PLATFORM & RESOLUTIONS
The Hawai`i Republican Party Platform
Preamble: The strength of Hawai’i lies within individuals and their families; Constitutional freedoms empower the people to meet current and future challenges.
•Freedom to pursue inherent American guarantees of Life and the Pursuit of Happiness,
•Freedom secured by the rule of law, not by arbitrary judicial or executive decrees, provides all Americans an equal choice to pursue a productive and meaningful life.
• Government exists to protect our God-given rights, defend our sovereignty and borders, and provide infrastructure for the common good.
• The government that governs least, based on the Constitution, governs best.
• Government, at any level, should not perform functions which are better and less expensively performed by individuals or private organizations.
• Government enforces laws that allow for a prosperous free market; it does not compete with nor over-regulate the free market.
• Each person is responsible and accountable for the consequences of their actions.
• We embrace the opportunity to help those in need.
• Government is responsible to balance the budget by eliminating waste
and reducing spending before raising taxes.
• Before any law or regulation is enacted, the economic impact should be calculated fairly
and disclosed publicly.
• Government should not burden future generations with excessive debt.
Equality Of Opportunity
• Each individual has the opportunity to achieve, without any guarantee for a particular outcome.
• As Americans, we believe individuals are limited only by their vision, abilities, intellect,
and personal ambitions.
Epilogue: We believe America is exceptional. We believe all our greatest accomplishments are achieved by men and women free to live their own lives and pursue their own dreams.
Summary List of the Hawai`i Republican Party’s Resolutions
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- HRP believes human life begins at fertilization and ends at natural death, and that throughout this timespan he or she has rights including the right to life
- HRP believes our government must do everything it can to protect innocent human life from fertilization to natural death
- HRP supports pregnancy resource centers as institutions empowering women to be individually responsible for their life choices
- HRP supports pregnancy resource centers for providing pregnant women with the resources necessary to meet any hardships they may face
- HRP supports repealing the Jones Act, or the passage of an amendment that exempts Hawaii from the Jones Act
- The Jones Act is a current federal law that regulates interstate maritime transportation between U.S. ports
- Studies show the Jones Act restricts competition in the shipping industry and causes higher consumer prices, particularly in Hawaii
- Studies further show the Jones Act has caused near-monopoly shipping conditions for maritime commerce to and from the State of Hawaii
- HRP supports small businesses, as they create the bulk of new jobs for our communities and greatly benefit the State’s economy
- HRP supports the right of any individual, regardless of race, color, religion, or socioeconomic background, to establish a small business and provide a living for his or her family
- HRP supports U.S. economic development and worldwide competitiveness, supports nuclear power, the U.S. coal and oil industries, fracking for natural gas, and the Keystone Pipeline, and rejects a carbon tax and related devices
- Carbon taxes, increased regulations, shutting down the coal industry, and political funding of uneconomical renewable energy programs, hinder economic growth and development of less polluting technologies, and place the U.S. at an economic and strategic disadvantage in a dangerous world since other, far more polluting nations will not join us
- The causes of the earth’s climate and temperature variations are complex, only partially understood, and dependent on many factors beyond human control and the pertinent scientific models are correspondingly complex
- HRP supports full implementation of resources and services available to victims of crime in Hawaii
- Justice systems in the United States should ensure that services are available for all victims of crime, including victims from under-served communities
- Hawaii has an obligation to exercise due diligence to prevent trafficking in persons, to investigate and punish perpetrators, and to have stricter enforcement by police of present laws without physical interaction with victims of sex trafficking
- Hawaii Republicans support a Safe Harbor Bill to allow juvenile victims to be helped away from traffickers and not have records of arrest, assisted by federal law enforcement in cases of interstate trafficking
- That slavers, pimps and others associated with the crime of trafficking be punished severely
- HRP supports housing Hawaii inmates in private mainland prisons
- HRP believes this is fiscally responsible and is the very best for overall safety of Hawaii’s communities
- Private prisons on the mainland provide cognitive and behavioral rehabilitative programs, education, and vocational training to Hawai`i inmates
- Programming in Hawai`i’s correctional facilities is limited and very often not available due to inefficient allocation of funds
- Hawai`i correctional facilities are triple-bunking, basic needs of an offender are barely being met, there have been documented problems with providing adequate meals, and emergency release of inmates is being considered
- HRP opposes Common Core and any “one size fits all” approach to education
- Common Core stresses the lowest common denominator, punishes achievement, forces all students to conform to government standards, has been evaluated as mediocre at best, and is based on questionable educational philosophies
- Common Core math puts our keiki approximately one year behind their competitors by the end of elementary school and approximately two years behind our international competitors and high achieving countries by the end of High School
- HRP supports providing broad education choices to parents and children developed on the State and local level
- HRP opposes “Making Proud Choices” and “Pono Choices” sexual education programs
- Common Core’s “Making Proud Choices” program sexualizes school children by pushing a sexual rights ideology using the National Sexuality Education Standards which promotes the institutionalization of comprehensive sex education which is often medically inaccurate, age inappropriate, pornographic in nature, and normalizes risky sexual behaviors
- Hawaii’s “Pono Choices” program is a derivative of “Making Proud Choices”
- HRP urges the DOE/BOE to stop teaching Pono Choices, and instead implement an abstinence-based program known as “Sexual Risk Avoidance” to provide a viable alternative to the present comprehensive based sexual education programs
