Updated: Mar 15, 2021
We find ourselves at a time in history where there is so much segmentation on the right and the left, that it is sometimes difficult to define what it even means to belong to a party, or what we should expect of candidates and people we elect to advocate for us. So, I wanted to take a minute to explain what being a republican means to me, and share the two key beliefs from which my views on all other issues are derrived.
Show Fiscal Responsibility
First and foremost, I am a fiscal conservative. This means that I believe that the most important job of federal leaders is to pass a prudent budget each year, and to reduce the national debt whenever it is reasonably possible to do so.
Congress has not passed a budget since 2006. As a result, each year, the federal government wastes money as agencies and departments scramble to support a possible shutdown until a Continuing Resolution is passed. Continuing Resolutions also mean that governmental organizations receive their money late in the year, making it difficult to support goals and expenditures that they had planned in their programs due to the rush to spend - again, resulting in a waste of federal money. In other words, the inability of Congress to perform their most critical function results in ineffective and inefficient spending that has a domino effect across the entire year and the entire government. We need strong conservative voices that will push for greater accountability and timeliness of key Congressional functions, while recommending ways to streamline and expedite the budget process each year.
The national debt is nearly $28 trillion, and growing very quickly. Federal spending certainly ebbs and flows throughout history, but it is the overspending that needs to be closely monitored and reduced. For example, the COVID relief bill that is being reviewed by the Senate provides for relief checks that are gratuitous by even the most liberal economic standards. The Affordable Care Act (ACA), while a noble intent, resulted in a middle class that absorbed the majority of the cost by paying three times the premiums they had been paying before ACA. Large and impulsive spending to offset every single struggle is not sustainable, and is truly only passing our struggle on to our children to fix. We need a stronger voice in Congress to point out expensive inefficiencies before they happen, to end failing and expensive social programs rather than sustaining or even expanding them, and to ensure that future generations will be able to fiscally support the needs that they deem critical to the prosperity and success of America.
Defend the Constitution
I am also a Constitutional conservative. In other words, I believe that a primary function of the government is to protect the liberties afforded to ALL citizens as outlined in the Constitution of the United States. For example, the Second Amendment unequivocally guarantees the right of the people to bear arms. This right was reaffirmed by the Supreme Court in 2008 (District of Columbia v. Heller), and the Court has declined to hear any Second Amendment cases since. Although unconstitutional and baseless, gun law reform figures prominently in this year's stated Congressional agenda. We need individuals who will defend the rights of citizens, and ensure that the government protects people through the enforcement of processes, documents, and laws as written, not based on personal thoughts and opinions. Constitutional indifference will quickly threaten the very freedoms that the government was created to protect.
Fiscal responsibility and a uniform belief in and defense of the Constitution are absolutely critical functions of Congress, and also vital underpinnings of the health and prosperity of America. These issues must be at the front and center of the Republican agenda, and we must demonstrate an unwavering commitment to making positive change in these areas. The progress of all other issues has a critical dependence on progress in these areas.