My Article

My Article

After the elections this year, it took me a while to recover. I decided to write an article about my frustration. I am planning on sending this to a few papers, hoping to get it published in an opinion section or something similar. This a great first place to start. I hope you enjoy, and comment if you wish!

--Sincerely, Jackson

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The Dismay of a Disgruntled Young Conservative

 

So here we are. The election is over. Republicans control the House; Democrats control the Senate. President Obama remains Commander-in-Chief. No two separate party members want to work together, and no new legislation will pass. It doesn’t really feel like much has changed. Nothing has.

 

Except fewer Republicans retain their positions on the Hill. Why is this? Because the Democratic Party is now seen as the party of the middle class?  Because the public views the Republican Party as that of racist bigots who solely want to help the rich get richer? It’s probably both.

 

While Obama has morphed into Robin Hood, a hero who wants to solve poverty and provide the lower class with the wealth that they could not acquire on their own, the GOP-spawned Romney was the evil Sherriff of Nottingham, helping the rich accumulate wealth. These and other factors contributed to the loss of the GOP held seats.

For one, there are currently five different types of “Republicans.”

 

· Extremists,’ such as Todd Akin, whose religion trumps their policies, and leads them to nonsensical conclusions that differ from actual proven fact and science. These folks receive a small portion of the vote, but manage to put members in Congress because of strength in numbers in certain districts;

 

· Tea Partiers, such as Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachmann and Allen West, just to name a few. They are also not only relatively extreme, but carry an ideology similar to that of a libertarian;

 

· Libertarians, who claim they are their own separate party, and whose beliefs promote a less-than-limited government, to the extent that they feel that the government should just get out of our business all together. In reality, their name on a ballot just ends up stealing votes from the Republican candidates at the time of an election and hurting our chances for majority;

 

· Socially Liberal, Fiscally Conservative, which is a more moderate branch of conservatism which seems to be where most young Republicans fall;

 

· Grand Old Party (GOP) is all that’s left, who do have majority in the party.  A good example of a GOP member is RNC chairman Reince Priebus.

 

When a party is split into five different categories like this, especially categories that sometimes conflict, there is no way that they can defeat a force like the ‘modern’ Democrat without forming a union. I use the term modern Democrat because their party has changed as well. The new Democratic Party’s platform seems to incorporate some relatively socialistic principals.

 

While, Democrats are voting for one group entirely, Republicans spread their vote into five different brackets. The accumulation of their votes for a single party is enough to beat a Democrat in a general election, but with a split as large as we encounter with Republicans today, we manage to thwart our victory, and do so without reasonable gain.

 

Because we (Republicans) continue to push voters away with our nominations and our gaffes, we will not see change. Take the senate race in Indiana this year for example. Richard Mourdock, the 53rd state treasurer defeated incumbent Senator Dick Lugar, a man with 36 years in the senate, in the Republican primary election.

 

Now, how did this happen?  Sure, you could blame the Super PACs, the DSCC, the NRSC, but the bottom line is that Mourdock benefited overall from his Tea Party backing.

There is not a doubt in my mind that if Senator Dick Lugar had won the Republican primary and kept his seat, he would have had no trouble defeating Democratic Senator-elect Joe Donnelly in the general election. This seat was a must win for the Republicans to maintain in the Senate. This loss is an abomination, the epitome of my complaints, and the reason for my dismay.

 

As conservatives, where do we, where can we go from where?  The only solution is to stop the alienation of voters and to hold elections without candidates who say things like Akin’s “legitimate rape” gaffe, Mourdock’s “God’s intent” verbal faux pas, Romney’s 47% blunder, Romney’s second 47 percent quote (when discussing the reason for his loss to his donors), etc. The list of their ignorant rhetoric goes on and on.

 

We have to reunite as a party, kick the crazies out, and move forward.  I’m not saying we all of a sudden have to go and adapt far leftist policies such as amnesty for illegal immigrants, but we have to become a relatable party for the American people.

As a young Republican, which I would define as a person under the age of 30, we’ve grown up in a truly different world than previous generations of conservatives. Gay marriage, marijuana, and abortion are social issues that have become embedded in our culture, and aren’t really looked upon as scandalous.

 

It’s important to promote and reelect those in office who personify these ideals, i.e.: the Scott Browns, the Marco Rubios, the Chris Christies, and the Bobby Jindals.  These are the future leaders of our party, out with the old and in with the new.

 

In reality, we truly are the party of the middle class. Our beliefs and policies prove that.  The American public seems to generally believe Republicans only want to lower taxes for the very wealthy. This public misinformation gives us a reputation that we should not have earned. We don’t want to raise taxes on anyone; we actually want them lowered for all. Republican ideology states that the flatter and lower the tax rate, the better for America.

 

Remember, throughout history, there have been extremists from every party; American Republicans just do a better job of letting them into office. Matt Mackowiak, GOP strategist, hit our problem head on, stating, “We’ve got to be the party of the middle class. I don’t know why we’ve essentially ceded that ground to the Democrats; we don’t believe our policies only help rich people. We believe our policies help people become rich.”  I couldn’t agree more.

 

As a party, we have to realize that the world is changing. Bargaining is a must. We have to learn to compromise and find real solutions to the problems that exist today.  Lack of settlement is the reason that congress has a 9% approval rating.

 

As the looming fiscal cliff approaches, negotiations need to continue to be discussed, and come to a close. Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) wants compromise.  Because no one else on Capitol Hill seems to know how, I’m afraid that Congress will not come to an agreement before Bush’s tax cuts expire.

 

When President Obama offered an $800 billion tax increase on the public to congress, it was discussed and turned down. It’s insulting to then come back to the table asking for $1.6 trillion. Lawmakers have to stop flipping each other the proverbial bird and work together to solve real problems we’re facing.

 

More Republicans need adapt to be like Speaker Boehner, and be willing to work with everyone on the Hill, no matter their political affiliation. If someone has a solution to a problem that we’re facing, align, agree, do what you must, but alienation will not solve anything.

 

As a young Republican, I understand that compromise is key. Before we even think about working closely with Democrats, however, we need to work within our party and forge a viable union that will be the cornerstone for a 21st century Republican agenda.

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