by Jason Janoski, Sumner County Republican Party Chairman — On Thursday, Donald Trump officially became the Republican nominee for President of the United States of America. I reflect now on the future of the Republican Party and the future of our Republic.
Our party has been a noble one. The Republican Party was founded in 1854 by an anti-slavery Whigs. Abraham Lincoln was the first Republican president. Republicans led the charge to end slavery. We resisted, though unsuccessfully, Franklin Roosevelt’s determination to quash individual and state rights and instead magnify the role of the federal government. Republicans led the civil rights reforms of the 1950s and 1960s, enacting civil rights laws over Democrat objections.
Republicans honor the Constitution and the Rule of Law. We believe what the Declaration of Independence says – that God (not government) gives people inalienable natural rights and it is the purpose of government to preserve those rights. By providence, our founding fathers wrote and ratified a Constitution which preserves those rights.
We believe that the federal government may only exercise powers listed in the Constitution. All other authority is reserved to the states and to the people.
Because federal authority is enumerated, Republicans believe that the Constitution cannot prohibit states from protecting the lives of unborn babies. We believe the Constitution cannot prohibit states from deciding that certain conduct or relationships are sexually immoral. We believe that states are independent laboratories of justice and liberty, free to experiment according to the will of their people.