Dear George W. Bush, John McCain, and Mitt Romney,
You represent what the Grand Old Party has become.
The Reagan days are long gone, and big-government, big-military bureaucrats like you have changed the nation’s perception of the GOP. I used to call myself a Republican because I thought your party believed in limited government and personal responsibility. But now I have lost faith in the Republican Party.
Even with Barack Obama’s abysmal record, he was reelected. I predict four more years of out-of-control spending, expanding regulation, and big government. Yippee!
We’re 16 trillion dollars in debt, the unemployment rate is higher than when Obama took office in ’08, and nearly half of Americans receive checks from the fed. C’mon, this should have been an easy win for the Republicans- but Mitt Romney simply did not present an attractive enough alternative.
It is clear that America is changing rapidly- the country is more racially diverse by the day, the population is increasingly liberal on social issues, and many young people have become politically aware. If you wish to win over the electorate once again, you must become the “small government” party that you once were. This is the only appealing, viable alternative to the Democrats.
Here are three reasons why I, like so many other Americans, have lost faith in your party.
1. The GOP has outdated social beliefs. You say you are “small government” yet you’re in favor of bureaucrats sticking their noses into our personal lives. Ease up on the gay marriage issue. According to a new Gallup poll, about 50 percent of Americans support gay marriage- and that number is only growing. Who cares if gay people marry? They’re not harming anyone.
And then there’s abortion. I understand that you think abortion is wrong, but this view is alienating women voters across the country. Besides, why should a politician in Washington push his own moral beliefs onto others? I’m not saying that the government should fund abortions (it shouldn’t), but it also shouldn’t have the power to abolish them.
2. What about military spending? Again, another example of the GOP failing to be the party of limited government. Mitt Romney said he wants to build even more naval vessels, increase the size of U.S. ground forces, and increase the Pentagon’s already staggering budget by an extra $2 trillion. Doesn’t sound like small government to me.
3. The party comes off as exclusory. Why does the Republican Party seem to be composed of strictly rich, old white men? America is home to an increasingly diverse population, and the Republicans need more minority representatives spreading their message. The party must be perceived as inclusive if it wants to attract a greater percentage of these diverse voters.
I’m rooting for the Republicans, I really am. But unless you make some changes to your party platform, you won’t be seeing the Oval Office again anytime soon. The GOP’s reputation is simply too tarnished.
Kristin Tate, “The Libertarian Chick”
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