Local GOP Platforms Beginning to Focus on Individual Liberty
Barrow County Republican Party Approves New PlatformMembers voted Monday evening to accept a new (and FAR MORE liberty oriented) platform, a formal statement of its basic principles, objectives and positions on major issues- NOTE: ADDITIONS ARE IN BOLD.
Barrow Patch gives you a comparison of the new platform compared to the previous platform. Text in bold indicates changes or additions.
Barrow GOP Platform
Section A. Principles
The Barrow County Republican Party takes the term Republican seriously. A Republic is a society organized based on the rule of law, with all individuals treated equally under the law. Therefore, in simplest terms, the Barrow County Republican Party measures all government action by the following test: Does this action defend the life, liberty and property of the individual?
Section 1. Taxes
The Barrow County Republican Party recognizes that taxes are inevitable if there is government. We believe in fiscally conservative, common sense tax practices and fair taxes such as the fair tax or flat tax. Generally speaking, increasing taxes on Barrow County citizens will be interpreted as an attempt to create bigger government. We expect Barrow County government to be a good steward of the resources of Barrow County citizens.
Section 2. Gun Rights
The individual’s right to defend his life, liberty and property should never be questioned. We cannot disarm criminals by disarming the law-abiding citizen. Because such a plan would only make us easier victims, we oppose and reject any attempt to lessen in any way the right of all law-abiding citizens to own and bear arms as guaranteed in the Bill of Rights. We urge our elected officials to do no less.
Section 3. Criminal Justice
The Barrow County Republican Party believes that making our cities, counties, and state safer places to live requires stronger sentencing, a limitation on plea bargains, and end for paroles for convenience, and a stronger emphasis on the rights of victims.
Section 4. Property Rights
As stated in both the U.S. Constitution and the Georgia State Constitution individuals have the right to private property. The right to keep and own property is sacred, and crucial in a free society. We oppose laws and regulations that limit or restrict the use and transfer of private property.
Section 5. Education
The Barrow County Republican Party recognizes that learning about the principles and foundations of a free society is essential. Therefore, we support quality public education for all our citizens. We encourage the pursuit of academic excellence as the primary goal of our schools. We look forward to the elimination of the Federal Department of Education and removal of federal and state influence in local curricula determination