Frequently Asked Questions

What are the origins of the Republican Party?

  • Following the Kansas-Nebraska act of 1854 (which violated the Missouri Compromise of 1820), members of the Whig Party held the first meeting of what would become The Republican Party in Ripon, WI. On July 6th, 1854, the first Republican Convention was held and an estimated 10,000 people attended. The first nominating convention was held in Philadelphia in June 1956.

Why does the Republican Party oppose a large government?

  • "The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield, and government to gain ground." - Thomas Jefferson (1788)

  • "You can't be for big government, big taxes and big bureaucracy and still be for the little guy." -  Ronald Reagan

One of our principles is that "People are the ultimate resource, ... not the government..." This concept can easily be tied back to our nation's founding. The American Revolution was not only about the establishment of our own independence but it was the complete rejection that one government, specifically one person, should be able to rule over all in complete ignorance that we have God-given rights.

Why are Republicans typically labeled as racists by Democrats?

  • The liberal narrative is that Republicans are racist because the party has a low minority representation, the party as a whole is opposed to certain economic social programs and illegal immigration. "We should measure welfare's success by how many people leave welfare, not by how many are added." -- Ronald Reagan

Is the Republican Party actually racist?

  • No it is not! The Republican Party advocates for individual liberty, prosperity, and free speech for ALL people. Under President Trump's leadership, unemployment dropped to record lows for all Americans, including minorities. Republican values offer success for every person. 

Why is the Republican Party against abortion?

  • You can't uphold the value that we have the "right to life" while advocating for the extermination of the most precious and vulnerable, the unborn.

Why should I join the Republican Party of Benton County?

  • A commitment to a cause that's more than your one voice

  • You get to vote in county committee elections

  • Membership paves a path of action for you and a way to victor for our candidates

  • More membership means greater influence on elected officials

  • Discounts to certain political events