Protect Families by Learning about your Political System

Protect Families by Learning about your Political System

familiesBy Erin West

Since registering to vote in the United States I have been unaffiliated with any party.  The two major political parties in the US, democratic & republican, dominate most of the scene, particularly in recent days over the contentious debates and elections as it is determined who will represent their party in the upcoming presidential elections.  In my desire to be involved I’ve been studying the various political parties and was impressed when I came across the mission statement for the Republican party from my own state.

Whatever your party or political persuasion, I would encourage you to study some of these goals and determine how they can be implemented in your life, your community and your local government.

The Preamble states: “We, the Republican Party of the Great State of Utah, affirm our belief in God and declare our support for government based upon a moral and spiritual foundation. We affirm freedom for every individual as expressed in the Declaration of Independence and protected by the Constitution. We believe that citizens’ needs are best met through free enterprise, private initiative, and volunteerism. We support the “Rule of Law” and believe in upholding the law of the land.”

Regarding the proper role of government they affirm, “We believe government properly exists by the consent of the governed and must be restrained from intruding into the freedoms of its citizens. The function of government is not to grant rights, but to protect the unalienable, God-given rights of life, liberty, property, and the pursuit of happiness.”

Regarding states’ rights: “We oppose congressional, judicial, and executive abrogation of the principle that the powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people. We oppose unreasonable and intrusive federal mandates.”

Supporting “Family” and “Life”

And this strong language regarding family values and right-to-life issues: “We recognize the traditional family as the fundamental unit of society. We affirm that parents have the fundamental right and primary responsibility to direct the upbringing of their children and to provide nurturing care, discipline and training in moral values.  We believe in the right to life for both the born and unborn. We strongly oppose abortion, except to preserve the life of the mother or in cases of rape or incest. We believe the unborn child has a fundamental right to life which cannot be infringed. We believe all human life is sacred regardless of age or infirmity, and therefore we oppose abortion, euthanasia, assisted suicide, and the public funding of any of these abhorrent practices.”

There are several paragraphs clarifying the stance taken toward education, taxation, immigration, environment, equal rights, freedom of religion, state sovereignty, and more.  At this point I am still unaffiliated and I am not encouraging any one political philosophy over another.  Simply that this mission statement was well-written, well-organized, and thoughtfully prepared.  I would encourage serious personal reflection upon these and other important topics in your communities.  Take those ideas to those in your local cities or counties.  Are they voting according to your conscience?  Are the values that you uphold being represented in writing as well as in action?  How can you ensure the direction of your city, your country, is moving forward in a positive way, one that will be a stronghold for future generations?  My only plea: get involved, get involved, get involved.  If you don’t, someone with different values, different goals, WILL get involved and you’ll be taken along on the ride, whether you want to or not.

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