2014 Republican Platform
Statement of Principles
We, the duly elected delegates of the Republican Party of New Hampshire, in convention assembled, in discharge of the duty we owe to our constituents and our state, unite in the following Platform of Republican Principles:
We, the people of the New Hampshire Republican Party, do stand united in our dedication to preserving freedom, limited government and unlimited opportunity for all.
We believe, above all else, in the founding principle that all people are created equal, endowed by our Creator with the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, unimpeded by intrusive government regulation and control.
We believe that the New Hampshire and United States Constitutions were written by our forefathers to limit our government, not our freedom.
We believe that individual liberty is guaranteed under the Constitutions of the United States and New Hampshire, that the liberty of the people must be protected above the power of the government, and that it is only through an adherence to our founding documents that we will continue to grow as a free, Constitutional Republic.
We believe that the Founding Fathers gave the 1st Amendment its pre-eminent position with intent that religious freedom deserves to be protected.
We believe that the 2nd Amendment is in a position of prominence with the intent that law-abiding citizens of the United States of America have a right to protect and defend their lives, their families and their property without government infringement.
We believe in free people, free markets and free enterprise.
We believe that happiness and success are the result of individual effort, hard work and dedication to a purpose.
We believe that economies flourish when all people retain as much of their hard earned income as possible, to spend and invest as they see fit.
We believe that low taxes are the result of low spending; that government has a moral obligation to the people to be as cost effective as possible, to always limit spending and growth of government, and to cut spending and cost of government at every possible turn.
We believe that a strong national defense is necessary to preserve freedom and opportunity in America, and we believe that secure national borders are an integral part of a strong national defense.
We believe that freedom can exist only in a nation that is willing to defend it. The utmost honor must be bestowed upon those who are willing to serve and sacrifice in the United States Military. Let us never forget those whose greatest sacrifice has protected a free and strong America for all.
We believe that life is sacred, from conception to natural death and that we cannot diminish the value of one category of human life without diminishing the value of all human life.
We believe that traditional families are the foundation of strong communities, and that family life best nurtures love of country, faith in God, morality and concern for others.
We believe that we the people are strongest when we stand together, that it is our responsibility to hold government accountable and that it is through the integrity of the ballot box that we do so.
We believe that every child is filled with potential and is unique in their own right; as such we believe there is no one-size-fits-all education solution; we support expanded education choices, including but not limited to: education tax credits, charter schools, and home schooling. We believe in local educational control, beginning with parents, teachers and principals.
We believe as the New Hampshire Constitution states, that acquiring, possessing and protecting property is a natural, essential and inherent right.
We believe that New Hampshire, with her rock-solid values and proud history of political activism, must preserve her First In The Nation Primary position.
We believe that the history of the Republican Party is a story of strength, courage and patriotism; our party was founded in the fight to end the despicable practice of slavery, it was the Republican Party that fought for the right of all women to vote, it was Republicans in Congress who fought to overcome the southern Democrats’ resistance to pass civil rights legislation and it is Republican values that will lead our nation forward in freedom and opportunity for all.
We, the people of the New Hampshire Republican Party, pledge to our neighbors across our great, beautiful and proud state, that we remain dedicated to maintaining a limited, affordable government, to lead with integrity, character and compassion, and to forever defend the freedom that has made the United States of America a beacon of hope for all people.
