By ALISHA HILDE
What does it mean to be a Republican?
It seems there is some confusion on what it means to be a Republican these days.
Being a Republican means your moral compass is not moved by political winds. We all have a responsibility to promote robust and respectful debate at the national, state, and local level.
Being a Republican does not mean jumping on political bandwagons. It means thinking deeply about issues and how our actions fit into the larger narrative of American history.
Being a Republican means you support smaller government, local decision-making, and responsible spending because we’re spending the public’s money.
It means being the adult in the room willing to tackle complex budget issues rather than pursuing simplistic wins that make for good sound bites. Republicans are smart enough to ask thoughtful questions to better understand an issue rather than rushing to conclusions.
Republicans work to prevent unnecessary regulations. That doesn’t mean preventing all regulations –things like child labor laws are necessary and good. But if we’re going to have a new regulation, it should generally lead to a greater benefit than the time and money spent creating and enforcing it.
Republicans do not strive to control the thoughts and aspirations of others. Rather, the focus is on supporting free enterprise and preserving liberty.
Not too long ago, Republicans knew that modeling desired behaviors is what motivates people to change. Love changes people. Love your neighbor. And treat others as you want to be treated… even on the internet.
You get one precious life. Build something. Help someone. And take to heart President Washington’s admonition that “a good moral character is the first essential in a man.”
Alisha Hilde is an attorney and life-long Republican. She lives in Anchorage with her husband and three young children.