2016 Republican Presidential Candidates


Private Property Rights


  1. The exclusive right of possessing, enjoying, and disposing of a thing; ownership; title.
  2. That to which a person has a legal title, whether in his possession or not; thing owned; an estate, whether in lands, goods, or money.

Constitutional Quotes

  •  Article. I, Section 8 - The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defense and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;
    •  To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries;
    •   - All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws. (Note: Article I, section 2, of the Constitution was modified by section 2 of the 14th amendment.)
  •  Amendment III - No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

  •  Amendment IV - The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

  •  Amendment V - No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.


  • Article 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.


  •  Declaration of Independence
    •  To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
      •  He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation: 
        •  For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

2004 Republican Platform Quotes

  •  Ushering in an Ownership Era
    •  Ownership gives citizens a vital stake in their communities and their country. By expanding ownership, we will help turn economic growth into lasting prosperity.
    •  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 businesses.
    •  Tax Relief: Making it Happen, Making it Permanent
      •  In 2001, President Bush signed historic tax relief into law. The 2001 law:
        •   Created a new, low 10 percent income tax bracket;
          •  Phased-out the death tax that penalizes family-owned small businesses and farms;
    •  Homeownership
      •  Homeownership is central to the American dream, and Republicans want to make it a reality for everyone.
      •  Affordable housing is in the national interest. 
      •  In many areas, housing prices are higher than they need to be because of regulations that drive up building costs. Some regulation is of course necessary, and so is sensible zoning. We urge states and localities to work with local builders and lenders to eliminate unnecessary burdens that price many families out of the market. We see no role for any federal regulation of homebuilding. We do foresee a larger role for state and local governments in controlling the federally assisted housing that has been so poorly managed from Washington. We also encourage the modification of restrictions that inhibit the rehabilitation of existing distressed properties.
    •  Private Property Rights
      •  The core of ownership in America has always been ownership of private property that a citizen can call his or her own. Republicans respect this tradition. For reasons both Constitutional and environmental, therefore, President Bush and the Republican Congress will safeguard private property rights by enforcing the Takings Clause of the Fifth Amendment and by providing just compensation whenever private property is needed to achieve a compelling public purpose. We oppose efforts to diminish the rights of private citizens to the land they own.
  •  Building an Innovative, Globally Competitive Economy
    •  Lower Taxes and Economic Growth
      •  The proof is in the numbers, and the numbers prove our economy is strong and growing stronger.
        •  Homeownership rates are at record levels - seven out of ten American families own their own home today.
  •  Strengthening Our Communities
    •  Respecting and Protecting the Environment
      •  Finally, we link the security of private property to our environmental agenda because environmental stewardship has been best advanced where property is privately held. After all, people who live on the land, work the land, and own the land also love the land and protect it. President Bush and the Republican Congress will safeguard private property rights by enforcing the Takings Clause of the Fifth Amendment and by providing just compensation whenever private property is needed to achieve a compelling public purpose.
    •  Modernizing the Endangered Species Act
      •  Just as importantly, the Act should encourage expansion of voluntary agreements with private property owners while ensuring that ESA enforcement respects and upholds private property rights.
    •  Revitalizing America's Cities
      •  New homeownership opportunities are giving residents a stake in urban neighborhoods.

Republican Private Property Rights Values

  •  Home Ownership is Central to the American Dream
  •  Ownership Gives Citizens a Vital Stake in Their Communities and America
  •  Eminent Domain Taking of Property Should be Limited to Compelling Public Purpose
  •  Death Tax Penalizes Family-Owned Businesses and Farms
  •  Remove Federal Regulations in Home Building to Increase Home Affordability
  •  Environmental Protection Should Not Be at the Expense of Private Property Rights

Administrative Policy Initiatives

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