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How Republicans Can Win More Elections for Generations to Come

Robert Dimuro

Posted on August 5, 2018 20:14

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If Republicans can unite around values that transcend the Left's use of identity politics, political correctness and collectivism to denigrate President Trump and his supporters, they will dramatically improve their results at the ballot box.

America is now completely polarized along the lines of politics, race and culture. The 2016 election season stoked these flames to a whole new level. There are many more registered Democrats than Republicans, so it’s always an uphill battle for Republicans to win elections.

However, Republicans should seize the opportunity to counter the increasing irrationality of the Left and maintain their tenuous grasp of the House and Senate. The bulk of the Democratic Party is becoming unhinged over President Trump and its own regressive ideology, and this should hurt its chances of regaining majorities in the upcoming midterm elections.

The Left contends that America isn't defined by a particular ancestry, nationality, religion, tradition or skin color. Although I contend that this position is correct, it’s overshadowed by a toxic brand of identity politics that has poisoned the Democratic Party to the point of insanity. It only comprehends societal struggles and inequalities based on whoever is perceived to be the oppressor and the oppressed.

On the other hand, the Right, particularly the alt-Right, takes issue with diversity of peoples and cultures that didn't exist in America at the time of its founding or shortly thereafter. This position feeds right into the Left’s perceived view of the Right’s bigotry and intolerance. Unfortunately, President Trump’s frank honesty about our ridiculous immigration policies and his refusal to be politically correct contribute to this perception even among some not-so-bright Republicans.   

One problem with the Right’s viewpoint is that many tend to think that their positions and beliefs are perfectly aligned with those of the founding fathers. In several aspects, this is simply not true. As Liberals claim to be the people of science and rationality, Conservatives proudly claim to be the party of the past and tradition. They tend to reject what is new and different and unite around what has always been or once was.

This way of thinking keeps Republicans from getting the vote of younger generations and from being in touch with the issues that matter to their constituent populations in the present moment.

Ironically, whereas Conservatives idealize the past, the founding fathers actually rebelled against the past and invested their efforts in establishing certain principles and a government behind those principles that were unprecedented. Our founding principles need to be preserved not because they're the words of God or because they’re traditional; we need to preserve them because they contain the values and ideas that allow Americans to live freely and happily.

The Right needs to understand that these values and ideas have nothing to do with the race, nationality or religious affiliation of America’s native or immigrant population. Countering Left-wing identity politics with Right-wing identity politics is a strategy that’s doomed for disaster.

As President Trump said in his inauguration speech, “Whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots, we all enjoy the same glorious freedoms, and we all salute the same great American flag.”

Robert Dimuro

Posted on August 5, 2018 20:14

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