The blessings of liberty were not forever secured by the ratification of the Constitution of the United States. The price of liberty is often dear, and must be paid by each generation.
The South Carolina Republican Party recognizes that there are very real threats to the liberty of the people of the United States from sources beyond the borders of this country. Such forces exist today and will no doubt continue to exist, in various forms, in the future. Nevertheless, the greatest threats to our continued enjoyment of the blessings of liberty arise from within our nation. We enjoy a government of the people, by the people and for the people such that “the people” must not abrogate their responsibilities to government bureaucrats. Often we are offered what is alleged to be greater security through some form of government in exchange for a portion of our individual liberties. When we conduct those transactions, individual liberties are routinely lost but often the promised security is illusory. Rarely is the exchange of liberty for security a good bargain.
If this generation truly proposes to secure the blessings of liberty to itself and to its posterity, it must gain control of its government at all levels so that we as a people live within our means.
The practice of deficit spending, creating the huge national debt we all now share, has resulted in the mortgaging of our future and the futures of our children. The continuation of that practice will prohibit us from securing the blessings of liberty for ourselves and for our posterity.
Limiting the national government to its specified constitutional functions, as opposed to using it as the engine for a welfare state, will go a long way toward allowing us to preserve and build upon the great American heritage we treasure. However, we must not be fooled into believing that prudence in our economic practices will in and of itself secure the blessings of liberty that we desire. Sound fiscal policies, as all levels of government, must be coupled with sound moral principles to ensure that our Nation not only survives, but thrives.
The South Carolina Republican Party firmly believes that sound moral and fiscal principles are complimentary to one another, not antagonistic. By emphasizing the importance of family and personal responsibility, and by focusing on what we can do for our communities and ourselves rather than on what government should be doing for us, we can strengthen the moral fiber of our society. It is our firm, God-inspired belief that the full implementation and application of the foundational principles set forth by the South Carolina Republican Party in this Platform will permit us to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and to our posterity