Does the Republican Party Need to Change?

Republican party, politics

Little has changed since a plan was announced a year ago for change in the Republican party. True, the party has made some efforts in reaching out to racial minorities and to gay and women voters, all of which backed the Democratic party nationwide in 2012.  But as a whole, according to a recent poll, 32 percent of those surveyed look favorably upon the Republicans compared to a 43 percent favorable rating immediately after the re-election of President Obama.  In the same poll, Democrats have a favorable rating of 42 percent , also a lower percentage than a year ago.

In the last year, Republican party heads have set out with new efforts to win over racial and ethnic minorities, hired close to 170 staff on the state level (with more planned hires in the future) and made investments in technology that will better track possible voters The technological efforts stem from a idea that was pioneered by the Republican party and perfected in the last eight years by the Democratic party.  New efforts have also been made to reach the Hispanic population on a national level.

However, experts say these changes in structure can only get the Republican party back in the Oval Office if they reach the larger goal of the report: modernize the party, change the course and re-learn the art of appealing to a wider spectrum of people.  So far, experts say that goal has not been effectively reached.

The question that the party must really ask themselves right now is this: “Is that a worthwhile goal? Does changing our course really need to be our focus?”

The Republican party is not completely made up of Christians. This much is true.  However, one easily argue that the party more closely represents beliefs based on scripture then the principles advocated by the Democrats.

Scripture speaks out against abortion. The Republican party platform is pro-life. Scripture speaks out against the lifestyle of homosexuality. Republicans oppose gay marriage. Scripture tells us that if one does not work, then one does not eat. Republicans advocate the same principle in their cries for welfare reform.

There is nothing wrong with any of those principles.  These ideas are not only grounded in the Christian faith (which by the way is the same faith on which our country was founded), they make sense.

Yes, it is true that many who run under the Republican party banner do not live out these principles in their lifestyle. Some have been caught in homosexual encounters. Some have paid for abortions . Many have been involved in extra-marital affairs.

This article is not about the individuals but the party as a whole. Many in the Republican party may need to change but that does not mean the party needs to restructure. Does the party need more minority voters, more women voters? Certainly. Should these voters be gained as the result of a compromise in principles? Certainly not.

Consequences from a society that becomes increasingly permissive can be quite severe. Eventually, the United States of American will have to follow the biblical example of the Children of Israel. When consequences for disobedience became harsh, biblical Israel repented, turned their face back to God and pledged obedience to his principles. This happened more than once.

It is time for it to happen again in America. Hopefully, that time is soon. When it comes, then hopefully there is still a party in place clinging to biblical principles.  A party that voters will return to by the droves. The Republican party does not really need to change. Change will find it.

By Rick Hope
Opinion

Source:
Salon

 

 

5 Responses to Does the Republican Party Need to Change?

  1. Al Fisher January 26, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    Here the whole new testament is more about loving your fellow man and aiding the poor and helpless and the wealthy being denied entrance to heaven, but the three things you cite as Christian – anti homosexuality, anti abortion and anti gay marriage – are all anti caring. And if there is one thing the Republican party would need to do to become viable again would be to show it cared, in a Christian way if you will (I left the church at 16, am a confirmed atheist, and a better Christian than most of the politicians claiming to be so) about ordinary people. But the fact is, most Republicans don’t give a s*it about ordinary people and their policies reflect that. Stay the way you are, then we can have more Democrats elected every year.

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  2. Wi Az January 22, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    They need to get rid of their image of old warmongering men that are narrow, and close minded, outdated, and out of touch. John McCain running around the world trying to insight numerous wars and invasions certainly does not help the GOP.

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  3. Jeremy January 22, 2014 at 8:50 am

    While I detest pretty much any attempt to bring religion into politics, it especially bothers me when people insist that this country was “founded on the Christian faith,” particularly because it’s such a popular thing to say, but is, in fact, completely incorrect.

    This is a direct quote from the treaty with the Pasha of Tripoli, written and signed by President and founding father John Adams on June 7, 1797 – pay very close attention to the first sentence: “As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion — as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquility, of Mussulmen [Muslims] — and as the said States never entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mahometan [Mohammedan] nation, it is declared by the parties that no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries.”

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  4. MichiganDawg January 22, 2014 at 8:27 am

    all sides need to change. Somehow we are confusing Moral principles with government responsibility. I for one totally support what republican stand for, but for example of the flaw…how can people work when there is no jobs. Papers in this area have 1-20 jobs in them for 1,000’s of people.By the people, for the people.

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  5. Lori January 22, 2014 at 8:25 am

    I believe this post, your party and your denomination represent an absence of God’s grace. Although I find your comments misleading and disturbing, you and your party’s willingness to share these ideas is what has lead to growth in the Democratic party.

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