Candidate Disclosure as required by the Idaho Republican Party Rules, ARTICLE X, Section 3:
“I have read the Idaho Republican Party Platform. Except for the provisions specifically noted
below, I support the Idaho Republican Party Platform and accept it as the standard by which my
performance as a candidate and as an officeholder should be evaluated. I certify that I am not a
candidate, officer, delegate or position holder in any party other than the Republican Party.”
** Exceptions are noted as inline comments to the actual text of the Idaho Republican Platform.
I have indicated text I do not agree with via strikeout, occasionally inserted clarifying words via
underlining, and included relevant comments with highlighting.
IDAHO REPUBLICAN PLATFORM
Adopted June 23, 2012, Twin Falls, Idaho
WE ARE REPUBLICANS BECAUSE:
We believe the strength of our nation lies with our faith and reliance on God our Creator, the
individual, and the family, and that each person's dignity, freedom, ability and responsibility must
We believe the United States Constitution is the greatest and most inspired document to govern a
nation, and the republican form of government it gives us is the best guarantor of freedom in
We believe in equal rights, equal and justice and equal opportunity for all, regardless of race,
creed, sex, age or disability.
Equal opportunity is simply a catch phrase and more often than not results in misguided policies
such as affirmative action.
We believe free enterprise and encouraging individual initiative have brought this nation and
state opportunity, economic growth and prosperity.
We believe government must practice fiscal responsibility, and that taxpayers should allow the
government only the money necessary to provide appropriate functions.
We believe that our Founding Fathers gave us a government that is a servant of the people not
our master and the proper role of government is to provide for the people only those critical
functions that cannot be performed by individuals or private organizations.
Of all the criticism that I have of the Republican Party platform, this ranks the highest. It is
imperative to have a correct understanding of the proper role of government. The proper role of
government, as so eloquently stated in the Declaration of Independence, is to secure our
God-given, individual rights:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, 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.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving
their just powers from the consent of the governed...”
We believe the most effective, responsible and responsive government is government closest to
the people and the sovereignty of the state must be protected. That government is best that
We believe Idahoans must protect the principles and values that have made us strong.
We believe Idahoans value and should preserve our national and state strength and pride while
working to promote peace, freedom and human rights throughout the world.
“Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.” ~ Proverbs 16:18
We believe that the rights of individuals can only be maintained by exercising personal
responsibility for behavior.
We believe the Republican Party is the best vehicle for translating these ideals into positive and
successful principles of government.
The Republican Party has a long track record of violating these ideals, both nationally and here in
Idaho. I will put principle over party.
We therefore adopt the following Platform:
ARTICLE I. Responsibility in Government
Sec. 1 Fiscal Responsibility
A. the Idaho Republican Party recognizes that all government is financed by taxing its citizens.
We believe the size and cost of government, as well as the national debt, must be reduced.
B. We believe Social Security must be stabilized, diversified, and privatized to allow expansion
of individual retirement options.
Government should not be involved in retirement programs.
C. We believe in a balanced budget and support congressional action to pass a balanced budget
We do not need to pass any amendments (especially considering the fact that politicians ignore
the constitution anyway); rather, we should elect representatives to Congress who are actually
willing to balance the budget.
D. We believe the unnecessary growth of government has a negative impact on both the conduct
of business and our individual lives. We endorse the review of all government programs and
encourage their assumption by private enterprise or local government where appropriate and
workable. Programs which are not cost effective or have outlived their usefulness should be
E. We expect the government entity which mandates a program to provide the funding for its
Sec. 2 Taxation
A. We support lower federal, state, and local taxes. High taxes are a burden on businesses,
families, and individuals.
B. We believe that tax reductions can be achieved by cutting spending on every level: federal,
state, and local. We believe that lower taxes will result in increased revenue to the government as
the private sector will thrive.
Increased revenue should not be the goal. Reduced revenue and spending should be the goal.
C. We believe Idaho’s tax structure should be predictable, fair, and balanced, and that the
combination of our income, sales, and property taxes will continue to provide a stable,
dependable source of income for governmental needs.
All these types of taxation are unfair and immoral, with property taxes in particular undermining
the very basis of private property. I favor a voluntary capitation tax.
D. We support true government transparency that allows the public to review all local, state, and
federal government expenditures, contracts, and audits online. We support uniform accounting
systems that allow taxpayers to compare and analyze government spending trends.
