This is a platform of enduring principle, not
passing convenience & the product of the most open
and transparent process in American political history.
We offer it to our fellow Americans in the assurance
that our Republican ideals are those that unify our
country: Courage in the face of foreign foes.
mistic patriotism, driven by a passion for freedom.
Devotion to the inherent dignity and rights of every
Faith in the virtues of self-reliance, civic
commitment, and concern for one another.
of government±s interference
in people±s lives.
to a rule of law that both pro-
tects and preserves liberty.
We present this platform
at an uncertain point in time.
Our country remains at war
and committed to victory, but
reckless political forces would
imperil that goal and endan-
ger our nation.
In the econo-
my and in society at large, it is
a time of transformation.
But the American people
will meet these challenges.
Even with its uncertain-
ties, they embrace the future, but they are also too
wise to rush headlong into it.
We are an adventur-
ous, risk-taking people, but we are not gamblers. A
sound democracy trusts new leadership but insists
that it demonstrate the old virtues: the character and
the command that, in times of conflict and crisis,
have led the Republic through its trials.
This platform likewise rests on proven truths
and tested wisdom as it looks ahead, both to deal
with present challenges and to explore possibilities
that may sometimes seem beyond our grasp.
shows what the American people can accomplish
when government respects their rights, conserves
their resources, and calls upon their love of country.
It is not a tribute to bigger government.
Our platform is presented with enthusiasm and
confidence in a vision for the future, but also
with genuine humility &
humility before God and
before a nation of free and
party of ideas, rather
mere coalition of interests,
we consider vigorous debate
a strength, not a weakness.
Indeed, we are a party & as we
are a nation &of mavericks.
Yet we stand united
today because we are the one
party that speaks to all Americans & conservatives,
moderates, libertarians, independents, and even lib-
We welcome all to our deliberations in the firm
belief that the principles embodied in this platform
will prove to be as compelling and persuasive as they
are vital and enduring.
We do not fear disagreement,
and we do not demand conformity, but we do fight
for our principles with confidence that the best ideas
will prevail in the end.