President Reagan’s approach to America’s national defense, which successfully confronted the Soviet Union and ended the Cold War, is as essential today as it was then: Peace through strength – an enduring peace, based on freedom and the will to defend it. Today, it requires defending America’s homeland, including remaining vigilant in confronting global terrorism, maintaining a robust defense against threats arising from nuclear proliferation, including a strong ballistic missile defense for America and our allies, and promoting an effective, capable intelligence community. It requires a full commitment to America’s Armed Forces to ensure they are modern, agile and adaptable to the unpredictable range of challenges in the years ahead. And it requires a sustained international effort, which complements our military activities, to develop and maintain alliances and relationships that will lead to greater peace and stability. While the United States participates in various international organizations which can serve the cause of peace and prosperity, they must never substitute for principled American leadership nor prevent America from joining with other democracies to protect our vital national interests.
We support common sense health care reforms that would lower the costs, preserve quality, end lawsuit abuse, and maintain the health care that Americans deserve. We oppose government run health care which will not protect the physician – patient relationship will not promote competition and will not promote health care quality and choice.
We believe in energy independence. We support an “all of the above” approach that encourages the production of nuclear power, clean coal, natural gas, solar, wind, geothermal, hydropower, as well as offshore drilling in an environmentally responsible way. We oppose so-called cap and trade legislation that would impose a national energy tax on families and small businesses that would kill jobs and raise utility prices.
We believe that maintaining a world class system of primary and secondary education, with high standards, in which all students can reach their potential, is critically important to America’s future. We believe in the power of school choice, that giving parents the ability to send their children to better schools – not keep them trapped in failing schools – is an important way to enable children to get the quality education they deserve.
We believe in the power and opportunity of America’s free market economy. We believe in the importance of sensible business regulations that promote confidence in our economy among consumers, entrepreneurs and businesses alike. We oppose interventionist policies that put the state or federal government in control of industry and allow it to pick winners and losers in the marketplace.
We believe a judge’s role is to interpret the law, not make law from the bench. Judges in our state and federal court systems, from magisterial district courts to the United States Supreme Court, should demonstrate fidelity to the U.S. Constitution. We trust the judicial system based on rulings on the law, and nothing else.