E. We believe that Idaho Citizens should not and or shall not be taxed for federally mandated
F. We believe the approval of the voters should be required prior to approval of debt-financed
city projects. Municipal laws that allow public dollars to be converted to private use and
government entities to compete against the private sector or divert public money to special
projects without support of the taxpayer, must be repealed.
City governments should not be involved in debt based projects. Government should never
compete against the private sector even if the taxpayers would support it.
G. We support the total abolition of inheritance taxes.
H. We support a comprehensive overhaul of the federal tax system requiring universal
I believe the federal government should be financed strictly by the states.
Sec. 3 Reform of Congress
A. We support an overhaul of the legislative process in congress to allow (1) more time for
members to study legislation; (2) more opportunity for citizens to testify at hearings; (3) debate
on legislation before the members, rather than speeches in empty chambers for the C-span
audience; (4) objections to the inclusion of unrelated subject matter in a single bill; (5) more
oversight and transparency in the earmark process, and an end to abuse and use of earmarks for
financial gain to a member; and,(6) a more orderly process for consideration of legislation,
similar to that of the Idaho Legislature.
The Idaho Legislature has its own share of problems with the process of legislation; I would
certainly not hold it up as an example. Also, if Congress was operating within the limits of the
constitution, there would be no need for earmarks.
B. We will continue to lead the fight to reduce the growth of government bureaucracy and
promote private enterprise and individual initiative in the marketplace as the solution to our
domestic policy challenges.
Idaho Republicans have been behind the growth of government bureaucracy, even though they
should be leading the fight to reduce it.
C. We support restoration of the United States Constitution’s checks and balances that protect the
rights and sovereignty of the states by repealing the 17th amendment.
Sec. 4 Sound Currency
We recognize the failure of the Federal Reserve System Congress to maintain a sound U.S. dollar
and the danger of mercantile banks controlling the issuance of our currency. We believe the
Federal Reserve Bank should be abolished and the issuing power restored to the people with the
stipulation that the U.S. dollar be backed by gold and silver. We believe Idahoans need to protect
their savings from the ravages of inflation, which is hidden taxation, and encourage citizens to
participate in a systematic acquisition of precious metals which represent real value as opposed
to paper currencies.
Congress failed in their duty by creating the Federal Reserve, and neither Congress nor the
Federal Reserve has the right to issue currency. Congress may only coin (stamp) money and
regulate the value, and the states must not make anything except gold and silver coin a tender in
payment of debts. The problems of inflation would be resolved if these measures were followed.
Sec. 5 State Legislature
A. We encourage continued strong support for our state legislature, directed by Republicans for
more than three decades, as well as our elected constitutional officers, and for the manner in
which they work together to balance the budget and improve Idaho’s economy.
Since the budget must be balanced in Idaho as required by the state constitution, it does not
matter who the legislators are in that matter. The state legislature, including Republicans, has not
done anything substantiative to improve the economy even though it could easily be done by
removing regulations and licensing requirements.
B. We support the current move to zero-based budgeting or other appropriate budgeting
techniques. We believe growth can be attained in a sound, responsible manner by holding taxes
down, granting business incentives, and refusing to grant excessive demands for increased
Granting business incentives usually involves unfair practices or the government stepping outside
its proper role. Any demands for increased spending should be refused.
C. We support reduction the elimination of Idaho’s income tax rates, and encourage a reduction
in the elimination of property taxes whenever possible.
Both these types of taxation are unfair and immoral, with property taxes in particular
undermining the very basis of private property. I favor a voluntary capitation tax.
D. We believe the State of Idaho should strongly assert its sovereignty under the 10th amendment
to the U. S. Constitution. The accumulated usurpations by the Federal Government of Idaho’s
state sovereignty has reached a point of complete intolerance. The Idaho Republican Party hereby
recommends that the Idaho Legislature and Governor nullify any and all existing and future
unconstitutional federal mandates and laws, funded or unfunded, that infringe on Idaho’s 10th
Amendment sovereignty. We also recommend that the State of Idaho continue to request funding
and assistance from the Federal Government which complies with the Constitutional provision of
the 10th Amendment, and recommend that the State of Idaho resist the withholding of federal
funds as a means of forced compliance with the unconstitutional federal mandates and laws.
Idaho does not receive its sovereignty from the 10th Amendment; the 10th Amendment simply
makes it clear that the federal government has limited powers. Idaho should not request funding
nor assistance from the federal government; rather, the federal government should control and
operate its legitimate functions.
