I’ve been giving some thought, like many people, how the GOP could reverse its current fortunes on the national stage. I’m a center-left guy and clearly not in the GOP’s target, but I’ve voted for GOP candidates in the past. In fact, this year I voted for a Republican for Congress as well as in plenty of local offices (where partisan leanings matter a lot less). So, here’s how I would vote for a GOP presidential candidate without the GOP selling its soul. I’m not expecting y’all to endorse the Democratic agenda or anything.
I shall do my best in responding. A change is needed, but by how much. And really isn't it just a return, as most of your points lay out?
ONE. Stop being so f’n negative. The very best thing about Ronald Reagan is that he truly belived in the US as the “City on the Hill”. I’m a bit of an American Exceptionalist myself, but even if you aren’t, the idea that you sell the idea that America is Awesome should be obvious. It’s a lot better than being the Gloom and Doom party. No one is saying there aren’t problems, but there have always been problems and America has risen to the challenge throughout its history. For godsakes, tap into this vision of what’s GOOD about America.
Agree on this. But two things happen: Liberals (different from the neutral term left-leaning, so I'm not blaming), do two things: Either turn everything into an emotional argument OR just paint you as an over-Patriotic. I love the idea, and honestly I try to be positive. I'd almost wager to say that optimism is frowned upon by everyone.
See the tiger rant for examples.
We are an overly critical society now, so it's a natural reaction to be wary of anyone who is positive.
TWO. Closely related, but stop f’n whining. The appeal to me of the GOP has always been that it’s always been a party that embraced the idea to “stop whining and deal with it.” If the Dems are giving us the Mommy State, the GOP has been the Daddy State. No, life isn’t fair and no one’s gonna give you anything. So try harder. There’s a lot of appeal in this. But geez, when did the GOP let in so many whiners? This is tied closely to the idea of positivity, but stop casting yourself as a bunch of victims. Oh, Obama’s done this horrible thing to me and my life is over. Seriously. STFU. It’s preaching to the choir, and I don’t even think a lot of your choir buys it. It’s not that “Americans don’t want to work” or some such nonsense. You just don’t do a good enough job of articulating your vision. So do better instead of complaining about it.
Everyone whines, but yes.
THREE. Science is awesome. There’s no reason the GOP can’t be the Party of Science. Liberals are making some seriously specious claims about genetically modified food and green energy, but y’all can’t call them out on it because you’ve got a huge wing of your party denying evolution or hyping clean coal. America’s economy has always been built on innovation as far back as steel. Tap into how business has always championed science and innovation. Invest in science and technology. Why are you losing Silicon Valley? Those people are rich! Speak to them with more than just tax cuts, but also innovation and getting out of their way to innovate more.
Hard to disagree here as well. And I seriously doubt the small fringe that are so skeptical of science would run screaming to the left if they did this. Keep everything traditional, but USE science more effectively.
FOUR. Tax cuts don’t solve everything. Economy is strong? TAX CUTS! Economy is floundering? TAX CUTS! Corruption on Wall street? TAX CUTS! It’s like you only have one tool in your toolbox. If you only own a hammer, every problem looks like a nail. I’m not saying never advocate tax cats, but if you advocate them to both stimulate and slow down the economy, I don’t believe you anymore. You just don’t want to pay taxes and are trying to vote yourself the treasury.
It really schould be "Let's be fiscally conscious," or "Let's reduce government waste." but yeah.
Just some thoughts. Disregard me at your leisure.
Right-wingers have to do two things very well:
1. Move back to the true conservative/small-government base
2. Communicate that move to the public and support it successfully
They have to win the media war. Plain and simple. And they have to do it by being honest and straight with the public.
I'd take ownership of the last 8 years of misuse of Republican ideas, and move from there.