- HRP opposes any taxpayer funds being allocated to early childhood education programs in Hawaii
- HRP opposes all constitutional amendments to allow government intervention in private school curricula, as a result of taxpayer funds being used to attend the private school
- HRP supports a limited government that lives within its means and does not infringe upon the liberty of the people
- Limited government translates to stronger social structures and institutions on the local level, such as the family, houses of worship, community, and volunteer associations
- HRP calls for increased vigilance on the part of our legislators and the public to the threat of over-regulation, overspending, and over-taxation in limiting our Liberty, Individual Responsibility, and Equality of Opportunity
LABOR & WORKFORCE
- Individual have a right to work, and supports voluntary union membership
- HRP opposes forcing workers to join unions
- HRP supports right-to-work legislation in every state
- HRP supports periodic, independent audits of union finances to ensure that no funds are used in violation of state or federal laws
- HRP opposes the concept of “card check” as it violates a person’s liberty
- Card check would replace secret balloting in the selection of a union, the replacement of a union by another union, or the rejection of union representation, and workers could face harassment and pressure
- HRP supports the use of secret ballots
- Requiring secret ballots protects workers by enabling individuals to vote their conscience without fear of reprisal
- Requiring a secret ballot election gives workers time to hear and reflect on the arguments made by both sides and then cast an informed vote
MILITARY & VETERANS
- HRP supports our veterans and pays respects to those who’ve given the ultimate sacrifice for our country
- HRP honors members of our armed forces
- HRP urges the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs and the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee to investigate the reports of negligence in the VA system, the circumstances surrounding them, and the timely and adequate care for our veterans
- HRP believes that immediate action be taken to ensure our Veterans receive proper and swift remedies to supply the necessary and appropriate medical and psychological treatment, and to hold accountable any and all who presided over this unethical and alarming mismanagement of care
- HRP supports the immediate passing of H.R. 241 Veterans Timely Access to Health Care Act (Introduced in House 01/14/2013) Directing the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to ensure that the standard for access to care for a veteran seeking hospital care and medical services from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is 30 days from the date the veteran contacts the VA; Directs the Secretary to periodically review the performance of VA medical facilities in meeting such standards; and Requires quarterly reports from the Secretary to the congressional veterans’ committees on the VA’s experience with respect to appointment waiting times
- HRP opposes the Rail Transit project, on the grounds that the cost of its construction and operation will exceed any income generated from its riders, and that it will negatively impact the private property of many Oahu residents
- The current Rail solution is costly, inflexible, and offers limited access and service areas
- Rail will be an ugly and noisy eyesore for visitors to our islands
- Rail will be a single point of failure of mobility in the event of a breakdown, natural disaster, or terrorist attack that affects the system
- HRP supports the following improvements to The Bus system:
- Increase the number of buses and frequency of service
- Increase funding of the bus system which can be transferred from the rail budget
- Provide Wi-Fi on the bus since it has seating for more passengers
- Complete plans for the westbound zipper lane
- Build underpass lanes in critical areas to expedite left turns
- Delay building the rail until it is proven to be cost effective
- HRP opposes the Akaka Bill in any form
- The bill trades away individual liberty in exchange for government grants and favors
- The bill denigrates the principles of individual responsibility
- The bill creates unequal opportunities, fiefdoms of favoritism, and artificial barriers to our citizens
- The bill robs Hawaiians of liberty and equal opportunity
- HRP supports the freedom of religion as it is written in the First Amendment
- HRP believes religion needs protection from the state, and that freedom of religion does not include freedom from religion
- HRP calls upon the heads of the state and the nation to uphold the First Amendment and to reject measures that restrict or belittle religion and the practice thereof
- HRP stands for religious liberty, conscience protections for individuals, organizations and institutions, and the right to peaceful assembly in public
- HRP encourages the legislature to pass a Religious Liberty Restoration Act to reinstate religious liberty and conscience protections for all individuals, organizations and institutions
- HRP believes religious symbols, speech, and other First Amendment rights including proselytizing in the public square must be protected
- No “hate” crime measures should be passed in the legislature since a person’s thoughts or speech does not make the crime any more or less egregious, and that corrective measure to reinstitute the concept that all men and women are equal before the law should be reaffirmed
- Free speech will be protected and not limited by speech codes, free speech zones or constrained in areas protected by the Secret Service
- Taxpayer funding for biased media outlets such as NPR should be discontinued
RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS
- HRP supports and defends an individual’s right to bear arms
- HRP opposes any infringement on this constitutional right
- The right to protect one’s family and property is paramount as an American
- HRP believes law abiding citizens have the right to bear arms under the Second Amendment
- HRP supports any legislature to ensure the right to bear arms is protected and preserved
- State taxes on groceries, medicine, and medical services should be eliminated
- Eliminate the Transient Accommodation Tax for residents possessing relevant permits who rent part of their own dwelling place to visitors
- Taxes on estates should be eliminated
- Lower tax on interest, dividends, and capital gains
- Federal and state income taxes should be simplified, with a lower tax rate that applies to more people
- HRP opposes new taxes and fee increases
- HRP believes lower taxes on business allows them to keep more profits and grow, necessitating the hiring of more people
- HRP believes lower taxes on individuals allows them to invest and spend more
- Individuals spending money drives business to greater profit, continuing the positive economic cycle derived from lower taxes