E. We support the right of every qualified citizen to seek elective office, affirm the right of voters
to vote for the candidate of their choice, recognize the need for experience and institutional
memory in elective office, and oppose the imposition of term limits in Idaho.
“Experience” and institutional memory has led to a “business as usual” environment in
government. While I am not against elected officers serving as long as their constituents allow,
there is certainly no “need” for career politicians.
F. We support amending the Idaho Constitution, Section 2, Article III, as follows: Strike
paragraph (2), (3), (4), (5), and (6). These sections refer to reapportionment of the State
Legislature by an appointed commission
G. We believe the Legislature should present amendments to the people with the ballot language
identical to the language of the amendment.
ARTICLE II. Citizen Involvement in Government
The Idaho Republican Party believes that government works best when its citizens become
actively involved. The Party encourages all citizens to engage in healthy debate on all issues that
will increase citizen control of government.
Sec. 1 We encourage all citizens to educate themselves in constitutional government and to be
full participants in the political process.
Sec. 2 We seek to heighten the level of discourse by encouraging all office holders, candidates
and citizens to be civil, dignified, honest and forthright in their discussions, actions, statements
and political processes. This includes the actions of special interest groups who provide support
for or against any Idaho candidate.
Sec. 3 We believe that Primary elections in the Idaho Republican Party should be open to all
people who have registered as Republicans prior to the primary election. To allow those who
have no loyalty or allegiance to the Idaho Republican Party or it’s platform and Resolutions to
select our candidates is simply not proper.
While political parties have their place in political discourse, the government should not get
involved in partisan politics. Political parties are private organizations and the government
should not support nor recognize them in any way. This would include no longer using taxpayer
funds to hold primary elections on behalf of the party, not printing party affiliation next to
candidate’s names on general election ballots, ending all partisan leadership positions in
government, and ending party affiliation as a matter of public record.
ARTICLE III. Education
The Idaho Republican Party recognizes that the future of this great state lies with our faith and
reliance on God our Creator, in our strong efforts to uphold family values, and in the quality of
education provided for its citizens. We believe that successful education is a joint the
responsibility of parents the individual, the family, and the community. As with government in
general, we believe the most effective, responsible and responsive educational system is that
system closest to the people.
Parents have both the God-given right and the responsibility to educate their children. While
parents may choose to utilize the resources of family and community, the burden of education
does not fall on those institutions.
Sec. 1 We recognize the importance of early childhood education. We also believe that the needs
of early childhood education are best met by individuals, families and private sector. Only in the
rarest of situations should government assume the responsibilities reserved to parents.
Government has no place in education other than to protect the rights of parents.
Sec. 2 We believe parents have the right to educate their children at home, that court rulings
undermining these rights devalue the important role of parents and family in a child’s education.
Sec. 3 We believe in improving the quality of education for every child by maximizing parental
choice through expanded support for public charter schools, public virtual charter schools, school
choice programs, and an accountable public school systems. We believe all public school
students are entitled to our support, and to fair and equitable funding
School choice is available outside the public school system without the need for governmental
regulation. Choices within the public school system simply enhance the negative results of public
education and are being used as a tool to expand the reach of control. Funding for public
education is a form of legalized plunder.
Sec. 4 We support efforts to improve our public school system. We also recognize that more
government spending does not necessarily generate improved schools.
The public school system should be returned to the private sector to restore the rights of parents
over the education of their children.
Sec. 5 We strongly support professional technical and continuing education programs that
provide career readiness and college preparation.
Sec. 6 We recognize the importance of Idaho's higher education system in continuing the
education of our citizens. The education and research that occurs at our institutions of higher
learning contributes substantially to a vigorous economy, heightened competition and a vibrant
Public institutions of higher education should also be returned to the private sector.
Sec. 7 We are proud of our appreciate the many dedicated, professional teachers and educators
who have committed their lives to educating Idaho's children. We value the contribution our
teachers make to our society. We support the efforts to reward great teachers for their hard work.
We support incentives for teachers, so that our best educators are willing to remain in the
classroom and work with our children.
The private sector should determine the compensation and career structure, if any, for teachers.
Sec. 8 We believe that in order for public education to be successful, schools and families should
work together with mutual respect and cooperation. We call for responsible management,
focused goals and direction, and increased accountability from our public school system.
The public school system should be returned to the private sector to restore the rights of parents
over the education of their children.
Sec. 9 We recognize the increasing role of technology in society. We encourage policymakers
and educators to be leaders in promoting such new opportunities.
