2020 Resolutions of the Sweetwater County Republican Party
1. Defending Against Hostile Nations
BE IT RESOLVED that the Sweetwater County Republican Party believes that the United States must use all options to defend against impending threats from all hostile nations.
2. Oppose Involvement in United Nations Agendas
WHEREAS education is needed to shine the light on the negative impact United Nations Agendas have on a constitutional capitalist republic, and
WHEREAS the United Nations, in conjunction with other powers, known and unknown, are working to impose a one-world order, and
WHEREAS a one-world order deprives us of our God given rights, individual liberties and personal dignity,
BE IT RESOLVED that the Sweetwater County Republican Party oppose and resist all forms of United Nations agendas, now and in the future, such as Agenda 2030, and
BE IT RESOLVED that we vehemently oppose any United Nations action designating use of land, water or air within the borders of the U.S. since such use cannot be done without appropriate congressional, state and local government approval, and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Sweetwater County Republican Party supports educating the elected officials of local governments of Wyoming, as well as all elected State officials regarding the encroachment activities initiated by the United Nations agendas and to defund them at all levels.
3. Adequate Military Funding
WHEREAS the United States of America must remain a superpower with adequate personnel, armaments, technology and support persons; now, therefore,
BE IT RESOLVED, that the Sweetwater County Republican Party requires that, in military affairs, we must provide adequate funding to maintain a strong military for our national defense, with an armed force of high morale, integrity and a national commitment of support, and of full funding of promised benefits, to serve as a deterrent to foreign aggression.
4. Keep ROTC and Military Recruitment Offices on Campus
WHEREAS a strong military is essential for national security,
BE IT RESOLVED that the Sweetwater County Republican Party insists that any institution of higher learning that accepts federal funds will accept ROTC programs and US military recruitment recruiters on campus.
1. Streamline and Simplify Energy Regulations, Permit Processes
WHEREAS, the Sweetwater County Republican Party supports reasonable and safe development of all natural resources, and
WHEREAS, the Sweetwater County Republican Party recognizes the cost, time and regulatory difficulty of obtaining permits for mineral extraction on federal, state or private lands:
BE IT RESOLVED the Sweetwater County Republican Party calls for the environmental impact study (EIS) process to be dramatically streamlined to reduce said factors,
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this process shall include a reasonable cap on the EIS permitting timeframe; Furthermore,
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) permitting process of leasing, drilling and producing minerals should be simplified as well.
2. Energy Subsidies
WHEREAS, it is the nature of government to be biased in selecting energy sources, to the detriment of our economy,
BE IT RESOLVED that the Sweetwater County Republican Party opposes subsidies for all energy sources.
3. Shipping Coal by Rail
BE IT RESOLVED the Sweetwater County Republican Party supports the state of Wyoming continuing the fight for the right to ship Wyoming coal by rail to all ports including the Pacific Northwest.
BE IT RESOLVED by the Sweetwater County Republican Party supports improved energy production and infrastructure through construction of new refineries and power plants.
5. Energy Independence
WHEREAS, the United States is dependent on unstable regions and nations,
BE IT RESOLVED that the country should develop our own resources to be energy independent.
6. Domestic Energy Exploration and Production
BE IT RESOLVED that the Sweetwater County Republican Party calls for domestic energy exploration and production to proceed without Federal obstruction.
7. Support of Wyoming’s Mineral Energy
WHEREAS, the state of Wyoming has been blessed with abundant wealth in the form of minerals crucial to the benefit of the United States of America; and
WHEREAS, coal, oil, gas, trona, bentonite, uranium, and rare earth minerals, among others, are important to our country’s national security and industry; and
WHEREAS, Wyoming’s extractive industries are under attack by well-funded international and domestic anti-energy environmental groups and unfriendly governments around the world in the name of so-called climate change; and
WHEREAS, the science is NOT “settled” as to the role of fossil fuels in any climate change model; now, therefore, let it be
RESOLVED, that the Sweetwater County Republican Party fully supports the extractive industries in Wyoming, keenly aware that our minerals, and the people and infrastructure that deliver them, power our great country, serve our American industry, and support Wyoming’s economy and the state’s cities, towns, counties and schools.
