2019 Resolutions

Resolutions passed by the Wyoming Republican Party Central Committee since state convention, May 2018

Government

Against Tax Increase passed January 12, 2019

The State of Wyoming and its people have long valued Liberty, self-reliance & conservative values.  The Republican Party, from the National to State and to County, in their platforms and resolutions has long called for fiscal conservatism.

WHEREAS since 2000, Wyoming has had unprecedented growth in government, making Wyoming the #1 state in the ratio of government employees per capita; and

WHEREAS the current economy can no longer sustain the fiscal irresponsibility of our State Government; and

WHEREAS the State Legislature has recently raised fees & licenses and is discussing creating new revenue enhancements and tax increases; and

WHEREAS Wyoming’s economy & business climate has put a strain on the remaining citizens personal budgets; and

WHEREAS the State Republican Platform states: “Liberty is indivisible from economic freedom. The free market economy is the economic system most compatible with the requirements of personal freedom and constitutional government. Government’s undue interference in the market, as well as the fiscal irresponsibility of government, results in economic inequity.  There exists no fundamental right to the fruits of another person’s labor”; and

BE IT RESOLVED that the Wyoming Republican Party calls upon the State Legislature and the Governor to practice fiscal restraint, reign in spending and cut unnecessary budget items rather than increasing revenue streams.

Government

Against State Income Tax passed May 4, 2019

Reaffirmation of resolution opposing state income tax

WHEREAS an income tax kills the profit motive,

WHEREAS an income tax adds much to the size of government,

WHEREAS having a state income tax in Wyoming takes away from our business-friendly climate,

WHEREAS HB 220, the National Retail Fairness Act, is an income tax and still might be under consideration,

The Wyoming Republican Party reaffirms its policy on a state income tax, which is, “The Wyoming Republican Party opposes the creation of a state income tax.”

Government

Call for an Audit of the Federal Government passed May 4, 2019

WHEREAS the Wyoming Constitution unequivocally asserts in Article 1, Section 1, “All power is inherent in the people, and all free governments are founded on their authority, and instituted for their peace, safety and happiness; for the advancement of these ends they have at all times an inalienable and indefeasible right to alter, reform or abolish the government in such manner as they may think proper.” Furthermore, Article 1, Section 37 of the Wyoming Constitution recognizes the United States Constitution as the supreme law of the land; moreover, the Constitution for the United States is a compact and the States are the principle stakeholders in this compact; consequently, ALL public servants of Wyoming who have taken the Oath of Office to “support, protect, and obey” the Constitution are responsible for maintaining the general government within its respective limits.  The State Legislators, as the legal sovereigns of the State as well as sovereigns over all things not delegated in the Constitution, are duty bound to interpose when the Constitution is being violated.

WHEREAS the United States Constitution is an enumerated Constitution and not a general Constitution where the former delegates limited and defined roles, responsibilities and powers for the general government and the latter would have delegated unlimited and ambiguous powers.  None of the States in the Republic, especially Wyoming and the original thirteen, acquiesced to an unlimited general government; and

WHEREAS during the Virginia Ratification Debates on the Constitution James Madison provided clear and succinct testimony on the 6th of June 1788, affirming and defining the limits of the general government jurisdiction as: “the powers of the federal government are enumerated; it can only operate in certain cases; it has legislative powers on defined and limited objects, beyond which it cannot extend its jurisdiction” and in the same debates, on the 20th of June 1788, John Marshall testified and defined the jurisdiction of the Federal court and Supreme Court as: “If they were to make a law not warranted by any of the powers enumerated, it would be considered by the judges as an infringement of the Constitution which they are to guard. They would not consider such a law as coming under their jurisdiction. They would declare it void.” Consequently, the general government and the federal courts jurisdiction are constrained to only the specific enumerated powers delegated; that if any new role, responsibility, or power to extend jurisdiction for the general government is to be created then that role, responsibility or power must be preceded by the Article V amendment process as agreed to in the ratification debates. This is the only agreed upon methodology and was adhered to by all parties for the first three decades; therefore, all jurisdictions must be challenged and proven within the Constitution of the United States to rectify all usurpations by any means and branches of the general government.   All powers and matters that are not delegated to the general government in congruence to the Ninth and Tenth Amendments are reserved to the people and the States independently and collectively.

