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...Regardless of whether Romney wins or loses, Republicans must move to confront its demographic crisis. The GOP coalition is undergirded by a shrinking population of older white conservative men from the countryside, while the Democrats rely on an ascendant bloc of minorities, moderate women and culturally tolerant young voters in cities and suburbs. This is why, in every election, since 1992, Democrats have either won the White House or fallen a single state short of the presidency.
“If we lose this election there is only one explanation — demographics,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).
But Republicans are divided on the way forward. Its base is growing more conservative, nominating and at times electing purists while the country is becoming more center than center-right. Practical-minded party elites want to pass a comprehensive immigration bill, de-emphasize issues like contraception and abortion and move on a major taxes-and-spending deal that includes some method of raising new revenue.
But many rank-and-file Republicans in Congress and grass-roots activists won’t sanction amnesty for undocumented immigrants, are determined to advance restrictions on abortion and have no appetite for any compromise with Democrats on fiscal issues. And that doesn’t even get at the growing cleavage on foreign policy in the GOP between the party’s hawkish wing and the rising voices who prefer a more restrained role abroad.
There’s not much of a moderate wing left in the GOP, but the pragmatism versus purity battle that looms on the horizon could be as fierce as Republicans have seen since the Goldwaterites sought to wrest control of the party in the 1960s.
Originally posted by Sergeant Stiletto
The world isn't as simplified as the 1950's/60's Leave it to Beaver or Andy Griffith show . It's crowded, it's diverse, it's complicated and it demands nuanced solutions that are comprehensive to all of our citizens, not just a few.
Originally posted by MrWendal
Sorry but this is a self inflicted wound.
If the GOP was serious about demographics they would have embraced Ron Paul supporters. They were young, they were from all walks of life. Instead, the GOP shunned them and disenfranchised every single one of these voters. So now if all the sudden there is a problem with the demographics... they only have themselves to blame for it.
Originally posted by Sergeant Stiletto
reply to post by 11235813213455
I guess it's easier to whine and point fingers than it is to admit something is seriously off-kilter with the party.
Ah well, at least you changed overtly to covertly, though it's not either.
Originally posted by onthedownlow
Absolutely! Lets start with a smaller central government.
No more encroaching on state rights!
Abortion, immigration, and smaller taxes.
We are seeing the liberal movement advance a dumbing down of morality in this country.
An all encompassing value system that the GOP has been using to hold ground has truly hurt its base,
we need to hammer out compromise in the senate instead of meeting in the middle during voting season, and just meeting in the senate to trade votes for lobbyists and special interests. I used to be a moderate conservative, I still am but I want a party that is much further right than myself to stop the decades long slide to the left. We could be alright with some common ground, but the center has continually shifted to the left for far to long. I think most conservatives are alright with a strong foreign policy that shows the US is willing to protect its own interest around the world, as well as values we believe to be inherently right. No more buying peace from rogue nations, and no more turning a blind eye to the political plite of third world countries. Not nation building, just good old arrogance that holds its place in this world through respect or fear, whichever it takes. Yeah, I may sound a little extreme, but this brand of leadership will be necessary to find some equilibrium, and curtail the moral shortfall our country is facing. --- More of a rant than anything productive, but I believe that most of the frustration on the right is because we have seen all of our values watered down, and we want a strong backbone in the WH, not a bunch of appeasing panzies.
And what are these "conservative values" that you are referring to. Specifically.
Is it the Pro Life stance?
Is it fiscal responsibility?
Please, tell us what these "conservative values" are that the GOP should be returning to. I am very interesting in hearing your take if you are willing to provide specifics.
Originally posted by seabag
Protecting the Unborn
Strengthen Marriage and Family
Defense of the Constitution
A Well Defined Foreign Policy (think Reagan)
Ok let's start with this. How do you then explain Republicans increasing the size of Government?
The Republicans have had no issue encroaching on States rights, unless it is done by a Democrat.
Again I ask if you would please offer specifics. What about Abortion? What about immigration? What about smaller taxes?
I disagree that there is a liberal movement to dumb down morality. If anything people are realizing that morality is a subjective issue and a matter of choice.
A perfect example is abortion. For many it is an issue of morality. Do I believe abortion is murder? I do not, many others do see it that way, but the truth is that this is a non issue.
I would argue that telling people what their values should be is what hurt the base. Focusing on social issues that Government has no business being involved in, is what has hurt the base.
You believe this can be done through Legislation?
Once upon a time Republicans did believe in limited Government, but that is no longer the case and has not been the case for over 20 years.
This was never a Republican issue. This is an issue that crossed Party lines and BOTH Parties have thrown this idea out the window.
Again, this was not strictly a Republican issue and Republicans are just as responsible for the mess that we call out Tax system as anyone else.
The Republicans have a well defined policy... they call it policing the world and sticking our nose where it dont belong.