Immigration and Immigrants
1. Immigration Reform
WHEREAS illegal aliens are just that-illegal; and,
WHEREAS laws should always be enforced for the safety and wellbeing of the citizenry and also for those who enter this nation legally,
BE IT RESOLVED that the Sweetwater County Republican Party demands limiting passage across our borders to legal crossing points, and using necessary means to secure the borders and our national sovereignty, including border fencing, electronic surveillance, and increased border patrols including the State’s use of National Guard in problem areas; and further,
BE IT RESOLVED that law enforcement in the United States be required to turn over illegal aliens convicted of felonies to ICE for deportation after completion of any sentences; and further,
BE IT RESOLVED the Sweetwater County Republican Party supports a federal law whereby the granting of automatic United States Citizenship by birth is only to an individual born of at least one United States citizen or a legal resident; and further,
BE IT RESOLVED that blanket amnesty for illegal aliens be perpetually outlawed; and further,
BE IT RESOLVED that federal agencies be required to share with each other information on illegal aliens that would lead to the deportation of illegal aliens, rather than supporting them through our taxpayer- funded programs; and further,
BE IT RESOLVED that any state or local law enforcement agency or officer be allowed to ask the legal status of suspects and to aid the federal government in the deportation of illegal aliens.
2. Immigration and Naturalization Simplification
WHEREAS many aliens attempt legally to become American citizens, and
WHEREAS the current process is cumbersome and difficult,
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED the Sweetwater County Republican Party supports the simplification and streamlining of the process for persons to legally enter, remain, and/or become citizens of the United States.
3. Anchor Babies
WHEREAS the status of babies born on United States of America soil should be determined by the status of their parents,
BE IT RESOLVED that “anchor” babies shall NOT be citizens, and neither shall they bestow American citizenship upon their non-citizen parents.
4. Secure Our Borders and Follow Current Immigration Law
WHEREAS legal immigration is one of the foundations of our country and all who comply with existing legal immigration laws are to be commended, the security of the United States cannot be compromised,
BE IT RESOLVED that the Sweetwater County Republican Party supports securing our borders, only allowing legal immigrants into country, and enforcing existing legal immigration laws.
5. Subsidies for Illegal Immigrants
WHEREAS, unrestricted immigration is an economic and national security threat to the United States,
BE IT RESOLVED that the Sweetwater County Republican Party not support any legislation or action, including the issuance of Social Security numbers, which would allow illegal immigrants access to work or benefits, such as free healthcare and free education and citizenship to babies born to illegal immigrants on US Soil; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Sweetwater County Republican Party opposes any government subsidies for illegal immigrants.
6. Refugees and Aliens
WHEREAS the Federal Government supports a refugee program for resettlement in the United States;
WHEREAS there is no screening policy that can fully ensure the safety of the United States citizens from these refugees;
WHEREAS recent violent crimes by refugees in other countries and the US indicate a great risk of harm;
BE IT RESOLVED, the Sweetwater County Republican Party proposes any resettlement of refugees be approved by a general election ballot initiative in the State of Wyoming.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Sweetwater County Republican Party supports comprehensive vetting using and applying available legal standards to all aliens and refugees.
7. New Citizens Must Adopt Constitution and Assimilate
BE IT RESOLVED that the Sweetwater County Republican Party believes that those seeking US citizenship must adopt the Constitution as the supreme law of the land and should assimilate themselves to the United States of America.
8. Sanctuary Cities
WHEREAS “Sanctuary city” is a term that is applied by some to cities in the United States to prevent the apprehensions and prosecution of illegal and undocumented aliens under the Immigration Laws of the United States,
BE IT RESOLVED that the Sweetwater County Republican Party calls upon all Wyoming municipalities, organizations, or educational institutions to reject designation as a sanctuary. The state of Wyoming will not provide funding for any such city, organization or educational institutions.
Jobs and Economy
1. Minimum Wage
BE IT RESOLVED that the Sweetwater County Republican Party opposes any and all federal government actions, which may dictate salaries, minimum or maximum wages, income levels, or price controls to any citizen.
