The Oberlin College Republicans believe in the 2nd Amendment. We believe that law-abiding citizens should not have their rights curtailed because of the abuses of others. The College Republicans will remain vigilant and oppose current and future local, state, and national legislations that infringe on the right to bear arms.
War in Iraq
The CRs believe that success in Iraq is attainable, and that U.S. forces should remain on the ground until two main conditions are met. First, a strong and legitimate democratic government must be formed. Second, the day-to-day security situation must be left in the hands of a well-trained and adept Iraqi police force or military. In order for these goals to be met, civilian policymakers must direct the U.S. military to learn from its mistakes, and to adapt its operations to meet the challenges of the insurgent enemy. Emphasis must be placed on enabling the new Iraqi government, along with that nation's armed forces, to provide protection and basic services to ordinary citizens. The United States must provide the training and resources necessary to make these goals achievable. At home, policymakers charged with crafting America's strategy in the war must develop a comprehensive plan for success and, with it, the eventual withdrawal of U.S. combat forces from Iraq.
The CRs believe that property rights are the foundation of a democratic society. We oppose the seizure of private property by local, state, and federal government for political or economic gain. Therefore, we oppose the 2005 Kelo v. New London Supreme Court decision, which raises numerous constitutional issues and runs counter to democratic ideals. As such, the CRs are committed to a grassroots campaign that actively combats this abuse of political power.