*Disclaimer: The article below was written by taking the ideas of the Republican Party Platform1 and do not necessarily reflect the ideas and opinions of the author or the Blue and Gold
In modern day politics, the Republican Party is an umbrella that covers all different types of groups or people with one common interest: to run this country under conservative views. Even though there are nine possible candidates this year for the Republicans, they all share the same party and platform.
If the Republicans win back the White House in 2016, they are going to work towards many things, this includes repealing anything that the Democrats have done in the past eight years if they feel like the policy isn’t benefitting the country. If you go on the Republican website, you will find their party platform for the values that they believe in and stand for. Everything below is a summary of where Republicans as a whole stand on the hottest issues in our country at this moment. It is up to you to decide whether or not you agree with their stances. As you are reading this, don’t link the arguments to the party. Think of them as individual viewpoints as well as whether or not they align with or oppose your personal beliefs and values.
One of the main goals of the Republican Party is to “Restore the American Dream”. Under this plan, taxes will be lowered, small businesses would be benefitted, and the government budget would be balanced. Republicans want economic freedom. They don’t want the government to control how people conduct their business or make their living.
If the Republicans win the presidency, we would also be living under a restoration of a Constitutional Government. This means that the government will live up to the Constitution our Founding Fathers created and all amendments will be honored including the Second Amendment, which states that “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed”.
When it comes to family life and social matters, the Republican party believes in a traditional family, meaning that they believe the union of one man and one woman should be upheld as the national standard. They also want to allow the states to decide on how they want to structure the education curriculum for young students who will be the future of this country.
However, arguably, the most important issue right now that needs to be addressed would be national security. What should we do about ISIS? Should we let more Syrian Refugees into our country? How are we going to vet them? These are the pressing questions that all the candidates are being asked daily. Every candidate differs in their approach to the war in Syria but they all have one thing in common: they want more military power overseas.
This is only a brief summary of the views of the Republican Party’s beliefs. If you want to learn more about their views in more detail, visit the Republican Party’s site and take a look for yourself. Decide whether or not you agree with these ideas. Keep your opinions in mind because next week we’ll be discussing the Democrats!
1 "Republican Party Platform | GOP." 2014. 23 Dec. 2015 <https://www.gop.com/platform/>