Step 1. Eliminate the platforms and the people that are killing the party. That would be SoCons (social conservatives, or the religious right wing) and NeoCons. Drop the discriminatory issues. Put the PaleoCons back in charge and reformulate the base under philosophical/economic issues.*
Step 2. Replenish the ranks by broadening the base. If Republicans would be willing to trend center on social issues, they would get 75% of all gays and 75% of all Latinos. Gays tend to be wealthier and Latinos tend to be Catholic with unimpeachable positions on life. Taking this small step and returning to the party of Lincoln (he was, after all, a Liberal Republican) would turn the electoral map upside down.
Step 3. Find new blood and make the next election about capitalism vs. socialism (or "Democratic Socialism" as they call it in Europe and the UK). I do not mean nationalization; I refer to the socialistic principles known as the Welfare State, which Obama and George Soros seem to be desperate to resurrect.
We haven't heard candidates talk about "Sharing/Spreading the Wealth" since Adlai Stevensen and Huey Long. The Clintons wouldn't touch this. Yet Obama is? And Obama wants income redistribution because there's no other way to help "poor people"? (you can't give tax breaks to people who don't pay taxes, that is called welfare). Win or lose, Obama has just opened up an ugly old door that many of us hoped was banished forever after LBJ left office. The next Democratic candidate may brandish even more of these ideas, trying to turn us into a closer ally of the European Union.
This is what the next election will be about: America's role in the world. Are we the last superpower with the moral right to act as we will? Or are we just one member in a Fellowship of the Ring that must call the UN every time before we sneeze? Are we proud to be the last capitalist democracy, even if it means that some people must suffer? Or are we going to trade in that unique American Dream to be more like our neighbors and appease bleeding hearts? By rebranding themselves as defenders of the American Dream and the Framers' intentions - and by leaving religion out of it - conservatives have a real shot at a comeback.
· 1 decade ago