Here are the resolutions we passed at the precinct convention Tuesday night.
Resolution on Taxation
WHEREAS the Republican Party of Texas "believe[s] that government spending is out of control and needs to be reduced," and "support[s] fundamental, immediate tax reform that is simple, fair, and fully disclosed," and "commend[s] President George W. Bush's principled stand to reduce taxes and stimulate the economy;"
THEREFORE LET IT BE RESOLVED that the Republican Party of Texas reaffirms its stated dedication to the abolishment of the Internal Revenue Service and the repeal of the Sixteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, and the elimination of the personal income tax, inheritance tax, gift tax, capital gains tax, corporate income tax, and payroll tax.
Resolution on Abortion
WHEREAS the Republican Party of Texas "believe[s] that human life is sacred, created in the image of God," and that "all innocent human life must be protected;" and
WHEREAS one of the primary responsibilities of a valid government is the protecting of the individual’s right to life as stated in our Declaration of Independence; and
WHEREAS the SCOTUS Roe v. Wade decision, and other related decisions imposing the will of the court on the sovereign states prevents them from carrying out their responsibilities; and
WHEREAS Amendments 9 and 10 to the United States Constitution reserve to the States and the People all rights not expressly "delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States;" and
WHEREAS Article III, Section 2 of the Constitution grants the Congress the authority to enact Regulations and Exceptions to the Supreme Court's appellate jurisdiction, "both as to Law and Fact;"
THEREFORE LET IT BE RESOLVED that the Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade decision is an Unconstitutional extension of Federal authority over the rights of the States; and
LET IT BE FURTHER RESOLVED that the Republican Party of Texas calls for the United States Congress to pass, and the President to enact, legislation that removes the question of abortion from the Supreme Court's appellate jurisdiction and returns the question to the States where it belongs.
Resolution on the REAL ID Act
WHEREAS the Republican Party of Texas “oppose any government effort to implement a national ID program, including federalization of driver’s licenses;” and
WHEREAS the REAL ID intrudes upon the Sovereign States’ right to determine their own policies for licensing and identification of its residents; and
WHEREAS the REAL ID puts undue burden of cost on the Sovereign States and on the People and represents an unprecedented invasion of privacy, and the costs of these in dollars and in liberty are greater than its benefits; and
WHEREAS under the tenth amendment the federal government has no authority to force the American people to present any form of identification to perform private transactions; and
WHEREAS the REAL ID Act wrongly coerces states into compliance by threatening to refuse privileges and immunities to states that do not comply;
THEREFORE LET IT BE RESOLVED that the Republican Party of Texas calls on all branches of the government of the State of Texas and these United States to block the implementation of this Act, and to repeal the same, respectively
LET IT BE FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be sent to the Majority leader of the United States Senate, the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, the President of the Texas Senate, and the Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives.
Resolution on Border Security
WHEREAS legal immigrants represent a strengthening of our nation; and,
WHEREAS illegal aliens have become a scapegoat for the bad government policies which enable them, and for the bad government policies which introduce the costs and burdens they place on our society; and,
WHEREAS these United States holds a current total debt, including unfunded obligations, of 53 trillion dollars, or approximately $440,000 per household according to the U.S. General Accounting Office, and cannot further afford entitlements to those who enter our county illegally and do not contribute; and
WHEREAS amnesty for illegal aliens is a violation of the rule of law and an affront to those who have worked diligently to legally enter the United States; and
WHEREAS a nation without secure borders is no nation at all;
BE IT RESOLVED that the Republican Party of Texas reaffirms its continued opposition to illegal immigration; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Republican Party of Texas calls upon our State and National Legislatures to implement legislation to effectively stem the tide of illegal aliens into this country, including legislation that will:
Physically secure our borders and coastlines, via a return of our border patrol agents from overseas, increased patrols, and other measures as necessary to control entry into our country; and
Enforce visa rules, requiring immigration officials to track visa holders and deport those who overstay their visas or otherwise violate U.S law; and
Deny amnesty, so that illegal aliens are not rewarded for breaking our laws; and
Deny welfare and entitlements to illegal aliens, so that taxpayers are not saddled with the financial burden of illegal aliens who use our hospitals, schools, and social services; and
Clarify that Section 1 of the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution does not grant citizenship by birth to those born to illegal aliens present in the United States; and
Pass immigration reform to create an efficient and fair system for those who are willing to enter our country legally and work for the American dream.
