Republican Principles

Know them if you're going to claim to be Republican.

Most basic:

Constitutional govt

Small, decentralized govt.

Minimal taxes

Minimal spending

Minimal regulation

Right to Life

A little wordier:

~~All people are created equal with the God-given rights to Life, Liberty and Property

~~Such personhood begins at conception.

~~Govts are instituted among men to secure those rights.

~~Govt as such is a necessary evil and that govt governs best that governs least.

~~Level of govt: DECENTRALIZED as much as possible, with ideal level being the individual

~~Our US Constitution, in original intent and literal application, as the supreme law of the land.

~~Federal govt authority restricted to Enumerated Powers, (The former will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce; with which last the power of taxation will, for the most part, be connected.—Federalist 45)

~~States' Rights: per 10th Amendment (The powers reserved to the several States will extend to all the objects which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties, and properties of the people, and the internal order, improvement, and prosperity of the State.--Federalist 45.)

~~Federal defense: strong and for protection of the states from foreign invasion, not for protection of government from citizens.

~~Size of govt at all levels: smallest possible

~~Scope of govt at all levels: as minimal as possible

~~Regulation of people, business, trade, and all other things: minimal

~~Taxation: minimal

~~Spending by govt: minimal, even tiny

~~Crime: law enforcement and justice system adequate to preserve life, liberty property.

~~Privacy: citizens have the right to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and and effects, without warrantless surveillance or seizures, and warrants must be only upon probably cause and with due process according to the 4th Amendment

~~Private Property Rights: property owners have the right to control their own property.

~~Parental Rights: short of obvious abuse--the kind that would be recognized as such throughout human history--parents have the right to parent (and educate!) their children in whatever manner they see fit.

~~Immigration: Welcome legal immigrants who have demonstrated they share our values, adore our American Heritage as much as we do, and are not coming to be supported by us but rather to contribute to our country. Prevent illegal immigration by a wall and all necessary border security.

Most wordy:

MT GOP Platform (still good, but long)