Yale New Republicans
An Undergraduate Organization
Yale New Republicans
An Undergraduate Organization
Over the past few weeks, many rapid developments have rattled Yale’s conservative community and the campus as a whole. This series of unexpected events led the Yale College Republicans to release a controversial statement which included an endorsement of Donald Trump as the Republican presidential nominee. Many among the organization’s ranks did not see this endorsement as the best decision, leading to the resignation of a large portion of the club’s executive council. These members have since regrouped and set out to form the Yale New Republicans, a more active Republican organization on campus that will always put national interests above partisan ones.
The Yale New Republicans aim to unify a broad base of politically minded, right-leaning individuals, mobilizing this group to work towards an improved political climate on our campus and throughout the nation by promoting forward-thinking Republican values. We will advocate for conservative - and often Republican - candidates who represent these beliefs. However, we are not officially associated with the National College Republican organization in any way, allowing us the flexibility to support the best candidates running rather than forcing us to choose along partisan lines and potentially support those candidates who deviate so severely from our cherished values. Finally, we aim to improve our community through increased political participation and voter education for all.
CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS FOR THE YALE NEW REPUBLICANS (YNR)
Location: Yale University, New Haven, CT
The name of this organization shall be the Yale New Republicans, herein and after to be referred to as YNR.
The purpose of this organization shall be:
To bring young people into the Republican Party and to provide opportunities for them to find political expression and recognition;
To foster and encourage the activities of the Republican Party and to promote its ideals;
To collect, analyze, discuss, and disseminate information concerning political affairs and political philosophy; and
To advise, coordinate, and promote the activities of the Republican Party.
Membership in this organization shall be limited to undergraduate students enrolled full-time at Yale University who are willing to support the goals of YNR. Active members shall be those who have attended at least two YNR meetings.
Only active members shall have voting privileges at any meeting.
This organization shall have the following elected officers: Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary, and Treasurer. There is no term limit placed on any elected officer, but it is recommended that no one person hold the same office for more than two consecutive terms.
The officers of the organization shall be elected for a term of one year and shall serve until their successors are duly elected.
The powers and duties of the elected officers shall be:
The Chairman shall be the chief officer of the organization and shall conduct all meetings of the general organization and the Executive Board. He/she shall make all committee assignments with the approval of the Executive Board, and shall be a member ex-officio of all committees. He/she shall have general supervision over all the organization’s programs.
The Vice Chairman shall in the case of the resignation, disqualification, or absence of the Chairman, perform the duties of the Chairman. He/she shall be the Chairman’s chief assistant, and shall be responsible for such additional duties as may be prescribed for him/her by the Executive Board.
The Secretary shall keep the records and proceeding of the organization. He/ she shall be responsible for the minutes of all meetings of the club and the Executive Board. He/she shall keep a record of all projects and official actions taken by the club.
The Treasurer shall be responsible for the funds of the club and shall keep a record of its receipts and expenditures. He/she shall submit reports on the financial condition of the club to each Executive Board meeting and shall submit an annual report in writing to the annual meeting each year.
Election of officers shall take place in the spring of each year at the annual meeting.
Vacancies in any office shall be filled by elections of the Executive Board.
The Standing Committees of this organization shall be: Membership, Social Media, and any other committee suggested by a member and approved by the Executive Board.
The Membership Committee shall be responsible for recruitment and orientation of new members.
The Social Media Committee shall be in charge of maintaining and regularly updating the YNR social media accounts and website.
The Executive Board shall conduct the affairs of the club between regular meetings. The members of the Executive Board shall be the elected officers, and the chairmen of the standing committees.
Meetings of the Executive Board may be called by the Chairman or by a majority of the members of that Board.
A majority of the Executive Board shall constitute a quorum necessary to conduct business.
The club is free to endorse or withheld support from any candidates for Public office prior to and after theprimary or nominating convention. In order for an official statement to be made, a simple majority vote of the delegates must be passed and ratified by the Executive Board.
Robert’s Rules of Order, Revised, shall govern all proceedings of the organization, except when inconsistent with the constitution and by-laws.
This constitution may be amended by a 2/3 vote of the delegates at any annual meeting or by a 2/3 vote of the members present at a special meeting called for the purpose of amending this constitution provided that all members of the club receive at least 10 days notice from the Secretary of the club stating the intention to amend the constitution.
No amendments shall take effect until the adjournment of the convention adopting them.
The club will have a platform or statement of beliefs on why I am a Republican that shall be promoted by the officers. This does not require that all club members have to agree to every item in the platform below to be a member, but the club maintains this platform or statement of beliefs because it is tantamount to keeping the organization focused on true Republican values and keeping it a true Republican organization. The platform or statement of beliefs for why I am a Republican is as follows:
1. I believe that our national stability can stem only from the basic constitutional principles that unite us.
2. I believe in the original intent of our Constitution and Bill of Rights, within reason.
3. I believe in our Republican form of government as stated in the Constitution and the Electoral College (Article II), which gives citizens of smaller states a voice in government which they would otherwise lack in a pure Democracy. The United States is a Federal Republic ruled by law, bot by majority feeling (which the founding fathers call “mobocracy”).
4. I believe that free enterprise and encouragement of individual incentive have given this nation an economic system second to none on earth, which is strengthened by the right of private property.
5. I believe in fair trade and that trade policies should be based on the best interests of the United States. I reject trade policies that destroy our national sovereignty or our manufacturing base.
6. I believe that the proper function of government is to do for the people only those things which must be done, yet cannot be done by individuals.
7. I believe that that sound economic growth can be generated only by sound money and avoidance of inflationary deficits.
8. I believe in equal rights and equal justice for all regardless of race, creed or color.
9. I believe that America should promote and defend basic human rights in all countries around the globe. These rights include:
i. Freedom of religion;
ii. Free speech;
iii. Lawful assembly;
iv. Private property, etc.
10. I believe the Republican Party is a party of vision, retaining those principles from the past that are worth retaining and always receptive to new ideas in the task of building a better America.
11. I believe our mission is to win on merit and philosophy as we appeal to all segments of the population—not as separate groups but as a whole, unified in the pursuit of progress for all.
12. Finally, I believe that only through the Republican Party (if it adheres to its conservative principles) can these ideals become active and successful principles of government.