For the first hundred years or so of its history, the national Republican Party was notably inclusive and progressive:
Supporting the limitation of slavery and preservation of the Union (e.g. Abraham Lincoln)
Supporting the abolition of slavery and equal political rights for citizens of all races and genders (e.g. William Lloyd Garrison)
- Supporting the conservation of natural resources and preservation of wild spaces (e.g. Gifford Pinchot, John F. Lacey)
Supporting public regulation of corporate power (e.g. John Sherman, Theodore Roosevelt)
Supporting an anti-interventionist foreign and military policy (e.g. Richard Pettigrew)
Supporting government reform for the common good (e.g. Harold Stassen)
Supporting real fiscal responsibility and limited American engagement in Vietnam (e.g. Robert Taft)
Supporting public investments for future growth and concern about the military-industrial complex (e.g. Dwight Eisenhower)
Supporting freedom of political expression and programs for the alleviation of poverty (e.g. George Aiken)
Supporting legal protection for racial integration and civil rights (e.g. Earl Warren)
Supporting pragmatic trans-partisan policies in the public interest (e.g. Everett Dirksen)
Supporting equal government leadership opportunities for citizens of all genders and races (e.g. Margaret Chase Smith, Edward Brooke)
In Missouri, the revival of the Republican Party began fifty years ago when reformers like John Danforth and Kit Bond challenged entrenched and corrupt state leadership. At the time, such figures represented moderate-to-liberal electoral alternatives.
Tragically for all of us, the national and state Party no longer reflects this heritage. Today, the GOP has become captive to ideological extremists, such as so-called libertarians and neo-cons, whose agenda bears no relationship to this progressive legacy and whose adherents bear no allegiance to the Party’s history.
This campaign seeks to honor this history and heritage of the GOP while calling for the Party to again reclaim its rightful role as an agent of positive change in our country.