Whether Democrat or Republican, perhaps as you remember from your High School Civics teacher , always good to know the other side’s argument as part of the rights of citizenship and the vote. Perhaps a critical question to ask now after the recent national Presidential election is; what’s the state of the losing party?
Since the defeat of the Republican Party in 2012, the party leaders and wise-heads are searching for a new look– a new formula for attracting their voter base. Arguably, like no other time in recent history, the party is facing an excruciating up hill battle for The White House in 2016.
Why? According to the Pew Research Center’s Fact Tank, “the Republican’s Party’s image is at a historic low; 62% of the public says the GOP is out touch with the American people.” Although opinions about the Democrats are mixed, Americans believe (56%) that Republicans is “not open to change and 52% say the party is too extreme.”
The party has attempted to get more potential members interested through less traditional media; Facebook and Twitter. In 2008 and 2012, young voters turned out at the voting polls for Democrats in record numbers. Both of the elections showed social media to be a critical tool for winning The White House.
Is conservatism dead in America? Well, traditional conservatism and the Republican party is not synonymous. For Tea Party member Michael Johns, former White House Speech Writer, business executive and Tea Party strategist, the tea party brand as the far right of the Republican party, “is proving the most intriguing political force in the nation.” Johns began his career as a Lyndon Baines Johnson fellow and a became an editor for the Heritage Foundation.
Johns also represents the politically seasoned membership of the Tea Party that like the Republican party, faces an uphill battle for getting a Presidential candidate that can live in The White House 2016.
What does Johns and his party want? They have consistently (yet not always clearly) argued for:
• Limited constitutional powers
• Free Markets
• Reduced government spending.
So how does the party differ from its father organization, the Republican Party? Not sure. In many ways the party has yet to clarify itself from that of the traditional Republican Party. Does the party have a visible symbol; an elephant or donkey that has become associated with their politics? No, but perhaps it’s in the name of the party itself. The name draws from the famous “1773 tax rebellion against the American colonists against the British colonial government”.
But is it enough to keep the group’s ideas alive in this unprecedented changing political climate and what will soon be the middle of the decade, the post-Obama era? Earlier this year the Rasmussen Poll showed” surveying 1000 likely voters on whether or not they are members of the tea party, just 8% of Americans polled identified as being a part of the party, down from 24% in 2010.”
Because of the know-how, political experience and staying power, perhaps those in the party like Michael Johns will prevail and help those within the Republican party and others who are radically conservative and politically restless, re-invent what the Tea-party means and why it’s important to the future of America. Why?