"The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government..."
Art. 4 Sec. 4 U.S. ConstitutionIf you analyze it, I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism. The basis of conservatism is a desire for less government interference or less centralized authority or more individual freedom and this is a pretty general description also of what libertarianism is.
President Ronald ReaganMission Statement
"The RLC of Florida seeks to restore liberty, not restrict it; shrink government, not expand it; reduce taxes, not raise them; abolish programs, not create them; promote the freedom and independence of citizens, not the interference of government in their lives; and observe the limited, enumerated powers of our Constitution, not ignore them."Videos that Best Represents the RLC"Overview of America" is good for understanding the RLC view of Americanismhttp://tinyurl.com/2s...Man Freedom And Government
http://video.google.c...US Economy: the Philosopher's Stonehttp://www.youtube.co...About the Republican Liberty Caucus of Florida
The Republican Liberty Caucus (RLC) of Florida is a grassroots, statewide organization affiliated with the national RLC that is committed to the continuation of the principles of our Founding Fathers. We support individual rights, limited Constitutional government, free enterprise and a strong state and national defense. We believe every human being is endowed by our Creator with inherent rights to life, liberty and property that are properly secured by law.
We support the U.S. Constitution as the supreme law of the land, the republican form of government it requires, and the right of all citizens to fair and equitable representation and the right to redress the government. We recognize the sovereignty of the State of Florida and the Constitution of the State of Florida as the supreme law of the Florida with limited powers granted to the U.S. Congress by the states in Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution which places an absolute limit on all federal government functions and programs. We strongly support a strict construction of the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. We oppose the adoption of broad and vague powers under the guise of general welfare or interstate commerce. RLC of Florida History and Legitimacy as a Republican Organization
The Republican Liberty Caucus of Northeast Florida is a well established Republican organization nationally and within the state of Florida.
The RLC of Florida was established in 1990 prior to the Florida legislation and party rules requiring charters for new Republican organizations that use the title 'Republican" Unlike many other Republican clubs founded after the new party rules, the RLC of Florida is grandfathered in to allow us not only to have a "statement of principles" but the RLC of Florida is one of the few Republican organizations to endorse candidates whose political platform aligns with our stated beliefs.Northeast Florida Meetings
We will formally meet the 1st Tuesday of each month. Outside of this formal meeting we encourage all RLC members to join RLC committees, become active in their local Republican clubs and their local Republican Executive Committee.Individual RightsA rule not of men, but a rule of objective laws
We believe the proper role of government is to protect an individual?s right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. This is the philosophic basis of the founding of the United States of America. The first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution known as the Bill of Rights; however, never gave citizens ?rights? they further limited the power of government. Rights are inalienable ? they may not be morally infringed upon. Rights are not guarantees to things, but only guarantees to freedom of action (right to liberty) -and a guarantee to the results of those actions (right to property).
The Bill of Rights insists that ?Congress shall make no laws about speech, religion, press, assembly, the right to petition, the rights to bear arms, etc. and additionally secured a broad range of vital liberties. These include immunity from unreasonable searches, various jury trial privileges and included explicit language allowing citizens to redress the government for it?s violations of citizen?s rights. The U.S. Constitution was written to govern the federal government; not the people and not the states. We oppose government restrictions on the right to bear arms and free and honest expression, especially those that infringe on political discourse. We believe people must be secure in their persons, property and privacy; thusly stand against any form of government regulation that restricts the usage of one?s private property. We support initiatives in defense of privacy and oppose any form of National Identification Card and the Real ID Act.Government's first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.
-President Ronald ReaganConstitutional Government and State Sovereignty
We believe in limited Constitutional federal government and the sovereignty of the State of Florida. The U.S. federal government was granted, by the states, in the U.S. Constitution specific limited powers. According to the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, any authority not specifically given to the federal government under Article I, Section 8 is reserved to the states or to the people. In essence, government was meant to leave people and the states alone.
We oppose federal regulation over our state education systems, over the agriculture, land use, business and industries within the State of Florida and specifically any federal regulation of the private lives of the sovereign citizens of Florida. We propose the phase-out of highly inefficient federal government programs especially those that are duplicated at the state level and/or not allowed under the U.S. Constitution. Specifically, The Constitution gave the federal government the right to govern commerce between the states (interstate commerce) but they have no authority to govern commerce within the state (intrastate commerce). Additionally, just as Washington should not dictate legislation and taxation to Tallahassee, Tallahassee must respect the sovereignty of the municipal bodies within the state on issues such as local taxation, land use and education.Each State, in ratifying the Constitution, is considered as a sovereign body, independent of all others, and only to be bound by its own voluntary act. In this relation, then, the new Constitution will, if established, be a Federal , and not a National constitution.
