Our country was more successful, and a better place to live when we had two political parties which both offered ideas for the betterment of the United States. For approximately 16 years America has witnessed bickering parties, attempting to sway voters and win power and control. The GOP has been in turmoil. It is no longer a single party, having been divided by the TEA Party. The result has been a failed government, unable and unwilling to do its job. The ‘real’ GOP must take control of the Republican Party and once again represent all of the American people.
No state should be defined as a ‘red’ or ‘blue’ state. If the Electoral College did not exist, the separation of states by majority political affiliation would be nonexistent. No American should be defined as a conservative or progressive based on their physical residence.
Much of the division which exists in America is the direct result of hate groups. Misogynists, Homophobes, religious extremists, and racists all want to eliminate the advance of civilization. They live in the past, and ignore change. With every new generation comes a new understanding of where we must go as a nation. This new group of Americans has no memory of the past and the evils perpetrated on many for reasons of unwarranted hatred.
The hate group with the greatest longevity in America is the Ku Klux Klan. An investigation of their activities confirms that they continue to influence elections in the South. As recent as 2000, Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush benefited from KKK efforts and with the assistance of the Supreme Court, became the 43rd President of the United States.
After President Obama won reelection in 2012, Republican Party leadership acknowledged the fact that they must appeal to groups they ignored in the past. Rhetoric is often hot air, and actions in the last two years prove that they will continue with their same old policies.
In April potential presidential candidates spoke at a Conservative rally in New Hampshire. TEA Party darlings Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, and Senator Ted Cruz of Texas offered different viewpoints regarding the direction of the Republican Party. Although neither man is favored by Republican voters in a recent poll, they will both be in the mix as candidates for the GOP nomination.
In Cruz style, his comments were all about ‘growth and opportunity.’ His tactic seems week if we honestly evaluate the American economy and what it has become in the past six years after the President inherited the worst economic situation in modern history. This week the stock market hit another record at 18,000, and some investors believe it will reach 20,000 in 2015. Cruz is a ‘trickle-down’ proponent of a free market economy; giving tax breaks to large corporations and a false dream that jobs will be created by them.
Paul is more realistic; at least he talks that way. He insisted that the Republican Party must reach out to blacks, Hispanics, and the youth of our nation. He said we must show concern for the unemployed and impoverished. And he stated that the voting public must cease to believe that Republicans represent the wealthiest of Americans.
He made no mention of women’s rights, and ignored subjects such as health care and voting rights.
Paul has assembled several political and campaign giants to help him obtain his party’s nomination. He expounds many of the right things, but does he truly believe in the words he speaks? At the moment, he is the only conservative candidate who includes all Americans in his platform.
Independent voters are growing in numbers, and are likely to decide the 2016 election results. Will Paul convince them that he is a Republican of the past and has renounced the extremist views of many in his party, and those of the TEA Party? Time will tell.
By James Turnage
Wall Street Journal