What We Believe


The mission of the New Hanover County Republican Party is to promote and defend Republican values and principles in support of the ideals of America, and to help elect Republicans to public office.

What We Believe:

North Carolina Republican Party Platform 2013

Article I: Family

  1. Our nation’s strength lies with the family. It is the first school of discipline, responsibility and good citizenship. It is a haven of security and understanding. It is the engine of economic progress.
  2. The ideal environment for raising children is a two-parent family with a mother and father who are married and committed to that life-long relationship. We support policies and laws that encourage the stability of marriage. We oppose taxpayer-funded initiatives that support cohabitation, including taxpayer-funded benefit plans for unmarried partners.
  3. We recognize the importance of having fathers in the home. Children in homes without fathers are more likely to commit crimes, drop out of school, become violent, become teen parents, use illegal drugs, become mired in poverty or have emotional, physical or behavioral problems.
  4. We recognize that single-parent families succeed and that two-parent families sometimes fail. We praise the efforts of single parents who work to provide stable homes. We also salute and support the efforts of foster and adoptive families. We oppose adoption by same-sex couples.
  5. Strong parental rights serve as the keystone of the family unit. We oppose initiatives to erode those rights. We urge the General Assembly to enact a law requiring written, notarized parental consent for medical treatment including mental health treatment, drug treatment, alcohol treatment, and treatment involving pregnancy, contraceptives, and abortion. Government, however, should protect children from abuse and neglect, balancing parental rights with the protection of a child’s health and safety. We support private initiatives that provide services to dysfunctional families.
  6. We support the enforcement of federal and state Defense of Marriage Acts.
  7. We support federal and state constitutional amendments to limit marriage to one man and one woman.
  8. We support certified professional midwives attending home births.

Article II: The Economy

  1. The free enterprise system is the most effective and just economic system in the world. It creates opportunity, rewards self-reliance and hard work, and unleashes productivity that other societies can only imagine. It is an engine of charity, making America the most philanthropic nation on earth.
  2. Economic freedom is essential to human liberty and dignity. It preserves the inherent right to liberty and ownership of private property. To protect this inherent right, government must provide an environment for individual initiative and enterprise unencumbered by excessive regulation and taxation.
  3. The government should tax only to raise money for its essential functions. Government should not use the tax system to control our behavior, steer our choices or change the way we live our lives. North Carolinians pay the highest tax rates in the southeast, which is hurting industrial growth, imposing economic pressure on families and crushing the entrepreneurial spirit. We support a thorough review of expenditures each year, and we support a taxpayer’s bill of rights. We applaud the efforts of the North Carolina General Assembly to reduce spending.
  4. Because growth in employment requires expanding capital formation, we oppose the taxation of capital gains as ordinary income.
  5. We oppose bailouts and corporate welfare. It is contrary to the free enterprise system to recruit or retain businesses with targeted tax incentives when other businesses bear the full burden of taxation. Higher tax rates on the many to provide preferential treatment for the few is unfair. The best way to promote economic growth is to reduce our overall tax burden.
  6. We support transition to a simpler, fairer, more efficient tax system that reduces the overall tax burden.
  7. We support a full audit of the Federal Reserve.
  8. We oppose any plans for, or legislation in favor of, High Occupancy Toll (HOT) Lanes

Article Ill: Individual Liberty

  1. Liberty is founded upon a belief in the inherent dignity of the human person and a recognition that individuals possess God-given inherent rights including, but not limited to ,the right to life, liberty and property. A primary fundamental role of government is to protect those inherent rights as recognized in our Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, including its Bill of Rights, and the North Carolina Constitution, including its Declaration of Rights
  2. We believe that America’s constitutional form of government is the best system of insuring freedom. Consistent with that belief, our government must enact, interpret and enforce laws consistent with a strict construction of our Constitutions.
  3. The State must not interfere with freedom of religion. Public schools should not discriminate for or against any religion nor deny equal access to school facilities. We oppose efforts to remove the recognition of Almighty God from our schools, courts, currency and Pledge of Allegiance. We oppose efforts to remove prayer from our public meetings and governmental institutions. We support the right of religious and religiously-affiliated institutions, including hospitals and schools, to refuse to provide contraceptive, abortion, or other services or procedures that are inconsistent with their religious tenets . We oppose government mandates to require such coverage.
  4. We support healthcare freedom for all Americans, and we support free market solutions to America’s healthcare crisis. We oppose legal barriers to competition among insurers.
  5. Government should treat all citizens impartially and equally under the law.
  6. The Second Amendment and Section 30 of the North Carolina Declaration of Rights guarantee the right of the individual to keep and bear arms. We support the ownership, sale, purchase and “lawful carry” of firearms by law-abiding citizens. Gun owners have a right to confidentiality. Personal information required by government agencies for gun purchases and permitting should be available to law enforcement for investigative purposes only and not for public record.
  7. We oppose government–sanctioned tracking of drivers to enforce occupancy rates on our highways.
  8. Private property should not be taken by eminent domain except for a public use and upon prompt payment of just compensation.

