A brief compliation of principles of republican philosophy

The Bryan/College Station Tea Party has taught the principles of little ‘r’ republicanism as a means to remind everyone how to restore the Republic.

Frank Kuchar is an example of the kind of candidate necessary to restore our national and state Republics – a candidate guided by fixed principles.  Frank references great republican leaders in this pithy collection  of the fundamental ideas that define what IS republican….and even more important…what isn’t.

To identify oneself as a little ‘r’ republican without actually adhering to the principles is to openly admit to an error of philosophical understanding. It is as absurd as self-identifying as a Christian while rejecting God’s Law and the corrective words of the Prophets. [Matthew 5:17] It is adherence to the principles that determine the little ‘r’ republican.

 
Frank Kuchar, Conservative Constitutionalist

Are You a Republican?

When I was a candidate for the US House of Representatives during the Texas primaries of 2012 and 2014, I was often asked this question. If you are a conservative and begin to discuss politics with someone you’ve not met before, you’ve probably been asked this as well. Here is my answer:

I am a “Jeffersonian republican” (small ‘r’) because

Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson

  • I believe that elected officials should be prevented from causing mischief with our freedom and liberties by being bound down “by the chains of the Constitution” (T. Jefferson, The Kentucky Resolutions of 1798).

 

  • I believe that “a wise and frugal government…shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned” (1st Inaugural Address, March 4, 1801).

 

  • “I am not for transferring all the powers of the States to the general government, & all those of that government to the Executive branch”(Letter to Elbridge Gerry, Jan. 26, 1799).

 

 

I am a “Madisonian republican” (small ‘r’) because

  • James Madison

    James Madison

    I do not believe we should have “career politicians” in Congress – “the genius of republican liberty seems to demand…that those entrusted with it [power] should be kept in dependence on the people by a short duration of their appointments” (The Federalist Papers #37).

 

  • I hold that “The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite” (The Federalist Papers #45).

 

Barry Goldwater

Barry Goldwater

I am a “Goldwater republican” (small ‘r’) because

  • I believe “the Conservative has learned that… He cannot be economically free, or even economically efficient, if he is enslaved politically; conversely, man’s political freedom is illusory if he is dependent for his economic needs on the State” (The Conscience of a Conservative).

 

  • “Nothing could so far advance the cause of freedom as for state officials throughout the land to assert their rightful claims to lost state power; and for the federal government to withdraw promptly and totally from every jurisdiction which the Constitution reserved to the states” (The Conscience of a Conservative).

I am a “Reagan republican” (small ‘r’) because

Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan

 

  • I believe that “Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.”

 

  • I concur that “We cannot play innocents abroad in a world that is not innocent.”

 

 

 

 

 

Examples of non republican leaders with non republican ideas

However, I am not a “John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, Kevin McCarthy, John Cornyn, Joe Barton, Kay Granger, et al, Republican” (capital ‘R’) because

  • I do not believe in “crony capitalism” (i.e., Fascism).
  • I do not believe in a bloated, bureaucratic government.
  • I do not believe in special pork projects for which there is no constitutional authority.
  • I do not believe in playing political games so as to make a career out of being elected to Congress.

I am a constitutionalist, who believes in the founding principles of our Republic, and that makes me a “true Republican” in the tradition of those listed at the beginning of this essay.

What about you?

— Frank Kuchar

 

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