What is a Republican?
What does partisanship really mean? From my perspective partisanship is nothing more than a 12 letter word responsible for government gridlock.
What does it really mean? What does it mean to belong to the GOP, aka “Grand Ole Party?”
Well……… as a card carrying…….. tax paying……. American conservative… I can tell you exactly how it feels to be a young conservative today.
So lets dig into some opinions;
I feel as though there’s a strong base of young conservatives, that currently stand apart from the rest of the Republican party. Because of this, I think the Republican party’s future is very divided right now…… *Particularly with Trump getting the Republican nomination.
Nevertheless, regardless of the Presidential nominee, which is still only 1/3rd of the federal government; the rest of the Republican base… I believe… is currently torn.
This is currently difficult for young Americans to grasp, especially because the bi-partisan system means that the “torn” conservative party, still represents 50% of the federal government (whether their sitting in those chairs or not, which is half the problem)…….. So…. In examining the issue, it is of my belief….. at the current moment in democratic process, that passing common sense environmental and housing reform, has become less about pointing the finger at our own government and more about party instability… *This is my opinion……
So back to how the Republican’s are torn……
I see 2 groups of young Republican’s emerging in America today and they’re completely different……
On one hand, you have a group of mostly silver spoon sipping, “tea drinkers;” who hold ultra nationalist beliefs and consistently support corporate bias, predominately endowed upon them by their ancestry and trust funds……
On the other hand….. you have a group of younger 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 essentially represents the much broader scope of the growing Republican base…..
So now you have 2 groups of young Republicans……. in my opinion…. and it’s unclear which side will eventually represent the Republican party in the future…….
While most of the time, America’s interest in politics doesn’t extend beyond pointing the finger at the President for personal economic setbacks, the issue of leadership in the conservative base, is actually half the problem, in my opinion……..Whereby 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.
Furthermore, this lack of leadership among young conservative voters, could even change the party dynamic altogether.
So back to the core issue, as I see it…. (*This is an opinion article.)
So now you have a Republican party, led by Donald Trump, who I believe is doing a fair job in terms of the difficulty of his position, representing such instability…… However, the issue really comes down to leadership……. because who among the “new young Republican base,” is fit to take over the party? Another Ivy League candidate, divided from the poorer side of the base? Paul Ryan? With his anti-union, ultra conservative economic policies? I could see John Boehner labeled “fit” to lead, but 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, with a sole conservative political party that’s come to represent two very different groups of conservative Americans today.
The silver spoon Republicans; don’t care about the environment, don’t believe in global warming, prefer tax breaks for the wealthy and typically don’t care about anything but profits and profit sharing. The “silver spoon Republican group” is composed of mostly older Republicans, who need healthcare but don’t want to pay for it, a group who typically don’t believe in unions, who typically don’t believe in labor laws and who typically don’t believe in paying taxes even half the time. That’s 1 isle of the Republican base today……. That’s the “old guard of the GOP,” the older Republicans, who seemingly predominately focus on busting teacher’s unions and trolling the President with filibusters, as opposed to actually giving even the slightest care about their constituency, or the future of this country altogether……
On the other hand, there’s the younger, growing Republican base…… This base stands under the same umbrella, yet this group is mostly independent, young and hard working, made up of people who simply desire a fairer shot at the American dream.
These hardworking young conservatives often wish to see smaller government and fairer economic policies, while at the same time focusing on “nation building at home.” Yet this group, being somewhat divided by the “silver spoon Republicans,” who seem to want to send everyone else to war…… is continually feeling lost in the shuffle. So in essence this group is marginalized, simply for seeking a greater appreciation for nation building at home, as opposed to nation bombing abroad.
So that’s the bottom line, what direction is the “gridlocked party” going to go in? I WANT to be a Republican, I WANT to believe in smaller government and more efficient trade…. But….. and this is a big but, I don’t see true conservative values being met in the “sole conservative party,” here in America today. A TRUE conservative party, as I’ve stated before, would believe in “CONSERVATION” for one, along with limited social services for retirees, including the elimination of the treacherously expanding social security system. (see my article on; “why Conservatives should support Conservation here)….
So for that reason, I believe what we have today is not a true conservative party at all. In fact, the Republican party today, in many ways has devolved into a torn, divided group of elders, leading 2 emerging groups of young Republicans. Who’s in charge? Which direction is the party going to go? When will the older, silver spoon Republicans, step aside?
On a less important note, I also would like to see the GOP renamed…. This is because I feel the name itself, “Grand Ole Party,” has failed the test of time, as signified by the current state of Washington DC…… Perhaps something like, “the Pioneer Party,” might become more applicable in the future, as not to forget this time of gridlock and intense disagreement, surrounding the federal government.
-William Larsen, Civilians News, News For All Views……