Article IV: Sanctity of Life

  1. We believe in the sanctity of all human life and that the government must respect and protect all innocent human life from conception to natural death.
  2. We recognize that abortion egregiously discriminates against the unborn person for reasons of race, gender and disability.
  3. Unborn children have Constitutional rights to life and liberty which the government must protect. We urge the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade. We support a right to life Constitutional amendment.
  4. We oppose efforts to mandate the provision of abortion or to fund with taxpayer dollars organizations that provide or promote abortion services.
  5. We support adoption through significant tax incentives.
  6. We support our state’s law requiring a 24 hour waiting period, mandatory counseling before an abortion and criminal penalties for harming or killing an unborn child when the mother is killed or injured. We urge the General Assembly to enact laws which would require written, notarized parental consent for abortion and contraceptives, regulate abortion facilities as ambulatory surgical centers and to require abortion doctors to have admitting privileges in hospitals near their abortion clinics. Furthermore, we urge the General Assembly to immediately stop abortions at the gestational time when science identifies that the unborn child can feel pain..
  7. We support developments in biomedical research that enhance and protect human life. We oppose procedures that intentionally destroy innocent human life. We oppose human cloning and the destruction of human embryos. We strongly support adult stem cell research.
  8. We oppose euthanasia. We oppose the non-consensual withholding of care and treatment for persons with disabilities, including newborns, the elderly and infirm. We believe these individuals should be treated with love and respect, not as a burden. We urge the General Assembly to enact legislation criminalizing assisted suicide.
  9. We support the right of medical professionals to refuse to participate in abortions or to withhold life-sustaining care. We support the right of pharmacists to refuse to dispense abortion-inducing drugs. We support the right of medical residency programs to refuse to provide abortion training.
  10. We oppose infanticide. We urge the enactment of laws in this State to prohibit Partial Birth Abortion and to require medical care for babies who survive abortions.
  11. We urge the recruitment and support of candidates who are committed to enacting laws to protect all innocent human life.

Article V: State Government

  1. We believe that in a free society, power should rest in the hands of the people. We believe in a limited government which serves the people, rather than one that enslaves them.
  2. We believe that government at all levels must not spend money it doesn’t have.
  3. Legislative session limits must be accompanied by measures to ensure that policies are made by legislators and not by unelected employees.
  4. Government should not discourage honest, productive work. We oppose gambling, including the state lottery.
  5. We oppose unfunded state mandates for counties and municipalities.
  6. No State funds should be spent without an explicit appropriation. We oppose “slush funds” as rewards for political support. Raiding of dedicated funds should not be allowed except in an emergency as determined by law. Every bill heard in committee should receive a recorded vote. The budget bill should be made public at least two legislative days before the final vote in each house.
  7. We support the issuance of a driver’s license or state identification card only to those who are lawful residents. Taxpayers should pay for services only for lawful residents, except in life-threatening emergencies.
  8. The mental health system needs to be reformed. The needs of patients must be the first priority. This requires diagnosis, comprehensive care, follow-up, and stiff penalties for those who abuse or exploit patients.
  9. Elected officials should not appear in “public service ads” during their election.

