The future of America
Some thoughts on the election last night. Specifically the aftermath.
Once it was called for the president, a lot of the pundits were talking
about how the Republican Party needs to rethink its messaging and
direction if it wants to continue to be a nationally viable party. Now, I
think that's a little premature, but I also think it's inevitable. A
lot of the things that resonate with younger voters (and by younger, I
mean the 25-45 crowd. People with jobs) are simply more progressive than
what the GOP is currently offering. You can disagree with me on that,
but the numbers are the numbers.
In response to this
discussion, Ari Fleischer said something along the lines of "No, that
isn't going to happen. The GOP isn't going to become the party of gay
rights and pro-choice. We have a party for that, it's the Democratic
party, and that isn't going to change."
Here's what bothers me
about that. It's possible to be a conservative, a small government,
pro-business, individualism driven conservative without giving an ass
about gay marriage and abortion. Trust me on this. I know that the GOP
has linked itself to the social conservative movement, and that that has
paid dividends in the past, but I think that era is ending.
There was a lot of talk about hope last night, and the future. So let me
tell you about my hope for the future. I hope that we can uncouple
these outdated social positions from the government. The government
shouldn't be trying to impose my religious ideas, or yours, or anyone's,
on a population as diverse as we have in the United States.
want this country to have a conversation about choice and the value of
life that isn't chained to misogyny, about immigration without the taint
of racism, and about marriage without the stink of homophobia. And I
want the government out of that conversation, now and forever.
That's my hope. That's my belief. That's what needs to happen, for
America to move forward, and to become the country we have the potential
posted by Tim Akers @ 8:31 AM