Resolution on the FED
WHEREAS the Republican Party of Texas "respect[s] and cherish[es] the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution," and supports a vigorous, unregulated Free Market as the best method for determining Prices and Wages; and
WHEREAS the Founding Fathers well understood the dangers of a Fiat Currency System, and therefore the Constitution prescribes that the States may not "make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts;" and
WHEREAS the current Federal Reserve System mandates a Privately Controlled Fiat Currency and has allowed a Centralized Board of Bankers unaccountable to the American People to manipulate and control the value of the Currency and the Interest Rates; and
WHEREAS these United States holds a current total debt, including unfunded obligations, of 53 trillion dollars, or approximately $440,000 per household according to the U.S. General Accounting Office; and
WHEREAS these practices have resulted in the debasement of the savings and wages of American Citizens, and have created an onerous "Inflation Tax";
THEREFORE LET IT BE RESOLVED that the Republican Party of Texas calls for the repeal of the Federal Reserve Act, the abolishment of the Federal Reserve System, and a return to a commodity-backed currency as soon as is practical; and
LET IT BE FURTHER RESOLVED that the Republican Party of Texas calls for the immediate legalization of competing currencies and the repeal of all taxation and regulation on voluntary transactions between citizens using alternate currencies such as gold and silver; and
LET IT BE FURTHER RESOLVED that the Republican Party of Texas calls for the immediate publication to the People of all records and data relating to the actions and decisions of the Federal Reserve Board, its related agencies, and the President's Working Group on Financial Markets.
Resolution on D.C. v. Heller
WHEREAS the United States Supreme Court (Court) has agreed to review and decide the case of D.C. v. Heller appealed to it from the D.C. Court of Appeals;
WHEREAS the Court has agreed to consider the question, “Whether the following provisions — D.C. Code secs. 7-2502.02(a)(4), 22-4504(a), and 7-2507.02 — violate the Second Amendment rights of individuals who are not affiliated with any state-regulated militia, but who wish to keep handguns and other firearms for private use in their homes";
WHEREAS when the court determines in Heller whether or not the Second Amendment secures an individual right, the Court will establish precedent that will affect the State of Texas and the rights of the citizens of Texas;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the Republican Party of Texas that the Second Amendment secures a pre-existing right from government infringement and does not confer any boon of government upon the people; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the level of review for the Second Amendment is specified within the Constitution as “shall not be infringed;” and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED the Republican Party of Texas calls upon the Legislature and Governor of the great State of Texas to defend the gun ownership and self-protection rights of all Texans from any Federal attempts to infringe on the same that arise from any “collective rights” holding in Heller.
Resolution on the NAU
RESOLUTION IN OPPOSITION TO THE SECURITY AND PROSPERITY PARTNERSHIP (SPP), THE PROPOSED NORTH AMERICAN UNION (NAU), AND ITS SUPER HIGHWAY SYSTEM
WHEREAS, the President, the U.S. Departments of State, Commerce and Homeland Security participated in the formation of the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) on March 23, 2005, representing a tri-lateral agreement between the United States, Canada and Mexico, designed among other things, to facilitate common regulatory procedures between these countries; and,
WHEREAS, reports issued by the SPP indicate that it has implemented regulatory changes among the three countries that circumvent U.S. trade, transportation, homeland security, and border security functions and shall continue to do so in the future; and,
WHEREAS, the actions taken by the SPP to coordinate border security by eliminating obstacles to migration between Mexico and the United States actually makes the U.S. Mexico border less secure because Mexico is the primary source of illegal immigrants into the United States; and,
WHEREAS, the regulatory and border security changes implemented and proposed by the SPP violate and threaten U.S. sovereignty, and;
WHEREAS, a North American Union (NAU) Superhighway System from the west coast of Mexico through the United States and into Canada has been suggested as part of a proposed North American Union (NAU) to facilitate trade and the flow of goods and people between the SPP countries; and,
WHEREAS, the State of Texas has already begun planning the Trans-Texas Corridor, a major multi-modal transportation project beginning at the U.S.-Mexico border which would serve as an initial section of a NAU Superhighway System; and,
WHEREAS, a NAU Superhighway System would likely include funds from foreign consortiums and be controlled by foreign management, which threatens the sovereignty of these United States,
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE REPUBLICAN PARTY OF TEXAS that:
1) these United States should not allow the Security and Prosperity Partnership to implement further regulations that would create the proposed North American Union with Mexico and Canada;
2) these United States should not engage in the construction of a NAU Superhighway
3) the President and Congress of these United States should indicate strong opposition to these acts or any other proposals that threaten the sovereignty of these United States, and,
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be sent to our Texas Senators, Texas House delegation, the President, and the U.S. Senate and House leaders.
