Somehow, some way, I received an email from the GOP asking my opinion about what they can do to win the elections in November. My immediate thoughts were so simple it is almost ridiculous. They need to return to their roots, bring in some of the old guard philosophies, and stop trying to “toe the party line”.
I’m sure I’ve posted about this before, I believe that the GOP / Republican party has been perverted so far beyond what they once were, that for them to retain the name is pretty much disingenuous. They are no longer the “conservatives” that represent the masses who align with conservative values regarding to application of law. Those of us who are fiscally conservative, and socially liberal (I might even go so far as socially ambiguous), don’t necessarily agree with the NeoCON’s in office today.
You see, historically, being a conservative politician meant that you were conservative in your creation and application of laws. I know, I’ve harped on this before, but it seems as though I need to say it again. Our country was founded on the principals of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The second word there, liberty, was a guiding light of the old guard, but has seemingly been forgotten but the modern republican.
The modern republican seems to believe that being conservative has more to do with your social and moral values, which really have very little business being in government. Social and moral values may guide your decisions when creating and voting on laws, but creating and voting on laws that impede liberty for the sake of sanctimony is what continues to drive the divide in this country.
The more I open my eyes to the majority, the more I see most people are moderates, whether they be “liberal” or “conservative”. I have come to find that most of what I hear or see in the main stream media is from the vocal minority and is not representative of the masses (I know my animosity shows here). This is not something I’ve come by by sitting in an echo chamber, but instead by opening my eyes, ears, and mind to those with seemingly differing opinions. We’re not all that different after all. We just want to be treated fairly even if we don’t share the same values.
So, to any politician who may come across this, if you want my opinion on how to come out ahead and possibly convert voters of the other party to come to your side, err on the side of liberty. This was the stance of the republicans years ago, but there is nothing to say that the democrats can’t borrow a page from this playbook.
All mankind… being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty or possessions. – John Locke