Republicans believe the constitution of the United States is a contract between free people and the public officials they choose to govern them; that our rights are granted to us by our creator and not by the government; that the purpose of taxation is to finance government and not to redistribute income; that we are all created equal and should stand equal before the law; and in individual liberty with personal responsibility for ones choices and actions. The pursuit of opportunity has defined America from our very beginning. This is a land of opportunity. The American Dream is a dream of equal opportunity for all. And the Republican Party is the party of opportunity. Our nation faces unprecedented uncertainty with great fiscal and economic challenges and under the current Administration has suffered through the longest and most severe economic downturn since the Great Depression. Many Americans have experienced the burden of lost jobs, lost homes, and lost hopes. Our middle class has felt that burden most acutely. Meanwhile, the federal government has expanded its size and scope, its borrowing and spending, its debt and deficit. Federalism is threatened and liberty retreats. The times call for trustworthy leadership and honest talk about the challenges we face. Our nation and our people cannot afford the status quo. We must begin anew, with profound changes in the way government operates; the way it budgets, taxes, and regulates. Jeffersons vision of a wise and frugal government must be restored. We respectfully submit this platform to the American people. It is both a vision of where we are headed and an invitation to join us in that journey. It is about the great dreams and opportunities that have always been America and must remain the essence of America for generations to come.