What do you think the Republican party should do next?

tctc Registered Users Posts: 986
What do you think the Republican party should do next to get back on its feet? I find myself wondering about this a lot even though I'm not a Republican.

I think one of the Republican party's biggest obstacles right now is that they have a reputation for being somewhat "socially intolerant" on a lot of different issues ... gay rights, foreign policy, abortion ... but there's a trend towards more and more tolerance in the younger generation. I think if the Republican party tried a "fiscally conservative but socially tolerant" approach, they might attract a lot more independents and young people and get back on their feet in the next few decades.

What do you think?

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  • NetGNetG Registered Users Posts: 8,116
    Stop letting the so-called "religious right" nutjobs control them.

    Go back to true conservatism. Be fiscally conservative and get the heck out of people's personal lives. The Libertarian party is in many ways become what the Republican party was supposed to be before letting extremist nuts have the power.


    Start worrying about things that matter, and stop pushing things which aren't nearly as significant. I'd love if all the energy spent pushing anti-gay-marriage legislation, for example, were instead spent trying to feed the hungry. Think was a better place the world would be, and if the religious right were true Christians, it would definitely fall within what they, as Christians, are supposed to do!
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  • PoodleheadPoodlehead Registered Users Posts: 6,959
    NetG pretty much said everything. :)
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  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Registered Users Posts: 31,259 Curl Connoisseur
    Poodlehead wrote: »
    NetG pretty much said everything. :)


    Yeah, pretty much.

    I'd love to be a member of a fiscally conservative and socially tolerant party, but there is no such thing. I can't abide the religious nutjobs that are driving the Republican bus right now, so I'm forced to be a Democrat.
  • sew and sewsew and sew Registered Users Posts: 3,443
    NetG wrote: »
    Stop letting the so-called "religious right" nutjobs control them.

    Go back to true conservatism. Be fiscally conservative and get the heck out of people's personal lives. The Libertarian party is in many ways become what the Republican party was supposed to be before letting extremist nuts have the power.


    Start worrying about things that matter, and stop pushing things which aren't nearly as significant. I'd love if all the energy spent pushing anti-gay-marriage legislation, for example, were instead spent trying to feed the hungry. Think was a better place the world would be, and if the religious right were true Christians, it would definitely fall within what they, as Christians, are supposed to do!


    Agreed on a lot of points. As a Christian, what bothers me is that Christian leadership that has gotten the most popular over the years, with the likes of Falwell, is too knee-jerk. Unquestioning patriotism, supporting hawkish foreign policy and other things. Even with people who might fall into the category of being influenced by those voices, if you were to break down their values and talk about what's actually politically consistent with them, they might have pause about what those dominant voices stand for.

    There's an across the board lack of philosophical thinking in these times. That may sound elitist, and I may be wrong, but it's the impression that I get. The more thoughtful Christians that I know (and this isn't a dig at Christians, as there are varying degrees of thoughtfulness in most groups of people) err on the Libertarian side of things. Even social libertarianism to a degree that may seem paradoxical.

    I don't have a fundamental issue with those that support preserving marriage as between a man and a woman, but there's definitely an element of wanting Christian values to stay the values of this country, the values of we the people...when Christian circles themselves seem pretty corrupted. It's a desire that I understand, but we're no longer the community for that, because we (Christians on whole in America )ourselves are no longer what we should be. That's a prophetical dynamic too, but that's another story. If as a community Christians walked the talk, what values they hold as important would maybe be respected a little more. Truth is, articulating that civil desire-marriage preserved as between a man and a woman, leaves A LOT of citizens unhappy. If Christianity has been forwarded for some time, absent true substance, which seems to be the case, then the effects of that...maybe some co-influences are at play too, is the fostering of the society we have today. That probably comes off like a Christian-centric worldview, but there's no doubt that in times past, the majority of citizens connected with Christian values. Not out of pressure or simply tradition, but just did and we are no longer at that point. Some are excited because that means we're progressing and some will even feel righteous jubilation at that. Meanwhile, I hope that those of us who are Christians would get back to the gospel, humbleness and firm conviction, really walking the talk, or else those that "have a form of Godliness but deny the power thereof" will continue to be swayed by unthoughtful, probably deceptive voices that characterize the religious right.

    To answer the OP, definitely reach out to those disaffected with the party that are attracted to the Libertarian party. If that doesn't happen, hopefully the Libertarian party can gain enough momentum and exchange places with the GOP in terms of popularity.
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  • redcelticcurlsredcelticcurls Registered Users Posts: 17,502 Curl Neophyte
    Aside from what NetG said, I'd add race relations. There are plenty of conservative non-whites out there who vote for Democrats partly based on the feeling that Republicans are only concerned with whites or harbor too many racists.
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  • NetGNetG Registered Users Posts: 8,116
    I agree with RCC on that, too. Just generally - move away from the bigotry and hate!


    I felt like the Democrats switched directions some, that instead of looking for someone they thought could beat the Republican candidate (Kerry) they looked for someone they thought would be a good President (both Clinton and Obama), and it was a huge positive shift. I'm hoping to see a positive shift from the Republicans, too, because our country would just be better off if we did. I wouldn't mind seeing more prominence of the Libertarian party and the Republicans lose importance, either, though.
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  • BoomygrrlBoomygrrl Registered Users Posts: 4,940 Curl Neophyte
    They need to take more of a centrist view of social issues and stay with their fiscally conservative values. Definitely need to be more diverse. Bush started doing that in his cabinet. His problem was the war and he wasn't fiscally conservative. McCain used to be moderate but started giving in to the religious right too much.
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  • BoomygrrlBoomygrrl Registered Users Posts: 4,940 Curl Neophyte
    Poodlehead wrote: »
    NetG pretty much said everything. :)


    Yeah, pretty much.

    I'd love to be a member of a fiscally conservative and socially tolerant party, but there is no such thing. I can't abide the religious nutjobs that are driving the Republican bus right now, so I'm forced to be a Democrat.

    Same here.
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  • tctc Registered Users Posts: 986
    these are all very interesting ideas.

    I'm also kind of morbidly curious to know what the "religious right" nutjobs think their party should do next. :) That would be an interesting perspective too...
  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Registered Users Posts: 31,259 Curl Connoisseur
    tmmy_cat wrote: »
    these are all very interesting ideas.

    I'm also kind of morbidly curious to know what the "religious right" nutjobs think their party should do next. :) That would be an interesting perspective too...


    More bedroom control. I think they're still hoping for that US Constitutional Amendment to ban gay marriage. The Rovian Republicans won 2 presidential races by trotting that one out. It was just a teaser though.
  • tctc Registered Users Posts: 986
    yeah....I think that's exactly the kind of move that would seal their doom. I think that's the kind of thing that turns off the intelligent, educated, and/or younger people.
  • afrosheenqueenafrosheenqueen Registered Users Posts: 5,400 Curl Connoisseur
    They need to listen to people's concerns and needs. Not just some people or rather "certain" people but all citizens. I enjoy the feeling that I have a say in what goes on politically. That's not socialism...that's great.
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  • Myradella3Myradella3 Registered Users Posts: 2,481
    I agree with many others. The focus needs to be on smaller government and fiscal restraint. Stay on point about that and see what happens.

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