The Bush Era contributed to a major part of our current economic crisis. It’s hard not to acknowledge the fact that the Republican Party failed America with its massive expansion of debt. But the Grand Old Party is changing.

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are turning the page. They are both shaping the party in ways that very few candidates have done. They are finally speaking the truth to the American people about our spending and bringing fiscal responsibility back to the American dialogue.

Even the Republican Platform shows it.

Republicans are talking about changing monetary policy. The platform states:

“We propose a similar commission to investigate possible ways to set a fixed value for the dollar.” They believe that the gold standard is a possibility to improve our inflation. They even stand for auditing the Federal Reserve. They believe that the “first step to increasing transparency and accountability is through an annual audit of the Federal Reserve’s activities.”

Both of these are definite victories for the Tea Party -Ron Paul- and a clear change of Republican politics.

The main change comes from the honest and sincere proposal for entitlement reform.

As I listened to Congressman Paul Ryan speak at the Republican National Convention, I realized that the Republican Party is shifting toward a conservative agenda. They are a party that is trying to save social services instead of cutting them. Ryan is right. President Obama is the one that takes $719 billion from Medicare to fund a new entitlement- Obamacare. I realize that Ryan also wanted to cut that Medicare funding to improve the Medicare system but President Obama is taking that money away to create yet another bureaucratic program.The Romney/Ryan plan, on the other hand, allows people younger than 55 years of age to opt out from Medicare; it’s just like the Ryan/Wyden plan.

The strongest statement came from Ryan’s vision. Ryan affirmed that, “We don’t have that much time.  But if we are serious, and smart, and we lead, we can do this.” Leadership is something that both parties lacked in the last decade but the Republicans finally have a serious agenda of change- we can change it. Believe it or not, even Michael Moore mentioned that the Republicans are smarter. He said Republicans should not be assumed to be “ignoramuses” because then it would “completely misjudge the opposition.” Conservative politics are changing and definitely for the better.

The Republicans are not only changing by showing a genuine ideological shift. Republicans represent now several demographical groups. Take Mia Love, a Republican candidate who is running for a congressional seat in Utah. She is a daughter of Haitian immigrants who became Mayor of Saratoga. Love said at the RNC, “My parents immigrated to this country with 10 dollars in their pockets and the hope the American dream they heard about really did exist…they did not look to Washington, they looked within.” Love stands potentially as the first Republican black woman to be elected to Congress.

Consider Governor Susana Martinez as well. She is also a daughter of immigrants. The latino governor said her parents taught her that success “is built on the foundation of courage, hard-work, and individual responsibility.” She is hispanic and believes in conservative ideals.

Who would have thought two daughters of immigrants and two darlings of conservative Republicans would make it this big in the party? These are not isolated examples. These are not attempts to show the American people that the Republican Party is now more diverse. These are true examples who should show the Democratic Party that hispanics, women, and immigrants should not be taken for granted; they provide proof that a difference in background does not mean that truth is different for them. 

These are not Bush Republicans anymore. These are not Republicans that want to balloon the debt, expand government, and ignore the constitution. This is a party that wants to change Washington and ultimately change the Republican Party.

The Romney/Ryan ticket emulates this change in ideology and demographics. For the first time in U.S. history, the Republicans nominated two non-Protestant candidates, a Mormon and a Catholic. For the first time in the party, people also nominated two candidates who are addressing Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. The Republican Party is walking a fine line– sticking to traditional ways, but becoming relevant as well.

Alex Uzarowicz | Knox College | @AUzarowicz