Grand New Party: How 2012 Served As A Wake Up Call, Not A Death Knell

This article was written as a response to yesterday’s letter to the editor submitted by Michael “Mac” Sims, which asserted the Republican Party would never win the White House again.

The Republican Party may have lost the 2012 elections, but in the scheme of things, it is stronger than ever. The GOP is not dying, but in fact recovering from hibernation. During that extended snooze, America evolved into a different nation. While we are a more diverse country today, we still stand true to beliefs that have defined us since our founding. Today, the GOP is refreshed, renewed, and ready to bring real change back to Washington.

It is entirely unrealistic to claim the GOP has no future chance at the White House. America throughout the decades has switched back and forth between both parties’ control. Most recently, Republicans controlled the White House from 1981 to 1993 under Reagan and Bush Sr. and then again with George W. Bush from 2001 to 2009. It is highly unlikely the Democratic Party will ever find another Barack Obama. No president in history has had the ability to capture the hearts of the minorities, middle and lower classes, and women quite like Obama. While at the same time, he has been able to maintain relatively high approval ratings amid a scandal-filled administration, presiding over the weakest recovery in history (U.S. Department of Labor), and championing the biggest lie of the year. Just like the Republican Party can’t resurrect Reagan, the Democrats will not be able to resurrect Obama to help them keep up a winning streak.

I will argue, that while the GOP appears weak at the moment, that idea is relative. I agree that the 2012 elections revealed an urgency to think seriously about reaching minorities, women, and young voters. However, the GOP is already taking active steps to change their messaging to account for the country’s diversity. Unlike the Democratic Party, the GOP is brimming with young diverse leaders in both Congress and the states. These proven leaders are passionate about making the GOP appealing to the masses and ready to help turn this country around.

Party for All

While I agree that the GOP has struggled to appeal to minorities, poor, and women in the past, the party is working towards reforms that will be a benefit to all Americans. We just need to communicate the message that the last five years have done little to help, but everything to hurt our nation.

To say that Republicans push an agenda to repress immigrants and minorities is entirely false. According to numbers from the Department of Homeland Security, Obama has deported 1.93 million immigrants in his first five years in office to George W. Bush’s 2 million over his whole eight years in office. Obama’s deportation numbers are expected to continue rising as more Latinos disapprove of his tactics. (According to a Pew Research Center survey, 59 percent of Latino’s disapprove.) In addition, it is Republicans such as U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and former Gov. Jeb Bush who are bringing new ideas to the table to tackle our illegal immigration problem, and putting Democrats on the defensive. Also, the GOP continues to encourage a system that benefits African Americans. While Obama’s policies have left blacks with twice the unemployment rate as whites (Pew Research, 2013), Republicans such as Rand Paul are working hard to encourage economic growth in poverty-stricken cities where many minorities reside.

Lastly, there is no war on women in the GOP. I would not be here defending my party if it was truly an issue. The Democrats like to paint an overgeneralized picture of what women in America want: free birth control and easy access to abortion. However, when polled, women consistently say the economy and jobs are still their number one issue. To put it simply, we as women are more (much more) than our ability to reproduce, according to Christina Hoff Sommers in “Freedom Feminism: Its Surprising History and Why It Matters Today.” Women are concerned about working, raising their children, and most recently ObamaCare. The GOP consistently encourages both the working woman and the stay-at-home mom.

This country was made great because of the American Dream: the opportunity for anyone to succeed through hard work and perseverance. This is a concept that is embraced by the GOP because it has been proven throughout the decades to encourage growth. The GOP’s main platform is not about creating equality of outcome, but rather equality of opportunity for all Americans. As the Democrats continue to discourage the wealthy to take risks and encourage increased government dependence, the recovery will continue on its slow path to prosperity. If the GOP communicates equality of opportunity for all races, genders, and socioeconomic backgrounds, they will win the White House in 2016 and help the country on a path to resurgence.

Party of YES

Today, no one denies that Republicans and Democrats are both deserving of blame for the constant gridlock and unwillingness to work with the other side. In addition, I am not denying the fact that even within the GOP, compromise and a united front must be pursued. However, it is unfair to call the Republican Party the party of “no.” We are the party that says yes to economic growth and prosperity for all Americans regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, or socioeconomic background. We are the party of emerging leaders that say yes to working for their constituents and not Washington. We are the Grand New Party, one that is renewed and ready to reclaim the White House.