The RLCTX State Board recently decided to, once again, seek to be considered as an official auxiliary or coalition of the Republican Party of Texas. As of Friday, for the first time ever, the Auxiliary and Coalition Committee of the Republican Party of Texas has invited the Republican Liberty Caucus of Texas to present to them at the next quarter meeting for consideration of coalition status. Though this is only the first hurdle and the RLCTX will need to present and answer the concerns of the committee, it is a huge step forward of the organization. RLCTX Chairman Jeff LeBlanc made the comment, " I appreciate the Republican party of Texas auxiliary committee's decision to hear the RLCTX next quarter for consideration for coalition status. The liberty movement has no auxiliary or club representation in the Republican party of Texas currently, while seeking partnerships for any other thinkable niche out there. Personally, whether that is the rlctx or another group is of no matter to me. If party growth or retention are the goal, having a group that can work with party officials on issues that are important to liberty minded conservatives inside the party is needed. With seated Senators and Representatives from Justin Amash, to Rand Paul , Thomas Massie and Mike Lee nationally, and Senators and Representatives seated in Texas from Jonathan Stickland, James White, David Simpson and Koni Burton these ideas must be heard in the party, and they must be furthered in Texas to retain those who still cling to the ideals of Reagan and a love for constitutionally limited government, individual liberty and free market principles in our tent."
The RLCCD36 wishes the State Organization best wishes in their endeavors. This caucus has always sought to explain the thought to many confused by local rhetoric of some of the intent of the Liberty Caucus. It is nothing more than a group that represents the views of the Liberty Wing of the party. Despite other connotations that may be throw otherwise, we are a group that subscribes the principles of the Republican Party. Additionally, we focus on the legitimate roles of government as outlined by our founders. While locally, the accusation of drug usage support and free reign abortion tried to be tied to us, nothing can be further from the truth. We will stand and debate in the party when they violate their own principles, and sometimes that is misunderstanding as being against the party. However, the principles below always achieve our agreement, and with a rigid appreciation for principles we expect the party to follow them in the same manner.
Finally, the threshold at which auxiliaries are held to is "Take no position contrary to the Party platform and support no candidate opposing a Republican nominee." This State Caucus has only ever officially endorsed Republican Candidates and has no official statement contrary to the Platform. Individual member thought does not constitute an official statement.
We, the 2016 Republican Party of Texas, believe in this platform and expect our elected leaders to uphold these truths through acknowledgement and action. We believe in:
1. “The laws of nature and nature’s God” and we support the strict adherence to the original intent of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitutions of the United States and of Texas.(The RLCCD36 uses this very language in our principles though many misunderstand 'nature' locally.)
2. The sanctity of innocent human life, created in the image of God, should be protected from fertilization to natural death. (The RLCTX has a more broad statement that many think is not pro-life, but is to the contrary. "We oppose any allocation of government funds or resources to facilitate abortions, advocate in the public discussion, or to jeopardize the right of any woman to defend her own life and health. We support a resolution of this issue through the proper judicial and legislative channels specified in the Constitution." There are indeed remedies to this situation of life fully prescribed in the Constitution that we support including the 10th amendment and judicially, one could support repeal of Row v Wade. Lastly, at its very foundation there can be no liberty without life. Additionally this local chapter did submit to National, last convention, a more pro-life stance and will continue to do so.)
3. Preserving American and Texas sovereignty and freedom.
4. Limiting government power to those items enumerated in the United States and Texas Constitutions.
5. Personal accountability and responsibility.
6. Self-sufficient families, founded on the traditional marriage of a natural man and a natural woman.
7. Having an educated population, with parents having the freedom of choice for the education of their children.
8. Americans having the right to be safe in their homes, on their streets, and in their communities; and the unalienable right to defend themselves.
9. A free enterprise society unencumbered by government interference or subsidies.
10. Honoring all of those that serve and protect our freedom.
-Jeff LeBlanc, Chairman, Republican Liberty Caucus of Texas