2. Unemployment Benefits
WHEREAS many people receive unemployment benefits for excessive periods of time;
WHEREAS excessive unemployment benefits reduce the incentive to improve job skills;
BE IT RESOLVED the Sweetwater County Republican Party supports limiting unemployment benefits.
3. Private Development of Infrastructure
WHEREAS the development of affordable infrastructure, including telecommunications, is of critical importance to the economy of businesses and citizens in rural areas,
BE IT RESOLVED the Sweetwater County Republican Party supports the private sector promotion and development of “state of the art” infrastructure, including telecommunications, for businesses and citizens in rural areas without government subsidies.
4. Supporting “Opt in” Systems For Releasing Personal Information
WHEREAS individual information should be kept private,
BE IT RESOLVED that the Sweetwater County Republican Party supports an "opt in" rather than an "opt out" system for business and government entities sharing information about individual.
5. Eliminate Public Manipulation of Business and Commerce
WHEREAS federal manipulation of corporations is socialism; and
BE IT RESOLVED that the Sweetwater County Republican Party demands the elimination of federal manipulation of any private entity or business, and demands the prevention of competition with private business.
6. Social Security Benefits Reserved to Vested Contributors
WHEREAS Social Security is a nationalized pension and disability fund paid through wage deductions of American Workers, and
WHEREAS the Federal Government funds numerous entitlement and assistance programs,
BE IT RESOLVED that the Sweetwater County Republican Party believes that Social Security funds should be provided only to U.S. citizens and their families who have contributed and become vested in the Social Security System;
FURTHERMORE, BE IT RESOLVED that all monies paid into Social Security should go into the Social Security fund and not the General Fund, nor can neither the federal government nor any private entity borrow from the Social Security fund
7. Employment Quotas
BE IT RESOLVED the Sweetwater County Republican Party opposes all federally mandated employment quotas in both private enterprise and the public sector.
8. Federal Policies and Treaties that Threaten Wyoming's Economy
WHEREAS some federal policies and international treaties threatens Wyoming's economy,
BE IT RESOLVED, that the Sweetwater County Republican Party supports the free market system and
BE IT RESOLVED the Sweetwater County Republican Party request Congress oppose federal policies and international treaties that inhibit the development of Wyoming’s jobs and economy.
Crime and Law
1. Religious Liberty
WHEREAS the First Amendment in the Bill of Rights of the United States Constitution proclaims, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” which protects the right to choose religious beliefs and the right to “exercise" or practice those beliefs; and
WHEREAS despite guarantees in the U.S. Constitution, recent social and legal trends are threatening Freedom of Religion by erroneously interpreting the First Amendment to mean freedom from religion. Religion needs protection from the state, not the other way around; and
WHEREAS Americans have a Constitutional right and duty to exercise their religion, to vote their consciences on public issues, and to participate in elections and in debates in the public square. These are the rights of all citizens, religious or not;
BE IT RESOLVED that the Sweetwater County Republican Party supports the right of institutions, businesses, and individuals to refuse services that are inconsistent with their religious tenets and that would infringe upon their freedom of conscience of religious expression as stated in the First Amendment. We believe it is our duty to protect that right by ensuring that no one is forced by the government to violate their conscience and deeply held religious beliefs.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Sweetwater County Republican Party calls on the Wyoming legislature to pass, and the Governor to sign, legislation to protect said free exercise of religion and prohibit individuals and businesses from being forced to participate in activities contrary to their religious convictions and conscience.
2. End Unreasonable Search and Seizure of Citizens’ Data Without A Search Warrant
WHEREAS the National Security Administration has been found to spy on American citizens via telephone, the Internet and drones,
WHEREAS Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems (SLDS) calls for retaining information and data on students, which is not academic, and
WHEREAS the 4th Amendment to the US Constitution guarantees the right of the people to be secure against unreasonable searches except for probable cause, and
BE IT RESOLVED that the National Security Administration or any other governmental agency must immediately cease and desist from all such unconstitutional surveillance activities of United States citizens.