“That the history of the nation during the last (six) years has fully established the propriety and necessity of the organization and perpetuation of the Republican Party, and that the causes that called it into existence are permanent in their nature, and now, more than ever before, demand its peaceful and constitutional triumph…
That the present Democratic Administration has far exceeded our worst apprehensions in its measureless subserviency to the exactions of (special) interests…and in its general and unvarying abuse of the power intrusted to it by a confiding people…
That the people justly view with alarm the reckless extravagance which pervades every department of the Federal Government; that a return to rigid economy and accountability is indispensable to arrest the systematic plunder of the public treasury by favored partisans…(and)
Finally, having thus set forth our distinctive principals and views, we invite the co-operation of all citizens, however differing on other questions, who substantially agree with us in their affirmance and support.” – Republican Platform, 1860
Application of Principles
Jobs and the Economy
Improving New Hampshire's Business Climate
Remove barriers to business formation and encourage small businesses
Minimize business regulations, permits, licenses and paperwork
Keep state government lean to allow lower business taxes
Foster an attitude of assistance and cooperation with business and increase responsiveness
Prefer incentives to penalties and issue warnings before fines
Work with municipalities to streamline planning and zoning barriers to business
Support the development of a robust telecommunications and technology infrastructure throughout New Hampshire
Support cost-efficient means to protect, develop and market agricultural, forest and high value natural resource products
New Hampshire's Work Force
Uphold the right to join or avoid labor unions without coercion or intimidation; support "right to work" legislation
Support legislation to allow workers to decide the allocation of the portion of their union dues used for political purposes
Support the concept of “merit pay”
Taxes and Spending
Low Taxes are the Result of Low Spending
Strongly oppose new taxes and fees, including an income, sales and capital gains tax dd>Cut or eliminate taxes which inhibit enterprise, earnings and savings and investment, such as the Interest and Dividends Tax and the Business Enterprise/Business Profits Tax
Limit the growth of state spending to not more than the rate of inflation plus population growth
Require super-majorities to raise taxes
Oppose “downshifting” of costs and regulatory enforcement from state to local government
Maintain local control of spending and taxes designed to support local services
Work to reduce energy costs and remove New Hampshire from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative
Reject expanded casino and video lottery gambling as a means to balance the budget or increase spending
Justify expenditures against measurable benefits
Prioritize programs to ensure effective spending
Reward employees who save money and/or exceed their goals
Sunset programs and regulations to force periodic reevaluation
Privatize programs and functions that can be handled more effectively by the private sector
Ensure that public employee benefits are similar to and do not exceed those of the private sector
Support the concept of a people's veto
Expand openness and transparency to employment, expenditures and all recipients of taxpayers’ funds
Protect the privacy of individuals from government agencies and employees who abuse their power and position
Support the repeal of Obamacare and oppose its implementation in New Hampshire
Allow free market driven health care plans and “ala carte” insurance plans free from government mandates
Allow the purchase of insurance plans across state lines
Allow for “portability” of health care plans
Increase the use of market forces to improve health care and lower costs
Improve access to the information necessary to make informed health care decisions, including information about the quality and cost of services provided by physicians, hospitals and insurers
Allow free market driven health care plans and “ala carte” insurance plans free from government mandates. Allow purchase of insurance plans across state lines
Support the moral and ethical right of informed consent with regard to all medical treatment and intervention
Provide for the special needs of seniors, including opportunities for personalized home health care and less expensive alternatives to hospital stays and prescription medication
Respect New Hampshire’s honored veterans by ensuring that they receive the benefits they have rightfully earned and deserve, particularly by combating homelessness and making all medical facilities available to qualified veterans
Excellence in Education
Do not interfere with parents' right to control the education of their children
Encourage school choice and competition and allow all parents to choose the best public, private, charter or home school program for their children
Make school education tax credits available to enable school choice
Repeal the so called “Blaine Amendment” to end discrimination against religious schools
Support increased use of market forces to provide and improve education
Local Control and Funding of Public Schools
Promote local control of education policy and funding in order to create the best-managed school systems
