Amid the Chris Christie “Bridgegate” scandal and the Chamber of Commerce’s decision to abandon Tea Party oriented candidates in 2014; the Republican Party is clearly lacking an identity and platform that can gander much needed support. There is a constant divide between the establishment and the new wave of Republican candidates over the definition of “limited government.” Political parties were created to broaden appeal to as many like-minded individuals as possible, in order to push for specific ideals and legislation. Under President Ronald Reagan, all strands of the GOP were able to compromise and make the 1980’s a decade that will be always known for a period of smart governance. The GOP must stand for the middle class and for responsible government, thus, the message must be inclusive and always provide common sense alternatives to the Democratic Party.
“That person who agrees with 80 percent of the time is a friend and an ally; not 20 percent an enemy” – President Ronald Reagan
Election season is right around the corner and many candidates are starting to join the scene and challenge Democratic incumbents and vise versa. As Obamacare continues to fail and the Democratic Party’s platform on economic grows staggeringly unpopular, the GOP need to be in direct response to their big government discourse. Individuals such as Mitch McConnell and Lindsey Graham have fallen into the hot seats with patriotic conservatives and many are calling for their end in 2014 for supporting war hawk foreign policy beliefs and not standing by Senator Ted Cruz’s 22 hour stand against Obamacare. Despite their unpopularity, the GOP still needs their two votes in the senate to put a halt on President Obama’s agenda at a halt. The GOP need to show that elephants are the ones who believe supporting the dignity of work and the growth of American business.
Currently, 29 states have Republican Governors and constantly those states get ranked the highest in economic opportunity and business prospective. So if the GOP’s Governors are so popular, why are not the Senators? The answer lies in messaging and unity. All Republican Governors have a proven track record and are immensely popular on the national scene. Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin has displayed how to promote his reform mentality in a battleground state like Wisconsin. It is in governors, like Scott Walker, that the congressional and senatorial leaders should take note.
The Republican Party stands for many ideas for many different people and it must remain that way, in order to bring out better candidates and have a stronger chance at reviving America’s once strong economy. Tea Partiers, Republicans, and Libertarians must all unite to under the wing of the GOP and work on common ground and terms to defeat Democratic candidates. The pool of candidates for upcoming elections is enormous and their are many individuals that can appeal to a large amount of people, however, it can only be done under a united party and strong message that stands for the integrity of America.
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