3. BLM and US Forest Service Restriction of Law Enforcement
WHEREAS, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Forest Service (U.S.F.S.) currently exercise law enforcement authority; and,
WHEREAS, the State of Wyoming contains lands supervised by the BLM and the U.S.F.S.; and,
WHEREAS, citizens of the State of Wyoming have elected and empowered County and State law enforcement officials and agencies to exercise such representative law enforcement authority; and,
WHEREAS, local, County and State law enforcement personnel are the most familiar with the people, culture, and lands within the State of Wyoming; and,
WHEREAS, local, County and State law enforcement personnel and agencies have the capacity to resolve law enforcement issues within their jurisdictions in the most expedient manner and at the lowest level of legal force; and,
WHEREAS, the BLM and U.S.F.S. are exercising unrepresentative and unlawful law enforcement authority within the jurisdictions of local, County, and State lands; now therefore,
BE IT RESOLVED, That the Sweetwater County Republican Party does hereby support legislative action to codify the elimination of law enforcement authority and use of weapons from the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service, and limit the exercise of law enforcement authority to local, County and State law enforcement agencies elected by and representative of the citizens of the localities, Counties, and State of Wyoming.
4. Child Pornography and Sex Trafficking
WHEREAS child pornography and sex trafficking are among the most barbaric and heinous crimes of all;
BE IT RESOLVED that the Sweetwater County Republican Party supports cooperation of the federal government with international agencies, without abdicating our sovereign rights and responsibilities to prosecute all child pornography and child sexual abuse to the fullest extent of the U. S. law;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED the Sweetwater County Republican Party believes that the state, local, and federal governments should work together to detect and prevent humans from being used in sex trafficking; and prosecute sexual traffickers to the fullest extent of the U. S. law; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that all convicted of child pornography or sex trafficking serve their full sentence without parole.
5. Constitutional-Carry Laws
WHEREAS, the interstate travel of all citizens in these United States is commonplace and their right to self-defense has been infringed,
BE IT RESOLVED that the Sweetwater County Republican Party supports constitutional-carry by any law abiding citizen of the United States.
BE IT RESOLVED that the Sweetwater County Republican Party supports the Second Amendment, and opposes any and all governmental restrictions on ownership of firearms, ammunition and related accessories by law abiding citizens as described by the Heller decision, and calls for reciprocity of open- and concealed-carry laws and eliminate gun-free zones and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Wyoming legislators immediately pass legislation and demand that the governor signs the legislation to extend constitutional-carry laws to all college and university campuses in Wyoming.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Sweetwater County Republican Party opposes the keeping of any government records of private ownership of guns and ammunition, to include hypothetical registration lists kept by school districts
6. Alternative Penal Policies
BE IT RESOLVED that the Sweetwater County Republican Party supports penal policies which are state funded. This can reduce prison populations without endangering society, such as minimum security and monitored work release programs for all nonviolent offenders with an emphasis on treatment and rehabilitation of drug and alcohol offenders to be financed by the offender, to the extent possible, or by court confiscated drug money.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Sweetwater County Republican Party supports training programs for nonviolent offenders based on a merit/behavioral appraisal system, so ex-convicts can positively re-assimilate into society.
7. Constitutionality of Bills
BE IT RESOLVED the Sweetwater County Republican Party requires that all legislation, federal and state, be within the constraints of both the Wyoming and United States Constitutions, consistent with their original meaning, and that all bills should cite, upon presentation, where in the US or Wyoming Constitution such action is authorized.
8. No Exemptions For Elected State and Federal Officials From Laws
WHEREAS the President and the United States Congress and its members and staff, other federal government officials, and officials of the state of Wyoming, are exempted from many of the laws that Congress passes, which apply to the rest of the citizens, and
WHEREAS those said officials are also American citizens and live in this great nation and represent her People, and
BE IT RESOLVED that all employees, contractors, elected or appointed officials of the United States and/or Wyoming including without limitation the President and the executive branch, the judicial branch and the United States Congress and its members and staff, along with the Governor of Wyoming, the Wyoming State Legislature, and staff members, be required to adhere to all laws and regulations that Congress and the Wyoming Legislature enact, and not be exempted from compliance.
