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What is a Pachyderm Club?

  • We are a Republican group patterned after civic clubs with programs centered around government and politics
  • Pachyderm club memberships are open to all Republicans
  • Pachyderm club meetings are open to the public and encourage non-member attendance
  • Pachyderm clubs, as an organization, do not endorse issues or candidates in a contested primary election
  • The National Federation of the Grand Order of Pachyderm Clubs is an official allied group of the Republican National Committee and as such, member clubs operate as enhancements to the Republican party rather than as a competitor
  • The Pachyderm Club movement is one of the most practical means by which broad citizen participation in politics may be achieved
  • Pachyderm clubs are controlled locally, yet operate within an established standard framework
  • Pachyderm clubs meet regularly either weekly, bi-monthly or monthly and provide continuity for Republican volunteers and activists

 

 

Republican  Principles

 

1.       Individual ability, dignity, freedom and responsibility are basic to good government.

2.       The free enterprise system and encouragement of individual initiative are musts for a strong economy.

3.       Government exists to protect the freedom of each individual, not to restrict it.

4.       Government should get involved only in those things which the people cannot do so well for themselves.

5.       Both government and society should assist those who cannot provide for themselves and should help them become self-supporting citizens with pride in their independence.

6.       Equal rights, equal justice and equal opportunity belonging to all, regardless of race, creed, color, national origin or gender.

7.       The preservation of our nation and the security of our citizens depend on every citizen’s respect for the Constitution, the laws and the courts.

8.       Government must maintain sound money and reasonable economy.  The rights of life and liberty are meaningless if citizens are deprived of their property through excessive taxation, inflation and government waste.

9.       World peace and friendship will continue through strength.

 

 

          Source:  Republican National Committee, 1999

 Pachyderm Preamble 

 

 

It is our belief that most of the corrupting influences in American Politics could be erased and government generally made more responsive by one basic improvement.  That is, simply for more good citizens to participate in politics.  “We get the government we deserve, not the one we wish for,” remains a guide-star for a free people.  We offer a meaningful movement of political clubs as the most practical means by which a broad citizen participation in politics may be achieved.