Members of the Republican Party are desperately looking for new ways to convince people from the younger demographics to join the party of Lincoln and support GOP candidates. Party membership is slowly being dwindling through the attrition of time. People in their twenties and thirties are not interested in politics or simply, they do not want to associate with either political party. Both the Democrats and the Republicans are vastly losing potential members to third parties, individuals registering as the nonaffiliated voter, or those who have fallen into an apathetic haze by choosing not to participate at all.
With the hypocrisy, infighting, and arrogance proliferating in all segments of politics, including the Republican Party, it is understandable why a fresher generation would not want to mess with the dirty laundry of the party’s older generation. Party members must resist the natural urge of getting mad and defensive. Instead, if they want the party to survive, Republicans must become more introspective, and reflect on the mistakes that have caused people to view the party from a negative perspective, especially those who are new to politics. First impressions are everlasting.
It was the quintessential charm of the Great Communicator, Ronald Reagan, which attracted my generation to libertarianism or fiscal conservatism as an ideology, and eventually to the Republican Party. He spoke of integrity and the importance of consistency in leadership. Many believed it was a new day for republicans, but with all good things, it eventually ended.
We towed the party line only to watch those in powerful political positions betray their conservative values. Every year federal and state Republican Congressmen in both houses voted for more spending, more taxing and more debt. They created laws that expanded the powers of the regulatory bureaucracy, while simultaneously promoting the Constitutional ideals of a representative form of government and the party rightfully suffered. It should be of no surprise that party involvement has literally dropped off the proverbial cliff.
What can republicans do before we hit the jagged rocks below?
First, republicans have to remember why they joined the Republican Party. Martin Luther King was a registered Republican. In post-civil war America, most African Americans registered with the Republican Party and that trend continued until the latter part of the 20thCentury. What happened? The GOP was the political party that stood up for the rights of all Americans with particular attention to the underdog and downtrodden. Moreover, republicans did this without promising handouts or social programs, but by speaking of self-reliance and individual rights for everybody, equally. The party has to return to these humble beginnings and become the
political party that Reverend King would be proud to be a member.
Second, republicans have to remember what it was like to be young. People are the same and our differences and similarities transcend the generational divide, so older Republicans cannot make a predetermined judgment of people who are fledglings. Republican ideas are solid and the philosophy of fiscal conservatism mingled with civil libertarianism will appeal to them and future generations. However, fiduciary responsibilities are not important to those driven by youthful compulsions or whimsical passions. They want to
be left alone and that too is part of limiting the authority and growth of government and we, as republicans, have to be genuine in finding real solutions to these legitimate concerns.
The issue of the unconstitutionality of certain sections of the National Defense Authorization Act has become a political hotbed of an issue, which is appealing to people directly affected by these laws, hence the younger more technologically advanced group. I would advise the Old Guard of the Republican Party to capitalize on this situation or face the peril of indecision.
The Republican Party of Coos County should take a stand on this issue and vote in favor of a party resolution opposing sections 1021 and 1022 of the NDAA on the grounds they are unconstitutional and un-American. The membership should discuss this issue, along with the county resolution at their next public meeting on Thursday, June 27, 2013. Then they would be wise to promote their actions to the very people they want to attract to their side of the aisle.
The group “Oath Keepers” is having a Town Hall to discuss the NDAA Resolution at the North Bend Library on 1800 Sherman Ave, North Bend, OR in the large conference room on Monday, July 15, 2013 at 6:00 PM and everyone is encouraged to attend. Here is a link to a Google map: http://goo.gl/maps/rlxTu. There is more information and current updates on the situation at www.CoosCountyWatchdog.com and sign up for the newsletter to stay informed.
The following day The NDAA Resolution is tentatively on the agenda at the regularly scheduled BOC meeting, which is at 9:30 am on Tuesday July 16, 2013. People must be present to speak up for their rights. Tell the Coos County commissioners to support and vote in favor of the resolution against the National Defense Authorization Act, especially when presidents, congressional representatives, and Supreme Court judges have lost their path in the journey as an exceptional Constitutional Republic. If you do not sign up and speak out,
they will not hear your voice and you will fail to help the cause. If you cannot attend the BOC meeting, then you can leave a message with the commissioners by dialing 541-396-7535 or email your message to firstname.lastname@example.org , please be polite.
It would be an astonishingly refreshing change to see The Republican Party take a stand for something and demonstrate through their actions that the party of the “Great Emancipator” was more than just hot air and glimmering lights.
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