9. No Grants of Special Rights or Privileges
WHEREAS granting special rights to anyone based on their choice of lifestyle elevates those persons into a privileged status and therefore to a form of elitist segregation,
BE IT RESOLVED that the Sweetwater County Republican Party insists that those who engage in alternative lifestyles have the basic rights and protections of American citizens but that no special rights or privileges be granted to them.
1. Balanced Budget Amendment
WHEREAS the continued growth of the federal deficit threatens the security and sovereignty of our nation,
WHEREAS fiscal restraint is essential to responsible governance,
BE IT RESOLVED that federal government spending at all levels be restricted, consistent with our national security, while balancing the federal budget and eliminating the national debt.
2. Repeal the Affordable Care Act; Medical Care Reforms
BE IT RESOLVED that the Sweetwater County Republican Party calls for the immediate repeal of the Affordable Care Act and the defunding of all departments and agencies that were created.
BE IT RESOLVED that to reduce the cost of health care and health care insurance the Sweetwater County Republican Party calls for tort reform, health insurance portability, all healthcare providers must provide reasonable estimated of all costs upfront to consumers, and allowing for the purchase of health insurance across state lines via the passage of Congress.
3. Reduce the Size of Federal Government
WHEREAS, our Founding Fathers believed that a government that governs least, governs best.
BE IT RESOLVED that the Sweetwater County Republican Party believes the federal government should be reduced in size by reducing multiple agency overlap, and returning the function of government to within the scope of constitutional enumerated powers.
4. Single Issue Legislation
WHEREAS the Sweetwater County Republican Party believes that earmarks cause budgetary inflation and allow special interests to hide behind larger issues.
BE IT RESOLVED that the Sweetwater County Republican Party calls for the Congress of the United States to pass single issue legislation immediately and obey it for all bills.
5. Federal Agency Rule-Making Curtailment
WHEREAS the federal government issues a large number of rules every year through bureaucratic rule making,
WHEREAS Congress was elected by the people to represent them in their legislative rights,
BE IT RESOLVED that the Sweetwater County Republican Party calls for reducing the rule-making authority of federal agencies and that any rules - current, past and future - promulgated by federal agencies must first be approved by Congress before taking effect.
6. Eminent Domain
The Sweetwater County Republican Party supports the primacy of private property rights as recognized by the Constitution of the State of Wyoming and support legislation that would limit the use of the government’s power of eminent domain.
7. Reverse Federal Reserve Policy Devaluing Our Currency
WHEREAS the Sweetwater County Republican Party opposes the uncontrolled printing or electronic creation of
Federal Reserve notes by the Federal Reserve, and
WHEREAS by its printing of money and creation of loans to other central banks around the world, the
Federal Reserve has greatly devalued our money, and
WHEREAS the Federal Reserve has, in effect, created its own foreign policy, not subject to review or approval by our elected officials,
BE IT RESOLVED that the Sweetwater County Republican Party calls for a public audit of the Federal Reserve and the reinstatement of a commodity backed and stable currency.
8. Party Affiliation
BE IT RESOLVED that the Sweetwater County Republican Party seeks a change in voter registration procedures whereby voters will not be allowed to change their party affiliation between the time periods starting with the opening of filing for county, state, or federal offices, until the close of voting on the day of the General Election. Unregistered voters may register during this time period for any political party of their choice.
9. No Wyoming Income taxes
The Sweetwater County Republican Party strongly opposes the creation of a state income tax.
10. Voter Identification
BE IT RESOLVED, all persons must produce photo identification that provide proof of identity and presumption of United States Citizenship prior to being allowed to cast a vote in a municipal, county, state or federal elections.
11. Electoral College
BE IT RESOLVED that the Sweetwater County Republican Party Supports and celebrates the National Electoral College System in its present form.
BE IT RESOLVED that the Sweetwater County Republican Party rejects any changes to the electoral system.
Health and Society
1. Free Exchange of Ideas
WHEREAS the First Amendment is key to our Republic
BE IT RESOLVED that Sweetwater County Republican Party does not favor limiting the free exchange of ideas, such as there should be no speech codes or “safe zones” established on public property, including universities.
2. SOGI (sexual orientation and gender identity)
WHEREAS 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
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Sweetwater County 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 Sweetwater County 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.
