Is it time to end the Republican Party?

As we ponder what just happened last night, I can’t help but marvel at the president’s ability to pull a repeat performance in his cherished demographics. It triumphed over the economy to the point where the president even had a job approval rate above 50% among the voters. The clear and painful conclusion is that too many Americans, either due to the Bush II Administration or other ethnic political games, simply aren’t listening to the Republican Party anymore.

It is enough to make me ask (and that’s a step back from a few hours ago, when I was ready to declare it so) if the Republican Party has outlived its usefulness as the vehicle for the American right.

The more voters could see the person and their opinions rather than the party label (the House of Representatives, for example), the better the GOP did. I don’t consider that an accident. Michigan was rejecting public employee unions’ attempt to enshrine collective bargaining in the state constitution – as they were rejecting Republicans for president and U.S. Senate. Ditto Wisconsin (although the former action was in the form of the failed Scott Walker recall earlier this year). In Virginia, voters overwhelmingly approved an amendment to the Constitution to limit eminent domain…while supporting the presidential and senate candidates from the party that opposed it.

In short, voters are supporting limited government more than they are voting for the party that is supposed to be the party of limited government.When that happens, you have to consider that perhaps the party (in this case, the GOP) is not doing the job, and needs to go.

This isn’t as radical as it sounds. Just about every nation in the Anglosphere has seen the party of the right change its structure and/or its name. Australia has seen several combinations of Liberals, Conservatives, and Nationals to speak for the right (even today, the Liberal and National Parties are in a slow-motion merger). Canada has seen the Conservatives join with the Progressives to become the Progressive Conservatives in the 1940s. In the 1990s, the “PC” Party split up into three factions, and two of them eventually came together to form the Conservative Party of Canada.  The CPC won its second election (in 2006) and governs to this day – in no small part due to the clean slate and agressive effort in reaching ethnic minorities in Canada. In Britain, the Tories became the Conservatives, then the Conservatives and Liberal Unionists, Conservatives and Liberal Nationals, and finally the Conservatives and Ulster Unionists.  In fact, the Conservatives never won and election on their own between 1874 and 1979.

Here in the United States, the Federalists dissolved, and the National Republicans took their place, to be followed by the Whigs and later the Republicans. There is nothing that says the Republican Party has to remain the party of the right, and after this election, there is much reason to believe it shouldn’t be.

I humbly submit for debate the following proposition: the Republican Party has become so toxic as a brand to ethnic minorities and the young – including many among them who support limited government – that it must be replaced by a new party of the right.

I invite you to state your reaction in the comments.

Cross-posted to the right-wing liberal


21 thoughts on “Is it time to end the Republican Party?

  1. I’m not prepared to toss in the towel on the GOP yet. However, they need to adopt a tone that is more appealing to a wider swath of the voting public. I would also talk a little bit less about the social issues (you don’t have to compromise your principles, but it doesn’t have to be up front and center). The GOP held the House of Representatives, and that is worth noting. There need to be charismatic champions of conservative principles who are also able to show that they can work in a pragmatic way as well. I’m running on fumes at th emoment, so hopefullythat makes a little bit os sense.

  2. Well, either end the party, or … take the control away from that minority of rich, greedy, selfish, military-hyped, racially paranoid, and crocodile-christian white men who make such absurd platforms and foist them on other gullible “patriots” who also don’t understand that Norman Rockwell is dead. Instead of scrapping the mechanism, how about just listening to America the way it is today? That might help.

  3. It’s a bit harsh but I think anyone that is 60+ or does not recognize that things have changed should not be in republican leadership anymore. The old coalitions won’t win elections as demographics continue to change. In lower turnout elections you can still get away with the old models but the sooner everyone wakes up the better.

  4. Sad to see the GOP go, but nobody reading this blog will ever see a GOP president again in our life time. There are just too many democrats today and they all have way more kids then GOP families do so it not going to change. That and democrats are just letting immigrants flood over the boarder. The best the GOP can do now is at a local level, maybe hold the house and keep Governorship’s in the Red states.

    1. Meh, the Democrats thought their national prospects were over 8 years ago too. I think as long as there is a 2-party system, both parties have a shot at the WH.

      Besides, Democrats are more likely to have abortions, Republicans are more likely to have larger families.

    2. I’m honeslty not convinced that we will ever see another GOP president. We may very well see one in 4 years time. I agree that the GOP needs to build from the state level upwards and attract a broader coalition. The trick is that so many groups have been…..”conditioned” let’s say, to believe that the GOP is just the party of old white guys. While that is true to a point, there is the potential to attract more people by touting the American success stories of so many diverse people (Look at the speakers at the GOP convention, as an example).

  5. Remember before you cut off your nose that many of us are Republicans primarily for the moral issues. Take that away and you lose us to the Constitution Party.
    Bottom line is the culture has changed, if we chase the culture we just become Democrats calling ourselves Republicans.
    But I won’t cry is the GOP dies, but it will be replaced by smaller Libertarian (for the fiscal and homosexual conservatives) and Constitution (for the fiscal and moral conservatives) parties that won’t win either as they divide our base.
    We will see Democrats in power for years.

    1. I think that the GOP can keep the social issues, but they shoudn’t be the primary focus. What the Democrats were able to do this time (with no thanks to folks like Akin) is paint the GOP as extremists when it came to the social issues. And it worked, as much as it pains me to say. There needs to be a greater emphasis on first principles — what ideas made the USA the most prosperious nation in the world. It is freedom and not “free stuff.” Unfortunately “free stuff” is more appealing this day and age and there are people who are willing to do less if they are still able to get a Government hadnout of some kind.

    2. I agree. We let the democrats define us as extremists and we do nothing to counter it. We lost when they declared us to have a ‘war on women’, continuing with the theme that Romney would take away all women’s (undefined) rights. I heard that over and over and over by college educated women. They were afraid they’d all have to be 1950’s housewives with no access to birth control. Of course that was absurd, there was no ‘war on women’ and Romney had no desire to take away anyone’s ‘rights’. But we let that go, no rebuttal at all.

    3. Exactly that might be a huge part of the problem – i.e. following a model (and a wildly outdated one, to boot). When the GOP finally concedes that American and even global reality has passed it by, and when it decides to serve all of America (instead of just the folks that agree with “conservative” vision) – perhaps then it might be able to compete in leadership. Until then, it just comes across as bitter propaganda. Sorry, folks, but it’s time to wake up and look around.

  6. May,

    I have trouble with your take. What in the heck is “global reality?” Does that mean that everyone has to automatically embrace a liberal view on social and fiscal issues? Sounds like a “my way or the highway” approach and there are plenty on both sides who do that. Is the “war on women” not bitter propaganda (that unfortunately worked)?

    1. Read it again – more carefully. No, “global reality” has nothing to do with a partisan strangle hold. It simply means that the world is no longer interested in the obscenity of politics for its own sake. We’ve got far more important things to achieve. The operative phrase in my text was “serve all of America”.

  7. Does “bipartisan” mean anything to anyone anymore? I’m not running for office, just hoping for agreements from both sides – the concept is not difficult.

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