WHEREAS the Constitution being a compact among the States in the Union all the testimonies that clarified, explained, and defined the meaning of the Constitution during each States’ Ratification Debates of the U. S. Constitution are legally binding definitions of the Constitution for the United States as an inherent condition of contract law; and,

WHEREAS each State acceded to the compact titled “The Constitution for the United States of America” as a State, and is an integral party, its co-States forming, as to itself, the other party and that in congruence with Article IV, Section 3 that “New States may be admitted by the Congress into this Union; but no new State shall be formed or erected within the Jurisdiction of any other State; nor any State be formed by the Junction of two or more States, or Parts of States, without the Consent of the Legislatures of the States concerned as well as of the Congress.”  These new States were expected to enter the Union with equal powers, equal footing, and equal sovereignty. To date there has been no amendment to alter the admission standards for new States joining the union, which degrades a new States’ sovereignty, nor was there any testimony or evidence provided in any of the State’s Ratification Debates of the Constitution that indicated any allowance for any new State to enter into the Union on any other footing than as equal independent sovereigns; and,

WHEREAS that the State of Wyoming and many other States who entered into the Union on unequal footing because of unconstitutional laws, regulations and statues established by the general government creating federally managed land areas for any purpose that is not enumerated within the Constitution; thus, these lands must be immediately restored as State property and that all unconstitutional deeds, rights, and treaties entered into by the general government are void and of no force; and,

WHEREAS Congress attempted three times to create the foundation for a Department of Transportation and that James Madison on March 3rd 1817 vetoed the “Internal Improvements Bill,” James Monroe on May 4th 1822 vetoed the “act for the preservation and repair of the Cumberland Road,” and Andrew Jackson on May 27th 1830 vetoed “Funding of Infrastructure Development;” that all three Presidents asserted that if Congress wished to create a new role, responsibility or power to create a foundation for the Department of Transportation that they would have to amend the Constitution first; consequently, the scope of the general government is strictly limited to enumerated roles, responsibilities and powers within the U. S. Constitution, and constitutionally ratified treaties, and amendments; however, the following Executive Departments are exercising roles, responsibilities, and powers that have not been formally delegated to the general government by the States via an Article V Amendment:  Interior, Justice, Agriculture, Commerce, Labor, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Transportation, Energy, Education, and Homeland Security, along with a plethora of agencies and offices; and,

WHEREAS no allowance or admission of case law and precedence were provided during the disparate Ratification Debates of the Constitution and that each and all of these debates were harmonious in defining the Constitution’s meaning and intent, that no contrary evidence was provided from all parties that testified in favor of the ratification of the Constitution; consequently, each description, elucidation, and definition provided during these debates are legally binding appendages to the Constitution; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED that the State of Wyoming lead the Republic in establishing an audit of the general government based upon the Constitution for the United States; and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislators of the State of Wyoming review all roles, responsibilities and powers being exercised by the general government within the State of Wyoming to confirm that they were properly delegated to the general government by the States through the Constitutional Compact or by adhering to the Article Five process; (See the Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions of 1798) and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the State of Wyoming call upon all States in the Republic to participate in the audit process as The Constitutional Republic to enforce the Constitution and to restore the Constitutional Republic; and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that once a sufficient number of States have called for Republic Review and the roles, responsibilities and powers have been reviewed and those which do not pass the test of the Constitution have been identified, the States call for Congress in Directive Resolutions to Dismantle or schedule the Decommissioning of these roles, responsibilities and powers or go through the Article V amendment process to have them properly presented to the States for their ratification or dismissal; and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislators of the State of Wyoming must also audit all assertions and assumptions beyond the establishment of the general government whether by ruling, act, law, regulation, statue, or order that is contrary to these descriptions, elucidations, and definitions and that they be identified as strict violations to the compact and that these rulings, acts, laws, regulations, statues, or orders be reversed or nullified and of no force. 

Government

Supporting Conveyance of Federal Lands to States passed May 4, 2019

WHEREAS, the continued United States government ownership and control over the public lands unappropriated to the Western States at statehood has yielded repeated injuries, and a long train of abuses and usurpations, all having the direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these States; and,

WHEREAS, the Unites States government promised all newly created states-- in their statehood enabling acts and acts of admission-- that they would be admited to the Union “on equal footing with the original states in all respoects” and with “the same rights of sovereignty, freedom and independence” as the original states; and,

WHEREAS, the United States government has erected a multitude of new agencies and departments populated by unelected bureaucrats, and sent hither swarms of these officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance; and

WHEREAS, these Western States are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States; and,

