2016 Scott County Republican Platform

THE REPUBLICAN PLATFORM OF SCOTT COUNTY, IOWA

Adopted March 12, 2016

Preamble and Statement of Principles

The purpose of the platform is to inform party leaders, candidates, and elected officials on current issues and core beliefs that have been compiled through our grassroots organization, and to hold them accountable to the same. As an open and inclusive party, we respect the right of fellow Republicans to continue discussions on certain matters of policy.

We invite all citizens to join us in this periodic dialogue structured to strengthen our process of self-government that is vital to maintaining a strong and vibrant nation.

  • A Belief in Limited Government: Government must be limited to preserve the sanctity of liberty of individuals.
  • A Belief in the Right- to-Life: We assert that the right to life is protected by the 14th Amendment to the Constitution from conception until natural death.
  • A Belief in Free Market Economics: We believe that the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are self-evident truths as described in the Declaration of Independence. These rights are only achieved through free market principles.
  • A Belief in a Strong National Defense: It is the constitutional duty of the government to protect our borders. Military force and structure should be determined by current threat assessment.

This platform is erected on foundational principles that will unite Americans to recognize and meet the challenges that inevitably arise when defending individual liberty, free enterprise, industrial innovation and opportunity, while maintaining a strong national being.

Human Rights

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.”

1.1 We assert the sanctity of all human life from conception until natural death. We hold the following to be morally reprehensible under any circumstances: abortion, assisted suicide, and the non-consensual withholding or withdrawal of sustenance, care, or treatment from newborns, the disabled, the elderly, or the infirm.

1.2 We promote education on alternatives to abortion, assistance to mothers during pregnancy, and efforts to encourage the adoption of unwanted children.

1.3 We call for the immediate defunding of Planned Parenthood and oppose funding any organizations that promote or perform abortions, including subsidies for insurance-coverage of abortion and abortifacient drugs.

1.4 We support the use of non-embryonic stem cells to advance medical research. We oppose embryonic stem-cell research, human fetal-tissue research from induced abortions, and the commercial use or sale of fetal parts from induced abortions.

1.5 We firmly believe in the institution of marriage as constituting the union of one man and one woman and vigorously oppose any efforts to redefine it.

1.6 We support adoption by married couples consisting of one man and one woman to benefit the child.

1.7 We do not recognize the right to “identify” as a race or gender that contradicts one’s genetic makeup.

Economy, Labor & Business

The key to prosperity is a legitimate return on an individual’s labor, talent, capital and risk. We believe wages should be negotiated between the employer and employee. We endorse the “right to work” laws. We oppose the “Davis-Bacon Act “, and any attempt to adopt a similar Iowa law. We believe in free trade and the free market place.

2.1 We believe that a limited government allows free enterprise to thrive and ensures a healthy republic with opportunities for long term economic growth and prosperity and allows the free market to determine who succeeds. We oppose taxpayer-funded subsidies for the private sector.

2.2 We call on the government and the electrical industry to look at effective ways we can protect our electrical grid against foreign and domestic attacks as well as natural disasters.

2.3 We believe trade treaties require Congressional approval.

2.4 We believe the exchange of any information on any media (TV, radio, internet, telephone, etc.) is a right protected by our Constitution.

Agriculture

American farmers produce the most bountiful, affordable, and safest food in the world. American agriculture leads the way in developing innovative production practices that meet the demand of a growing world population. We call on our Republican leadership to continue efforts to limit government intervention in American agriculture.

3.1 We believe in long-range agricultural policies to foster new and expanding domestic and international markets through the use of private market systems other than the World Trade Organization. This includes free and fair trade and the removal of unfair barriers to American exports.

3.2 We encourage honest voluntary labeling of food, including such labels as country of origin, genetically modified, and cultural practices used in food production.  We expect imported food to be held to our high safety and quality standards.

3.3 We support effective enforcement of antitrust laws and the Packers and Stockyard Act of 1921 to prevent commodity market price manipulation and to protect the integrity of the commodity market price discovery process.

Natural Resources and Environment

Property ownership is a fundamental right in this nation. With that right comes the responsibility to be good stewards of natural resources and the environment. We believe that a combination of self-interest, the free market, and social pressure is sufficient motivation for voluntary environmental stewardship.

4.1 We oppose any Federal limits placed on personal use of private property, except in rare cases of gross lack of stewardship.

4.2 We oppose Waters of the United States, (WOTUS), an overreaching Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule designed to unconstitutionally regulate private property.

4.3 We oppose “Cap and Trade,” “Kyoto Protocols,” and all other United Nations mandates which are detrimental to the economic well-being of the United States.

4.4 The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) should be required to obtain warrants prior to any searches and seizures.

4.5 We believe in the preservation of our National Parks.  Public use should be encouraged and available.  More local control of the parks would be beneficial when facing government shut downs or budget cuts.