3. Right to Life
BE IT RESOLVED that the Sweetwater County Republican Party believes that every human person has a right to life from the moment of conception until natural death.
4. Welfare Reform
BE IT RESOLVED that the Sweetwater County Republican Party supports reforming welfare to require able-bodied recipients to work and all recipients be drug tested.
5. Planned Parenthood Funding
WHEREAS, Planned Parenthood organizations do exist;
WHEREAS the State of Wyoming currently allows monies to the State Health facilities who refer clients to Planned Parenthood,
WHEREAS Planned Parenthood nationally has engaged in selling fetal tissue and body parts of aborted babies,
WHEREAS the Sweetwater County Republican Party opposes abortion,
BE IT RESOLVED that no Planned Parenthood organization shall receive any government funds, neither federal, state nor local.
6. Retain Reference to God in the Pledge of Allegiance
WHEREAS God is to be honored,
BE IT RESOLVED that the Sweetwater County Republican Party upholds the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in its present form, including "Under God" in our public schools.
7. Parental Rights
WHEREAS, the right of parents to direct the upbringing and education of their children is a fundamental right protected by the United States Constitution; and
WHEREAS, the interest of children are best served when parents are free to make child rearing decisions about education, religion, discipline and other areas of a child’s life without government interference; and
WHEREAS, these rights are routinely infringed upon by all levels of government and threatened by international entities;
BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED That the Sweetwater County Republican Party calls upon the Wyoming Legislature to enact such laws as will preserve and protect the right of parents to raise their children as they see fit.
8. The Sale of Body Parts and Embryonic Stem Cell Cultivation
WHEREAS all human life is sacred, from conception until death,
BE IT RESOLVED that the Sweetwater County Republican Party supports legislation that forbids the sale of body parts and embryonic stem cell cultivation, except for placental and umbilical materials which do not endanger human life at any stage.
Land Ag and Environment
1. Private Property Rights
WHEREAS, the United States Bureau of Land Management is charged by federal law with applying view shed regulations to federal lands or undertakings, and;
WHEREAS, the Bureau of Land Management cannot, pursuant to federal law manage private property, but is empowered only to apply its regulations to federal surfaces and federal undertakings;
BE IT RESOLVED that the Sweetwater County Republican Party demands that the Bureau of Land Management apply view shed regulations in Wyoming only to federal surfaces and undertakings and not expand and make applicable said determinations to private property in Wyoming.
BE IT RESOLVED that the Sweetwater County Republican Party believes that the ownership of private property is a cornerstone to personal freedom in the Republic only so long as the rights of property owners are never infringed upon by the federal government, thus allowing owners to do with their property as they see fit in the best interests of their own life, their family and their future heirs,
BE IT RESOLVED that the Sweetwater County Republican Party supports the protection of private property rights as long as it does not infringe on the rights of others.
2. Republican Resolution to Revoke EPA Greenhouse Gas Endangerment Finding
WHEREAS, EPA in promulgating the Greenhouse Gas Endangerment Finding (GHGEF) failed its’ regulatory responsibility to use the best available science and failed to follow their standards requiring that information used in making such findings be objective, accurate and unbiased, as evidenced by EPA’s complete failure to consider and address the scientific findings in hundreds of other peer reviewed published reports readily available on the subject;
AND WHEREAS, EPA failed to follow the rigorous requirements for a Highly Influential Scientific Assessments (HISA);
AND WHEREAS, the inspector general report in 2011 concluded that the EPA’s science assessment for the Endangerment Finding fell short of the required peer review process standard;
AND WHEREAS, EPA’s claims that there is consensus among most scientist and “that the total body of scientific evidence compellingly supports a positive finding for both public health and welfare” is completely biased and irrational in light of the huge amount of evidence to the contrary;
AND WHEREAS, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) (used as bases for most of EPA’s findings) consists of a relatively small group of approximately 600 contributors and the conclusions of the IPCC summary reports are not the result of consensus even among these contributors;
AND WHEREAS, over 30,000 scientist (more than 9,000 of whom are PhDs, many working in the fields of meteorology & physics studying the global warming issue) have signed a petition stating: “There is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gases is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth’s atmosphere and disruption of the Earth’s climate. Moreover, there is substantial scientific evidence that increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide produce many beneficial effects upon natural plants and animal environments of the Earth.”