WHEREAS, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that we should declare the causes which impel us to this Resolution, but the Republican National Committee asks that Resolutions be limited to one page; and

WHEREAS, the United States government has abolished the founding principle of federalism, establishing in the Western States an arbitrary government, enlarging its boundaries and instituting absolute rule into these Western State colonies; now, therefore, let it be

RESOLVED, that the Republican National Committee calls upton President Trump, the Unities States Congress, and the Judiciary to honor to all willing Western States the same statehood promise to dispose of the federal, public lands that it honored with all states east of Colorado and Hawaii, and convey to the Western States the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature's God and the Constitution entitle them; and be it further

RESOLVED, that the Republican National Committee calls upon all national and state leaders and representatives to exert their utmost power, influence and authority to urge the legal, responsible transfer of the federal, public lands to all willing Western States for the benefit of these Western States and the entire nation.

Health and Society

SOGI Laws      passed January 12, 2019

WHEREAS the Party of Abraham Lincoln was created to abolish slavery, recognizing the dignity and equality of every human being under the law; and this same Republican Party continued to lead the fight for the natural rights of our common humanity, against the Jim Crow laws of the southern Democrats; and still stands for the rights of all people regardless of color, culture, ideology, or religion, and

WHEREAS such equal protection under the law demands protection against personal injury or property loss, but cannot demand affirmation of personal ideas, choices, or behaviors without infringing upon the integrity and property rights of other persons; yet “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” (SOGI) laws obliterate this foundational legal distinction, and

WHEREAS, laws using undefined and undefinable terms are inherently unjust, depriving persons under the law of any reasonable opportunity to know in advance how the law will be applied to them; and “gender Identity” lacks any definite legal content such that even its proponents are unable either to list every current identity, or rule out the addition of new identities in the future, and

WHEREAS wherever the terms “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” have been added to antidiscrimination laws, this ill-defined language has enabled unjust prosecution and legal harassment such as…

  • Forcing owners to use their own private property for objectionable uses…
  • Stripping owners of the right to protect the privacy, safety and dignity of patrons in showers, privacy facilities, etc…
  • Stripping owners of the right to hire persons of their own choosing…
  • Forcing the use of pronouns, titles, and other speech demanded by others…
  • Forcing artists to produce creative speech against their own views...
  • Stripping mental health workers of the right to treat patients according to the best standards…
  • Stripping physicians of the right to decide treatments according to their own judgement of what is best for a patient…

These and many other violations of personal integrity and property rights, are not only theoretical, but the actual ongoing results of SOGI laws which have closed businesses, confiscated savings, destroyed reputations, and costs millions in legal defense, and

WHEREAS even one use of a law that allows an unjust outcome is enough proof that it is a bad law; yet we have seen not one, but many cases where “sexual orientation and gender identity” language was used to materially harm law-abiding citizens depriving them of liberty, property and good name, therefore be it

RESOLVED that the Wyoming Republican Party stand opposed to the insertion of “sexual orientation,” and “gender identity” language into any policy, ordinance, guideline, or statute at every level of government, and be it further

RESOLVED that the Wyoming Republican Party continue to protect the dignity, safety and integrity of every human being by advocating for just, defined, and limited laws which protect persons from injury and their property from loss while not punishing anyone for holding, expressing, or acting upon their sincerely held beliefs.

Health and Society

Providing Students a Healthful Environment       passed August 24, 2019

WHEREAS it is the school’s legitimate role to provide a safe environment for all students

WHEREAS it is critical to the health of public school students that schools and staff rely on accurate information regarding sexual orientation and gender confusion issues

WHEREAS it is essential to understand there is no scientific evidence that an individual is born “gay” or “transgender” 

WHEREAS adolescence is a time of upheaval and impermanence

WHEREAS adolescence experience confusion about many things, including sexual orientation and gender identity, and they are particularly vulnerable to environmental influences

WHEREAS when parents or others allow or encourage a child to behave and be treated as the opposite sex, the confusion is reinforced and the child is conditioned for a life of unnecessary pain and suffering

WHEREAS it is well established that there are high rates of psychiatric illnesses, including depression, drug abuse, and suicide attempts, among gays and lesbians even in the Netherlands, where gay, lesbian and bisexual (GLB) relationships are far more socially acceptable

WHEREAS even children with Gender Identity Disorder (when a child desires to be the opposite sex) will typically lose this desire by puberty, if the behavior is not reinforced

WHEREAS rigorous studies demonstrate that most adolescents who initially experience samesex attraction, or are sexually confused, no longer experience such attractions by age 25

WHEREAS the life span of gay and bisexual men lose up to 20 years of life expectancy

WHEREAS declaring and validating a student’s same sex attraction during the adolescent years is premature and may be personally harmful, each year an adolescent delays self labeling, the risk of suicide alone decreases by 20%

WHEREAS even when motivated by noble intentions, schools can ironically play a detrimental role if they reinforce Gender Identity Disorder.   