4.6 We support hunting and trapping of wild game.

4.7 We support construction of a crude oil pipeline from North Dakota oil fields to refineries. All efforts to protect private property rights must be pursued.

Transportation

Funding from federal, state, county and city governments builds and maintains Iowa’s roads and bridges, with the Federal Highway Trust Fund highway account and the Iowa Road Use Tax Fund (RUTF) representing two major sources. We ask that no more is spent than received, with focus on building and maintaining our roads and bridges.

5.1 We urge Congress to obligate no more dollars from the Federal Highway Trust Fund than they receive to end the need to transfer from the general fund to backfill shortages.

5.2 Interpretation of the RUTF has allowed the moneys in the Fund to be broadly and flexibly spent for a variety of highway-related purposes. We urge the state to return to strict interpretation of Article VII, Section 8 of the Iowa Constitution.

Education

A country’s strength is dependent on a well educated citizenry. Effective education is dependent on responsible parents who are a child’s first and most enduring teachers. These parents can best make decisions for their child which mandates a system that facilitates local control.

6.1 We support abolishing the Federal Department of Education (ED). Since the formation of the Federal Department of Education, student academic performance has continuously declined while costs have increased, making it difficult to justify its existence.

6.2 We urge that the religious foundation expressed in the Declaration of Independence, the importance of moral and religious education expressed in the Northwest Ordinance of 1787, and the writings of our Founding Fathers concerning religion and moral values be a significant part of the education of our youth.

6.3 Student evaluations should be used to directly improve that student’s performance.

6.4 Data collection should be at local discretion and used for immediate learning.

6.5 Iowa’s equalization funding formula for public education should be continuously monitored to meet its intended purposes.

6.6 School choice can be made more accessible by using a voucher system.

6.7 Common Core curriculum and assessments should be abandoned in favor of local design.

Health Care

We believe that health care should be a private relationship between a physician/health care provider and the patient. Eliminating third party payers will restore that private relationship and reduce cost.

7.1 We believe that health care solutions are best selected by the individual in relationship with their care provider and that free enterprise is best suited to meet the health care needs of the American people.

7.2 We believe a patient should be able to freely select their health care provider.

7.3 We believe government should not regulate end of life decisions.

7.4 We support legislation to reclassify Cannabis oils to Schedule 2 to allow research to determine the safety and efficacy as a treatment option.

7.5 We support the use of non-embryonic stem cell research to advance medical interventions.

7.6 We support systemic reassessment of long term care facilities to identify better options for caring for individuals with chronic mental or behavioral impairments.

7.7 We support health care tort reform.

7.8 We support full repeal of the Affordable Care Act and returning health care to free market principles.

Taxes and Spending

When government spends more than it collects, the government runs a deficit, which increases the debt. Debt undermines economic growth and stability and the burden is shifted to future generations. The goals of tax reform should be simplification, transparency, and increased economic growth.

8.1 We urge that budget surplus, at all levels of government, be used to reduce debt, not increase spending, and that government shall not budget revenue for the next fiscal year in excess of the revenue from the current year.

8.2 We believe the purpose of taxation is to fund the constitutionally mandated functions of government, not to redistribute wealth.

8.3 We believe all tax codes should be reformed to make them simple and fair.

8.4 We believe that the work that the government performs should be transparent and accountable to the citizens. Any entity using public funding should be held to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and be subject to audit.

8.5 We call for an audit of the Federal Reserve, the central banking system created by Congress, to assure they are carrying out their responsibilities in a fair and public way.

8.6 We call for our Government to cut spending, end deficits, and begin paying down our debt.

Law Enforcement

We are Republicans because we believe that justice is the fabric of a free society and that law enforcement is an integral part of justice. Domestic tranquility is achieved through just laws which are based on the Constitution and reasonably enforced. We believe that security of all citizens is a function of government and that secure borders are necessary for a sovereign nation.

9.1 We demand the elimination of gun free zones.

9.2 We request state concealed carry law reciprocity from state to state.

9.3 We demand an end to warrantless domestic surveillance programs aimed at citizens.

9.4 We insist that our elected leaders take action to secure national borders and enforce immigration laws.

9.5 We support the Iowa Constitution and the U.S. Constitution with all of its amendments being our law. We are opposed to any treaties that usurp our laws.

9.6 We support the enforcement of laws as they have been enacted by all levels of government, from local to federal.

9.7 We support all laws that protect individual rights as defined by the Constitution.

9.8 We support law enforcement “take-home” vehicles in Scott County for faster response times in emergency situations.

National Defense and Foreign Policy

The U.S. Constitution empowers the Federal Government to maintain an adequate military force to secure the border of the United States and to carry out our nation’s foreign policies. We recognize the need to ensure that our government exercises this power with wisdom and restraint, not rushing to conflict or using war for political or economic gain, so that our enemies fear us not because we are powerful, but because we are just.

