As you may already know, the Republican Party goes by an alternative nickname, the Grand Old Party, or simply the initials G.O.P. The term originated in 1875 in the Congressional Record, referring to the party associated with the successful military defense of the Union as “this gallant old party”; the following year in an article in the Cincinnati Commercial, the term was modified to “grand old party”. The first use of the abbreviation is dated 1884.
The buzz lately is that the G.O.P. or Republican Party needs to go a new direction. It has become too rich and too white and has not gone after African American, Hispanic, and Asian voters. Yes, the party must develop an appeal to all such racial, ethnic, and religious groups, as should every and any other political party in this country. As I mentioned once before, before the year 2050, the white race will no longer be the majority race in this country and the transition is underway right now. All I ask is that the wisdom from our Founding Fathers, from Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan, from the Tea Party, and from modern day conservative thinkers is not discarded with the bathwater. Basic principles need to remain the same. What we really need to do is sell our ideas, our vision and mission statements for America’s future to these very groups of people. Let us consider that the roots of the Republican Party are not of racism, ethnocentrism, or bigotry. In fact, the Republican Party was America’s first anti-slavery party. To cite Wikipedia:
Founded by anti-slavery activists in 1854, it dominated politics nationally for most of the period from 1860 to 1932. Eighteen presidents have been Republicans. Among the greatest were Abraham Lincoln (the great emancipator), Theodore Roosevelt (the only twentieth century president with a bust in Mt. Rushmore), and Ronald Reagan (the father of modern day conservatism.)
Currently the party’s platform generally reflects American Conservatism in the U.S. Political spectrum. American conservatism of the Republican Party is not wholly based upon rejection of the political ideology of liberalism, as many principles of American conservatism are based upon classical liberalism.
Of course, the basic principles of American conservatism are based upon classical liberalism. Remember, when we were a colony of Great Britain before The American Revolution, tyranny and oppression was the status quo and to form a free country with a representative democracy was a radical idea in its time. Remember, John Locke is considered to be the founder of modern liberalism, yet the last thing he wanted was big government.
By virtue of the fact that the G.O.P. was founded by anti-slavery activists, the original mission statement of the party is to be the antidote to bigotry and hatred. Therefore, the party must revert to its roots as the party that wants all Americans regardless of race, creed, or religion to be equal and have an equal shot at building a dream. The action of forcing them into a lifelong welfare state is a true act of bigotry—we will provide you provided you do not try to overcome and be like us. This should be an easy sell to the voter block we need. And by practicing Godly principles like not killing unborn babies, we can bring along God’s blessing and the principles of the scripture can determine what we do and how we do it. This is what every person who has ever been discriminated against wants, not entitlements. So let’s open that rusty old door with the letters G.O.P. engraved above the doorknob and invite everyman and everywoman who wants equality and opportunity in. Then it becomes our mission to educate them on limited government, how to become self-governing, and how to build a dream.
The Republican Party even has a history of being among the first environmentalists in the country. As said on Wikipedia:
The Republican Party had long supported the protection of the environment. For example, Republican President Theodore Roosevelt was a prominent conservationist whose policies eventually led to the creation of the modern National Park Service. Republican President Richard Nixon was responsible for establishing the Environmental Protection Agency in 1970. More recently, California Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, with the support of 16 other states, sued the Federal Government and the United States Environmental Protection Agency for the right to set vehicle emission standards higher than the Federal Standard, a right to which California is entitled under the Clean Air Act.
Yes, the party’s history is in environmental conservation. With the deficit and the need to tap into domestic energy sources, America needs to shifts its tactics with respect to environmental issues, but should never drop the objectives. For example, drill baby drill, but make use of the most environmentally-friendly drilling techniques available to us today. And continue to research and develop processes that are still more environmentally-friendly. The first Ocean Dumping Law went into effect in 1968, two years before the establishment of E.P.A. The law to be enforced by law enforcement and violators would be punished by law. The creation of the E.P.A. in its time was to form a government agency to research ways we progress with our everyday lives in a manner less corrosive to our air and water. Such research can continue with environmental scientists working in the private sector and much of the work done by the E.P.A. can be outsourced to a private research company. What has actually happened is the government has become so large and overregulated; law enforcement alone can no longer handle it so government agencies are created to take over the law enforcement process. Unfortunately, the power vested in the E.P.A. to bring polluters to justice is limited to serving as a character witness. Furthermore, John Locke said power corrupts. Members of the E.P.A. have been accused of taking trips to exotic places with beaches and ocean claiming they are studying the environment. I think America should retain one environmental minister, but the leg work done by the department should be outsourced to a private sector America company with no political ties to anyone. Green energy has a future, but first we need to keep the lights on and the Bunsen burners burning in our laboratories.
The party of Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, and Reagan is the party that represents what America really is about. It is the party that drank from the fountain of wisdom we inherited from our Founding Fathers. It is the party that believes God should be part of all of our decisions. It is the party that was established to represent freedom and equality for all. Sure it has evolved into the businessman’s party. Consequently, the Democrat party has built and identity for itself as the working class party. Traditionally, most of what the Democrats do or have done for the working and middle classes are with good intentions. But isn’t the road to Hell paved with good intentions? Supporting the business owner so the money can trickle down to the middle class seemed to work well during the Reagan years. The temptation we Republicans fell into by its support for business owners and the upper classes is [we/they] singled out the middle class and the new generation of middle class (ninety-nine) includes immigrants of various and sundry ethnicities. Some of them may have actually agreed with us over the years, but felt as though they weren’t wanted in the Republican Club and just wouldn’t stay where they didn’t feel wanted. So before we radically change the party platform, let us first open our doors to all Americans and to foreigners who wish to immigrate legally.
From the poem The New Colossus by Emma Lazarus engraved on the Statue of Liberty:
“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
It is time to enhance our membership, as it were, and reach out to the masses of people cited in The New Colossus. They will be made to understand that we are the ones on their side. They will be made to drink from the fountain of wisdom of our Founding Fathers. They will relearn how to dream and to act on their dream. In 1776, we broke free of the surly bonds of the King of England. In 1865, the African American broke free of the surly bonds of slavery, our Founding Fathers’ one tragic flaw that led to this nation’s one birth defect which was corrected by the thirteenth amendment to the Constitution. Now let us and let us teach the masses of good Godly people to break free of the surly bonds of government entitlements and create a self-governing organism that would make God himself button-popping proud. Just because you are middle class doesn’t mean you have to be average. Average is by definition, the best of the worst and the worst of the best. Wouldn’t you rather be the best of the best you can be?
Fellow middle class (and other) Americans, the window is closing. The Republican Party, that Grand Old Party may be forced to overhaul itself in order to survive as the critical second half of the valued two party system. It may tilt to the left; I may be ok a little to the left, but let’s not cross the divide and become merely a less radical version of the Democrat party. If you envision an America as I do, you need representatives in government who support limited government, a balanced budget, minimal entitlements, and maximum opportunity to overcome and build a dream and live it. That rusty old door I was referring to will be opening to you before the next election. It will then be up to you to tell them your visions, your dreams, your beliefs, and what kind of America you want to live in. Give it some thought and speak your mind. Do you want to be average, or do you want to be the best of the best you can be? I urge you to choose wisely.