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The Party Must Change

The 2012 Presidential Election results were far from a blowout. The election didn’t give President Obama a mandate at all. I would argue that the results show a significant split in the electorate. The Senate is still controlled by the Democrats but the House is still overwhelmingly Republican.

This was a sincere plea for compromise. However, compromise doesn’t mean that the Republican Party must become more moderate or liberal. What it needs to do is become more rational. The party needs to stay away from the discussion of rape and insert some common sense in our fiscal issues. I believe we should have less Todd Akins and more Christies, Jindals, Jeb Bushes, Rand Pauls, and Huntsmans.

These are men that constantly talk about issues that matter to the American people like the debt, jobs, immigration, education, scaling back on our military expenditures, and even loosening marijuana laws. These statesmen don’t talk about social issues, not because they are not important, but because they understand that these are state and local issues and not federal issues. That’s how federalism works and that’s the kind of message we need in the Republican Party.

So, why did Mitt Romney lose? We still have a fragile economy and yet the President won. This election should have easily been a Republican year. The problem comes from the underlying issues within the Republican Party. The Republican message didn’t stick with the youth, hispanics, blacks, and women. Today’s Republican Party believes that it can survive by only targeting white males and that’s not going to cut it. Mitt Romney didn’t understand that reality. He didn’t articulate a solid defense for conservatism.  That was the main problem with this year’s ticket.

Governor Jindal was very right this week. He categorized the current GOP as “dumbed-down conservatism.” Conservatives should offer solutions instead of pitting everyone against the Democratic Party. As Jindal said, “Simply being the anti-Obama party didn’t work. You can’t beat something with nothing. The reality is we have to be a party of solutions and not just bumper-sticker slogans but real detailed policy solutions.”

Those who opposed the Obama Administration usually just criticized the President without any proposals. They carried the anti-Obama crusade via FoxNews and the radio talk shows of Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levin. Jon Huntsman said that these so called conservatives just want larger audiences instead of better public policy. These personalities care more about bigger profits than a stronger country. That’s why they don’t represent the vast majority of the 40 percent of Americans who call themselves conservative. I can’t speak for them but I can bet that those Americans want to hear more than just blind criticism. They want conservative leadership that will make America number one again.

This doesn’t mean that the Republican Party deserved it’s loss. Yet, the lack of conservative leadership paved the road for Obama. Republicans need to take the lead and fight the President on a variety of issues where I believe they can win with minorities, female voters, and young people.

The Left’s policies are failed policies. For example, more bureaucracies and government spending in the healthcare system doesn’t help the uninsured. The conservative alternative to the Obama agenda is allowing individuals to buy healthcare policies anywhere in the Continental U.S. which is something that is prohibited today. More free-market based ideas will make healthcare more affordable for all Americans, not just the uninsured.

Let’s face it, my fellow Republicans, we are flawed in many ways. We need to accept that fact and grow into a better party. We need to become that stronger party that restores America to its exceptionalism.Lowering tax rates is also imperative to the electorate that voted for Obama. Instead of appearing like Republicans are friends of big businesses and the rich, they should be out there clamoring to support minimal rates for those at the low and middle income. Remember the Reagan Democrats? That’s the kind of people we should aim to register as Republican.

Alex Uzarowicz | Knox College | @AUzarowicz

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  1. The Political Informer
    Nov 20, 2012 - 09:11 PM

    We should change our policies to a more far right perspective. More Conservative and Libertarian values should be espoused and followed.

    And I agree with “Matt” above. We do not need more moderate spokespersons like Chris Christie, etc. Chris Christie praised Obama for his “help” during hurricane Sandy. And he also is a friend to several Muslim individuals who have dangerous connections to Muslim Brotherhood groups and other nefarious Islamic groups.

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  2. Matt
    Nov 20, 2012 - 03:56 PM

    “You can’t beat something with nothing.” Not true. Obama won with nothing twice. In fact, his whole 2008 campaign revolved around “not being Bush.” I agree that it’s not a good strategy, but it can work.

    I get the feeling that you don’t listen to much talk radio. I can’t comment on all of them obviously, but the ones I listen to offer solutions all the time. Sure, they spend a lot of time making jokes, but they do offer solutions.

    While I agree with most of what you say here, I disagree that we need more Republicans like Christie, Huntsman, and Jeb Bush. We can definitely do without the moderates. I agree that Akin was a little too “pure,” but I’d rather have someone like him loose than having someone moderate like Chris Christie or Jeb Bush. And next to Gary Johnson, Jon Huntsman is quite possibly the dullest Republican I’ve ever listened to.

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    • Jared Cowan
      Nov 22, 2012 - 02:00 AM

      Because Gary Johnson has solutions that you don’t agree with? You want an interventionist foreign policy? You don’t want to balance the budget with military spending cuts? I admit I haven’t heard him speak, but his platform is excellent and if the Republican party had taken him as their candidate, I would have voted for him on principle, not because of any sort of party allegiance, which I don’t have.

      I can’t speak about Huntsman, but moderates are preferable to polarizing extremists on either side. Akin is the worst kind of conservative, a purist that even notorious conservative Ann coulter thought was too extreme on abortion issues to be taken seriously. It’s no wonder he was rejected for reelection by the people, since even strong conservatives recognize that compromise is not automatically a sign of weakness, but a recognition of common ground held with a so called “enemy”

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    • Chelle
      Nov 22, 2012 - 05:03 AM

      You’d rather have a guy that alienates voters over people that would win voters over?

      Well…good luck with that strategy.

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      • Jared Cowan
        Nov 22, 2012 - 06:10 AM

        To say nothing of Johnson doing the best the Libertarian Party has done in its history with a million votes total, votes the “GOP” could’ve gotten if they’d taken a risk and nominated Johnson for their party. They might have had to change marketing and their platform, but they’d have some remote success. Might even have to drop the Republican title and just be the Libertarian party.

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