New Republican

What We Believe

 

  1. We believe in freedom.
  2. We believe in the Constitution.
  3. We believe freedom incentivizes ordinary people to do extraordinary things and that makes America an exceptional nation.
  4. We believe in freedom nationally and values locally.
  5. We don’t believe old, top-down, industrial-age government becomes a good idea just because it agrees with us or because we are running it.
  6. We believe that when we allow big-government to enforce our values, we legitimize it to enforce other values, as well.
  7. We believe in natural and organic ways of addressing social challenges, not political and artificial controls directed by Washington.
  8. We believe in open systems that allow a diversity of choice, not closed systems that limit people’s choices to those favored by the public sector elite.
  9. We don’t believe in a closed or limited economy where politicians artificially limit our choices.
  10. We believe in an open school system, an open energy system, an open health care system, and an open economy.
  11. We don’t believe in zoned or closed systems that limit our choices to those selected for us by the political elite.
  12. We believe Washington should stay out of our wallets, and out of our bedrooms.
  13. We are not anti-government. We believe in a well-ordered and well-governed society.  We venerate our institutions, and want our trains to run on time. However, we do not think a distant, ever-expanding, public sector is the only tool in our governing toolbox.
  14. We believe we can govern ourselves, and solve social problems beyond the limited abilities of the old-fashioned, command-and-control, public sector.
  15. We believe in reform.  We believe in shrinking and updating our old, public sector of government.
  16. We believe in expanding how we govern ourselves through other mediating institutions, including our churches, businesses, communities, families, and charities.
  17. We believe governing ourselves is too important to be left to others.  We believe in governing ourselves.
  18. We believe solving problems closer to home should always be our first, not last, option. We believe hiring others, far away, is the last and least effective way to meet our social responsibilities to others.
  19. We believe in the principle of subsidiarity.  We believe matters ought to be handled by the smallest, lowest, or least centralized authority capable of addressing them.
  20. We believe that new, communications-age, bottom-up solutions are preferable to old, industrial age, top-down solutions.
  21. We don’t believe that New Republicans have to agree on everything.
  22. We eschew political correctness; we embrace honest dialogue, and direct language.
  23. We do not believe in compromise for its own sake.  It is a means not an end.  We are ready to compromise to advance freedom, and resist compromise when it erodes the foundation of our nation.
  24. We do not believe security means freezing the present in amber, and preventing disruptive change.
  25. We believe government should paint the lines on the side of the road, but not so wide that it clogs our ability to move forward.
  26. We believe, as did Benjamin Franklin, that the man who trades freedom for security will not deserve or have either.
  27. We believe the public sector part of our government in Washington has become a device that allows all of us take more of each others money than any of us have.  We believe the need to discipline and shrink Washington is urgent.
  28. We believe it is profoundly immoral and uncaring to time-travel into the future and steal our own children’s money.  We believe in leaving the next generation opportunity, not debt.
  29. We believe what is written on the Statue of Liberty. We believe we are and must remain a country of immigrants. We believe we must be both a country that expands legal immigration, meeting immigrants with open and welcoming arms, and a country that believes in strong, secure borders.  We believe in expanding an open and inclusive system of legal immigration.
  30. We believe in bottom-up, not top-down, Washington solutions to our immigration challenges.
  31. We believe states should have more power to evaluate their needs for immigrants and guest workers, and face the political and economic consequences when businesses relocate where they can find workers.
  32. We believe states should have greater latitude in setting their own immigration policies, including more compassionate and employer-friendly guest worker programs, and a path to legalization for unauthorized immigrants.
  33. We believe in natural and organic economic growth:  We believe in planting the seeds of growth in the fertile soil of your economy, where you live, work, invest, and dream, not in the barren concrete of Washington.
  34. We believe it lessens us to hire others to do our caring for us.  We believe in bottom-up, person-to-person caring, not top-down, factory-like, machine-like “compassion.”
  35. We believe capitalism is intrinsically compassionate, and has produced the greatest good for the most people of any economic system in the history of man.
  36. We believe that when we hire social mercenaries to take care of those in need, we distance ourselves from our responsibilities as human beings and become less than our best selves.
  37. We believe America should be colorblind.
  38. We believe identity politics is corrosive to the great American melting pot, and we reject it. We believe in treating all people as individuals rather than as members of special interest groups.
  39. We believe we are Republican for Everybody, and Republicans Everywhere.  We believe our principles are an indispensable force for good, needed now to alleviate poverty, misery, dependency, and family breakdown destroying American lives in our inner cities.
