What do Republicans believe?
The Montana Republican Party subscribes to a set of principles that transcend specific policy issues while guiding the positions the Party takes on those issues. These principles derive directly from the wisdom of America’s Founders, as expressed in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America.
Republicans believe “these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, among which are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.”
Republicans believe that to secure these God-given rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.
Republicans believe that the Constitution of the United States of America is a unique and binding compact, which defines a republican form of government designed to protect the rights of citizens by limiting the power of their government.
Republicans believe that the Constitution is as relevant today as it was on the day it was ratified. It is not an evolving, ever-changing document.
Republicans believe that centralization of political power invites the replacement of the rule of law by the rule of men and thus enables the rise of totalitarianism.
Republicans believe that each level of government should continuously strive to limit the scope of its own activity and to avoid infringing upon the lawful activities of free citizens.
Republicans believe in the dignity of each individual person and in promoting opportunities for all.
Republicans believe that a robust civil society—traditional families, churches, and various voluntary associations of free citizens—is essential for sustaining self-government.
Republicans believe that in the absence of free markets and secure property rights, personal and political freedom cannot long flourish.
Republicans believe in the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death, and that only parents have the right to direct all reproductive decisions for their minor children.