> Kitsap County Republican Party Platform
We, the Kitsap County Republican Party, believe that the following principles distinguish us as Republicans and as citizens of the United States. These principles unite us in a society characterized by individual liberty, personal responsibility, equal opportunity, compassion, and the rule of law. Freedom unites us as one nation.
ROLE OF GOVERNMENT
The purpose of the Constitution is to limit the government’s power. Government must be restrained from unnecessarily intruding into the lives of its citizens. The function of government is to protect unalienable, God-given individual rights, including those in the Bill of Rights. An overlarge government inevitably treads on these rights.
REAFFIRMATION OF FEDERALISM
The United States is a constitutional republic. We affirm a constructionist view of the Constitution of the United States. Powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people. We firmly support a separation of powers in all levels of government as checks and balances.
Naturalization and immigration are an enumerated responsibility of the federal government and shall be merit-based.
The integrity of our borders (physical or otherwise) and the electoral process, including the Electoral College, is critical to our sovereignty and security. The individual has the unrestricted right to keep and bear arms as affirmed in the Second Amendment. Peace and freedom are best secured through a well-armed and trained citizenry, supplemented through the maintenance of a strong, sufficiently-staffed, well-equipped, and volunteer military.
Individual ownership of property is an essential element of individual liberty. Government must only take property or restrict its use under extreme and exigent circumstances, with prompt compensation at fair market value, and fair and impartial judicial review.
We trust the people to recognize those things which they can do for themselves. Those things that cannot be done effectively by individuals and non-government entities can then be considered for government support when asked by the people.