Article VI: Elections

  1. A free society demands an honest and accurate election process. Our laws and our policies at every level of government should insure both.
  2. We support legislation requiring poll judges at all election sites, including early voting sites.
  3. We support enforced state-wide procedures for updating voter rolls to insure accuracy.
  4. We support photo identification to deter voter fraud.
  5. We support compact contiguous single-member districts that do not split counties, except as required by federal law or the state constitution.
  6. We recognize the independence of the judiciary and oppose the appointment of state judges to full terms. To hold our trial courts accountable through direct elections is a valuable right.
  7. Voters should have timely information on candidates’ campaign finances. We oppose funding election campaigns with public or foreign funds.
  8. The party affiliation of judicial and school board candidates should appear on the ballot.
  9. We encourage state and federal prosecutors to promptly investigate and prosecute voter fraud.
  10. We oppose straight-party ticket voting.

Article VII: Education

  1. Parents have the right to educate their children. Parents should expect excellent public education. All children should have access to an education that empowers them to reach their full God-given potential and contribute to the betterment of our society.
  2. Choice and competition insure quality education. We support incentives for parents who educate their children in private or home schools.
  3. We oppose caps on charter schools. Quality public charter schools should be encouraged.
  4. Education reform requires local control of curriculum, budget, textbooks and personnel. Parents must have access to all curricula.
  5. Reform requires nationally normed testing, cutting administrative waste and facilitating alternate teacher certification. Students must have the best teachers, whether physically present or by use of technology. Teachers should be paid and promoted based on the quality of their work, not on longevity. Teachers should be trained in the subject matter they teach. Highly qualified teachers at low-performing schools should be paid more if their students show academic progress.
  6. It is an appropriate goal for students to perform at grade level. Every effort should be made to ensure that all students learn to the greatest extent of their abilities. A high school diploma should mean that a student is fully prepared to enter college, technical school or the workforce.
  7. Schools should encourage patriotism and the Judeo-Christian values of Western civilization. They should teach students about the historical foundation and documents of the United States, including the Declaration of Independence and federal and state constitutions. Schools should teach economics and government so that students will be prepared to vote as informed citizens.
  8. We support regular recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, display of an American and a State flag and use of our national motto — “In God We Trust.”
  9. We oppose sex education in public schools without parental consent. No birth control devices or drugs should be distributed in public schools. We support teaching abstinence until marriage as the expected norm for sexual behavior. Abstinence until marriage is the most effective way to prevent teenage pregnancies, abortion, and sexually transmitted diseases, and to create healthy relationships and self-esteem. Public schools should not be used to teach children about homosexual behavior.
  10. We oppose school-based health clinics that provide referrals, counseling and related services for abortion and contraception.
  11. Schools should not ask children to answer offensive or intrusive personal non-academic questionnaires without parental consent.
  12. We support the right of students to pray in school and at public occasions without censorship.
  13. We oppose the restriction of free speech and free assembly by public institutions on ideological or religious grounds.
  14. We encourage expanding vocational curricula.

Article VIII: Justice

  1. The first duty of government is to maintain law and order, while securing for its citizens the freedom to pursue the blessings of liberty and the fruits of their labor.
  2. Premeditated and deliberate murder calls for the death penalty, which is directly proportional to the wrong perpetrated against its victim. We should drastically reduce the time between death sentence and execution in order to have an effective deterrent.
  3. We call for mandatory sentencing for all violent crimes, especially crimes committed against those who are charged with protecting us.
  4. Federal law should protect and defend all innocent human life, both born and unborn.
  5. We support mandatory educational and treatment programs for illegal drug users and alcohol abusers. Those who drive while impaired and those who manufacture, sell or distribute illegal drugs must face stiff punishment.
  6. We condemn gratuitous violence and pornography in literature and music. We oppose internet pornography. We support mandatory labeling of these products. Laws should control obscene or sadistic materials
  7. Child pornography is a hideous form of child abuse. Those who produce it—and those who traffic in it —must be punished to the maximum extent of the law.
  8. We want stiff penalties enforced for abducting, exploiting or abusing children, including unborn children. We abhor domestic violence.
  9. Prisons should focus on security, education and labor. Inmates should be required to work.
  10. We support tort reform, including a cap on awards for pain and suffering, and structured payments of awards for lost income.