10.1 We believe a national strategy should exist to combat all forms of terrorism against the United States and our allies while preserving the rights and liberties of citizens.

10.2 We must maintain an industrial base and military force within the United States which is capable of supporting our national defense, sovereignty, and global interests. Military force structure including active, reserve, and National Guard should be determined by current threat assessment and not political favor.

10.3 All commitments made by the U.S. Government to members of the Armed Forces should be kept, including compensation and benefits paid during service and those promised upon disability, retirement or death.

10.4 We believe that the Federal Government should end foreign aid until it can balance the federal budget. We should not borrow money in order to give it away as foreign aid.

10.5 We support Israel as our ally.

Government

We were founded as a Christian nation. The Declaration of Independence is the Founding Document of The United States of America. The Constitution of the United States of America is the Supreme Law of the Land. Our laws originally were based on Judeo-Christian values & principles found in the Bible. The Federalist Papers explain the meaning of the Constitution at the time it was signed. The Bill of Rights lists specific rights of citizens which are not to be abridged.

11.1 We believe in Constitutionally-limited government.

11.2 Bureaucratic regulations by unelected employees should not violate the Constitution.

11.3 We believe private property rights are an extension of unalienable rights of individual citizens and are protected by the Constitution.

11.4 We are opposed to Agenda 21 and its “2030” expansion.

11.5 We believe our courts should interpret the Constitution as the States understood it to mean during the ratification process.

11.6 We believe that no other considerations, foreign or religious, should supersede the United States Constitution.

11.7 We believe judges should uphold their oaths of office to adhere to the Constitution or be removed from office.

11.8 We believe treaties, laws, regulations, policies, executive orders or Supreme Court decisions which abolish, restrict or limit rights protected by the Constitution are unconstitutional and must be repealed.

11.9 We believe that respectful religious interaction of citizens in the public square, Chaplains when on or off duty, military personnel in social situations, and teachers or students in school settings are protected by the First Amendment.

11.10 We oppose sanctuary cities.

11.11 Congress must not exempt themselves from laws that apply to all citizens.

11.12 It is the responsibility of members of Congress to study all bills before casting their votes. Legislation should be single issue, clear, concise and brief enough to allow careful evaluation before a vote is called.

11.13 We believe the discussion of term limits for Senators and Representatives should be initiated.

11.14 We believe that annual budgets should be submitted and should be balanced.

11.15 Line item veto should be an option.

11.16 We believe English should be the official language of government.

11.17 The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) should not single out any organization for any political reason.

11.18 We call for the end of abuse of Social Security Disability and return to its original intent.

11.19 Entitlements are not a right. Recipients of Welfare, Food Stamps, and Medicaid should be drug tested.

11.20 We oppose Scott County’s Sustainability Plan and demand its repeal.

11.21 We support the 2nd Amendment, a right to own firearms, for any lawful purpose.

Republican Party

We are Republicans because:

  • we believe in the pride of our country, the support of our military, defending of personal freedoms, sanctity of life, and never having to apologize to other countries or cultures for being an American.
  • we believe the proper role of government is to provide for the people only critical functions that cannot be performed by localities or private organizations. The best government is one that governs least.
  • we believe the most effective, responsible, and responsive government is the government closest to the people.
  • we believe in equal rights, equal justice, and equal opportunity for all, regardless of race, creed, sex, age, or disability.
  • we believe the government must practice fiscal responsibility and allow individuals to keep more of their own money.

“A government big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take away everything you have.” -Thomas Jefferson

12.1 We urge the Republican Party to recruit and support candidates who stand for lower taxes, smaller government, the elimination of waste and fraud, and who value individual responsibility.

12.2 We encourage party leadership and candidates to conduct themselves and any political campaigns in a positive and truthful manner.

12.3 We recognize and value the work of the Iowa Federation of Republican Women, the College Republicans, and the Iowa Young Republican Federation.

12.4 We support efforts to reach out to and educate traditionally non-Republican demographics about the principles of the Republican Party.

12.5 We encourage the use of new technologies to better inform the electorate and assist voter turnout.

12.6 We propose efforts to ensure the values of the middle class are protected and not dissolved through socialist legislation, but empowered by free market principles.

12.7 The purpose of the party platform is to represent current issues and cite our core beliefs in an effort to recruit republican voters and give guidance to our party leadership, our candidates and our elected officials.

12.8 We propose the platform be honored and implemented by the Republican Party of Iowa (RPI) and Republican National Committee (RNC).

Junior Delegate Planks

13.1 We believe in a smaller government.

13.2 Repeal Common Core

13.3 We believe we should have stronger borders and a strong military.

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