BE IT RESOLVED that it is not the school’s role to diagnose and attempt to treat any student’s medical condition, and certainly not a school’s role to “affirm” a student’s perceived personal sexual orientation.

Crime and Law

Supporting E-Voter Driver’s License passed May 4, 2019

WHEREAS, the state of Wyoming has the responsibility to the citizens of Wyoming to ensure fair, honest elections, it is necessary that we secure our elections so that only eligible people are voting.   

WHEREAS, we believe that one unbiased way to help in this regard is to add the letter E. to eligible driver’s license.  Those whose driver’s license contains an E means they are part of the electorate and eligible to vote.    

WHEREAS, the driver’s license number is unbiased as it does not contain income, or ethnicity.    

WHEREAS, those who do not have a driver’s license can obtain a license that states for ID purposes only.    

WHEREAS, by showing an E-license when presenting oneself to vote it assures you are who you say you are, with your picture, and are eligible to vote with the E.  It also shows your residence which will ensure you are at the correct voting location.      

WHEREAS, when voting by absentee writing the number on the inside flap of the envelope containing the ballot again assures valid voter.  Running numbers on absentee ballots will require a computer program be available established to run license numbers on absentee ballots.    

WHEREAS, when a holder of an E-license moves out of state or dies the E-license will expire preventing fraudulent use by others of voting in their place and is usually surrendered when applying for a license in a new state.    

WHEREAS, Those driver’s license that do not contain an E does not discriminate against those persons because it does not contain any identifying information as to why no E such as whether the individual is below voting age, legal or illegal immigrant, or felon or temporary worker.  It simply omits the E.    

BE IT RESOLVED that the Wyoming Republican Party supports adding an E. to drivers’ licenses for eligible voters and that voters present this ID when they arrive at the polls to vote or request an absentee ballot.    

Crime and Law

Against Red Flag Gun Seizure passed August 24, 2019

WHEREAS the 2nd Amendment to the United States Constitution says, “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed;”

WHEREAS the 2nd Amendment does not exist to give citizens the right to keep and bear arms, but, instead, the 2nd Amendment exists to prevent government from infringing on the right of citizens to keep and bear arms;

WHEREAS the definition of infringed reads, “to encroach upon in such a way that violates law or the rights of another;”

WHEREAS Article 1, Section 24 of the Constitution of the State of Wyoming states, “The right of citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves and of the state shall not be denied;”

WHEREAS communities such as Chicago and Baltimore have the strictest gun control laws in the nation and consequently the highest murder rates;

WHEREAS Red Flag laws allow police to confiscate guns from any individual without due process, based on a claim of potential self-harm or other concern, requiring the owner of said guns to then spend thousands to prove innocence when presumed innocence is the baseline of our legal system;

WHEREAS Red Flag laws unnecessarily put law enforcement and citizens at risk with no basis or suspicion of a crime or guilt;

BE IT RESOLVED, the Wyoming Republican Party opposes Red Flag gun laws in Wyoming

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Wyoming Republican Party opposes the consideration of gateway bills such as WY Bill 20LSO-0097, known as “Fix NICS.”

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Wyoming Republican Party demands Election Legislators fulfill their oath of office and defend Wyoming citizens against the violation of the 2nd, 4th, and 5th Amendments of the Unites States Constitution and Article 1, Section 24 of the Constitution of the State of Wyoming by stopping any such proposed legislation from becoming law, and to nullify any such laws from being enacted in Wyoming.

Energy 

Wind Energy and Taxation      passed September 8, 2018

WHEREAS the State prohibition on eminent domain for wind collector systems has expired, and the Wyoming Republican Party supports protecting private property rights;

BE IT RESOLVED that the Wyoming Republican Party supports prohibiting the use of eminent domain for wind collection systems.

BE IT RESOLVED that the Wyoming Republican Party supports making all taxes, including severance, for wind energy equivalent with mineral taxes.

The Wyoming Republican Party