I have always considered myself conservative. It’s only when November comes around when I am Republican, because of our closed primary laws. Now I’m not even sure if I want to vote as a Republican anymore because of the connotations that come with an elephant symbol.
I attend a very liberal all-women’s college. It’s hard enough to be conservative, let alone Republican. Although most of my classmates are open-minded, but to convince them that Obamacare isn’t what they need is short of nothing but a miracle. Stick an elephant sticker on anything and they cringe. Why is that?
I’ve decided that the GOP is in serious need of a miracle too. The leadership in Congress has defiantly showed Americans that they don’t care. It’s their agenda and they’ll do whatever they want, gosh-darn-it! Senator John McCain, Speaker of the House John Boehner, and Senator Lindsey Graham think America doesn’t know what’s best for her. And it’s them who gave Republicans a bad taste in everyone’s mouths.
Senator McCain and the other RINOs (Republican-In-Name-Only), here’s a little advice from a girl in Pennsylvania who probably doesn’t know anything: become conservative. You’re not conservative, not by a long shot. You’re embarrassing the party. If we want to become the party of Lincoln once more, we have to stick to our principles.
It would also be nice if the GOP could actually learn pop culture too (Trying to woo Lady Gaga to the 2012 RNC convention is NOT learning pop culture. She’s not that cool anymore.). The Democrats have this to their advantage: we don’t. Hollywood is liberal, you say? Well, how about a conservative like Angie Harmon of Rizzoli & Isles fame? There are plenty of conservatives in Hollywood and Nashville—they are probably waiting in the shadows, ready to help.
I’d also like some strong stances on top issues. Right now we flounder and make excuses on why we don’t have stances on issues such as the economy and illegal immigration. How will anyone know what the GOP stands for, if sadly, the leadership will flirt with Democrats of the likes of Senator Harry Reid for the sake of “compromise”?
I doubt you’ll listen to me, a lowly girl from Pennsylvania. But here’s the truth: the base is leaving. Millennials are driven away from the poor leadership in Congress. If you’re not careful, that elephant symbol that you proudly hold dear may end up in the National Archives as a time-honored party gone to ruin.
I don’t want that to happen. But in November of 2014, I may not vote at all if the poor leadership in the House and Senate continue. Dear Republican Party: you’re losing.