The Republican Oath

  • I BELIEVE the strength of our nation lies with the individual and that each person’s dignity, freedom, ability and responsibility must be honored.

 

  • I BELIEVE in equal rights, equal justice and equal opportunity for all, regardless of race, creed, sex, age or disability.

 

  • I BELIEVE free enterprise and encouraging individual initiative have brought this nation opportunity, economic growth and prosperity.

 

  • I BELIEVE government must practice fiscal responsibility and allow individuals to keep more of the money they earn.

 

  • I BELIEVE the proper role of government is to provide for the people only those critical functions that cannot be performed by individuals or private organizations and that the best government is that which governs least.

 

  • I BELIEVE the most effective, responsible and responsive government is government closest to the people.

 

  • I BELIEVE Americans must retain the principles that have made us strong while developing new and innovative ideas to meet the challenges of changing times.

 

  • I BELIEVE Americans value and should preserve our national strength and pride while working to extend peace, freedom and human rights throughout the world.

 

  • FINALLY, I believe the Republican Party is the best vehicle for translating these ideals into positive and successful principles of government…

 

 

A government of the People, by the People and for the People.

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness

 

 

 

The Republican Party was born in the early 1850’s by anti-slavery activists and individuals who believed that government should grant western lands to settlers free of charge. During the Civil War which started in 1861, Abraham Lincoln, against the advice of his cabinet, signed the Emancipation Proclamation that freed the slaves. Republicans of the day worked to pass the Thirteenth Amendment, which outlawed slavery, the Fourteenth, which guaranteed equal protection under the law, and the Fifteenth, which helped secure voting rights for African-Americans.

 

The Republican Party also played a role in securing women the right to vote. In 1896, Republicans were the first major party to favor women’s suffrage. When the 19 Amendment  finally was added to the Constitution, 26 of 36 state legislatures that had voted to ratify it were under Republican control. The first woman elected to Congress was a Republican, Jeanette Rankin from Montana in 1917. 

 

Assuming the presidency upon the assassination of President McKinley in 1901, President Theodore Roosevelt busied himself with what he believed to be the most pressing issue, ensuring the Republican principle of competition in a free market.

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