What does the future hold for young Republicans?
What does the term, “Republican,” even mean? Because from my perspective, over the last 2 decades, partisanship has been nothing but a 12 letter excuse, for not improving our society.
But what does, “partisanship,” really mean these days? Specifically, what does it mean to belong to the GOP, aka, “the Grand Ole Party?”
Well……… as a card carrying…….. tax paying……. American conservative… I can tell you exactly what it means to me.
So let’s dig into some opinions;
I feel like there’s a strong base of young conservatives, currently standing apart from the Republican party. For this reason, I think the Republican base, is very divided about it’s future…… This is particularly true, in the wake of Trump becoming the party’s nominee.
This circumstance, has become increasingly difficult for young Americans to grasp. That’s because a bi-partisan system, means a, “torn conservative party,” still represents 50% of the federal government, whether they’re sitting in those chairs or not. In my opinion, this is half the problem and it’s particularly troubling for Congress, in terms of coming together for common sense, environmental and housing reforms. This is a situation, which in essence, has become less about pointing the finger at our own government and more about party instability… *This is my opinion.
The Republican’s are torn……
Nevertheless, I currently see 2 groups of young Republican’s, emerging in America today. However, I view these 2 groups as completely different.
On one hand, you have a group of mostly silver spoon, “tea drinkers,” who hold ultra nationalist beliefs and consistently support corporate bias. This group is predominately endowed by their ancestry and consistently blames America’s problems on other groups of people……
On the other hand….. you have a group of young voters, with Rand Paul Sr. style beliefs, who essentially view the government as overarching, or standing in the way of their financial freedoms. At the surface both sides appear equally conservative in nature…. Yet, in reality 1 group of conservatives is consistently representing the marginal .00001% upper class, while the other group is essentially representing the much broader scope of the Republican base…..
So now you have 2 groups of young Republicans……. in my opinion…. and it’s unclear which side will eventually represent the future of the party……
For this reason, this juncture in time, is a very important moment for Republicans…… Furthermore, this creates a scenario, where if a young Republican leader is not found in the coming years, a lack of leadership could lead to even worse gridlock, in the federal government. In turn, this dispute within the Republican party, could impact ALL Americans, in the future.
Also, this lack of leadership among conservative voters, could eventually change the party dynamic altogether.
The core issue….. (*This is an opinion article.)
So now you have a Republican party, led by Donald Trump and in my opinion, Trump is doing a fair job in terms of juggling his own party’s instability…. Nevertheless, this issue of future leadership, really comes down to leadership today……. Who among the “young Republican base,” is fit to take over the evolving party, in the years to come?
Should another Ivy League candidate, divided from the poorer side of the base, take over the party? Or, should the Republican base continue to evolve into the party of the wealthy?
Furthermore, is Paul Ryan fit to lead? Ryan, with his anti-union, ultra conservative economic policies, might be the future leader. In this way, the leadership of the Republican party, will come to signify the direction of the party altogether. In turn, this creates a strong possibility that John Boehner will be labeled, “fit to lead,” in the near future. Still, by that time, who’s to say what the Republican base will even stand for? Other than that, it’s really unclear who, “could,” lead such disorganization, as opposed to who might even want to.
The silver spoon Republican committees; don’t care about the environment, don’t believe in global warming, they prefer tax breaks for the wealthy and typically don’t care about anything other than profit margins and profit sharing. This “old guard,” is composed of mostly older Republicans, who need healthcare but don’t want to pay for it and often clamor for lower taxes.
This is a group; that typically doesn’t believe in unions, doesn’t believe in labor laws, and typically don’t even believe in corporate tax structures….. And these people, make up half of the US government..
That’s 1 isle of the Republican base today……. That’s the, “old guard of the GOP.” Those are the older Republicans, who predominately focus on busting teacher’s unions and trolling the President, with filibusters. That’s the group steadily working to create opposition, as opposed to actually improving the future of this country altogether……
Whereby, on the other hand, there’s a totally different group of younger, growing Republican supporters…… This base stands under the same umbrella, yet is mostly independent, young and hard working. This group is predominately made up of people, who often desire a fairer shot at the American dream and perhaps also believe in lesser government.
These hardworking young conservatives, often wish to see smaller government and fairer economic policies. Nevertheless, this group is divided by, “silver spoon Republicans,” who seemingly want to send everyone else to war….. Whereby this circumstance, is often forcing many young conservative, to feel lost in the shuffle. This creates a situation, where in essence, one group of conservatives has become marginalized, simply for seeking, what amounts to a greater appreciation for nation building at home. This situation is poetically illustrated by Trump’s leadership today.
So which direction will the gridlocked party go?
I WANT to be a Republican. I WANT to believe in smaller government and more efficient trade…. However, I don’t see those conservative values, within the “sole conservative party,” here in America today. This is particularly true, in terms of conservation.
Wouldn’t a TRUE conservative party, believe in “CONSERVATION?” (Read my prior article about conservatives and conservation, here.)
Furthermore, a true conservative party would believe in limited social services for retirees, including the elimination of treacherously expanding social security. (Read my article on “Welfare Reform,” here).
For these reasons, I believe what we have today, is not a true conservative party at all. Who’s in charge? Which direction is the party going to go? And when will the older, silver spoon Republicans step aside?
On a less important note, I’d also like to see the GOP renamed, possibly in the near future…. That’s because I feel the name itself, “Grand Ole Party,” has failed the test of time. This name is outdated, as signified by the current state of Washington DC…… So, perhaps something like, “the Pioneer Party,” would be a good name change for the GOP, moving forward, into 21st century of politics. This might help the Republican base usher in a new era of American voters and possibly bring together the, “torn conservative party.”
Such a name change could forever bookmark this era in American history. Also, this name change, could signify America moving on, perhaps ending an era of intense partisan divide and federal gridlock.
-William Larsen, Civilians News, News For All Views……