Republican Party candidates have a golden opportunity to take full control of Congress in the 2014 midterms, making them victorious over the Democrats who have suffered a massive drop in approval ratings over the last few months. If conservatives employ sound strategies aimed at connecting with young people and minority voters, and change their platform slightly on social issues, the Democratic Party will not stand a chance in November. This is evident by a number of factors, such as the impressive support Sen. Rand Paul, R-KY, received while speaking at Berkeley University, a liberal hotspot, and the shifting of seniors from voting Democratic to Republican.
One of the primary reasons that the Republican Party looks set to mop the floor with Democratic candidates this year is the mess that is Obamacare. Obamacare has been plagued with issues ever since it was jammed through Congress in 2010, but in recent months, since its official rollout, the results have been less than stellar. Millions of people have lost their plan, some have lost their job, while others have experienced hikes in premium or loss of benefits. There is also the massive taxes that come with Obamacare that end up punishing small business owners, which leads to a reduction in staff or a cut in hours for employees. The cherry on top is the constant errors, bugs, and issues experienced by anyone who has attempted to sign up for health insurance through the online website. Many news outlets have published stories from individuals who have had negative experiences with Obamacare, and it is not hard to see why the public is shifting away from Democratic ideology. If they cannot handle putting together a website, how can they be trusted to handle more complex problems?
Contrary to what Progressive Democrats think, the majority of Americans in the country are big fans of privacy. One of the biggest issues that is assisting the Republican Party in gaining favor with the public is the NSA spying scandal. If the Republican Party is to be victorious in the 2014 midterms, this must be one of the primary issues of the platform, as it has proven to win over voters who do not typically vote for conservative candidates. This was the issue that won over a crowd of liberal students at Berkeley, as Rand Paul stated that the government has no right being in your personal business. This is a message that resonates with young and old, as everyone desires to keep emails, phone calls, and other pieces of information private, away from the eyes of strangers. The constant passing of the buck, combined with the inaction taken by the president and his administration to put an end to the program have been a major hit to his popularity.
Despite what may be read in print, the economy is still in fairly horrible shape. The unemployment rate for March is said to be 6.6 percent, which is better than it has been, but nowhere near where it should be. Things have not really improved all that much, and a lot of the promises made by President Obama to fix things have not materialized. The negative impact that the health insurance tax from Obamacare is going to have on the economy will stifle job growth, which causes a ripple effect across every facet of the nation’s economic structure. The public have had enough of the Democratic solutions to these issues, so perhaps, once again, it is time for change.
Young people, one of the most coveted and important demographics in the country, are concerned about both student and national debt, which has hit astronomical heights under the leadership of the Democratic Party, and it does not seem that much is being done to assuage those fears. If things continue on their current path, it will not be long before the education bubble will burst, and the economy will be back where it was in 2008. People are ready for a different approach.
The overall approval ratings for Obama and the Democratic Party are at their lowest since the president took office. Subtle clues are beginning to emerge, pointing to a national shift in ideology. While the entire conservative platform might not be embraced by the masses, bits and pieces of it are beginning to resonate with individuals across the nation. This is what will end up giving the Republican Party the edge they need to be victorious over Democrats in the 2014 midterm elections.
Opinion by Michael Cantrell