Botetourt’s Stand

As I mentioned in a post back in 2008, Republican activists and politicians would do well to remember the tenants of the Virginia Republican Creed.  These include such “radical” concepts like following the Constitution, observing fiscal responsibility, and promoting a moral backdrop for our society.  Sadly, such thinking has fallen out of favor with some of our leaders and representatives both here in Virginia and in Washington.  However, I’m pleased to say that our friends and allies in Botetourt County have taken a stand for these principles and our creed.  A few days ago, the following release arrived in my inbox:

Botetourt County Republican Party Acceptance of Republican Candidates

Whereas, the Republican Party of Virginia has adopted core principles as expressed in the Virginia Republican Creed, namely,

Virginia Republican Creed

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.

Whereas, the Botetourt County Republican Party heartily endorses its nominees for elective office,

Whereas, the Botetourt County Republican Party and its volunteers work tirelessly to elect candidates that support the U. S. Constitution and the Virginia Republican Creed,

Whereas, the Botetourt County Republican Party strongly supports the efforts of grassroots activists and supports policies which elevate the voice of grassroots supporters,

Whereas, an elected nominee or representative can supplant the voice of the people for a time and do much damage to the reputation and integrity of the Republican Party,

Therefore Be It Resolved, that the Botetourt County Republican Party shall consider only prospective candidates for nomination that accept as their guiding principles those laid out in the Virginia Republican Creed,

Be it Resolved, that the Botetourt County Republican Party shall consider only prospective candidates for nomination that support the United States Constitution as it was intended by our Founding Fathers,

Be it Resolved, that the Botetourt County Republican Party shall consider only prospective candidates that support the local Republican Party as well as its nominees,

Be it Further Resolved, that the Botetourt County Republican Party shall consider public support of a candidate of a party other than the Republican Party by an elected official as prima facie evidence that the elected official no longer desires to be affiliated with the Botetourt County Republican Party.

In order to be a functioning, coherent, and successful party, we must agree to a certain set of basic principles.  If we cannot rally behind something as fundamental as the creed, then for what do we truly stand?  Don’t we need to hold our politicians accountable as both Republicans and Virginians?  Otherwise, what makes Virginia Republicans Virginia Republicans?  Therefore, if you agree with the Creed of the Republican Party of Virginia and the Botetourt County GOP resolution, I suggest two actions.  First, insist that your local city or county committee make a stand in support of the creed.  Second, send a word of thanks and encouragement to the Botetourt County Republican Party.  To borrow a quote from Martin Luther, “Here I stand.  I can do no other.  God help me.”

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