Who We Are
We are the official local committee for Republican activism, community outreach, and candidate support in Hall County, Georgia. We alone elect delegates from within our geographic boundaries to the Conventions of the Georgia Ninth District Republican Party and the Georgia Republican Party.
As a Party, we are only as strong as our roots. We depend on the energy, hard work, and financial support of our members and friends to promote Republican ideals and candidates in our community.
We support Republican candidates locally and statewide, who demonstrate allegiance to conservative Republican principles by their personal lifestyles, their statements, and their voting records.
Preamble. The Foundations of Our Principles. For knowledge about the proper aims, limits and practice of prudent self-government, Republicans rely on: 1) the ideas, ideals, policies and mechanisms of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution; 2) the enduring wisdom about human nature, society, and government behind both documents. We also rely heavily on practical experience: The long experience of the human race is a better guide to public policy than are utopian schemes, ideologies or fads of the moment. From all the collected wisdom, knowledge and practical experience about government available to us we take the following principles as guides to policy:
1. All people are created equal before God and the law—all people. Hence, we believe in the sanctity of life and the dignity of each individual. We are committed to removing barriers to equal opportunity. Equal opportunity, not equal results, is the proper test of fair and just policy.
2. Free people do through self-government what they cannot do as individuals but must do in common. Chief among these are public safety and national security. Self-government must necessarily be restricted in size and reach to protect the rights, dignity and interests of its citizens. It must be held accountable by informed, responsible, and active citizens and groups.
3. Taxes should be no higher than what is required to achieve the necessary ends of government. This is the only way to restrict the continual growth of government, and its threats to individual freedom, initiative, creativity and prosperity. This principle demands restraint in spending to produce sound fiscal policy.
4. The most effective government is that closest to the job at hand. Each level of government—city, county, state, and federal—has its proper role. These roles should be respected.
5. Free markets reward people who are industrious, work hard, and save. Energy and initiative create jobs and wider opportunities for more people. Tax policy should encourage such behavior, not punish it.
6. Culture, values, society and tradition are our bedrock. Government is essential to liberty and prosperity, but the foundation of our strength is in: 1) families, neighborhoods, churches, and other associations; 2) the attitudes, ambitions, values and virtues of our people; 3) the healthy traditions of our culture and heritage.
7. Rights come with moral and legal responsibilities. Too many people now aspire to be victims, blaming others for their woes. Government policy and society’s values should encourage a culture of responsibility that holds individuals and institutions accountable for their actions.
8. The courts must be returned to their Constitutional function and hence their proper relationship with the legislative and executive branches and with the people. Activist judges consistently make policy in areas properly reserved to the Congress and state legislatures. This abuse of power makes a mockery of self-government and the balance of powers and is eroding the courts’ credibility.
9. Religious voices belong in the public square. They inform our understanding of the great issues of the day, are an effective teacher of morals and ethics, and remind us of our responsibilities to one another.
10. Republicans are conservers. We are committed to conserving the best and better aspects of life. We have a moral obligation to pass along to future generations the blessings of liberty and prosperity that others passed along to us; we have a duty to all people everywhere to conserve the America that Lincoln called “the last, best hope of earth.”
The History of Our Party
In 1856, the Republicans became a national party when John C. Fremont was nominated for President under the slogan: “Free soil, free labor, free speech, free men, Fremont.” Even though they were considered a “third party” because the Democrats and Whigs represented the two-party system at the time, Fremont received 33% of the vote. Four years later, Abraham Lincoln became the first Republican to win the White House.
Notable Republican Party accomplishments:
- Emancipation Proclamation (1863) and Thirteenth Amendment (1865) – Outlawed slavery.
- Fourteenth Amendment (1868) – Guaranteed equal protection under the law.
- Fifteenth Amendment (1870) – Helped secure voting rights for black Americans.
- Nineteenth Amendment (1920) – Secured voting rights for women. Written by Republicans Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and presented to Congress in 1878.
- Jeannette Rankin, Republican from Montana, was the first woman elected to the United States House of Representatives (1916).
- Republican Jackie Robinson was the first black American to play in Major League Baseball (1947). He was called up to the Brooklyn Dodgers club by owner Branch Rickey, a Republican.
- Republican Hiram Fong was the first American of Asian descent elected to the United States Senate (1959).
- Civil Rights Act (1960).
- Largest tax cuts in U.S. History – Reagan (1981) and Bush (2001, 2002, 2003).
- Republican Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is the first American woman of Hispanic descent elected to Congress (1989).
- End of the Cold War (1991) – Collapse of the Soviet Union.
- Welfare Reform (1996) – After two vetoes by a Democratic president, the third bill passed by the Republican Congress was signed.
- Condoleeza Rice became the first black woman to hold the office of Secretary of State (2005).