Promoting new technology is not the proper role of government.
Sec. 10 We believe competition produces excellence in education, and that parents have the right
to choose which schools their children attend. We support the right of parents to pursue private
parochial and home school options. Tax credits for non-use of public schools and other forms of
parental choice should be encouraged as competitive options for educating children.
Excellence in education is not necessarily tied to competition, although I have nothing against
competition. Tax credits do not solve the problem that government funding of education is
simply a welfare scheme that amounts to legal plunder.
Sec. 11 We value the important role played by our private, independent, and parochial schools,
colleges and universities.
ARTICLE IV. Agriculture
The Idaho Republican Party believes a strong and viable agricultural industry is one of the most
important cornerstones in the foundation of our state, national, and global economy and security.
Sec. 1 We believe agricultural education and awareness is vital to creating and maintaining a
strong and vital agricultural industry.
Sec. 2 We believe Idaho’s farmers and ranchers should be able to compete freely and trade fairly
in foreign markets. We recognize that the primary function of government in agriculture should
be service, research, and the promotion of markets. We oppose the use of an embargo of
agricultural products as an instrument of foreign policy.
The proper role of government– to secure our individual rights– does not include service,
research, and promotion of agricultural markets. Markets should be free, unencumbered by
Sec. 3 We recognize that water is vital to Idaho agriculture and other industries. We believe
modification of Idaho's historic water laws must be considered with extreme caution. The federal
government shall not infringe upon state jurisdiction over Idaho water.
I do not agree with the premise found in the constitution of the state of Idaho declaring water to
be a public use and subject to state control. We should instead recognize the use of water as a
private property right.
Sec. 4 We endorse the preservation and strengthening of the family farm unit as the foundation of
agriculture and one of the basic strengths of this nation.
ARTICLE V. Water
The Idaho Republican Party recognizes the critical importance of water to this state. We will
aggressively defend Idaho's right to appropriate and manage water within its own borders without
interference from the federal government.
Water rights should belong to individuals, not the government. As such, they should be
considered private property and protected by government.
Sec. 1 We support continued federal and state legislation to prevent inter-basin transfer of Idaho's
water to other areas.
The transfer of water should properly be left to the private sector.
Sec. 2 We encourage policies that will more fully use and develop our water while supporting the
Idaho state law of prior appropriation, based on the principle of "first in time is first in right" for
the benefit of all Idahoans.
While I do believe that historical water rights should be maintained, we do need to get away from
the idea of needing policies to manage water. If water use was treated as an individual property
right, then laws could deal with the violation of those rights.
Sec. 3 We believe that safeguards should exist to protect Idaho's scenic and recreational rivers
without creating more restrictions or regulations on Idaho's river system.
Again, this should be accomplished through the securing of private property rights.
Sec. 4 We call upon the federal government to cease and desist from calling on further water for
flow augmentation for fish conservation until the benefit of this use has been proven by
unequivocal, thorough scientific research. Further, Idaho waters can only be approved for out-of-state use by legislative action by the State of Idaho from willing sellers through established rental
The federal government should not have jurisdiction over Idaho’s waters. In addition, the state of
Idaho should not place government restrictions on water usage.
Sec. 5 We support increased retention of Idaho water through recharge and the acquisition of new
The retention of water should be left up to free market forces and private enterprise.
Sec. 6 We support the quality of private life and economic stability of Idaho families,
communities, and industries, and oppose removal or breaching of existing dams.
This should be left to free market forces.
Sec. 7 We support all legal opposition to any and all efforts to usurp Idaho's sovereignty over
water within Idaho borders. Further, we support the Attorney General in defending the state’s
position on these and all other water issues, and support the State Legislature in continuing to
adequately fund the Idaho Constitutional Defense Fund.
The Constitutional Defense Fund might sound admirable, but it serves no useful purpose when it
is used to promote state control rather than federal control since the individual citizen loses either
way. Federal usurpation is best remedied through nullification.
ARTICLE VI. Natural Resources and Environment
The Idaho Republican Party recognizes that the beautiful and fruitful land that we have been
given by God, our creator, must be properly cared for to ensure that its rich blessings will
continue to be enjoyed for generations to come.
Sec. 1 We believe that it is ultimately the individual’s responsibility to act as stewards of their
environment. The quality of our natural environment should be protected, and enhanced, while
allowing reasonable, orderly growth with emphasis on multiple uses, local control, and minimal
Government should not regulate the use or planning of land. Individuals should be free to use
their land as they see fit as long as they do not infringe upon the rights of others.
