By De’Von Weatherspoon
Today, Powell’s endorsement of Obama says everything that I was thinking; the Republican Party is controlled by the Religious Right and Social conservatives at the expense of more libertarian and moderate conservatives. Just as the Democratic Party during the 90’s had to grapple with the two competing factions within its party, so too must the GOP. This struggle is sure to be one of the most dynamic things to happen to the GOP since the rise of Regan. Myself, being a moderate black Republican and recently a Democrat, am new to the Republican Party, and I know first hand why the GOP share of voters is slowly diminishing; Social Conservatism. I for a longest time associated the Republican Party with Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson. I associated it with anti-intellectualism and social engineering, But I most importantly associated the GOP with people who were “you’re either the same and with us, or you’re different and against us.” So you can just imagine how shocked I was when I found out that I agree more with Republicans than most Democrats on issues. This election season has been a very long and very entertaining season, but the defeat of Hillary Clinton signaled the future problems that the Republicans would have. Contrary to common belief the Clinton Democrat was the Republican’s best friend. The Clinton Democrat was born after the Democrats’ failures during the 70’s; these failures were bought about by Democrats being too liberal.
Clinton Democrats are the product of the Democratic Leadership Council which is an organization that focused primarily on moving the Democratic Party to the Center. In fact I’ll go as far and say that Republicans could’ve survived comfortable a Clinton Presidency, but with the majority that many are predicting that Obama will bring to Congress, we’re in for a tough fight. Just today in the Wall Street Journal’s opinion section, they [the writer] showed just some of the things that a more liberal non-Clinton Democratic Congress could pass.If the Republican Party is to thrive and succeed it needs desperately to recruit more moderate and liberal conservatives.
The stranglehold that the Social Conservatives have held on the GOP for the last few decades must end. Many people that are hesitant about joining the GOP scoff at how many Republicans proclaim to not want government in the bedroom, but jump on the broomstick to define marriage, whether it be between a man and a woman, or between two same sex partners. It seemed to me and many others that Republicans are all about smaller governmental intervention except when it comes to some issues. To me it’s either all or nothing. That is why I will say that I love the John McCain of 2000, but when he chose Sarah Palin over Mitt Romney, it was back to same old thing; Courting the Social Conservatives and Religious Right.Take all of this in, and for moderates like me who want to see a more inclusive Republican Party, a Republican loss in November may not be the worse. Hopefully the Republican Party learns its lesson that it needs a new approach to America, I suggest going back to a Republican Party of Theodore Roosevelt which is inclusive and not exclusive. The Republican Party needs to be able to build coalitions with people who are more than just socially conservative in order to attract these people to the Republican Party and to remain a strong force in America.
~De’Von Weatherspoon-is a high school student and contributor to this blog he is from the great state of Connecticut and describes himself as a "Hamilton Republican".