The state of the GOP is definitely in question, and it could end in one of two ways: the Republican party folds into itself or fractures allowing the Democrats to achieve the rare feat if having 12 or 16 years of the world’s highest office, or the GOP grows into a party that actually represents the state of the 21st century American voter and follows up these last 7 1/2 years of Obama with prosperity and a new outlook. Either way this lands we are in for one hell of a ride. I see the majority of the issues coming from this election revolving around social issues, and how we deal with these things will determine the fate of the Grand Old Party.
I for one, am going to attempt to ride this thing out as a Republican, and hope we can grow into something resembling Libertarianism without all the BS. Let me break it down this way, we all know that Republican ideology on economic issues, national security, and the function (scope) of government is vastly superior to either Democratic frontrunner’s plan, but our social and domestic policies suck worse than a Dyson with a supercharger. The current leadership is stuck in the 1980s at the best, and the 1890s at worst. We still have people using their faith as a tool for ability to run the country, and somehow people vote for them. Why? Because you share a similar outlook? Because you feel you need religion to be moral? I have no issues with religions as institutions, or even places that teach valuable life lessons, and bring communities together for a common bond, but religious ideology has exactly 0 place in the running of out government. It would disingenuous to anyone not sharing that faith, and if countries that follow a specific religion are any indication then it clearly doesn’t work. Just look at the current crop of theocracies and states with official religions, though most of the are muslim, none of them have anything really going for them. I’m not so uneducated that I believe that separation of church and state is in the Constitution, or even mentioned in our pillars of government, but I do subscribe to the English Common Law mentality that writer’s intent combined with the ratifier’s intent make up the heart of a document. This country, being formed as a secular state to avoid religious oppression, should begin heading simultaneously back to its roots and into the increasingly secular world view.
My second issue with the GOP is that they allow these inevitable social changes to become issues of policy. The Democrats are equally guilty of this as well. Luckily we live in a republic instead of a democracy, and it lessens the power of these social claims. The way I see it is this: social issues will change on their own, just look at history to tell you so. It wasn’t at all uncommon for racism against blacks to be prevalent in BOTH parties in 1905, but by 2005 it would be appalling for any candidate from any party to show even mild rhetoric like those times. I’m not saying Trump is guilty if this, but it’s a good example. The Democrats and their media flunkies have painted the portrait of Trump as being a racist demagogue, making this election FEEL like a moral division instead of a policy division. This isn’t that unlike Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, which did exactly nothing but make the Civil War into a moral issue and prevented the Confederacy from gaining much-needed support from England or France. I feel that actions like these take away from the actual differences in the parties, and the Republicans are clearly losing. I know it isn’t easy to separate fiscal and social issues that see tightly tied together, but truthfully it’s all about perspective. Marriage equality is already the law of the land, yet GOP candidates (except Trump) are still against it? How un-American can you be? The same thing will happen for Marijuana legalization, and every other social issue because the GOP leadership hasn’t caught up with the 21st century, and the Dems know that. Maybe if we, as Republicans, adapted to the times and stopped backing these archaic ideals about religion, race, and personal freedoms we could grow past these petty differences and focus on what really matters… getting this country out of debt, making us safe, and growing the Economy.
I’m honestly hoping these issues that are plaguing the party that’s terrified to back it’s front-runner will be over soon. Maybe a real revolution can happen, and we can grow this party into a powerhouse instead of a collection of also-rans, but none of that can happen until the current leadership either gets on board, or gets replaced. I’m not saying Trump is the best person to he flying the flag of change, but he is currently all we have that isn’t Ted Cruz and his 1890s approach to allowing his faith to take precedent over his brain. Trump is the only GOP candidate that is accepting of Gay marriage, willing to make Marijuana legalization non-federally regulated, and isn’t beholden to a certain faith. He is the best hope, as far as choices we have, for the secular base that us rapidly growing inside the GOP. If you fine readers are anything like me you want nothing more than this to be growing pains from a candidate that is actually bucking the system, but you know in the back of your mind the elites of the party aren’t going to give up their seats at the table willingly. I sometimes wonder if they actually believe the things they say, or if they just use it to stay in power. I guess time will tell since No one I’ve ever heard of has a crystal ball that will tell us the future. Let’s all just strap in because thus is going to be a hell of a ride.
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