  40. We believe we have a moral obligation to campaign for our solutions in the most benighted parts of America, from the barrio to the inner city.
  41. We believe that American strength is not a luxury we can discard, but a responsibility we must uphold.  American strength is the glue that unites freedom-loving nations, and ensures the survival and success of the civilized world.
  42. We don’t believe in doing brain surgery with hammers.  We believe the big, clumsy, one-size fits all public sector institutions of the industrial age are primitive and inadequate for the challenges of the new, fast-moving world of the communications age.
  43. We believe Washington is locked into a view of the world that is out of date, and incapable of adaptation. We believe the old top-down Washington way of governing is archaic.  Washington is now governing us with ideas and institutions that were designed for a world several centuries behind us.
  44. We believe the public sector is not the only path to order.  Instead, we believe in natural, emergent order.
  45. We believe in organizing society in harmony, with the laws of complexity that spontaneously generate much of the order of the natural world.
  46. We believe that freedom is still a new, revolutionary idea, not an establishment idea.  We believe it leads to a new way of thinking about the world, how we create the future, and how we organize and manage our society, economy, and culture.
  47. We do not believe in the old, elite, top-down, factory approach to solving our problems.  We believe in a more modern, bottom-up, people-centered, communications age approach.
  48. We believe in offering people economic choices, not monopolies, whether run by big government or big business.
  49. We believe we should not be the party of “big.”  We are not the party of big business, big banks, big Wall Street bailouts, big corporate loopholes, or big anything.
  50. We are a populist party that shows all Americans how they can thrive.
  51. We believe in ending corporate welfare.
  52. We believe big business sends lobbyists to Washington for the same reason Willie Sutton robbed banks:  That’s where the money is.  We believe the Democratic Party’s constant expansion of big, top-down government in Washington betrays the interest of working Americans and has turned Washington into a financial playground for the big-business elite.
  53. We believe aggregate inputs and outputs of outdated Keynesian economics ignore the elegance, subtlety, and adaptability of human interactions.  We demand more of government than cold calculations that treat human beings like cogs and gears.
  54. We don’t believe that the public sector, an old industrial-age, Newtonian construction, has a monopoly on solving society’s problems. We believe old, one-size-fits-all thinking is naïve, soul-crushing, and unsophisticated.
  55. We believe, like Hayek, that “If man is not to do more harm than good in his efforts to improve the social order, he will have to learn that in this, as in all other fields where essential complexity of an organized kind prevails, he cannot acquire the full knowledge which would make mastery of the events possible.”
  56. We believe we are organic Republicans.  We believe, like Hayek, that politicians should not try to bend society and history as “the craftsman shapes his handiwork, but rather to cultivate growth by providing the appropriate environment, in the manner a gardener does for his plants.”
  57. We believe, like Stuart Kauffman, that “the very laws of complexity… suggest that democracy has evolved as perhaps the optimal mechanism to achieve the best attainable compromises among conflicting practical, political, and moral interests.”
  58. We believe the old, top-down public sector has had its day, failed in governing, and the vast evidence of its failure still piles up all around us.
  59. We believe today’s big-government doesn’t really govern.  We believe the old, top-down public sector is expensive, powerful and well-intentioned, but it doesn’t govern our schools, our health care, or our finances.  We believe it is time to move beyond the old, top-down approach’s predictable and consistent failures.
  60. We believe it is best to look at our economy as a living system, to be grown bottom-up, naturally and organically; not top-down, politically and artificially from Washington.
  61. We believe, the biggest driver of economic growth in US history is scientific discovery and technological innovation; not old, top-down, government planning.
  62. We believe in creating abundance, not redistributing scarcity.
  63. We believe that though the Democratic Party promises to be the party of “more from government,” they are actually the party of economic contraction, austerity and less from the economy, and inevitably, from a failing and bankrupt government.
  64. We believe that the Republican Party is the party of “more,” the party that creates “more from the economy.”  We believe we are the party, not of the desert, but of the Promised Land.
  65. We believe the communications and information technology revolution is more profound than the industrial revolution.  We believe we are on the verge of a New Global Economic Frontier, a perilous and promising new era that offers unimaginable levels of growth, expansion of global wealth, and undreamed benefits, prosperity and human progress.
  66. We believe it our responsibility to seize this opportunity, win that frontier, and lead our country into a new era of possibility, progress, and prosperity.
  67. We believe life exists when there is change and adaptation. We believe industrial age government is poured cement, the enemy of change and adaptation.  We believe it is the adversary of freedom and life, as well.

 

 

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