With the re-election of President Barack Obama in November 2012, the Republican establishment was shown yet again that the majority will of the country no longer lies with them. Ever since the Presidency of Ronald Reagan, Republicans have been searching for a Reagan 2.0 each election cycle without success. And that man simply does not exist. Republicans are determined to stick to their core “principles” which they have held for over 50 years, but the political climate we face today is very different. Yet, they refuse to make the necessary changes that could potentially help them find their next Reagan like figure.
As was immensely evident in the 2012 Presidential election, the Right is tearing itself apart. They have shunned the Tea Party, refer to the Left as Satan’s spawn, and do not have a firm set of beliefs that not only the party, but also Conservatives and Independents across the country can agree with them on. In order for this to happen, the party needs to rethink and revamp their stances on social and fiscal issues.
However, this does not mean that they have to abandon their beliefs or moral convictions. Not in the slightest. But the state of the nation is changing. Important topics such as immigration, abortion, same-sex marriage, and foreign policy are all core issues in the Republican cause; yet the way they approach these issues needs revamping.
Throughout his 2012 Presidential campaign, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney skirted around these issues. He made his beliefs known, but focused on the economic woes and tried to convince people he was a new Ronald Reagan, even using Reagan’s infamous “R&R” promo throughout his campaign. Many believe this along with a horrendously divided Republican party is the reason President Obama, who has virtually done nothing, but contribute to the economic woes, was re-elected. If nothing is done to mend this monstrous problem, if the Republican party does not gain seats in both Houses in the 2014 midterm election, if new leaders who appeal to all demographics do not rise up, if the Reagan-like figure of the 21st century does not come forward, the Republican party as we know it will die a slow, painful death, and the same old game of ineffective leaders taking our once great nation down the drain will sadly continue.