Bill Schneider writes for Politico that the Republican Party is clinging to an old-fashioned, outdated America, and concludes joyously that it is doomed to obsolescence unless it embraces change.
“Republicans still haven’t figured out how to compete in the New America,” he writes. “An America that is more diverse, better educated, more tolerant and more open to change.”
Schneider is right to an extent. As I’ve written before, the GOP does need to find a new position on gay marriage (without compromising its anti-gay-marriage principles, the solution to which I detail in that link and can’t recommend enough that you read), or else it will be writing its own epitaph. Of course what Schneider means is that Republicans should adopt liberal principles, thus rendering themselves no different from Democrats. Wouldn’t that just tickle the left!
“For decades, Republicans have taken advantage of a conservative social issue blacklash. But President Barack Obama now leads Romney by 20 points on ‘handling social issues such as abortion and same-sex marriage,’ according to an Associated Press poll….[M]ore Americans say Obama ‘shares my values’ than Romney, 50 percent to 40 percent, in a Pew Research Center poll.”
I question the validity of these polls for two reasons: Many of the polls lately have been disproportionately sampling Democrat voters when compared to the number of Republican voters polled. Plus, with the issue of gay marriage, every time the matter is put on a ballot in a state, Americans vote to keep gay marriage illegal. If a poll says that more people support gay marriage, but then those people go and vote against gay marriage, either the method of polling is highly flawed, or there is a deficiency of honesty in the pollsters.
How about the issue of abortion? Should Republicans be more open-minded about letting women kill their children? Absolutely not. Not ever. Nor does the majority of the public want them to. Polls indicate (and here’s just one) that most Americans are against abortion, with the number of supporters gradually getting smaller every year.
And of course I believe Republicans, or at least the conservative ones, are correct on all of the other issues as well. I believe conservatism works. So the thought of becoming obsolete because of a refusal to ignore my convictions, to wander away from what works and embrace what does not, is a depressing one indeed.
President Obama, in a telephone interview with the Des Moines Register, said that if he wins re-election, it will send a message to Republicans about the direction the majority of Americans want the country to take:
“What I think most Iowans certainly believe is that if the majority of the American people have said, ‘This is the direction we need to go,’ and the Republicans in Congress say, ‘No, we’re going to go in the exact opposite direction,’ that’s probably not going to leave them to keep that majority too long.”
Obama is correct, but I wonder—if he loses, would he recognize and acknowledge that there was a message being sent to him and his cohorts on the left side of the aisle? I recall that right after the midterm elections of 2010, Obama did acknowledge the “shellacking” he got in the form of voters replacing Congressional Democrats with Republicans, but he did nothing to change course or moderate himself to more accurately represent the will of the people.
If Obama wins re-election, it should send a very clear message to Republicans. That message will be that people want more government, more job suffocation in the forms of taxation and regulation, and more debt. Should the Republican Party then moderate itself in order to gain more votes in the future? No. And if that causes the death of the Party, so be it; who are we to flaunt the will of the people? If they vote in November for more government and more debt, they will just have to suffer the consequences thereof. Maybe they’ll learn their lesson and long for the Grand Old Party once again.