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What is the REAL Republican Creed? There are At Least Four – No Wonder People are Confused!

When people ask what do Republicans believe in one should need point no further than the Republican Creed for an answer. The problem is, which creed do you refer to? There are at least four! Two are pretty good, the third marginal and the forth should be named the RINO Creed (Republican in Name Only).

Of the four creeds I found, the one I am most familiar with is the Virginia Republican Creed. It is also the one I am most partial towards, but as a Virginian, perhaps my bias is responsible. But what I really like is the succinctness of the Virginia Creed and the fact that it has all of the basic elements that I believe Republicans should strive to follow:

We Believe:

That the free enterprise system is the most productive supplier of human needs and economic justice,

That all individuals are entitled to equal rights, justice, and opportunities and should assume their responsibilities as citizens in a free society,

That fiscal responsibility and budgetary restraints must be exercised at all levels of government,

That the Federal Government must preserve individual liberty by observing Constitutional limitations,

That peace is best preserved through a strong national defense,

That faith in God, as recognized by our Founding Fathers is essential to the
moral fiber of the Nation.

As I said, the Virginia Republican Creed has all of the elements that Republicans embrace – or should embrace: God, Free Enterprise, personal and fiscal responsibility, liberty, constitution and national defense. Eloquent and to the point. Statesman-like.

But I had not realized that Virginia had their own Republican Creed, apart from the rest of the nation. It is posted on the Republican Party of Virginia site and is easy to find.

Some states, including South Carolina, have a different creed, more wordy but no less worthy in message than the Virginia Creed. This creed also seems to be called the American Creed and has been attributed to several people including Thomas Payne and Deal Alfange, as well as “unknown”.

I do not choose to be a common man
It is my right to be uncommon…
If I can. I seek opportunity… Not security.

I do not wish to be a kept citizen,
Humbled and dulled by having the state to dream and build, to
Fail and succeed.

I refuse to barter incentive for a dole.
I prefer the challenges of life to the
Guaranteed existence; the thrill of
Fulfillment to the stale calm of utopia.

I will not trade freedom for beneficence
Nor my dignity for a hand out. I will
Never cower before any master nor bend
to any threat.

It is my heritage to stand erect,
proud, and unafraid; to think and act for
myself; enjoy the benefits of my
creations; and to face the world boldly
and say, “This I have done with my own hand,
I am a man. I am an American.

Not too much to argue with on that one. It says the same thing that the Virginia Republican Creed says, but is less succinct. Patriotic, advocates personal responsibility, not bad at all.

Here is the version that the Republican Party in Idaho (among others) has adopted. Again, not too much to argue with, but not as to the point as Virginia’s or as elaborate as the second creed above.

Idaho Republican Creed:

We believethe strength of our nation lies with our faith and reliance on God our Creator, the individual, and the family; and that each person’s dignity, freedom, ability and responsibility must be honored.

We believethe United States Constitution is the greatest and most inspired document ever devised by Man, and that the republican form of government which it gives us is the best guarantor of freedom in history.

We believein equal rights, equal justice and equal opportunity for all, regardless of race, creed, sex, age or disability.

We believefree enterprise and encouraging individual initiative have brought this Nation opportunity, economic growth and prosperity.

We believegovernment must practice fiscal responsibility, and that taxpayers shall allow the government only the money necessary to provide appropriate functions.

We believethe proper role of government is to provide for the people only those critical functions that cannot be performed by individuals or private organizations.

We believethe most effective, responsible and responsive government is government closest to the people. That government is best that governs least.

We believeAmericans must retain the principles that have made us strong, while developing new and innovative ideas to meet the challenges of changing times.

We believeAmericans value and should preserve our national strength and pride while working to promote peace, freedom and human rights throughout the world.

We believethat the rights of individuals can only be maintained by exercising personal responsibility for behavior.

We believe the Republican Party is the best vehicle for translating these ideals into positive and successful principles of government.

This was most likely the original version, though I am unable to find any proof that this was adopted by the RNC, or just a few state Republican Party groups. I am sure most state Republican committees actually have a creed, but they are not well documented.

But one that is documented is the Republican Party of Maryland. This one should make a conservative’s skin crawl!

Comparing it to the Idaho version, which I assume was the original version that was edited to suit the Maryland RINOs, I have created thisĀ  Strike-through edition so you can easily see what Maryland Republicans found objectionable and struck from the document (noted in red and struck-through like this) and what needed to be added to suit the RINO faction (highlighted with and underlined font like this):

We believe the strength of our nation lies with our faith and reliance on God our Creator, the individual, and the family; and that each person’s dignity, freedom, ability and responsibility must be honored.

