With Malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds.
Abraham Lincoln Second Inaugural Address
What does it mean to be a Republican?
Nothing is more confusing for the general public in Hawaii than determining what animates the Republican Party?
Year by year seems to bring new rancor and heated rhetoric that has little impact on the daily life of Hawaii's citizens. What does matter is if there is a driving force behind the GOP for governing these islands and whether that force can be effective? And, if it can be harnessed to win elections?
Political parties can be considered as a bundle of habits and managerial styles which are passed from generation to generation. Each generation may choose to add, subtract or modify those habits but still there is a surprising continuity particularly if it is effective politically.
The GOP was birthed as a reaction to slavery, most of which was actively supported by both Northern and Southerner members of the Democrat Party. This drive for abolition elected the first Republican president which if anyone should constitutes what would be an example for the Republican Party in Hawaii and nationwide it would be President Abraham Lincoln.
"With Malice Towards None"
It cannot be underestimated the importance of Lincoln's impact on US and world history. His moral authority carried the nation through a civil war the fury of which would have shattered other nations.
One can only contemplate, with dread, what would have been the future for the world in the twentieth century without Lincoln's commitment to The Union. An America which tolerated slavery until it became financially unsustainable or a divided America between North and South would have made the worldwide advance of fascism and tyranny far easier to accomplish and much harder to defeat.
"And Charity For All"
In spite of the enormous stakes relating to the outcome of the civil war Lincoln spoke of his bitter enemies in a manner reminiscent of wayward family members. He understood the ultimate genius of the Constitution was its ability to build unity in a world that has been generally ruled by malice and deceit.
And, that the only way to avoid a decent back into that maelstrom and stop the splitting of the United States into two hostile factions was to reach out to his opponents from the ethical and moral high ground.
"With Firmness In The Right, As God Gives Us To See The Right"
The Republican Party of Honolulu County Central Committee is a Non-Candidate Pac independent from the Hawaii Republican Party. Our goals is to establish a innovative and dynamic political structure to assist in the restoration of greater public accountability in Hawaii's state and county government and assist in the political renaissance of Republican Values in our state.
We seek to help build for the people of Hawaii who trust in conservative values a government of the people, by the people, and for the people.
Lincoln payed with his life to bring about what were the values he thought most represented the heart of the Republican Party. If those values are mercy, compassion and a commitment to high moral and ethical standards in government... Then, we believe those are standards worthy of imitation.