Sec. 2 We believe the administration of federal environmental policy must be modified. These
policies must give equal consideration to potential human suffering caused by restriction or
elimination of basic human needs such as jobs, energy and overall quality of life. We support
federal and state measures to re-establish the primacy of state government for implementation of
Environmental policy, like any other policy, should consist solely of punishing crime when
private property rights have been violated.
Sec. 3 We discourage international regulations on industry which attempt to halt the production
of certain industrial byproducts. Instead, we encourage citizens to adopt buying habits that
promote a clean earth.
Sec. 4 We recognize Idaho’s need for the utilization of natural resources for Idaho’s economic
growth and for the benefit of all Idahoans. The dimensions and boundaries of our wilderness area
should be determined by Idahoans. The remaining road less areas should be released for multiple
Unless land is specifically needed to carry out the proper role of government, it should be in the
hands of private property owners. This should be the case at both the state and federal level.
Sec. 5 We advocate congressional action to repeal limit presidential authority in creating or
expanding national parks and monuments pursuant to the Antiquities Act.
The constitution does not grant authority for the federal government to own or control land for
the purposes designated in the Antiquities Act.
Sec. 6 We support the concept of forest health because it promotes long-term land use including
livestock grazing, timber, wildlife, improved air quality, recreation, mining and all other
beneficial forest uses for the people of Idaho.
Sec. 7 We encourage the State of Idaho to seek authority to oversee the utilization of natural
resources on federal lands within the state.
The federal government should not own such lands and the state should not seek to control them.
ARTICLE VII. Energy
Sec. 1 The Idaho Republican Party believes that the United States shall at all time strives to
become energy independent.
Sec. 2 We strongly support energy policies that encourage research and development of our
energy resources, including natural gas, hydroelectric power, petroleum, nuclear energy, and new
I support a free market, unencumbered by government policies.
Sec. 3 We support efforts to reduce our dependence on foreign oil. We support efforts to increase
American exploration and production of American crude oil and natural gas, and support
voluntary efforts to improve efficiencies and promote conservation. Congress must end its ban on
American energy exploration on U.S. soil and on the Outer Continental Shelf and provide for
additional American refining capacity. We must make America’s resources available to U.S.
It is not the job of Congress to provide refining capacity; that would be the job of free enterprise.
Government needs to get out of the way.
Sec. 4 Idaho has the lowest electrical rates of the fifty states. Nothing should be done in the
deregulation process that might raise those rates.
Government should not be involved in price fixing. Energy companies should be completely
private entities, free from government regulation.
Sec. 5 The benefits of hydroelectric power should be retained for the citizens of Idaho.
Sec. 6 We oppose any mandated deregulation that would negatively impact rate payers.
We need to let the free market work.
Sec. 7 We support the Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES) and other coordinated efforts
in energy research and development, and their applications to the utilities industry within Idaho.
The state should not be involved in funding organizations that properly belong in the private
ARTICLE VIII. Idaho National Laboratories
The Idaho Republican Party believes in the great importance of the Idaho National Laboratory
(INL) as one of the State’s largest private employers, its importance to our nation’s defense, and
to energy and other technology research and development.
Sec. 1 We support research and development programs that provide safe, economical nuclear
power. We further support new nuclear technology that has greater safety, produces less waste,
and resists proliferation.
Sec. 2 We encourage our congressional delegation, the state, DOE and INL management to
assure continued research and development, transfer of technology, new missions, and
development of alternative energy treatments and storage methods.
There is no need for a party statement regarding the INL. In the eyes of government, it should be
treated as any other company.
ARTICLE IX. Private Property Rights
The Republican Party believes in the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution: "No
person shall be ... deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law; nor shall
private property be taken for public use, without just compensation." We oppose any federal,
state or local regulation that would diminish a property owner's right to develop his property.
ARTICLE X. State and Federal Lands
The Idaho Republican Party believes that due to state and federal governments administering the
majority of Idaho lands, we need to limit and reduce the amount of land owned or administered
by the federal government. We believe Idaho should manage and administer all state and federal
Government owned land should be reduced to a minimum. The federal government is limited by
the constitution; the state constitution should be amended to likewise restrict state land
ownership for legitimate purposes.
ARTICLE XI. Wildlife Management
The Idaho Republican Party recognizes the value of wildlife resources for the state.
