The Future of the GOP
Erik writes in one of his latest pieces at American Times:
“…personally, but I see no reason why we need a more youthful modernized GOP when the Democratic Party is already leaps and bounds closer to that mark. “
What Erik seems to be saying is that the modern Democratic party is essentially a mainline conservative party. That’s the only possible explanation I could see for him suggesting that there would be no need for a ‘modernized’ GOP. From my vantage point I certainly don’t see enough conservatism in the Democratic party to remove the need for a reformed GOP. I see very little in the Democratic platform to satisfy mainline conservatives.
Perhaps Erik believes that a modernized GOP would be more moderate – but I don’t see that. Most polling of young conservatives show that they are just as conservative as the generation before on most social issues (the one exception seems to be gay marriage). On economics they are listening to the Paul Ryans and Eric Cantors of the Right. On foreign policy and civil liberties that are mostly taking their cues from Ron Paul, not moderate Democrats.
If I were to describe what I think young Republicans will look like in 10 years I would suggest they will be moderate on social policy, mainline conservative on fiscal policy and libertarian on civil liberties and foreign policy. They will be pro-life but also believe people have a right to smoke weed in their own home. They’ll pretty much ignore gay marriage. They will believe in a strong world economy but be isolationist about wars and having our troops in foreign lands. If someone can show me how those kinds of people will see their interests served by the Democratic party, please do so.
The one wish I would have is that we see a more progressive Republican party in the future. More on that another day…