We believe the United States Constitution is the greatest and most inspired document ever devised by Man, and that the republican form of government which it gives us is the best guarantor of freedom in history.

We believe in equal rights, equal justice and equal opportunity for all, regardless of race, creed, sex, age or disability.

We believe free enterprise and encouraging individual initiative have brought this Nation opportunity, economic growth and prosperity.

We believe government must practice fiscal responsibility, and that taxpayers shall allow the government only the money necessary to provide appropriate functions.and allow individuals to keep more of the money they earn.

We believe the proper role of government is to provide for the people only those critical functions that cannot be performed by individuals or private organizations and that the best government is that which governs least.

We believe the most effective, responsible and responsive government is government closest to the people. That government is best that governs least.

We believe Americans must retain the principles that have made us strong, while developing new and innovative ideas to meet the challenges of changing times.

We believe Americans value and should preserve our national strength and pride while working to promote extend peace, freedom and human rights throughout the world.

We believe that the rights of individuals can only be maintained by exercising personal responsibility for behavior.

We believe the Republican Party is the best vehicle for translating these ideals into positive and successful principles of government.

Pretty disturbing, right? This creed is what got Republicans thrown out of office in 2006 and 2008. It opens the door to unconstitutional meddling by an overbearing federal government and is as Progressive as any far left wing Democratic platform ever proposed. Even President Obama has remained true to this tripe. There is no way to be sure, but there is every reason to believe that former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele had a hand in forging this RINO Creed. Stricken from this version are God, Constitution and Liberty. And any personal responsibility is gone. This is almost a Communist Manifesto. Even the idea of extending peace as opposed to simply promoting it was adopted.

There is no doubt that this is the creed followed and supported by the RINO contingency led by John McCain, Lindsay Graham and the Witches of the Nor’east Collins and Snowe, with a shout out to Scott Brown.

And therein lies the problem with the Republican Party. It seems they support the Constitution in some places, and not in others. Personal responsibility and liberty is supported in some areas, but not in others. Even God was kicked out of the Maryland Republican Party and one has to wonder how many more have evicted our Creator.

If the Republicans cannot even unite on a creed, how can they expect people to understand the Republican message? The concept of God, liberty, personal responsibility, the Constitution and the role of government are not minor differences. They are huge! Maryland Republicans don’t deserve to carry the name Republican. Nor do any other states that water down the Republican brand like this.

It is time for the Republican Party to adopt a single creed. Not a platform, but a basic coreĀ  set of values and beliefs that are universally shared by all who call themselves Republicans. The Virginia Creed is a good place to start (or finish). Any Republican Party that feels the need to cut God and Constitution from their creed should not consider themselves Republicans. The Democratic Party has shredded the Constitution and purged God (but not Allah) from their minds and hearts. Democrats have embraced and adopted the lowest common denominator of humanity and celebrate it as Diversity. Republicans should stand for Unity – the opposite of diversity. These are the true American values.

If you don’t have the basic moral character to be a Republican, then you should join the Democratic Party. Morality is not required there.

 

About Tom White

Tom is a US Navy Veteran, owns an Insurance Agency and is currently an IT Manager for a Virginia Distributor. He has been published in American Thinker, currently writes for the Richmond Examiner as well as Virginia Right! Blog. Tom lives in Hanover County, Va and is involved in politics at every level and is a Recovering Republican who has finally had enough of the War on Conservatives in progress with the Leadership of the GOP on a National Level.

3 Responses to “What is the REAL Republican Creed? There are At Least Four – No Wonder People are Confused!”

  1. Rod says:

    Seems Maryland is aware of the separation of religion and politics but others like Virginia are not. But Maryland says nothing about the importance of the Constitution! I could endorse the Republican Creed if they leave out religion and include the importance of adhering to the intent of the Constitution. I’m currently a Democrat but am considering supporting the Republican party in the future but am disillusioned by the confusion among Republicans of the party’s creed.

  2. Gary Wiesner says:

    Try looking up the Democratic Creed.

  3. Michael John Yanko
    Twitter:
    says:

    I like the Jaycee creed. Simple but…to the point.
    We believe that faith in God gives meaning and purpose to human life.
    And that the brotherhood of man transcends the sovernty of nations.
    That economic justice can best be won by free men through free enterprise.
    That government should be of laws, not of men (or women)
    That earthy greatest treasures lies in human personality. (TRUMP)
    And that service to humanity is the best work of life.
    “SIMPLE AND TO THE POINT”

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Tom White Says:

Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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