I AM A REPUBLICAN BECAUSE…
I believe that the proper function of government is to do for the people those things that have to be done but cannot be done, or cannot be done as well by individuals, and that the most effective government is government closest to the people.
I believe that good government is based on the individual and that each person’s ability, dignity, freedom and responsibility must be honored and recognized.
I believe that free enterprise and the encouragement of individual initiative and incentive have given this nation an economic system second to none.
I believe that sound money management should be our goal.
I believe in equal rights, equal justice and equal opportunity for all, regardless of race, creed, age, sex or national origin. I believe that persons with disabilities should be afforded equal rights, equal justice and equal opportunity as well.
I believe we must retain those principles of the past worth retaining, yet always be receptive to new ideas with an outlook broad enough to accommodate thoughtful change and varying points of view.
I believe that Americans value and should preserve their feeling of national strength and pride, and at the same time, share with people everywhere a desire for peace and freedom and the extension of human rights throughout the world.
Finally, I believe that the Republican Party is the best vehicle for translating these ideas into positive and successful principles of government.
One Vote DOES Make a Difference!
Ronald Reagan won TEN states in 1980 with margins of less than 20,000 votes in each state. If that kind of margin had occurred in previous presidential elections:
Richard Nixon would have defeated John Kennedy.
Gerald Ford would have defeated Jimmy Carter.
The presidential elections of 1948 (Truman) and 1968 (Nixon) would have been decided by the House of Representatives!
Governor John Engler was elected in 1990 by just an average of 3 votes per precinct!
In 1950, a larger turnout in Muskegon County would have elected a Republican Governor in Michigan. The Democrat won by less than 1200 votes out of almost two million cast. In 1990, a heavy Republican turnout in Ottawa County resulted in the election of a Republican Governor in Michigan by a very narrow margin.
In 1986, if just 22,000 voters had switched their votes in four states (Alabama, Colorado, North Dakota and South Dakota), the Republicans would have controlled the US Senate for four more years.
A switch of less than 10,000 votes in Ohio and Hawaii in 1976 would have elected Gerald Ford over Jimmy Carter.
In 1916, Woodrow Wilson won re-election by capturing the electoral vote in California. He won there by 3,733 votes, less than one vote per precinct!