Why Are We Republicans?

I am a Republican Because…

I believe the strength of the 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 our Constitution provides limits to government power, explicitly

details our fundamental rights and insures that only the enumerated powers

contained within the Constitution are executed by the federal government. All

other functions of government are left to the state and local governments.

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 the

government closest to the people.

I believe Americans must retain the principles that made us strong while

developing new and innovative ideas to meet the challenges of changing times.

I believe America’s greatness comes from God, freedom and free enterprise, and

we should honor those who have served to protect and defend the United States

of America.

Finally, I believe the Republican Party is the best vehicle for translating these

ideas into positive and successful principles of government.


Republican Party of Iowa’s Platform