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Republican Party Virtues

Causes, Associations, & Alignments

The following is a collection of actual and / or perceived causes, qualities, and alignments typically associated with the modern Republican Party. The showcase may include actual core party values as well as perceptions (whether true or not) and official / unofficial stances of the party itself. This showcase includes all topics - both good and bad - as viewed by party insiders, party outsiders, and data revealed through surveys and polling.

The party has been the originator of several controversial / unconstitutional initiatives:

Suspension of Writ of Habeas Corpus (1861)
Abraham Lincoln's (R) administration suspended the writ of Habeas Corpus during the American Civil War (1861-1865), allowing the federal government to indefinitely hold an individual (including American citizens) without cause, arraignment, or indictment. The initiative was established to silence rebels as well as dissenters of the war. Defending the move as necessary, Lincoln cited Article 1, Section 9 of the Constitution which allowed suspension 'when in cases of rebellion or invasion the public safety may require it.'

Patriot Act (2001)
Following the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001, the Geroge W. Bush (R) administration enacted the Patriot Act on October 26th of that year. The Act looked to expand law enforcement abilities of surveillance on both American citizens and foreigners, both statside and globally, and moved to broaden the list of actions that could be perceived by the Federal government as terrorism. The vaguely-worded role of the Act was stated as such: 'to deter and punish terrorist acts in the United States and around the world, to enhance law enforcement investigatory tools, and for other purposes' - note the abuiguity of the last phrase of what could be defined as a 'terrorist act' and who could be charged as a 'terrorist', opening the door to potential abuse of the Act particularly against dissenters (including American citizens) of the 'War on Terror' effort and other Federal initiatives / actions since.
"Hundreds of black men were elected to southern state legislatures as Republicans, and 22 black Republicans served in the US Congress by 1900. The Democrats did not elect a black man to Congress until 1935."

- Carol Swain, Professor of Political Science, Vanderbilt University

Limited Federal Government Power / Control
Weak / Uninspiring Leadership
Feckless / Lack of Initiative
Hypocrisy / Hypocritical Leadership
Better for the Economy / Economic Growth
'Live Free or Die Hard' Mentality
Promotion of Fiscal Responsibility
Low / Lower Taxes for Middle / Upper Classes
Hypocrisy / Hypocritical Leadership
Pro-Military Spending
(Diplomacy through Strength)
(Natural Market)
Pro-Big Business
Pro-Industry (Coal, Oil, and Gas)
Pro-Home Schooling
'Protect, Preserve, Strengthen' Mantra
Support of Traditional Family Values
Retain Parental Control of Education
Likely to Alter Constitution (Roe v Wade)
Anti-Critical Race Theory in Primary Education
Anti-Socialism / Anti-Communism
Pro-Wall Street
Patriot Act (Historical)
Suspension of Writ of Habeas Corpus (Historical)


Abraham Lincoln
Theodore Roosevelt
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Richard M. Nixon
Ronald Reagan
Donald Trump


(Businessman by Trade)
Bombastic / Dividing / Arrogant Personality
'The Donald' / 'Cheetoh Jesus' / 'Carrot Demon' / 'Orange God'
'Make American Great Again'
(America-First Policies)
Daily Mean Tweets / Derogatory Nicknames
Ridiculed for Space Force (now widely accepted)
Russian Collusion
(since debunked)
Off-the-Cuff Presenter / Public Speaker
Cringey / Off-the-Cuff Public Speaker
Political Underdog (2016 Upset of H.Clinton)
Unwavering Support from 'Trumpers'


Pro-God and Country / 'Patriots'
Anti-Abortion (Protection of the Unborn)
No to Tax Payer-Funded Abortions
'Moral Majority'
Skeptical of Government / Leaders
January 6th (Storming the Capital)
'Uneducated, White, Male, Rural' Vote
Working Class, Middle-class, Professional-class
Wealthy / Ultra-Wealthy / 1%
Fox News / One America News / Newsmax
Hard Work, Rewards-Based Approach
Conservative / Traditionalist
Christian / Evangelical Christian
Support of Traditional Family Values (1 man, 1 woman)
Anti-Abortion (Rights of the Unborn)
Pro-Law Enforcement /
'Back the Blue'
Pro-Military / Support of Military Families / Veterans Respect
Far-Right Extremism /
QAnon / Neo-Nazi
2nd Amendment Protection
('Gun Nuts')
More Likely to Fight Against Govt Infringement
Anti-Liberal Viewpoints
Anti-Woke / Anti-Wokeism
Limited Mainstream Media Support
Limited Celebrity Endorsements
Climate Change Denial
(Pro-Industry / Pro-Economy)
Conspiracy Theorists
Anti-Pro Sports (Anti-Woke)
Anti-LGBTQ+ Agenda
Pro-Founding Fathers
Chick-fil-A / Hobby Lobby / 'Karen'
68% Would Defend America from Invasion (Quinnipiac Mar 2022 Poll)


Conservative Fiscal Management
Anti-Universal Income
'Take Out What You Put In'
Limited Federal Regulation of Industry
Pro-Industry /
Pro-Big Business
Pro-Small Business / De-Regulation
Pro-Coal / Pro-Oil / Pro-Gas


Increased Military Spending
'Strength Through Force'
Immigration Enforcement
(Mexican Border)
'Tough on Crime' /
Criminal Law Enforcement
'Back the Blue'
Law Enforcement Support
(re. Military Intelligence)
Defund NATO / Reduce Overseas Spending
QAnon / White Supremacy
(Right-Wing Extremism)


(Rights of the Unborn)
No to Tax Payer-Funded Abortions
Pro-Police / Pro-Military Families
Enforcement of Existing Laws (re. Crime)
Pro-Voter ID Laws
(Voting Process Integrity)
Pro-Death Penalty /
Capital Punishment
Qualifications over Gender / Race
Anti-LGBTQ+ / Gender Fluidity / Gender Denial
Anti-Transgender Participation in Sports
Anti-Gender-Affirming Treatments for Minors
Anti-Gay Marriage
Restrict Non-Citizens Voting in Local Elections
Enforcement of Existing Laws (re. Homelessness)
Emancipation Proclamation


Anti-Critical Race Theory
in Primary Education
Qualifications over Race
Anti-Affirmative Action
(Forced Diversity)
Emancipation Proclamation

COVID-19 Response

Relaxed COVID-19 Response(s)
Pro-Economy /
Anti-Forced / Threatened Vaccinations
Anti-Vaccine Passport Requirement
Support of
Herd Immunity
Support of Alternative COVID Treatments
Support of Anti-Vaccine Health Workers
Distrust of CDC
(Democrat Leaning Org.)
Early Relaxation of Restrictions (FL,TX,TN)
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