Sec. 1 We encourage the Idaho Department of Fish and Game to manage fish and wildlife to
enhance fishing, hunting and hunting opportunities for Idahoans and the tourist industry, while
respecting private property rights of landowners.
The proper role of government does not include enhancing tourism or providing recreational
Sec. 2 We oppose federal designations which restrict or eliminate hunting, fishing, and
recreational access to lands in Idaho.
Sec. 3 We oppose the reintroduction of wolves and grizzlies into Idaho. We support managed
control of these predators through the Idaho Fish and Game Department.
Control of wild animals should be left to individuals protecting their private property.
ARTICLE XII. Economy
The Idaho Republican Party believes that economic growth is the key to enhancing the quality of
life our people so richly deserve. Fiscal responsibility in the form of balanced state and federal
budgets is essential to achieve this goal. A competitive market, free of undue governmental
competition, restriction, coercion, or interference, is critical to Idaho’s economic well-being.
There should be absolutely no competition, restriction, coercion, or interference by government
in the marketplace.
Sec. 1 Commerce and Industry
A. We encourage the broadening and strengthening of Idaho’s commerce and industry, including
but not limited to agriculture, timber, mining, manufacturing, processing, technology, tourism
and other industries.
B. We encourage the responsible use of our natural resources to broaden and enhance Idaho’s
We Support innovative and responsible programs by industry to reduce pollution in every
practical way. Government should intervene only where such efforts fail or must be
supplemented by law.
Government should only intervene when private property rights have been violated.
C. We endorse economic development and expansion in Idaho and pledge to make every effort to
provide a business climate that will attract such growth.
Sec. 2 Support for Small Business
A. We recognize the important role of small businesses in Idaho’s economy and that we must
maintain a regulatory environment where small business is allowed to thrive. Excessive
regulatory requirements must be reduced and eliminated.
The best environment for businesses is one that is completely free from regulation.
B. We support a tax code that is simple, fair and equitable.
Businesses should not be taxed.
C. We support a business environment that promotes development and expansion of businesses
in Idaho and eliminates all onerous repressive government regulation.
All government regulation could be considered onerous and repressive, so it all needs to be
Sec. 3 Labor
A. We believe that both the employer and employee share a joint responsibility for maintaining a
safe work environment without excessive regulation.
B. We support education and professional technical education to develop a well trained
C. We believe that public employees should be hired, retained and promoted based on individual
merit, and that they should be fairly and equitably compensated comparable to private industry.
Public employees should work for the rate determined by the hiring entity, which may or may not
be comparable to private sector jobs. Individuals should be able to determine the use of their own
income, whether that be retirement savings, insurance, or any other expense that might
traditionally be granted as a benefit; therefore, benefits for public employees should be
eliminated in favor of a higher wage. Benefits are simply a forced allocation of designated
Sec. 4 Transportation
We believe transportation is an integral part of our commerce and industry, and it must meet the
unique needs of Idaho. We believe transportation decisions and funds should be managed at the
local and state level.
Congress is granted the authority to establish Post Offices and post Roads. I believe the proper
role of government with regard to transportation is to ensure that the individual right to travel,
communicate, and engage in commerce is not violated. The infrastructure upon which that
happens should be left to free market forces.
ARTICLE XIII. Health and Welfare
The Idaho Republican Party recognizes the need for effective and accessible health care for all
individuals. Regulations that forbid Idahoans from buying insurance across state lines should be
Sec. 1 Private Enterprise Health Care Delivery System
We support a private enterprise health care delivery system that provides cost-effective, quality
health care with minimal no government regulation.
Words like “minimal” are what legislators use to excuse the mountain of regulatory burdens they
place upon us.
Sec. 2 Patient Protection and Affordable Healthcare Act
A. We oppose socialized medicine and government mandated health insurance.
B. We support the repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Healthcare Act in its entirety.
C. We believe the primary responsibility for the health and welfare of our citizens resides with
the individual and their families.
“Primary” is another code word for government intervention, since it infers a secondary
D. We support freedom of choice and personal responsibility in all medical decisions, including
providers and treatments. Medicine should have a “level playing field” for all treatment and
branches of medicine.
Sec. 3 Health Savings Accounts and Insurance
A. We believe that individual responsibility for health care should be encouraged through
medical savings accounts and other viable free market alternatives.
“Encouraged” is another term used for government intervention. Government does not need to
provide programs like medical savings accounts; they should all be provided by the free market.
