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Out With the Old: A New Conservative Party

Posted by Beau Winiger on April 26, 2009

The Republican Party is in a state of shambles right now.  This is not just the opinion of some left wing nut.  A look at the elections in 2006 and 2008 point to an America that is moving towards a center left point of view.  Republicans have a complete lack of leadership that will unite the country and bring moderate conservatives back into the Republican Party.  The main spokespeople for the Republican Party at this time are Dick Cheney, Rush Limbaugh, Karl Rove, Sarah Palin, etc.  While all of these people are very popular with the base, the majority of Americans view them as extreme right, and you never regain political power in America by appealing to your extremes.  That is why, in the opinion of this author, the Republican Party, in order to for conservatism to survive, needs to split.

The issues where Republicans have lost moderate America are almost purely social.  In talking to young conservatives this author has found that most do not care for the litmus test social issues that are so often stressed by the Republican talking heads.  Young conservatives are fiscal conservatives, period.  They are not worried about the threat of gay marriage or abortion rights.  They believe that either those issues have no bearing on the direction of this country, or that the government does not have the right to intrude into people’s personal life.  America is quickly becoming more and more of a mixed society, and there are few young conservatives out there that do not know someone who is gay and in a relationship or know someone that has had an abortion.  They see these people as normal people, no different from them.  This does not mean that they necessarily agree with the “choices” of their gay friend, but they also do not believe the government has any business designating them as people with less rights.

Yet when it comes to fiscal issues many young conservatives side with traditional conservatism.  They see the government’s role as very limited, and wish to see government spending brought under control.  The political issues they view as important are issues such as the growing deficit, welfare, taxation, etc.  But when they look to Republican leaders they only see politicians who were silent while George W. Bush grew the deficit to its largest size in history, and only now pay political lip service to fiscal issues, choosing instead to focus on social wedge issues.  They feel that there is not a major Republican leader out there that truly stands for the issues they believe in.  If you need any further proof one need only look at the enormous popularity of Ron Paul amongst young people in the latest election.

That is why, for the good of the country and for the good of conservatism, young conservatives need to leave the Republican Party and form a party that represents the future of conservatism.  For the good of the country because ours is a political system that needs a minimum of two major parties to function.  For the good of conservatism because conservatism will become known more and more by the platforms advanced by a increasingly out of touch Republican Party.  A new conservative party should focus almost exclusively on fiscal issues, adopting a more libertarian stance towards social issues.  That is the only chance conservatives will have to increase the size of their party amongst different demographics then solely aging white America. 

The future of the conservative movement in America is in their mid-20s now, and if the Republican Party continues to ignore them and chooses to stick to their wedge issues they will drive those young conservatives further and further out of the party.  But without a viable alternative conservative movement young conservatives will either vote Democrat out of a lack of choice or become increasingly apathetic.  It is quickly becoming a matter of political life or death for conservatives to create a new vibrant political party that more closely mirrors the issues that they hold dear.

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3 Responses to “Out With the Old: A New Conservative Party”

  1. I am leaning to the right with a conservative persuasion, though I am not a Republican.

    I agree that the GOP is floundering.

    I will also point out something substantial…

    Conservative grass roots movements such as the Tea Party demonstration and web sites are not the doings of a political party.

    the GOP is conservative… but there are many conservatives who are not Republicans… and Obama & Co is taking notice of that. We dont care of the GOP is targeted by the Left… not our problem.

    We are grass root conservatives most of us moderates and we are a force to be reckoned with. And well kick both Republican and Democrat butt.

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