CONCORD, N.H.—The Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire endorses the proposed New Hampshire Republican Party platform, which will be considered on Saturday by party delegates in Derry, as a document that advances the founding principles of limited government, individual liberty, personal responsibility and free enterprise, which the RLCNH supports.
In addition to endorsing the platform and supporting it during Saturday’s convention, the RLCNH will be introducing a resolution to challenge the legitimacy of the national party rule changes passed during the Tampa convention and to assert the primacy of the state parties in their long-standing ability to conduct party elections, nominate candidates and appoint delegates without the interference of the national committee or any other outside authority.
“This year’s GOP State Convention will be bitter-sweet for the RLCNH, as we are happy to endorse and support changes to the state Republican Party platform as beneficial to the long-term liberty and prosperity of New Hampshire citizens,” said Carolyn McKinney, chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire. “At the same time, we regret to have to bring forward a resolution rejecting the changes of the national convention. We think the resolution is necessary considering the authoritarian power grab we witnessed at the RNC that has trampled the liberties of the 50 state parties.”
The proposed N.H. GOP platform includes a statement of principle in the beginning of the document that highlights Republicans’ respect for the traditional values of liberty that ensured America’s initial success. It continues by applying those principles to the several issues now important to voters, including “jobs and the economy,” “taxes and spending,” “health,” “education,” “the family,” “law and order,” “the judiciary,” “the environment” and “federalism.” Many of the policy proposals under the new platform’s application of principles align perfectly with the RLCNH’s Liberty and Prosperity for New Hampshire 2013-2014 Legislative Agenda.
“We’re excited to see that the New Hampshire Republican Party is headed in the right direction, and we firmly believe that an increasing number of New Hampshire voters will find themselves aligning with it as time goes on,” McKinney said. “We expect elected Republicans will abide by this proposed platform with their votes in Concord, and we are confident that Republicans who stick with this platform will gain the respect of voters for their re-election. Over time, a strengthened Republican Party and the representatives, senators and governors who stand with its principles, will lead New Hampshire toward the liberty and prosperity that it has always deserved.”
While it is important that New Hampshire Republicans continue to set the right direction for the state, it’s also important that New Hampshire Republicans stand united with Republicans in state parties across the country to take back the national party from those who want to run everything from the top.
In Tampa earlier this summer, RNC management showed a blatant disregard for the party rules by removing legitimately elected delegates, removing members of the rules committee or preventing them from voting, silencing dissent, and disregarding the results of votes. Because such fraud and coercion were used to pass new rules that reduce the power and autonomy of state and local party organizations and impose a top-down structure of governance in place of the party’s traditional bottom-up structure, the Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire is proposing a resolution from the New Hampshire Republican Party that outright rejects the rules changes.
“We are asking Republican delegates in New Hampshire to respect the value of their own legitimate power by passing this RLCNH-proposed resolution,” McKinney said. “We hope to restore the traditional principles to the RNC that we already know and love here in New Hampshire. Only when state primaries and processes are given the respect they deserve can we expect our First in the Nation Primary status to mean something again. If the national rule changes remain, our primary will become a facade.”