B. We support the rights of individuals to select their health care and insurance provider.
C. We believe health and welfare programs should be administered with a minimum of
bureaucracy and the goal of helping all recipients return to a self-sustaining and productive life.
Government health and welfare programs should all be eliminated.
Sec. 4 Child Support
We support enforcement of child support laws to assure the restoration of parental responsibility
and the enhancement of financial security for children.
ARTICLE XIV. American Family
The Idaho Republican Party believes that traditional family values are the foundation of our
nation. Families, not government programs, are the best way to properly nurture and protect our
children, care for our elderly, preserve and perpetuate our cultural and spiritual heritage, and
assure that our traditional values are transmitted to the next generation. Many of the ills of
society can be attributed to the breakdown of the family. We believe the traditional family to be
the basic unit of society.
Sec. 1 Government’s Role
A. We believe that state and federal social and fiscal programs should reinforce parental
responsibility and authority, and not promote or reward the disintegration of the family.
B. We support a tax system that strengthens a family's economic ability to care for and support its
Sec. 2 Traditional Marriage
We call upon government officials and legislators to protect the traditional family and use all
means possible to prevent expansion of the definition of marriage beyond that of a bond union
between one man and one woman.
Redefining marriage is a dangerous idea. That said, much of the debate revolves around the
issuing of marriage licenses as well as various legal constructs and government benefits that
should not even exist in the first place.
Sec. 3 Right to Life
A. We strongly encourage adoption as an alternative to abortion and support legislation that
expands opportunities and provides assistance to the adoptive process.
Abortion needs to be treated as a criminal act, not as something that needs an alternative. Also,
the government should not expand opportunities for adoptions, since those opportunities are the
result of unfortunate situations. The only role the government should play in adoption is to
create the legal framework for it to occur.
B. We reaffirm our support for the sanctity of life from conception to natural death, and for the
rights of the unborn child. We oppose abortion based on sex selection, convenience, or as a
method of birth control.
Basing an opposition to abortion on the factors mentioned shows a lack of understanding of the
real issue– securing the individual right to life.
C. We oppose partial birth abortion and support legislation to abolish this practice.
Opposing only one type of abortion suggests an acceptance of other forms of abortion.
D. We support parental consent for minors to obtain an abortion.
Supporting parental consent for minors to obtain an abortion is supporting abortion itself. It is
wrong to think that abortion is acceptable if a parent grants consent. Would anyone think it was
acceptable for a minor to murder someone if they obtained the consent of their parents?
E. We oppose the use of federal or state tax funds to aid in the destruction of human life.
F. We oppose the use of Idaho taxpayer funds to finance so called “health” abortions.
Taxpayer funds should never be used to finance any abortion.
ARTICLE XV. Older Americans
Sec. 1 The Idaho Republican Party has always supported and will continue to support older
Americans. The party will work to preserve and promote opportunities in America so that older
Americans can provide for themselves. Those unable to care for themselves should have access
to all services available in Idaho, whether city, county, state or federal.
The track record of the Republican Party does not show support for older Americans.
Government should not be involved in providing services to any special interest segment of
Sec. 2 We oppose policies that penalize older Americans who continue to work.
ARTICLE XVI. Law and Order with Justice
The Idaho Republican Party believes that individuals must be presumed innocent until proven
guilty. After a person is convicted of a crime, however, we believe in swift and just punishment
for the lawbreaker and timely payment of restitution to victims. Courts and the prosecutors
should continue to recognize the substantial rights and interests of crime victims in the judicial
Current law and the attitude of the courts does not do this. We need serious judicial reform that
will return prosecutorial rights to victims of crimes.
Sec. 1 Gun Rights
A. We support the right of the individual to keep and bear arms, as guaranteed by the Second
Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and article one section eleven of the Idaho State
The state constitution fails in the guarantee of our individual right to protect ourselves.
B. We commend efforts of organizations to preserve and foster that right, including Right-to-Carry laws.
No law is needed to guarantee that right, and all laws that restrict the right to bear arms need to
be repealed. We do not need “permission” from the government to bear arms, including
C. We believe the federal government should not regulate intrastate ammunition and firearms
The federal government and the state government should not engage in regulating firearms and
D. We believe in protection of the American firearms industry against harassing lawsuits that
blame them for the acts of criminals.
E. We call for more enforcement of current laws against violent criminals, not more “gun
control” aimed at law-abiding citizens.