Article IX: The Environment

  1. We are stewards of our God-given natural heritage. We have a duty to protect the earth’s resources.
  2. If regulation is needed to protect the environment, government should proceed only with evidence that the benefits warrant the cost. Humans are a critical component of the ecosystem. Regulations must ensure a balance between humans and the environment.
  3. We support energy security and energy independence. A comprehensive energy policy includes offshore and on-shore oil and natural gas, nuclear power, coal, solar, wind and alternative fuels that do not adversely impact the food supply. We support efforts to develop oil and natural gas through safe, clean, hydraulic fracturing.
  4. We support federal revenue sharing with those states directly affected by offshore exploration and development in federal waters. This revenue can be used to pay for research and development of alternative energy generation and distribution and to offset impacts on the coast.

Article X: National Policy

  1. We believe that our federal government’s first responsibility is to provide for the security of this country nation. To veterans and all those who defend it us today, we owe our full support and gratitude.
  2. We support peace through strength and stopping rogue nations from obtaining weapons of mass destruction. The military should be provided the resources to maintain full combat readiness. Military personnel should be sufficiently compensated to support their families. Denying necessary reinforcements to our troops is not “supporting the troops.”
  3. Border security is essential to national security. In an age of terrorism, drug cartels and criminal gangs, unidentified persons who enter this country pose grave risks to the sovereignty of the United States. Furthermore, the Federal government should enforce its immigration laws.
  4. Rules against sexual misbehavior in the military should be retained.
  5. English should be the official language of the United States.
  6. Our participation in any international body must never sacrifice the sovereignty of the United States. The United States does not need permission from the United Nations or any other international body to defend itself. Nor may any international body be allowed to influence the regulation of American territories, natural resources or parks.
  7. We recognize the need for treaties. We should withdraw from any treaty that compromises our sovereignty or undermines national defense. Foreign court decisions are not relevant to interpretation of the U.S. Constitution except when construing words used at the time of ratification.
  8. We support a Constitutional amendment requiring a balanced budget. Spending cuts are the right way to balance the budget. Tax rate reductions are the right way to stimulate the economy.
  9. Social Security must be placed on a sound financial basis with a budget separate from the general fund. We need more choice and control over our own retirement security. We support the expansion of private savings accounts.
  10. Wise health choices are best made by individuals guided by sound medical opinion. We oppose implementation of the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” in North Carolina and we urge Congress to repeal it in full.
  11. Choice and information will allow a reduction in costs. We support medical savings accounts which combine personal responsibility with access to affordable healthcare.
  12. We call on Congress, the President and the courts to abide by Article I, Section 8 of the United States Constitution and the Ninth and Tenth Amendments. We oppose encroachments upon all powers that the Constitution has reserved to the states or to the people.
  13. We oppose Federal “card check” legislation that denies workers a free and fair election with a secret ballot on the question whether they choose to be represented by a union. We support the right to work without being forced to join a union.
  14. We support the reinstitution of the “Mexico City Policy” which would prohibit federal funds from being given to any organization which promotes or provides abortions.
  15. We support the principle of a “sound money” policy to sustain a stable U.S. currency. The Comptroller General of the General Office of Accounting must perform an annual accounting of the Federal Reserve to ensure its transparency and accountability .
  16. Our Founders provided a system for changing our Constitution by the amendment process. We strongly oppose the circumvention of this process by activists in the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government.
  17. The Grand Old Party was born in the 1850’s out of the abolition movement. Slavery has been abolished in the United States but tens of millions of people around the world continue to live in bondage. Our foreign policy should encourage freedom from slavery for all.

Respectfully submitted the 7th day of June, 2013.

2013 Platform Committee
Laura Dunlow, Merry Hill District 1
Charles Stanley, Sanford District 2
Harvey West, Plymouth District 3
Gregory Gebhardt, Lillington District 4
Kevin Austin, Yadkinville District 5
Julie Emmons, Mebane District 6
Denise Rentz, Garner District 7
Mark Schenck, Wagram District 8
Warren Cooksey, Charlotte District 9
Tracy Philbeck, Bessemer City District 10
Mike Clampitt, Bryson City District 11
Nancy Fielding, Salisbury District 12
Jacque Esslinger, Henderson District 13
Joyce Krawiec, At Large
Paul Stam, Apex At Large
Mary Summa, Charlotte Chairman