The Future of the Republican Party, and the Fate of the Party’s Leadership
If you’re reading this, you’ve probably been following the media’s special report on the election of Donald Trump to the presidency of the United States. For years, the GOP has used talking points that would embarrass a Republican. But all that’s about to change as it becomes more obvious that the party’s leadership is in big trouble.
Let’s start with someone who will certainly be most affected by this election, the person’s leadership. To some extent, some of this will be the fault of the media, but most of it is the fault of the Party. On both sides, there’s a real disconnect.
As the GOP continues to lose its way, even its hard-right leaning members, there are those who want to do something. That is, they want to change the party by looking to reform the party and move the goal posts from their original base. In essence, they want to convert the party from one that doesn’t care about the working class into one that cares about business and corporate America. There is no way they can do that, but that’s where they want to go.
But now, some of their members want to step away from the base and run for office. Why? It isn’t really just because they feel they’ve let the Republicans down; it’s more than that. There is a genuine fear that if the GOP is taken over by one of the anti-gay, anti-choice, pro-gun policies that the country has seen for the last few years, that people won’t support it anymore. And, they don’t want the image to reflect poorly on the party.
The same fear exists on the other side of the aisle. Even though much of the rhetoric these days has been centered on the President-elect and Hillary Clinton, many Republicans still have the same fears about the Republican Party in Washington. Whether they realize it or not, they are hoping that while Democrats win the White House, the Republican Party will become weak enough to be disposed of as an institution.
This is like seeing a well-liked child pull a fire alarm for no apparent reason. You try to figure out what’s going on, but you can’t really figure out what’s going on. They’ve lost the trust of the people.
How does this affect the GOP’s standing? Well, here’s a factoid: before Obama was elected, in the eight years he served as a Senator, the GOP had control of the Senate for a total of 2 years.
The Democrats kept control of the Senate for a total of 13 years in that time. In terms of presidential elections, the Democrats won nine of the last 11 elections and the Republicans won eight.
So, on the one hand, the leadership of the Republican Party is pointing fingers at the wrong person. It’s the one person who was responsible for all the damage done to the party, not Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton. Yes, he should be blamed, but the responsibility goes all the way to the top.
That’s exactly the kind of attitude that could lead to the demise of the Republican Party. Let’s hope for the sake of the country that it doesn’t happen, but we are all worried that it will.
The Grim Future of the GOP
The future of the GOP looks bleak, but that doesn’t mean that it’s a dead party. Indeed, we are all hoping that this time the fates will favor the party.
- Some Thoughts on the Republican Party and Its Philosophy of Economic Freedom
- The Republican Party has grown in influence, power and popularity. That has resulted in the Republican Party wanting to be recognized as a national political party. I’m not sure that’s necessarily a bad thing. Still, as a citizen of this great nation of ours, I believe we need to stand up and reject the Republican Party.
- It has been a successful two-party system for over seventy years. The Democratic Party has been reduced to an embarrassing third party status. Not a desirable role for the American people. It should not be any different in the future.
- I think one reason Republicans have become so popular is that they’re against the free markets. They see free markets as something that gives everyone a fair shake and allows everyone to prosper. However, free markets only work if you put something in them that will allow them to work. Therefore, every person who invests in the free market must also give something back in the form of work.
- If free markets were run entirely by the government, they would be unregulated. Nothing would exist and no new businesses would ever be developed because no one would invest in them.
- Furthermore, the free market would not let people compete and create. Those same free market principles would also create economic disadvantages that would require us to take extra steps to ensure everyone was given an equal opportunity to get ahead. The government is one of those extra steps.
- Since I am a believer in free markets, I see no problem with the Free Market Republicans. My argument is a better one than theirs. I would agree with them on almost everything. Still, they are right in their desire to protect the individual against the government.
- My argument for economic freedom is that the government is just a party. It is not the law of the land and cannot force anyone to do anything. The individual must make the choices and decisions in his or her life.
- For example, the Republicans claim that our current trade deficit is due to China and somehow these countries want to take over the United States. That is simply not true. It’s true that China is starting to manufacture and export more to the rest of the world.
- The point that they are making is that they have a lot of money and they are manipulating the dollar. Yet, the problem with their theory is that China can’t manipulate the dollar without America changing its monetary policy.
- Therefore, if China is using currency manipulation to lower the value of their currency, then it stands to reason that the U.S. will do the same thing. That means we will devalue our currency and devalue our dollar.
Therefore, you see my argument for economic freedom is completely different from the GOP. Please consider all this.