overlarge government inevitably treads on these rights.

 

REAFFIRMATION OF FEDERALISM

 

We believe in the Constitution of the United States and that powers not granted to the United States by its constitution or powers delegated to the states are reserved for the states or the people. We firmly support a separation of powers in all levels of government as checks and balances.

NATIONAL SECURITY

We believe that peace and freedom are best secured through the maintenance of a strong, sufficiently staffed, well-equipped, volunteer military. We believe that the integrity of our borders is critical to our sovereignty and security.

PRIVATE PROPERTY

We recognize that individual ownership of property is the foundation of individual liberty, and that government must only take property or restrict its use with clear public need, with prompt and full compensation, and fair and impartial judicial review.

LOCAL CONTROL

We trust the people to recognize those things which they can do for themselves. Those things that cannot be done effectively by individuals and non-government entities can then be considered for government support when asked by the people.

TAXATION

We believe that taxes should be as low, simple, and as fair as possible, while accepting the necessity for limited taxation in order for government to perform services that meet essential public needs.

HUMAN SERVICES

We believe that the primary responsibility for meeting basic human needs rests with the individual, the family, and non-governmental organizations. We believe that the only role of government is to efficiently augment public health, disaster preparedness and emergency relief.

INDIVIDUAL MANDATES

We believe that government should not require individuals to buy any particular good or service.

 

EDUCATION

We believe that parents have the responsibility and authority to educate their children, and we support their right to choose public, private or home education. We believe that public education should be controlled at the local level.

 

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

 

We believe that undue government regulation impedes productivity and competition. We believe in the right to work, which would allow our state to be more competitive.

PUBLIC PROTECTION

We believe in law-enforcement and a legal system that accomplishes a swift administration of justice in accordance with constitutional provisions. We support the right of the individual to keep and bear arms in accordance with the Second Amendment.

EQUAL RIGHTS

We believe that all individuals have equal rights under the law and that rights cannot be assigned on the basis of personal identification.

FAITH

We believe in the First Amendment and oppose the oppression of anyone for their religious beliefs.

 

FAMILY INTEGRITY

 

We support the family as the fundamental unit of society, the right of each a parent to equal and shared parental responsibility, and the right to direct the upbringing of their children, as well as to provide care, discipline, and moral training. We support the protection of innocent human life in all stages, beginning at conception.

NATURAL RESOURCE CONSERVATION

We respect and treasure our environment, and believe in reasonable policies based on verifiable science to protect, renew, and enjoy our natural resources.

NATIONAL DEBT

We believe in fiscal responsibility, and that our national debt is a burden on our children and so should be reduced.

Adopted April 2, 2016 at the Kitsap County Republican Party County Convention.