The Rhode Island Liberty Caucus is a political action organization dedicated to promoting the ideals of individual rights, limited government and free enterprise within the Republican Party of the United States of America by: A. Promoting these ideals among Party officials and its various organizations; B. Identifying and supporting candidates sympathetic with these ideals; C. Developing Caucus membership among Party registrants, officials, and officeholders.
Not all Rhode Island Republicans favor more intrusive government. This forum is for Republican Liberty Caucus (RLC) members and supporters that live in Rhode Island. Our goal is to facilitate better communication among the libertarian wing of the Republican Party in Rhode Island. We want to endorse and recruit candidates and hold events. This is not a debate or philosophy club.
Founded in 1990, the Republican Liberty Caucus works to advance the principles of limited government, individual liberty and free markets within the Republican Party and throughout America. The RLC-Rhode Island is working to elect pro-liberty Republicans to offices at all levels, partisan and non-partisan, in both primary and general elections. The Republican Liberty Caucus is committed not to just electing more Republicans ... but better ones, as well.
The following is the published list of the RLC guiding principles
The Republican Liberty Caucus supports individual rights, limited government and free enterprise.
We believe every human being is endowed by nature with inherent rights to life, liberty and property that are properly secured by law. We support a strict construction of the Bill of Rights as a defense against tyranny; the expansion of those rights to all voluntary consensual conduct under the Ninth and Tenth Amendments; and the requirements of equal protection and due process under the Fourteenth Amendment.
We support the Constitutional restrictions on federal government powers enumerated in Article I, Section 8 as an absolute limit on all government functions and programs. We oppose the adoption of broad and vague powers under the guise of general welfare or interstate commerce.
We oppose all restrictions on the voluntary and honest exchange of value in a free market. We favor minimal, equitable, and fair taxation for the essential functions of government. We oppose all legislation that concedes Congressional power to any regulatory agency, executive department, or international body.
We support the Constitution as the supreme law of the land, the republican form of government it requires, and the right of all citizens to fair and equitable representation.
We believe these are also the proper positions of the Republican Party.
To join the RI Republican Liberty Caucus, go to our national web site, The Republican Liberty Caucus. Membership is unified between the national and state organizations, and joining at that site also makes you a member of the state organization.