While it would be nice to say racial inequalities and bigotry don‘t exist in America, we can’t. The election and reelection of an African American president, while historic, has invoked historic racism and bigotry. People, who are fiscally conservative or have always been loyal to the GOP are now turning away because of the brazen hatred. The Republicans should separate themselves from and denounce these people. By doing so, the GOP will expand their base to many others who aren’t currently even considering them.
Value-oriented Republicans need to stop the bleeding that the Tea Party has inflicted on them. This vocal, minority group, has taken over the thought process and imposed great harm on the Party. Speaker Boehner needs to disregard this part of his caucus and move the country forward with bi-partisan votes in the House. Having both parties work together is a good thing and will boost Republicans standing among many.
GOP leaders need to stand up for what is right and begin vocally criticizing Republicans who are out of line. Right now, many Americans see the GOP leaders as weak and only vested in their own reelection, not the country, not their constituents and not even their own Party.
Be the solution rather than the problem
During the upcoming budget debates, don’t present the same Ryan budget as before. It has been turned down time and time again. Consider what is really important to the Americans and the Party. Don’t present reduction in entitlements. It has lost every time it has been proposed. Start looking at reforming/improving Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid rather than privatizing them or creating a voucher program. Don’t continue to fight losing battles that keep the GOP from being on the winning side. Keep the core values that make sense today; abandon those that don’t.
Stop blaming others for things you created. The Republicans cut funds to embassy security, so don’t blame the White House for Benghazi. The GOP shut the government down, so don’t blame the parks department when the War Memorial isn’t open. Accept responsibility for your actions, devise a plan of action that is built on positive solutions to real problems, and remember everyone doesn’t share the same ideology. If the majority of Americans are opposed to the Party’s views, trying to force it on everyone will only alienate the Party more. Focusing on what is important to most Americans, not just the extreme conservative base, is a strategy that will win American support and elections.
If you don’t want to support Democratic bills, get out in front and propose real, viable solutions that would put people back to work and help the economy grow. Republicans have the chance to be heroes.
The Republicans have a decision to make. To rebuild their image and grow their numbers by adapting their values to the 21st century as the Democrats did in the 90s. Or go the way of the Whig Party–split and dissolve.
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