“I still contend in my state, if Mitt Romney had made the ‘R’ next to his name, like I did, stand for ‘reformer’ rather than ‘rich guy’ — nobody cares about rich guys — he would have carried Wisconsin and every one of those battleground states” – Gov. Scott Walker
The GOP has struggled to at the federal level in taking the Senate and the White House. This is quite a perplexing and frustrating situation, as 30 states have red Governors and Republicans hold a majority in Congress. The struggle lies in marketing and the image the conservative movement portrays at the national level. While Governor Mitt Romney was the superior candidate, he constantly polled poorly with the youth and minority communities, due to being conceived as out of touch. Our economic platform is highly favorable, and it has been able to shut down many of President Obama’s catastrophic plans. Capitalism, low taxes, and economic freedom are all terms Americans want to hear from the government, and the GOP must deliver that in order to win in 2014 and 2016. I have many views on how we can flip the electoral college in our favor:
We must be an “inclusive” party who can appeal to all races as Americans and not categories (Governor Jeb Bush)
- Promote state rights in national platforms and champion governors and local governments and promote our constant strive for a strong working and middle class
- Micro-targeting, grassroots organizations, and campus organizations can reach out to younger generations about freedom
- Hold embedded principles of our Constitution as the restraint of government power to promote self-responsibility
- Hold candidates more accountable for their actions and keep the party as unified as possible (RINOs, Libertarians, and Tea Partiers need to cooperate to trump Democrats)
It is clear that the battle is winnable in all states, however, the battlefield must be opened up. California, Colorado, Oregon, Nevada, Oregon, New Mexico, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, New Hampshire, and Florida all hold promise of becoming red states. Senators Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, and Marco Rubio are examples of candidates who are bringing spirited patriotism back to the youth and in different cultures. The thorn of the party can seen in Senators Mitch McConnell, John McCain, and Lindsey Graham because of their flip-flop mentality and lack of supportability from future generations. We face an uphill battle, however our moment to shine is in crisis in order to promote the importance of liberty and freedom. We must be willing and able to invite all to our cause as we are on the right side of the fight.
America holds great promises and our prospects will continue to be overwhelming under strong conservative leadership. We are party of embed principles and liberty, that is why the red nation movement’s mantle is on our shoulders in the 21st century. I encourage all young and aspiring conservatives to get involved at any proportion. Your contribution will constantly make the United States of America the beacon of constitutional republics and model of governance for other countries to admire.
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