AND WHEREAS, recent peer reviewed published scientific reports in 2016 and 2017 (by 3 PhDs & reviewed by 7 PhDs), provide substantial evidence that the most important assumptions in EPA’s GHGEF have been invalidated and that the Climate Models relied upon by EPA have been invalidated and cannot be relied upon to attribute warming to human emissions of GHGs;
AND WHEREAS, the cost of GHGEF and associated regulations has been billions of dollars and will be trillions of dollars that will negatively impact our standard of living for no benefit if this Finding is not revoked;
AND WHEREAS, EPA has pending at least two recent science-based petitions for reconsideration of the GHGEF;
BE IT RESOLVED that the Sweetwater County Republican Party will urge its Congressional Delegation and other elected officials to require EPA to reopen and revoke the Greenhouse Gas Endangerment Finding (GHGEF).
3. Wyoming's Water Rights
WHEREAS the Sweetwater County Republican Party supports Wyoming’s primacy over its water and the doctrine of prior appropriation,
WHEREAS Wyoming’s economic future is dependent on its water resources,
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the Sweetwater County Republican Party opposes any attempt to encroach upon water and/or water rights belonging to and administered by the State of Wyoming, and compels the state engineer to vigorously defend Wyoming’s water rights, laws and compacts and,
THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Sweetwater County Republican Party supports the development and management of upstream water storage and other water projects to benefit Wyoming’s economy.
WHEREAS, the Sweetwater County Republican Party recognizes agriculture as a vital industry of Wyoming;
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED the Sweetwater County Republican Party believes those who own and properly lease ranch and farmlands are invested in the land and are the best caretakers of this vital resource.
5. Abolishment of the US Environmental Protection Agency
BE IT RESOLVED that the Sweetwater County Republican Party calls for the abolition of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and that the current responsibilities of the EPA should remain with the individual states
6. Public Lands
WHEREAS, the federal government is failing to administer public lands in the best interest of the state of Wyoming and these lands are valued for public use.
WHEREAS, the Bureau of Land Management cannot, pursuant to federal law manage private property, but is empowered only to apply its regulations to federal surfaces and federal undertakings;
BE IT RESOLVED that the Sweetwater County Republican Party will work to transfer the administration of public lands to the States with the stipulation that Wyoming will not sell or transfer to private use without three quarters authorization from the state legislature.
7. Wyoming State Sovereignty Over Matters Within the State Boundary
WHEREAS all mankind is created equal and are endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness, that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to affect their safety and happiness; (Taken from Declaration of Independence), and
WHEREAS, These inalienable rights are being unduly abridged by Federal Acts such as the Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act, American Clean Energy and Security Act, etc. and innumerable regulations coming from unelected Federal agencies, bureaus, and organizations; and,
WHEREAS, Through local stewardship, local input, and local accountability Wyoming citizens can better manage our public lands and resources for multiple use while enhancing environmental values; and
WHEREAS, Wyoming State Statute 36 Chapter 12 explicitly states that Wyoming, through the U.S. Constitution, retains sovereignty over all matters within its boundaries excepting those specifically delegated to the federal level and that federal claims of control over land and minerals within the State’s boundaries is unconstitutional and should be void;
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Sweetwater County Republican Party call upon the leadership of the State of Wyoming, the Wyoming Congressional Delegation and the leadership of our Federal Government to recognize Wyoming State Statute 36 Chapter 12 and promote and fully implement it to ensure the security of our Constitutionally protected inalienable Rights to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness, as specified by the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
8. Natural Resources
WHEREAS The Sweetwater County Republican Party supports state’s primacy over all water, wildlife, minerals, and natural resources within its boundaries, and;
WHEREAS the Sweetwater County Republican Party opposes the taking of private property by means of eminent domain by inverse condemnation for anything other than public use, and supports that annual compensation at current fair market value may be provided for such takings and must consider the loss of value through regulation as a compensable taking, and;
WHEREAS the Federal government has caused harm to the states that depend upon natural resources,
BE IT RESOLVED by the Sweetwater County Republican Party that the state of Wyoming shall be in control of all of our natural resources
9. Action on Wilderness Study Areas
BE IT RESOLVED that the Sweetwater County Republican Party supports the efforts of the Wyoming County Commissioners Association (WCCA) to evaluate and recommend removal and release of Wilderness Study Areas in Wyoming and,
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Sweetwater County Republican Party supports the abolishment of the Wilderness Study Areas in Wyoming.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Sweetwater County Republican Party calls for the United States Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management to reject manipulations by special interests groups to add lands to Wilderness Areas.
