Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.
Originally, most people in the U.S. identified the Republican Party during the late 1800s by its opposition to slavery. Over time, other fundamental beliefs united people together under the Republican banner, such as a smaller non-intrusive Federal government and low taxes. In a nutshell, they were people who just wanted to be left alone. The Federal government was there to handle Constitutional matters beyond the capacity of the individual states, such as maintaining our national defense, printing money, and guaranteeing and safeguarding the liberties and freedoms of the citizens.
During the 20th century, as the role and scope of the Federal government increased and got involved in more social, economic and domestic issues, particularly on a local level, the makeup and belief systems of the political parties also changed and started to take shape. Republicans believe in the individual, as envisioned by our Founders, rather than Groupthink, whereby, identify politics or a "one size fits all" ideology is expected of our members. We represent a cross-section of people, from various social, economic and demographic backgrounds.
While no one comprehensive set of beliefs or ideology can describe people who identify as Republicans, we generally tend to be people who proscribe to a more traditional role of government. Like people of days gone by, they too want less government in their lives, and would prefer that most issues be left with the People, or with the States, as it was originally intended.
Modern conservatism allows room for robust opinions and debates on a variety of issues such as free market capitalism and free enterprise, Constitutionally limited government, a strong national defense, deregulation, less taxes, sound fiscal policy, human and personal rights, conservation and a value system rooted in a Judeo-Christian foundation.
While certainly not universally applicable nor interpreted the same by every person who identifies as a Republican, Haley Barbour is often cited as defining what it means to be a Republican, by calling attention to a number of these issues and beliefs.
The actual Platform is established by the Republican National Committee, and is the basis for political candidates on the National level.
The Republican Party's legacy -- we were originally founded in 1854 for the purpose of ending slavery -- compels us to patriotically defend America's values. As the left attempts to destroy what makes America great, the Republican Party is standing in the breach to defend our nation and way of life
In 2020, the Republican National Committee adopted the following resolution regarding the REPUBLICAN PARTY PLATFORM.
WHEREAS, The Republican National Committee (RNC) has significantly scaled back the size and scope of the 2020 Republican National Convention in Charlotte due to strict restrictions on gatherings and meetings, and out of concern for the safety of convention attendees and our hosts;
WHEREAS, The RNC has unanimously voted to forego the Convention Committee on Platform, in appreciation of the fact that it did not want a small contingent of delegates formulating a new platform without the breadth of perspectives within the ever-growing Republican movement;
WHEREAS, All platforms are snapshots of the historical contexts in which they are born, and parties abide by their policy priorities, rather than their political rhetoric;
WHEREAS, The RNC, had the Platform Committee been able to convene in 2020, would have undoubtedly unanimously agreed to reassert the Party’s strong support for President Donald Trump and his Administration;
WHEREAS, The media has outrageously misrepresented the implications of the RNC not adopting a new platform in 2020 and continues to engage in misleading advocacy for the failed policies of the Obama-Biden Administration, rather than providing the public with unbiased reporting of facts; and
WHEREAS, The RNC enthusiastically supports President Trump and continues to reject the policy positions of the Obama-Biden Administration, as well as those espoused by the Democratic National Committee today; therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That the Republican Party has and will continue to enthusiastically support the President’s America-first agenda;
RESOLVED, That the 2020 Republican National Convention will adjourn without adopting a new platform until the 2024 Republican National Convention;
RESOLVED, That the 2020 Republican National Convention calls on the media to engage in accurate and unbiased reporting, especially as it relates to the strong support of the RNC for President Trump and his Administration; and
RESOLVED, That any motion to amend the 2016 Platform or to adopt a new platform, including any motion to suspend the procedures that will allow doing so, will be ruled out of order.
The 2016 platform is many things: A handbook for returning decision-making to the people. A guide to the constitutional rights of every American. And a manual for the kind of sustained growth that will bring opportunity to all those on the sidelines of our society. View and Download a copy below.
The Table of Contents outlines the major themes of the 2016 Republican Platform, as follows: