Whereas, The Global Round Table for Sustainable Livestock Beef has proposed the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) to promote a system of full-chain traceability of livestock and management of land; and,
Whereas, Agriculture producers are excellent stewards of livestock and the land, and are the individuals best equipped to make the management decisions that will affect their individual operation on a day-to-day basis; and,
Whereas, The Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef fails to clearly define “sustainability” but seeks to impose a one size fits all management protocol upon all producers, without regard to the unique circumstances and variables that affect and distinguish each individual operation.
Now, Therefore, be it resolved, the South Dakota Republican Party opposes the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative as defined by the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef.
Whereas, Article 4, Section 4 of the United States Constitution guarantees a republican form of government to every state; and,
Whereas, the only way to keep this Founding Fathers’ Promise is to make sure the next generation of citizens know what our republican government is and how it functions; and,
Whereas, many citizens lack knowledge of American history and government.
Now, Therefore, be it resolved, we shall teach all students in public education what our republic is, and how our republican Constitution and Bill of Rights offer more individual freedom than any other major form of government.
Whereas, Extremist Islamic terrorism has become a major threat to America’s national security; and,
Whereas, The Department of Homeland Security has declared that it is impossible to screen refugees from Syria and other Mideast countries; and,
Whereas, President Obama is vowing to bring in at least 10,000 Syrian refugees, while others on the left say we should bring in at least 500% more; and,
Whereas, Many states and governors have implemented policies restricting immigrants that have not been thoroughly vetted, and,
Whereas, Sanctuary cities have violated federal law allowing convicted felons to have a safe harbor, threatening the lives of American citizens; and,
Whereas, The Department of Homeland Security is not enforcing federal laws regarding immigration; and,
Whereas, The Obama Administration is not withholding any federal funds from sanctuary cities who harbor even convicted felons; and,
Whereas, Immigrants to the State of South Dakota are all ordered and controlled by the State
Department at the federal level; and,
Whereas, There is a tremendous economic cost to the citizens of South Dakota for the number of
immigrants coming to South Dakota; and,
Whereas, Terrorist organizations are growing and becoming more dangerous every year with multiple acts of terrorism.
Now, Therefore, be it resolved, the South Dakota Republican Party strongly recommends the State of South Dakota use its authority granted by the 10th Amendment of the United States Constitution to address immigration issues and pass appropriate legislation to remedy any problems associated therewith.
Whereas, Political parties are private organizations formed under principles of freedom of association among individuals to accomplish a shared political goal; and,
Whereas, Political parties are not an official part, arm, department, or agency of any level of government, and as such are not subject to the same legal requirements for accessibility; and,
Whereas, The South Dakota Republican Party supports a legislative redistricting that adheres to the principle of “one man, one vote,” that respects geographical and political boundaries and protects communities of interest in compact and contiguous districts, and that protects the voting rights of minorities; and,
Whereas, The South Dakota Republican Party opposes the use of taxpayer dollars to finance political campaigns, as this diverts funds away from important state priorities; and,
Whereas, The membership of private groups in America have always enjoyed the liberty to choose for themselves their leaders and representatives; and,
Whereas, The proposed Constitutional Amendment V ballot measure would require that all primaries, with the exception of federal elections be nonpartisan; and,
Whereas, The nonpartisan requirements of Constitutional Amendment V declare that in the primary, candidates are not identified by party affiliation and that all qualified voters, regardless of party affiliation, may vote for any candidate of their choice; and,
Whereas, This means that those who are not members of the Republican Party, including Democrats and left-leaning independents, would be allowed to help choose the Republican nominees in all races except for Federal races; and,
Whereas, Constitutional Amendment V would, therefore, interfere with the right of private, non-governmental groups to choose their own representatives and nominees; and,
Whereas, It is fundamentally unfair to force an organization to allow those who are opposed to its goals to have a voice in choosing that organization's leaders and representatives; and,
Whereas, Constitutional Amendment V also declares that candidates would not be identified by party affiliation on the general election ballot as well; and,
Whereas, Constitutional Amendment V would make it more difficult for the public to easily recognize the general political and philosophical affiliation of the candidates in the general election; and,
Whereas, The requirements of Constitutional Amendment V threaten not only the liberty and integrity of the Republican Party but that of every organized political party.
Now, Therefore, be it resolved, the South Dakota Republican Party strongly opposes Constitutional Amendment V, Constitutional Amendment T, and Initiated Measure 22 and urges voters to reject those measures on the 2016 ballot.