10. Re-establish State Control Over Water Resources
WHEREAS such agencies as the Environmental Protection Agency and their officials have imposed undue hardship on American citizens, particularly in production agriculture, industry, and
WHEREAS Wyoming's water should not come under the control of the federal government,
BE IT RESOLVED that "Navigable Waters" should continue to mean streams and rivers that are navigable year around. Further, the Clean Water Act should remain applicable only to Navigable Waters, and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED to oppose any attempt to export water from Wyoming and,
THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED the Sweetwater County Republican Party supports Wyoming’s Sovereign right to manage all water within its borders.
1. Education Standards
BE IT RESOLVED that the Sweetwater County Republican Party believes that all education standards shall be delegated to the local school boards, with the State Board of Education having an advisory role.
BE IT RESOLVED that the Sweetwater County Republican Party calls for the prohibition by all Wyoming State officials from entering into any agreements or receiving funding that cede any measure of control over Wyoming education to entities outside the state and ensure that all content standards as well as curriculum and assessment decisions supporting those standards are adopted through a transparent statewide and/or local process fully accountable to the citizens in every school district in Wyoming
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, To recognize the diversity of needs, learning styles, and achievement objectives in educating Wyoming students in the K-12 educational system, as well as the important roles historically played by parents, teachers, and local and state officials in that system, and therefore to reject and repeal the mandatory universal adoption and implementation statewide of the so called “Common Core Standards” in mathematics and English language arts, Science and History the standardized tests associated therewith developed by the “Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers” (PARCC).
2. Eliminate the U.S. Department of Education
WHEREAS the education of our young people is basic to the survival of our nation and future and because educational quality declines in proportion to federal involvement,
BE IT RESOLVED Congress eliminate the Department of Education and let the respective states manage public education within their borders.
3. School Choice
WHEREAS the Sweetwater County Republican Party believes competition has benefited other aspects of society.
BE IT RESOLVED the Sweetwater County Republican Party believes competition should be brought into education through school choice, including but not limited to vouchers, homeschooling without government intrusion, private schools and charter schools.
4. School Safety
WHEREAS first responders do not reside on site and the average response time for first responders to arrive on scene is not adequate to prevent school shootings and,
BE IT RESOLVED that the Sweetwater County Republican Party supports the training and arming of qualified school staff on school campuses.
WHEREAS history education is lacking in the teaching of Wyoming History, the Wyoming Constitution and American History, specifically the Declaration of Independence, the US Constitution (as originally interpreted), and world history
BE IT RESOLVED that the Sweetwater County Republican Party calls for mandating the restoration of these subjects and the instruction of the development of the republican form of government including the differentiation between socialism (Joe Biden), communism (Bernie Sanders) and capitalism (Donald J. Trump).
6. Charter Schools
BE IT RESOLVED that the Sweetwater County Republican Party calls on the Wyoming Legislature to create laws more favorable to the creation and operation of charter schools in the State of Wyoming.
7. Student Wellbeing
WHEREAS the current social culture continues progression toward confusing gender identities and that this confusion is infiltrating our schools, the courts interpretations of our family structure and parental rights;
WHEREAS we recognize the reasonable expectation of the privacy and the wellbeing of our students;
WHEREAS we recognize the fundamental right of parents to guide their child’s education; and that public schools should not undermine the values of parents;
WHEREAS the wellbeing of 99% of our school children who choose to identify with their biological gender should not have to be subjugated to those do not;
BE IT RESOLVED that the Sweetwater County Republican Party supports continued biological separation of male and female specific bathrooms, showers and locker rooms in our public schools.