2016 Thurston County Republican Party Platform
Thurston County Republicans believe The United States of America is an exceptional nation where free enterprise flourishes and personal responsibility is rewarded. We take our inspiration from the Founding Fathers who set our nation on a providential course based on the principal that “all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.”
This platform expresses our unshakeable optimism for a brighter future where liberty reigns and these God-given rights embodied in the Declaration of Independence are allowed to thrive.
WE BELIEVE the purpose of Government is to protect and preserve the God-given inalienable rights of the individual through limited governance. We believe in the rule of law and separation of powers as originally intended in the Constitution.
WE BELIEVE that parents are primarily responsible for the education of their children and have the right to choose the form of education that best suits their children, whether that be at a public school, private school, charter school or at home. The best way parents can ensure that the educational goals of their children are met is through a locally run educational system with high standards that demand accountability.
WE SUPPORT school vouchers as a means to allow greater educational opportunity for students not being well served by their public school system.
WE OPPOSE Common Core standards.
Tax and Economic Policy
WE BELIEVE that free market is unequaled in providing prosperity and alleviating poverty; free enterprise, not the government, produces the overwhelming number of jobs and living wages. We further recognize that mounting government debt looms as a threat to our national security.
WE SUPPORT limited taxation that funds essential public needs and a simplified tax code that ends favorable tax-treatment for special-interest groups.
WE SUPPORT state and federal constitutional amendments requiring sustainable and balanced budgets.
WE SUPPORT elimination of the Washington state business and occupation tax as an outdated and unfair scheme that punishes small businesses.
WE OPPOSE a Washington state income tax, a capital gains tax, and an inheritance tax.
Freedom of Religion
WE BELIEVE that First Amendment protections of religious expression and practice are foundational to a free republic. The government should not compel citizens or legal entities to violate their religious beliefs, consciences, or practices to advance public policy.
WE SUPPORT the free expression of religious and political beliefs in the public square.
WE BELIEVE that marriage is defined by God to be between a man and a woman, and that the traditional family is the foundation of our society; the disintegration of the family is a major cause of the social issues of our day, which have led to bloated social programs and high taxes.
WE SUPPORT measures that promote the rebuilding of the traditional family and protect all life including the unborn, disabled, and elderly.
WE OPPOSE the use of public funds for abortion as an affront to the inalienable right to life endowed by our Creator.
Right to Bear Arms
WE BELIEVE that increased gun control measures are not an effective means of reducing gun-related crimes and mainly serve to infringe upon the 2nd Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens.
Foreign Policy & Defense
WE BELIEVE our peace and freedom are best secured through maintaining the strongest and best-equipped military in the world.
WE SUPPORT foreign policy that protects our national interests, provides leadership that engenders trust and respect from our allies, and deters enemies of liberty from threatening our way of life.
WE SUPPORT the continued operation of the Gitmo prison for terrorists, at the U.S. Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
WE BELIEVE the United States is an unparalleled nation built by immigrants and that legal immigration is an integral tool in continuing to strengthen this nation.
WE SUPPORT the enforcement of current immigration laws including securing our borders, employer verification of employee legal residency, denying unlawful entry to non-citizens, and deportation of illegal aliens.
We BELIEVE that the best way to provide affordable, accessible healthcare is through a market driven system where the patient has financial responsibility and can be a discerning consumer thus dictating costs by supply and demand.
WE SUPPORT responsible tort reform, portable health insurance across state lines, cost transparency of services for patients, the shifting of financial responsibility to the patient, and the repeal of Obamacare as a means to fix our broken healthcare system.
Human Services & Welfare
WE BELIEVE we have a God-given responsibility to care for those in need, which is best accomplished through private charity rather than government.
WE SUPPORT welfare programs that require able-bodied and mentally capable participants to work, and programs that foster self-reliance as the best method to help those in need.
WE BELIEVE that private property rights are fundamental to our personal freedom.
WE SUPPORT government policies that do NOT infringe on this freedom with burdensome regulations that render property unusable without fair compensation.
WE BELIEVE that energy independence is a national security interest and that nuclear, coal, and fossil fuels will remain the chief sources of energy for the foreseeable future.
WE SUPPORT government tax and economic policies that are aimed at maintaining, transporting, and developing the current sources of energy.
WE SUPPORT a market driven approach to new and experimental energy sources that does not rely on government subsidies.
WE SUPPORT treating hydropower as a renewable resource under Washington state law.
Adopted March 19, 2016
Andrew Barkis was sworn in on Tuesday, Feb 16th 2016. Andrew was one of three candidates selected by PCOs from the 2nd Legislative District which covers parts of Pierce and Thurston Counties. The other candidates were Amy Cruver and Kerry Hooks-French, both from Pierce County. Andrew was then selected by a joint 10 member panel of County Council members and County Commissioners from Pierce and Thurston County. The joint commission was Chaired by Thurston County Commissioner, Sandra Romero. Barkis was the near unanimous choice, by a 9-1 vote. Barkis will run for election in the Fall. Congratulations to all three candidates and Good Luck to Andrew Barkis.
The Republican Party, or “Grand Old Party”, is one of the two major contemporary political parties in the United States. Founded by anti-slavery activists in 1854, it dominated national politics for most of the period from 1860 to 1932.
Currently, In the 114th Congress, the Republican Party holds a majority of seats in both the House of Representatives and a minority the Senate. The party also holds a majority of governorships, as well as the majority of state legislatures. There have been eighteen Republican presidents.
Thurston County is located in the State of Washington. It is named after Samuel R. Thurston, the Oregon Territory’s first delegate to Congress. Its population is approximately 252,264. The county seat is in Olympia, the state capital, and also the county’s largest city.
Thurston was created out of Lewis County by the government of Oregon Territory on January 12, 1852. At that time, it covered all of the Puget Sound region and the Olympic Peninsula. On December 22 of the same year, Pierce, King, Island, and Jefferson Counties were split off from Thurston County.