F. We strongly oppose the United States entering into any international agreements or treaties
which would undermine, limit or interfere with the individual right to own and bear arms and
Sec. 2 Death Penalty
We believe the death penalty is an appropriate consequence for the most heinous crimes, and that
further reform should be made to the appellate process so the penalty can be carried out in a
The goal in capital punishment cases should not be expediency; it should be to ascertain
complete culpability beyond any reasonable doubt.
Sec. 3 Drug Use
A. We recognize the dreadful consequences of drug and substance abuse in our society, and we
call upon our national, state and local leaders to refocus efforts to discourage drug use and
rehabilitate drug users. We encourage all Idaho citizens, and their religious, civic, and
community organizations, to be actively engaged in this effort.
The war on drugs, as waged by government, is a war against liberty. The government does not
have the right to restrict access to any natural resource or derivation thereof. If a crime (meaning
a violation of life, liberty, or property) is committed, the offender should be punished. If no crime
is committed, there is no need for the government to get involved. Victimless crimes do not
exist; a crime must have a victim.
C. We support creative alternative sentencing, such as drug courts, and treatment for nonviolent
Nobody should have to face sentencing for drug use, possession, or dealing since there were no
rights violated by those activities, hence no crime committed. However, if any of those activities
involves or results in the commission of an actual crime where rights are violated, then the
criminal act itself should be prosecuted.
Sec. 4 Incarceration of Criminals
A. We recognize the enormous financial burden placed upon society by criminals. Therefore, we
support requiring inmates, to the extent they are capable, to perform labor or otherwise contribute
to the cost of their incarceration.
Our prisons are filled in a large measure by those who have no reason to be there. Incarceration is
only a proper option for short term restraint and violent offenders who pose a threat to society at
B. We support programming and education in the corrections system to rehabilitate offenders.
It is appropriate that the commission of crime should be punished according to the nature of the
offense; however, it does not fall within the proper role of government to rehabilitate criminals,
as this cannot be considered a punishment.
Sec. 5 Juvenile Justice
A. We support accountability for and rehabilitation of juvenile offenders.
In the particular case of juveniles, the state must not assume a parental role.
B. We support dealing with youthful offenders early to reduce future impact to the welfare and
The Juvenile Corrections Act needs to be replaced in its entirety.
ARTICLE XVII. National Defense
The Idaho Republican Party believes in peace through strength, and that having and keeping the
strongest military in the world is essential to preserving our liberties. We believe we should
never sacrifice liberty for security and oppose any limitations or incursions on the constitutional
freedoms, rights, and liberties of American citizens. We strongly support the Idaho National
Guard under the command of Idaho’s governor.
Peace does not require military might, but rather a reliance upon God. Idaho should have a
militia formed according to the constitution. The National Guard does not meet the definition.
Sec. 1 Veterans
We believe that America owes her continued freedom to the service of military veterans. We
reinforce our commitment to providing their needs and honoring them with the highest degree of
respect and appreciation.
I respect and appreciate all those who fight for freedom and liberty, not just those who do so with
military service. In addition, military service does not necessarily equate with fighting for
freedom. Our military has been ordered to wage countless unjust and immoral wars and acts of
aggression. The preservation of our freedoms does include national defense, but not offense.
Sec. 2 National Missile Defense
We support an effective National Missile Defense System to protect American citizens. We
oppose efforts to re-enter the ABM Treaty or any other treaty restricting America’s ability to
protect itself from attack.
Sec. 3 Mountain Home Air Force Base
We support the Mountain Home Air Force Base in its vital mission in protecting Idaho and the
nation. We recognize and value the economic contribution that the base makes to our State.
An air force base requires the expenditure of taxpayer funds and therefore provides no economic
Sec. 4 Securing the Border
We believe that securing the national border must be a priority for our country.
Sec. 5 Combating Terrorism
We support efforts to combat terrorism within the scope of the constitution, including the use of
Fighting against an action is not really useful. It would make much more sense to define an
enemy– be that individuals or groups (which should be handled though letters of marque and
reprisal), or nations (which should be handled by a formal declaration of war by Congress).
Sec. 6 Command of Forces
We believe American combat troops should not be used as "world policemen." UN combat
operations should be supported by a multi-national coalition, and when U. S. forces are
committed in UN combat operations, the United States should retain ultimate command of its
We need to immediately end our membership in the United Nations.
ARTICLE XVIII. Election of Idaho Supreme Court Justices
The Idaho Republican Party opposes any attempt to undermine the constitutional rights of the
people to select justices in an open and competitive election process.