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Argument: Republicans believe in power of individual over govt

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Haley Barbour, former Republican National Committee Chairman, produced a "Why I'm a Republican" list, including the following rationale in November 1994. "I believe the strength of our nation lies with the individual and that each person's dignity, freedom, ability and responsibility must be honored."[1]


"GOP vs. Democrats." Arizona Republican Party: "Republicans believe responsibility for each person's station in life ultimately resides with each individual person. The Republican Party encourages individuals to work to secure the benefits of society for themselves, their families, and for those who are unable to care for themselves. Democrats believe each person's rights can be sacrificed to the assumed needs of the group. Democrats assume "society" collectively is responsible for each of its members. Democrats place less emphasis on individual enterprise and initiative and prefer government 'programs,' such as the failed forty-year 'War on Poverty.'"

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