What Do Republicans Believe? Things They Stand For
Generalizing about one particular group can be problematic. Do all Republicans believe exactly the same thing? Probably not. I'm sure there are differences between Republicans about things.
Some Republicans vote that way because they're fiscally conservative and that trumps differences they may have about social issues. Others are less interested in the fiscal position of the party and vote that way due to their religious convictions.
However, the Republican Party does stand for certain things, so when I answer the question: "What Do Republicans Believe?", I'm answering with regard to the party as a whole.
So what do Republicans believe? Here are their basic beliefs:
- Government is not the solution to domestic social problems - This is pretty universal among Republicans. Government should not be providing solutions to problems that confront people. Those problems should be solved by the people themselves. Relying on the government to solve problems is a crutch that makes people lazy and feel entitled to receive things without working for them.
- Religion and the belief in God is vital to a strong nation - Republicans are generally accepting only of the Judeo-Christian belief system. For most Republicans, religion is absolutely vital in their political beliefs and the two cannot be separated. Therefore, separation of church and state is not that important to them. In fact, they believe that much of what is wrong has been caused by too much secularism.
- State control should trump federal control - Decision-making should be as local as possible and if there's something important that needs solving on a social level, the state's decision should trump any federal decisions. The federal government should not have control over state decisions generally-speaking.
- The free market should control all financial decisions - the free market is the perfect decision-maker. There need be no interference in the market because ultimately the needs and desires of manufacturers and consumers will resolve themselves correctly in an unregulated market.
Most of the other things that Republicans believe extend from one of the four basic tenets listed above: small government, religious authority, local control, and the power of free markets. Here are other things Republicans believe that derive from those basic ideas.
- Lower taxes - no matter what the situation, Republicans believe in lowering taxes across-the-board, for both individuals and businesses. As far as they are concerned, the more money that stays in the hands of the private sector, the better. People and businesses should be able to determine how and when they spend their money.
- A strong military - Republicans favor a strong military and using that military. Republicans are usually hawks where Democrats are doves. The strong military stance demonstrates how Republicans use the power of the federal government, though they believe that a strong military spurs innovation and directs tax dollars as investments into businesses they support.
- Privatize everything - Republicans are more likely to argue for the privatization of things than Democrats, even going so far as to advocate for privatizing fire departments and the police in some cases. This goes for Social Security, health care, medicare, and virtually anything else that's linked to the government in any way. No matter what it is, private industry can always do a better job than government.
- Homosexuals do not deserve equal rights - This comes from their religious beliefs, which form the basis for a lot of policy. Republicans believe that homosexuality is a choice and, as such, should not be acknowledged in the same way as other groups. Therefore, homosexuals should not be allowed to marry nor should they be allowed to adopt children.
- Gun control - Republicans support the position of the NRA and do not believe in gun control. They believe in the right of all citizens to own guns as detailed in the Constitution.
- Abortion is murder - Republicans are fundamentally against abortion and do not support the idea that a woman should be able to choose whether to end a pregnancy no matter the reason, though some Republicans make exceptions for rape and incest. Although Republicans believe abortion is murder and believe Roe v. Wade should be overturned, they do not usually explain what punishment should befall those who get or give abortions should it become illegal.
- Global warming is not real - Generally, Republicans question the conclusions scientists have come to regarding global warming. At best, they believe that the effects of global warming have been overstated and that regulating emissions should not be done. At worst, they believe it is a hoax.
- Evolution is not a legitimate theory - Republicans reject the theory of evolution and believe in creationism, the idea that God created man the way he is. They believe creationism should be taught in public schools.
- Illegal Immigrants should be deported - Republicans believe that illegal immigrants, no matter the reason they are in this country, should be forcibly removed from the U.S. Although illegal immigrants are often motivated to come to the U.S. by companies who hire them, Republicans generally believe that the focus of the law should be on the illegal immigrants and not on the corporations that hire them.
- Poverty must solve itself - Republicans believe that poor people are usually poor for a reason, be it laziness, choice or whatever. Unless we demand that people pull themselves up by the bootstraps and solve their own problems, people will not be motivated to do things. Therefore, the issue of poverty cannot be solved by the government. Charity should be the choice of individuals.
- Capital punishment is good - Republicans believe in the death penalty and support its use in cases where violent crimes have been committed.