-James MadisonFree Enterprise
We believe the cornerstone of a truly free enterprise economy is the absence of government regulation and interference in economic matters. The expanded federal and state social, welfare and entitlement programs are un-American. They represent the gradual creep of a socialist redistribution of wealth mentality that is slowly undermining the fabric of the American dream. We believe that free enterprise enables individuals and businesses to create, produce, transform, develop, innovate and compete in the marketplace including free market health care alternatives. As enterprising Americans are able and willing, they produce goods and services for profit, offer their labor for wages and own the resources needed to produce and sell goods and services. It is the system most compatible with individual freedom and a constitutional republic democracy.
Undermining the free market economy is the federal income tax system and the U.S. monetary policy controlled by the Federal Reserve System. Taxation on income amounts to an immoral taking of property. We support a complete transition and overhaul of federal and state taxation policy and propose a national debate of alternatives to current income and withholding procedures. Potential alternatives include replacement with a single flat income tax or national sales tax coupled with other constitutional methods such as a tariff based revenue system. We favor the prompt and permanent repeal of all capital gains and inheritance taxes, as well as the special privileges and deductions in the current code.
To counter inflation or deflation caused by the Federal Reserve Bank?s manipulation of currency supply and interest rates, we favor the return of asset backed currency by the federal government and the removal of authority to print money by the Federal Reserve Bank. In the absence of a U.S. asset backed currency we support the creation of Florida competing currency that is backed by hard assets such as gold or silver as authorized by Article I, section 10, of the U.S. Constitution.If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issuance of their currency, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all their property until their children will wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.
-Thomas JeffersonStrong National Defense
We support a modern and efficient military capability that can promptly and overwhelmingly protect the citizens of Florida and respond to any attack on the United States. We favor foreign military action only upon a Declaration of War by the U.S. Congress in the face of an imminent and clear threat to the United States. We favor the commitment of Florida?s troops in military action only upon resolution by the Florida legislature. Prior to commitment of troops we favor a clear strategy for entrance into and conclusion of any foreign engagement and a definable goal that constitutes victory. We oppose the exercise of executive War Powers in the absence of a Declaration by congress, except in the face of an immediate and direct attack on the United States.
As an essential component of national defense, we favor active state support of National Guard and local armed militia service and complete respect for the individual right to keep and bear arms as the ultimate reserve for repelling invasion or tyranny. We oppose any legislation that allows the federal government to seize control of the National Guard or any state militia without consent of the people of Florida through their elected representatives.
We endorse a non-interventionist foreign policy platform represented by peaceful diplomatic relations, free trade and open secure borders. We oppose any international laws or treaties that work to compromise or threaten the sovereignty of the United States. We oppose any treaty or international agreement that puts American troops under the control or authority of any other executive or administrative power. All of us have heard this term ?preventive war? since the earliest days of Hitler. I recall that's about the first time I heard it. In this day and time, I don't believe there is such a thing, and frankly I wouldn't even listen to anyone seriously that came in and talked about such a thing.
-President Dwight D. Eisenhower
One of the goals the RLC of Florida has is to assist in training and equipping candidates that shares our values to run for office on the local, state and federal levels. We are always looking for candidates who support Individual Rights, Free Enterprise, and Limited Government. If you are a Republican candidate seeking a RLC of Florida and /or the RLC of Florida -PAC endorsement and support we would like to hear from you. Sign Up Today - Contribute to Restoring the Republic
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I have little interest in streamlining government or in making it more efficient, for I mean to reduce its size. I do not undertake to promote welfare, for I propose to extend freedom. My aim is not to pass laws, but to repeal them. It is not to inaugurate new programs, but to cancel old ones that do violence to the Constitution ? or have failed their purpose ? or that impose on the people an unwarranted financial burden. I will not attempt to discover whether legislation is 'needed' before I have first determined whether it is constitutionally permissible. And if I should be attacked for neglecting my constituents' 'interests,' I shall reply that I was informed that their main interest is liberty, and in that cause I am doing the very best I can.Barry Goldwater