What is a Republican?

A Republican is a member of the Republican Party, often referred to as the GOP (“Grand Old Party” or “Growth, Opportunity, Prosperity”), one of the two major political parties in the US.

In Craven County the GOP has roughly a third of registered voters, the balance split between Unaffiliated and Democrat. In many elections the Unaffiliated are the real deciders.

The 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1965 Voting Rights Acts were reforms of the Republican Party. Civil Rights Acts were promoted by Republicans in 1868, 1875, 1957 and 1960. The 1968 Civil Rights Act was supported by more Republicans than Democrats.

The 13th Amendment (banning slavery), the 14th Amendment (extending the Bill or Rights to former slaves), and the 15th Amendment (according voting rights to blacks) were all enacted by Republicans despite opposition from Democrats.

Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass and Martin Luther King Jr. were all Republicans.

In August 1920 Republicans pushed for ratification of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote.

Since 1920 Republicans have tried to stop the progressive socialist growth of government; and since 1930 free trade has been a mainstream Republican policy.

Republicans believe in individual responsibility, free enterprise, social mobility, that prosperity is the fruit of labor, that when some of us earn wealth others are encouraged to do so, that opportunity is open to all, and that achievement brings self-respect.

Join with us to take back America and help future generations. Regular meetings the 7 PM the 4th Thursday of the month or just stop in at 2654 MLK Jr. Blvd and chat with like-minded citizens. We are always seeking volunteers for our many activities, from poll-watching to block walking. And we’re interested in hearing your ideas on how we can grow the party.