Where does your political stance fall? Where should it fall? How do you come to your decision?
I don’t know about anyone else, but I know that in the last few years, my political stance has strengthened in many ways, and probably weakened or even moved in other ways. I find myself looking back at some of the things I remember saying in the 2008 election, and being baffled that I once believed them. I remember saying that Sarah Palin wasn’t a bad choice for Vice President. Wow! How I ever thought the governor of Alaska was qualified to be Vice President of the entire country. I mean, Alaska?
How have I formed my political stance within the last couple years? Well, you might be surprised to learn that I personally don’t believe in everything I stand for politically. I am actually quite conservative, personally speaking. I am one of those “Evangelical Christians” you heard Republicans talking about. But, my personal stance is not my political stance.
You see, I could not imagine my personal opinion being a majority held opinion. It’s my opinion, not yours. It’s not your parent’s opinion, or your friend’s opinion. It’s mine, and mine alone.
Political parties exist for individuals, with their own personal opinions, to come together under, find similarities, and fight for common goals. The catch up here is: “Individuals.”
Now, we could address this catch up by eliminating the two major parties, and all of those third parties, and have as many parties as registered voters, but that’s unrealistic and highly ineffective. So instead, we will keep keep the political party system we currently have now, and people will continue to follow under political parties that don’t entirely match their views.
Political parties, if they don’t attempt to appeal to the majority of Americans, don’t serve any actual purpose other than as a talking point in a political conversation or blog, such as this one. The Republican party is walking dangerously close to the line of irrelevant. They depend on the white, male vote. This population is becoming smaller and smaller while “minority groups,” are becoming larger and larger, especially in cities, where elections are often won.
When you start to add up the “minorities” that the Republican party hasn’t appealed to, the “minority” starts to look more like the majority. Latinos, women, African Americans, homosexuals, and the list goes on.
If your political party isn’t trying to reach the majority of Americans, can they win elections? If your political party isn’t winning, what is the point of their existence? Can a political party that refuses to appeal to the majority of Americans remain relevant? Can an irrelevant political party effect morality, if they can’t win elections?
All of these are important questions, and if the Republican party wants to remain competitive in the political sphere, they will need to start addressing them.
So, what do you think? Which way will they shift? Will they run a more conservative candidate, more moderate, or keep beating the horse with an unlikable, politically shaky candidate?