What does it mean to be a “Republican?”
What is partisanship altogether? For me, partisanship is a 12 letter word, responsible for grid-locking the entire federal government, the past 8 seasons.
So let’s weigh in on what it means to be the people behind the grid-lock, who choose to slowly stroll through evolution, up at the federal government. What does it mean, in 1948, I mean 2016, “to belong to the GOP,” aka the “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, represented by the GOP…..
So lets dig into some opinions;
I feel as though, there is a strong young base of conservatives, that currently stand apart from the rest of the Republican party and because of this, I think the Republican party’s future is very divided right now…… *Particularly with Trump gaining the Republican nomination and having such polarizing beliefs.
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 difficult for young Americans to currently 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 almost become less about pointing the finger at our own government instability and now has become about looking at party instability, in recent years… *this is my opinion……
So back to how the Republicans are torn……
I see 2 groups of young Republicans emerging in America and they’re completely different……
On the 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 freedom. At the surface, both sides appear equally conservative in nature…. yet in reality… 1 group of conservatives is consistently representing the very marginal .00001% upper class, while essentially the other, tends to represent the much broader scope of the growing Republican base…..
So now there are currently 2 groups of young Republicans……. in my opinion…. and it’s unclear which side will eventually represent the party……. and this is a huge problem right now for young voters. Its a huge problem because it leaves many young voters, looking for someone to follow in the years ahead… with no clear leader representing the new, young Republican base. This is especially problematic for voters like myself, who aren’t really sure what its even going to mean to represent the Republican party in the future. And while most of the time, American’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 50% of 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, in the future.
Furthermore, this lack of leadership among young conservative voters, could even change the party altogether, especially if the “old guard,” of the GOP, doesn’t include all of its young voters into its platform….. Although marginalizing Republicans is nothing new to America, it is especially troubling right now, as minorities and special interest groups continue to make everything in this country an issue of race, while avoiding any sort of cultural accountability whatsoever….. particularly in regards to the trafficking of crack cocaine and the “stop snitching policy.” (*I’m sure a lot of white people in America sell crack, its just that you don’t typically hear/see them on the radio or tv bragging about it. I get especially frustrated by this, because 1 demographic really ruins my argument for homelessness and housing reform, by doing such things.)
So back to the core issue, as I see it…. (this is an opinion article.)
I view the Republican party as torn between these 2, young and growing… new voters…….. Essentially dividing the Republican party between, the silver spoon conservatives and the Ron Paul Sr. conservatives, respectively……. That’s how I personally look at it.
So now you have a Republican party, lead by Donald Trump, who I believe is doing a fair job, in terms of the difficulty of his position, representing such instability…… But, the issue comes down to leadership……. Because, who among the “young Republicans” is fit to take over the party next time around? Another ivy league candidate, divided from the poorer side of the base? Paul Ryan, with his anti-union, ultra conservative economic policies? I see John Boehner being labeled “fit” to lead the party in the future, if he chooses to run for the Presidency, but other than that, its really unclear, who “could” lead such disorganization, with a sole conservative political party, that’s come to represent 2 very different groups of conservative Americans today.
The silver spoon Republicans; don’t care about the environment, don’t believe in global warming (I’m too young for this shit), prefer tax breaks for the wealthy and typically don’t care about anything but profits and profit sharing/ trickle down economic policies. 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 seem predominately focused 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……
Then theirs the younger, growing, Republican base…… This base falls into the other category of conservatives, yet stand under the same umbrella within the Republican party…. This group, is mostly independent, young and hard working, a base of conservatives who simply desire a fair shot.
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,” as opposed to militarization abroad. Yet this group being somewhat divided by the “silver spoon Republicans,” who seem to want to send everyone else to war, every 2 years, if they have their way…… Whilst the new young Republicans, seek more economic measures focused on improving life in the states, with a greater appreciation for nation building back 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 example (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, and 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, with nobody knowing who’s future it is. Who’s in charge? Which direction is the party going to go?
Hopefully…… the only conservative party in America…….. “chooses wisely.” Hopefully the Republican party wakes up and begins to lean towards, “young conservatives,” as opposed to the, “silver spoon conservatives,” who’v seemingly high-jacked the party in recent years….. However, because of these developments, this time period also presents an opportunity, in that a new conservative leader will likely emerge in the years to come…..
On a less important note; I’d also like to see the GOP renamed, possibly in the near future…. because I feel the name itself, “grand ole party,” has failed the test of time as signified by the current state of affairs in Washington…… Perhaps something like, “the Pioneer Party,” might become more fitting in the future, as not to forget this time of gridlock and intense disagreement, in and around the federal government.
Until then, buckle up…. Its election season and Bill Clinton’s thinking about 8 more years……
-William Larsen, Civilians News, News For All Views……