- Fit or convenient time or situation; a time or place permitting or
favorable for the execution of a purpose; a suitable combination of
conditions; suitable occasion; chance.
- Convenience of situation; fitness.
of Confederation IV
- The better to secure and perpetuate mutual friendship and
intercourse among the people of the different States in this Union,
the free inhabitants of each of these States, paupers, vagabonds,
and fugitives from justice excepted, shall be entitled to all
privileges and immunities of free citizens in the several States;
and the people of each State shall free ingress and regress to and
from any other State, and shall enjoy therein all the privileges of
trade and commerce, subject to the same duties, impositions, and
restrictions as the inhabitants thereof respectively, provided that
such restrictions shall not extend so far as to prevent the removal
of property imported into any State, to any other State, of which
the owner is an inhabitant; provided also that no imposition, duties
or restriction shall be laid by any State, on the property of the
United States, or either of them.
- Introduction and
- Every day, we strive
to fulfill Lincoln’s vision: a country united and free, in which all
people are guaranteed equal rights and the opportunity to pursue their
dreams. His legacy goes beyond the borders of America. It can be seen in
free governments allover the world.
- Our plans focus on
ensuring that America remains safe, terrorists are defeated, and
democracy flourishes in the world … on expanding opportunities for
ownership and investment …
- Our Party’s 2004
platform addresses the major issues facing America in the first decade
of the 21st century:
- Ushering in an
Ownership Era - because a vibrant entrepreneurial spirit will keep
our economy strong and provide more opportunities for workers and
- This platform makes
clear that the American people will have a choice on November 2nd.
- A choice between
opportunity and dependence.
- The 2004 Republican
Party Platform makes clear:
- Winning the War on
- Steady American
Leadership in the World
- We affirm
America's role in leading the world toward greater freedom,
opportunity, and prosperity.
- We applaud
President Bush's record of accomplishment in broadening the realm of
liberty and promoting prosperity and opportunity in the world, and
we endorse his vision for the future.
- We hail the
President's success in achieving unprecedented cooperation with
Europe - at NATO, through the European Union, and with individual
nations - in combating terrorism and proliferation of weapons of
mass destruction, building peace and democracy in Afghanistan and
Iraq, and advancing the cause of freedom, democracy, and opportunity
throughout the broader Middle East and North Africa.
- The Broader Middle
East and North Africa
- We applaud the
commitment represented by the President's Middle East Partnership
Initiative, which funds economic, political, and educational reform
efforts in the Middle East and champions opportunity for all people
of the region, especially women and youth.
- Ushering in an Ownership
- Ownership gives
citizens a vital stake in their communities and their country. By
expanding ownership, we will help turn economic growth into lasting
- As Republicans who
believe in the power of ownership to create better lives, we want more
people to own a home. We want more people to own and build small
- Homeownership is
central to the American dream, and Republicans want to make it a
reality for everyone.
- Small Business
- Though more work
remains to be done, including reauthorizing the Small Business
Administration, President Bush and Congressional Republicans have
made good on each of those commitments. They have:
federal contracts to small businesses. In 2003, small businesses
received the largest percentage ever of all federal contracts.
In addition, President Bush developed a strategy to reverse the
trend toward bundling of contracts, a practice that has denied
small businesses the ability to compete for billions of
- New York City
evolved from a city plagued by crime, smothered by government, and
void of opportunity, into one that attracts both families and young
people looking to build careers and enjoy an urban lifestyle. New
York's turnaround is a testament to the great power of turning
Republican ideals into policies and solutions. By focusing on
economic growth and opportunity, business development, crime
control, and the revitalization of urban eyesores, we can inject
fresh energy and opportunity into America's urban centers.
homeownership opportunities are giving residents a stake in urban
- President Bush
is building on the successes of Republican mayors who bring
opportunity to inner cities.
- By making
America's cities places of opportunity and safety, attractive to
citizens of all backgrounds, we ensure that urban centers remain
vital and vibrant communities.
- Ensuring Equal
- Our nation is a
land of opportunity for all, and our communities must represent the
ideal of equality and justice for every citizen. The Republican
Party favors aggressive, proactive measures to ensure that no
individual is discriminated against on the basis of race, national
origin, gender, or other characteristics covered by our civil rights
laws. We also favor recruitment and outreach policies that cast the
widest possible net so that the best qualified individuals are
encouraged to apply for jobs, contracts, and university admissions.
We believe in the principle of affirmative access - taking steps to
ensure that disadvantaged individuals of all colors and ethnic
backgrounds have the opportunity to compete economically and that no
child is left behind educationally. We support a reasonable approach
to Title IX that seeks to expand opportunities for women without
adversely affecting men's athletics. We praise President Bush for
his strong record on civil rights enforcement, and for becoming the
first President ever to ban racial profiling by the federal
government. Finally, because we are opposed to discrimination, we
reject preferences, quotas, and set-asides based on skin color,
ethnicity, or gender, which perpetuate divisions and can lead people
to question the accomplishments of successful minorities and women.
many tribes have become energetic participants in the
mainstream of American life, the serious social ills
afflicting some reservations have been worsened by decades
of mismanagement from Washington. In its place, we offer
these guiding principles:
taxes and unreasonable regulations stifle new and
expanded businesses and thwart the creation of job
opportunities and prosperity.
Republican Opportunity Values
Taxation and Tax Code
Controlled Immigration Reform
- Right to
- Tort Legal Reform
Administrative Policy Initiatives
Republican Sponsored Legislature
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