In the wake of the recent General Election, I had an idea that gave rise to a series of articles in order to think about what has been going on in Young Republicans over the last few months. The problem that I believe has been prevalent in the party is that it is missing the whole point of the modern Tea Party movement and the way in which we should be perceiving politics in the 21st Century.
While the establishment would like to see us argue that the people do not know what they want, I am looking at the opposite end of the spectrum – with the Tea Party movement. The only group that seems to get out and actively vote is the Tea Party, as everyone else remains away from it and gives lip service. In many ways, the establishment hopes we see them as those who speak out, but we should be looking at the other side.
I am of the view that the groups that use their numbers in order to present themselves as the voice of the people should be seen in that light. The young Republicans and the Occupy groups in America are groups of people who will continue to use their numbers to serve their purpose in the future, perhaps even longer than we do.
The Issues With Young Republicans
However, I believe there are some issues that the current crop of young Republicans have not yet made their point, and they are still waiting for a reason to take a stand. There is no excuse for this, because their platform is perfectly clear and their actions speak for themselves.
I think there are a number of issues that the current crop of young Republicans have not yet made their point and they are still waiting for a reason to take a stand. There is no excuse for this, because their platform is perfectly clear and their actions speak for themselves.
Perhaps we should begin with one of the biggest issues facing our youth in our current political climate – the War in Iraq. Indeed, it has taken three full years to get the government back up and running and thousands of young men and women have died as a result of this lack of action.
Those who are against the war are still fighting the same battle that many of their parents fought, in terms of long term consequences. Meanwhile, the establishment seems to think they have won, and therefore they are now giving their backing to whoever can garner the most votes from them.
The thing that is also clear from young Republicans is that they do not want to speak out on anything that would be politically unpopular or try to overturn a system that is already in place. You cannot say that you are against things like gay marriage when you support it or claim to be against the wars that are the cause of a lot of these problems.
That is why the Republican Party is in such trouble – because they have lost touch with their youth and never really presented themselves as the champion of the cause for the younger generation. They have never had a sensible position on things like gay marriage, and yet they continue to try and run a campaign that they seem to believe is about the younger generation, when the youth are more interested in other things that are more important to them, such as education and health care.
The young Republicans are currently telling us that they do not care what you think of them, and therefore we need to find out what they think of themselves. Indeed, it is much more important that we learn who they are and what they think of themselves, rather than simply pretending to be something that we are not.
The latest poll shows that the young Republicans really do not know who they are and where they stand.
With a view to finding out that, we need to discover where they stand and make sure that they get the chance to explain themselves, rather than having them shout down the things that they do not like.
The young Republicans may not be comfortable with the current status quo, but it is not going to change any time soon. We need to let them talk about how they feel, rather than pointing fingers at the people who are actually causing the problems, and if they can’t even accept that, then maybe it is time to look elsewhere for leadership?