Whereas, Article 1, section 10, clause 3 of the United States Constitution (dated 17 September, 1787) states: No State shall enter into any Agreement or Compact with a foreign Power;
Whereas, the “Bill of Rights” Amendment 5 (ratified 15 December 1791) to the United States Constitution states: … nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation;
Whereas, Amendment 14 respective to “Citizen’s Rights” (ratified 9 July 1868) to the United States Constitution states: … nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws;
Whereas, the Supreme Court decision in Kelo et al. v. City of New London, Conn., restricted eminent domain to a legal matter of the states respective to private property;
Whereas, Texas H.B. 2702 (enrolled) section 203.066 as applies to Toll Projects, deemed by the Texas Dept. Of Transportation to be a “Public-Private” enterprise, pro-vides for the “taking of real properties” for private and corporate gains without due process of law nor just compensation, does thereby violate the above stated United States Constitution and Amendments; and in conjunction with Texas H.B. 3588 (enrolled) section 370.161, 370.033, 361.307 does enter into contract for “private” gain with the State of Mexico, a foreign power; and furthermore, these two (2) stated legislative acts provide for and explicitly authorize the Trans Texas Corridor Highway Projects to be built, regulated, managed, maintained and controlled both by foreign corporations (i.e. Centra/Zachry), and foreign interest (i.e. the states of Mexico and Spain) through the expenditure of both public and private funding subsidized through “Toll” activities on previously non-toll routes of transportation;
We hereby resolve to condemn the aforementioned legislative documents as invalid, null and void on the grounds of unconstitutionality, and do as a party demand the Legislative, Executive and Judicial branches of the Governments of the State of Texas and these United States to act upon this matter with extreme prejudice by the will of the people and to without delay pass legislation to revoke these acts and declare publicly their invalidity;
We further resolve that the matters of the Trans-Texas Corridor respective to “Toll” authority should be restricted to new construction and prohibited from the use of "eminent domain", and that any “for public” seizures of properties whereby a private entity or corporation shall benefit directly, a “fair-market value” must be negotiated between the private property owner and the gaining/seizing entity/ies or authority/ies; and that furthermore, said Trans-Texas Corridor matters should be placed as a non-binding referendum on the next possible primary ballot to, finally and truthfully, give the people of Texas the right to vote on the Trans-Texas Corridor.
Resolution on Privacy
WHEREAS we believe the biggest threat to our privacy is the government and we must drastically limit the ability of government to collect and store data regarding citizens’ personal matters.
WHEREAS the role of government in our Constitutional republic is to protect the privacy and liberty of Americans, not to protect the government from our citizens.
WHEREAS there is a powerful move towards establishing a national ID card system, the establishment of which will likely lead to far more intrusive invasions of our privacy and liberty.
WHEREAS, the so-called “Patriot Act” and other Executive Orders and federal legislation have:
Expanded the federal government’s ability to use wiretaps without judicial oversight;
Allowed nationwide search warrants non-specific to any given location, nor subject to any local judicial oversight;
Made it far easier for the government to monitor private internet usage;
Authorized “sneak and peek” warrants enabling federal authorities to search a person’s home, office, or personal property without that person’s knowledge; and
Required libraries and bookstores to turn over records of books read by their patrons.
Endangered our Constitutional right of habeas corpus and gutted the Posse Comitatus Act and further centralized the power of federal government at the expense of States and individual Americans..
THEREFORE, BE IT NOW RESOLVED by the Republican Party of Texas that the Patriot Act and other Executive orders and federal legislation that enhances the power of the federal government and diminishes the privacy and liberty of American citizens be repealed, and the national ID card movement in any form be rejected.
Resolution on World Government Organizations
WHEREAS so-called free trade deals and world governmental organizations such as the UN, the International Criminal Court (ICC), NAFTA, GATT, WTO, and CAFTA are a threat to our independence as a nation by virtue of their transfer of power from our government to unelected foreign entities; and
WHEREAS the ICC wants to try our soldiers as war criminals, and both the WTO and CAFTA could force Americans to get a doctor’s prescription to take herbs and vitamins and could result in alternative treatments being banned.
WHEREAS the WTO has forced Congress to change our laws, the UN seeks to impose a direct tax on us.
WHEREAS NAFTA’s superhighway is just one part of a plan to erase the borders between the U.S. and Mexico, called the North American Union, and is the creation of powerful special interests, seeking to create a single nation out of Canada, the U.S. and Mexico, with a new unelected bureaucracy and money system.
WHEREAS, if we should succumb to the plans of these globalist entities and elitists, a free America, with limited, constitutional government, would be gone forever.
THEREFORE, BE IT NOW RESOLVED by the Republican Party of Texas that we withdraw from any organizations and trade deals that infringe upon the freedom and independence of the United States of America.
The Republican Party of Texas Resolution on the Texas Republican Party Platform
WHEREAS the Republican political platform represents the beliefs, desires, and grievances of the people of the great state of Texas, and the members of the Republican Party in particular; and,
WHEREAS candidates frequently proclaim their adherence to conservative principles in general, and the platform in particular, only to abandon it once they take office; and,
WHEREAS elected officials are sent as representatives to execute the will of the people; and,
WHEREAS the 1994 “Contract with America” represented a turning point in American politics in general with a corresponding rise in the interest in voting by the people of these United States,
BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED that the Republican Party of Texas calls on the Texas State Republican Executive Committee or its representatives to present to each Republican candidate for elected office representing Texas and/or its people a copy of the current ratified Republican Platform with a means for them to indicate each plank they intend to keep, to explain their variances; and,
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that each Republican candidate should be required to submit the completed and signed document to the Republican party for unhindered and unrestricted public dissemination by the filing deadline for the office they seek to hold.