Whereas, the South Dakota Republican Party, in its platform, “supports the private practice of medicine and opposes socialized medicine in the form of a government-run universal health care system;” and,
Whereas, South Dakota should prioritize services for individuals with disabilities over able-bodied adults without dependents; and,
Whereas, enrollment has exceeded projections in nearly every state that has expanded Medicaid. The average enrollment in states that have expanded is 91% higher than originally projected; and,
Whereas, the South Dakota Republican Party, in its platform, “believes the key to real reform is to give control of the healthcare system to patients and their healthcare providers, not bureaucrats in government or business” and supports “market-based reforms that are consumer-driven and targeted to reducing costs and increasing access;” and,
Whereas, the South Dakota Republican Party recognizes the crises in healthcare offered by the Veterans Administration and the Indian Health Service, and the failure of the federal government to keep its promises to those who receive these services.
Now, Therefore, be it resolved, the South Dakota Republican Party rejects efforts by the federal government to mandate or incentivize further government intervention in healthcare; and,
Be it further resolved, the South Dakota Republican Party is opposed to the expansion of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, generally referred to as Obamacare; and,
Be it further resolved, the South Dakota Republican Party urges the South Dakota state legislature, both house and senate, to reject and defeat efforts to expand Medicaid or adopt the Medicaid standards outlined in Obamacare.
The South Dakota Republican Party supports and salutes the sailors of USS SOUTH DAKOTA (SSN 790) for their efforts in maintaining a strong national defense and continuing the rich tradition of the name “USS SOUTH DAKOTA” in naval history.
Whereas, The Republican Party has an excellent opportunity to win the U.S. Presidency in November 2016; and,
Whereas, Donald J. Trump is a successful businessman; and,
Whereas, Millions of Americans cast their votes for Donald J. Trump; and,
Whereas, Donald J. Trump received 44,866 votes in the South Dakota primary election; and,
Whereas, Donald J. Trump is committed to “Make America Great Again;” and,
Whereas, The State of South Dakota has consistently voted for the Republican nominee for President; and,
Whereas, Donald J. Trump has committed himself to carry the Republican Party mantle.
Now, Therefore, be it resolved, the South Dakota Republican Party actively supports the Republican presumptive nominee for President of the United States at the Convention in July and at the election in November of 2016.
Whereas, In its platform, the South Dakota Republican Party “recognizes the family as the central core of society and the foundation of our state and nation,” and “recognizes that our country was founded in faith upon the truth that self-government is rooted in religious convictions;” and,
Whereas, The South Dakota Republican Party respects and values the right of all people to privacy; and,
Whereas, The Obama Administration has attempted to impose a radical policy on all institutions of education, asserting in a letter that a longstanding federal law prohibiting gender discrimination should be reinterpreted to allow any person to use the bathroom or locker room of that person’s choice, without regard to biological sex; and,
Whereas, The Obama Administration has threatened to withhold federal funds from every state that does not implement his new executive order; and,
Whereas, President Obama’s executive orders have been declared Unconstitutional over 26 times, and 6 times unanimously by the U.S. Supreme Court; and,
Whereas, The South Dakota Republican Party condemns any attempt by the Obama Administration to impose its will through a threatening letter, and asserts that changes in law should occur according to the constitutional process of enactment of laws by Congress; and,
Whereas, The South Dakota Republican Party supports the right of all persons to feel secure in the use of bathroom and locker room facilities, and applauds the efforts by the State of South Dakota, joining with her sister states, to resist this overreach of executive power by the President.
Now, Therefore, be it resolved, the South Dakota Republican Party encourages the State Board of Education and all local school district boards of education to remain autonomous and make their own determinations based on common sense and parental involvement to protect the privacy and welfare of all students in South Dakota; and,
Be it further resolved, a copy of this resolution be sent to the Governor, Attorney General, all superintendents of school districts and the State Board of Education.
Whereas, The first Amendment to the Constitution states, “Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise therefor;” and,
Whereas, Article 6, Section 3 of the South Dakota Constitution guarantees free exercise of religion; and,
Whereas, This right extends to the conduct of a person’s daily life and is not limited to participation in a weekly worship service; and,
Whereas, In South Dakota some so called “non-discrimination” ordinances have been considered that purport to give government the power to punish people of faith who choose to follow their core religious beliefs.
Now, Therefore, be it resolved that the South Dakota Republican Party affirms that South Dakotans have a constitutional right to the free exercise of their religion, which includes the right not to participate in activities of daily life that violate their faith. The South Dakota Republican Party stands with people of faith in opposition to the enactment of laws infringing upon this constitutional right.
Whereas, many recent executive orders have been well beyond the parameters set by the United States Constitution; and,
Whereas, executive orders which are beyond the scope of executive authority are not in the best interest of the country.
Now, Therefore, be it resolved that the South Dakota Republican Party opposes any executive orders that are beyond the scope of executive authority as set forth in the United States Constitution