GOP, short for Grand Old Party, is a nickname for the Republican Party of the United States. On July 6, 1854 an anti-slavery state convention was held in Jackson, Michigan. The hot day forced the large crowd outside to a nearby oak grove. At this “Under the Oaks Convention” (pictured above) the first statewide candidates were selected for what would become the Republican Party.

The Republican National Committee has been collecting input from average party members, asking them to: “Tell us which principles are most important to you”.

The resulting feedback highlights what it means to be a Republican. Some key principles:

  • Constitution should be honored, valued, and upheld
  • Leaders should serve people, not special interests
  • Families and communities should be strong and free from government intrusion
  • Institution of traditional marriage is the foundation of society
  • Government should be smaller, smarter and more efficient
  • Health care decisions should be made by us and our doctors
  • Paychecks should not be wasted on poorly run government programs
  • Military must be strong and prepared to defend our shores

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