Amend the Constitution to overturn the poorly decided Claremont rulings and return educational funding and policy to the people at the local level
Remove mandates, particularly unfunded mandates, as a condition for receiving state or federal aid
Emphasize academic achievement
Emphasize marketable skills at the high school and post-secondary levels
Support innovative measures to reduce tuition costs and increase national competitiveness
Promote personal responsibility and consequences for one’s actions
Implement the nation's highest competency and accountability standards for our teachers and students; empower teachers to maintain orderly, disciplined classrooms
Eliminate tenure and institute merit pay
Reform the teacher certification process to include participation by individuals outside the standard education paradigm whose experiences will elevate appreciation for knowledge in the classroom
Enable and encourage a momentary silent prayer or reflective silence in the classroom along with the Pledge of Allegiance at the start of each school day
Support the pre-born child's fundamental right to life and personhood under the Fourteenth Amendment, and implement all Constitutional and legal protections
Encourage individuals and organizations who provide alternatives to abortion by meeting the needs of mothers through adoption, support, counseling and educational services
Require parental consent for minors seeking abortions, ban the use of public resources to fund or promote abortion, support the unity of the family and the sanctity of innocent life, and support similar efforts at the federal level
Recognize marriage as the legal and sacred union between one man and one woman as ordained by God, encouraged by the State, and traditional to humankind, and the core of the Family
Maintain the fundamental role and responsibility of both parents in the care, upbringing and discipline of their children
Oppose euthanasia and physician assisted suicide
Support a Life at Conception Act guaranteeing the protections of Life and Personhood to the pre-born under the Fourteenth Amendment of the US Constitution
Law And Order
Protect the rights of law-abiding individuals to own and carry firearms to defend themselves, their families and their property; oppose any taxation, licensing restrictions, or registration of firearms; oppose the requirement to obtain a license to carry a concealed firearm; oppose any "assault weapons" ban; support the universal right of self defense wherever one has a legal right to be
Ensure due process rights of those accused of child abuse or neglect
Establish strict laws against sexual predators including life incarceration as appropriate
Strengthen prosecution and fair enforcement of death penalty laws
Prosecute violations of election law and ensure voting is done by New Hampshire resident citizens only; to prevent voter fraud we support the requirement to produce positive identification upon both registering and voting
Demand the appointment of judges who recognize their proper and limited interpretive role, relying only on the original intent of the federal and state constitutions
Implement reasonable and periodic oversight of judicial officers, including term limitations
Support the constitutional right of citizens to petition the general court for redress of grievances
Support the people’s oversight of the Judiciary through their elected Legislature
Recognize that private property owners are the most effective land stewards and have a fundamental right to freely use and enjoy their property
Promote conservation of open space, sensitive ecosystems, wildlife, scenic vistas, historic and cultural landscapes, and especially New Hampshire’s state historic sites
Require that all energy and infrastructure projects constructed within New Hampshire be constructed in a manner which does not negatively affect New Hampshire’s natural beauty and personal property values
Encourage landowners to keep their property open and accessible to responsible recreation
Provide public access to all public lands and great ponds, subject to adequate protection for indigenous plants and animals
Encourage private development of a balanced, safe and environmentally sensitive transportation system to provide greater commuter and commercial access to and within our state
Improve highways and reduce traffic congestion to increase access to recreation and tourism in rural areas
Demand the enforcement of national border security and immigration laws
Oppose any form of amnesty for illegal aliens
Define trespass to include illegal presence in New Hampshire
Oppose federal programs that contradict the ninth or tenth amendment to the US Constitution; these amendments reserve unenumerated rights and powers to the states and the people
Oppose any federal mandates or guidelines for education
Support efforts to hold the federal government to the same standard against unfunded mandates as we do our state government under the New Hampshire Constitution
Oppose laws and programs contrary to our founding principles such as the International Baccalaureate Program, UN Agenda 21 or other “sustainable development” programs
Take any and all actions possible to protect against the implementation of any part of Sharia law in New Hampshire, including legislation outlawing Sharia law
The delegates of the New Hampshire Republican Party, in convention assembled, in Hooksett, NH, on September 20, 2014, pursuant to RSA 667: 21 I, do hereby adopt the foregoing Platform of Republican Principles.
May God forever bless the United States of America and the great State of New Hampshire.