AUSTIN, TEXAS – The Republican Liberty Caucus, a membership organization that exists to promote individual liberty and limited government, is praising its endorsed Congressional candidates who have taken pro-liberty positions on civil liberties and equal rights.
The Caucus Statement of Principles outlines that members support medical and banking privacy, equal protection under the law, and all voluntary and non-violent consensual conduct. Accordingly, the Caucus wishes to praise certain Congressional candidates who have taken exceptional positions on privacy, civil liberties, and equal rights.
“We must drastically limit the ability of government to collect and store data regarding citizens’ personal matters,” says RLC-endorsed Congressional candidate Delia Lopez (pictured, right) of Oregon. Lopez opposes GPS tracking mandates and any move toward a national ID card.
Military veteran David Ratowitz, a RLC-endorsed candidate for Congress in suburban Chicago, says he is “confident that American security is better served by streamlining our military [and] concentrating our forces and avoiding futile nation building.” Continues Ratowitz, “We must recognize that our most powerful tool of foreign policy is the soft power generated by American citizens through their generosity, industry and the example they set for the world.”
“I believe the military should adopt an inclusive approach towards gays and lesbians,” says RLC-endorsed Congressional candidate Joel Pollak of Illinois. RLC Advisory Board member Gary Johnson, the former Governor of New Mexico, recently said “‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ has always been wrong and it is still wrong.” And earlier this year, the Texas chapter of the Republican Liberty Caucus blasted homophobic language that was added to the official Texas Republican Party platform.
According to the late Senator Barry Goldwater, a hero to many RLC members, “You don’t need to be straight to fight and die for your country… you just need to shoot straight.” Goldwater rightly stated that a fundamental tenet of conservatism is that government should stay out of people’s private lives — and out of the impossible task of legislating morality.
According to National RLC Chairman Dave Nalle, “We are proud that our slate of candidates are speaking on these important social issues and bucking the trend of the Republican Establishment by simply being honest about these issues. Ultimately, these issues — civil liberties and treatment of gay Americans — are about individual rights and freedoms. We’re working for a Republican Party that will defend those rights and freedoms.”