Grassroots Commentary

Are Republicans Irrelevant?

By Leslie J. Sacks · Nov. 27, 2012

Not yet, but more so all the time. Can they stop the rot? Certainly, but it will take a solid move to the rational center, just as the Democrats are moving increasingly left. The Republican Party will need to be less narrow, less fanatical about positions that are unpopular – they must situate themselves better; not to appeal only to the uncompromising right-wing, but rather to a moderate majority of all parties around the center.

That means focusing on the rational, the pragmatic. Withholding abortion for rape and incest victims as some outliers pronounce is not rational. Being uncompromising on gay marriage is not where the majority is. Not finding a middle path on contraception in the face of an insane proliferation of more costly entitlements  is just suicidal.

The Republicans and should simply declare that these contentious social issues will be left to either the 50 states to deal with or to a national referendum; and then walk away from these divisive and emotional politics.

The Red platform should rather focus on:

-Regenerating a vibrant, entrepreneurial and expanding economy
-Minimizing the myriad entitlements that pander to special-interests: thereby helping to pay off our crippling debts

-Expanding dramatically oil exploration and federal licenses to create an energy-independent USA

-Initiating American foreign policy without naiveté or compulsive pandering to our enemies. Carry a big stick but use it very sparingly – keep our friends close and our enemies far

-Taking the initiative, finally, on immigration. Seal the borders effectively and introduce reasonable pathways to work visas and ultimate citizenship for those here illegally but who have continued to show good citizenship for a sufficient number of years. Also, dramatically increase green cards for foreign students at our universities graduating in fields where we are in short supply; as well as for foreigners that set up and run businesses with 10 or more employees for a number of years; also for all professionals, entrepreneurs and workers that America needs

-Being the party of small government; encouraging financial independence, upward mobility and autonomy in the workplace

-Revamping the education system to reward great teachers and outstanding students, and ensuring parents have more say than the trade unions

In all be tough but pragmatic, less ideological and more realistic. Be more inclusive with minorities, with the young, with women. A center Republican Party will be far more competitive, far more popular. Politics of the warring extremes is not fun  anymore, if it ever was.

We want our country back, back in the middle.



wjm in Colorado said:

Compromising with the Devil is not the right answer. The best we can hope for is to get back control of education, failing that, nothing a conservative says or does will dent the mind of the useful idiots who now outnumber the producers.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Capt. Call in New Mexico said:

On which planet do you live? It is not this one! Don't you know that returning the abortion issue to the states is what conservatives already desire? Don't you realize that if Roe vs. Wade is overturned, that is where the issue will go?

You want your country back in the middle?? Don't you know that a move to the center is a move in a leftward direction? The whole spectrum has moved to the left, so that what was on the right has been changed to leftist moderation? Has being a moderate ever accomplished anything? The issues that you list are already on the conservative agenda. And the democrats are the ones who are preventing these problems from being solved! No, no, no, your solution is like poison to our is fatal!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at 2:01 PM

JHenry in NYSS, USSA said:

It's over, the parasites own us.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Gregory in Yakima Wa. said:

Republicans are not irrelevant. As you may know, my sympathies lay with reason and fact based, cause and effect planning. Here's why the anti-science, religious crusaders are relevant to yesterday, today and tomorrow: They have made themselves into foils. They are the irrational, angry clowns that make normal people appear to be wizened, mature visionaries.

And in some ways the nation is better off for them. Without the failure of the G.W. Bush administration we would not have our first non-white President. We would not have Obama care, the improvement in the economy from free-fall to growing. The Republican religious crusaders and their nitwit ideas on women's health, contraception, abortion and immigration pretty much sealed the deal on the 2012 election.

Yes the party of reason and liberty benefits from the gift of the nutters party not in spite of nutter anger and irrationality, but because of nutter anger and irrationality..

Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 12:12 PM

wjm in Colorado replied:

I would love to be there to see your face when your vision of utopia collapses around you. You are the Party of Marx and Treason. I hope your eternity in hell is worth your delusion. I hope your slow and painful demise from AIDs is the reward for you lifestyle.

Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 1:09 PM