Republicans will lose in 2016 if they fail to court females, Hispanics and the youth vote. Considering the Democrats have the majority of all three, the GOP should be sweating.
And it’s not getting better for them when it comes to the youth in America, many of whom are being bombarded with rising tuition rates, dead-end minimum wage jobs, and no hopes of finding employment after graduation. The stalwart nature of youth lives can be attributed to Republicans hindering any chance of making college more affordable and raising the minimum wage.
Luckily, another influential youth has had enough of the GOP. Mississippi Federation of College Republicans chair Evan Alvarez has stepped down from his position, and at the same time has decided to join the Democratic Party.
Alvarez released an open letter explaining his decision, attributing it to he growing extremism at the hands of the Tea Party:
I have come to the conclusion that I no longer want to be the leader of the Mississippi Federation of College Republicans. I refuse to simply let people break the rules and think they don’t have to answer for their actions, admit they were wrong, or even apologize. When I ran for Chairman in the spring, I ran to be Chairman of the Mississippi Federation of College REPUBLICANS, not the Mississippi Federation of College “Tea Partiers”. Also, I believe that the Republican Party has allowed these groups of extremist to have too much of a voice and because of that, the platform of the Republican Party has shifted too far to the right in my opinion.
Trends show that Republicans have indeed shifted heavily to the right compared to Democrats moving to the left. Another reason for Alvarez’s departure was the GOP’s increasing hostility to immigrants and refugees, as well as their constant attacks against women, African-Americans and Hispanics:
Secondly, their far right stance on immigration is not only ignorant, but it is cruel. After all our country is a nation of immigrants and should welcome immigrants from every country. My father was an immigrant from Cuba and came to America in 1959 because of the freedom that this nation offers … The Republican Party consistently says they are trying to appeal to minorities, but this will never happen when we allow members of party to say cruel and ignorant things about Women, African Americans, Hispanics, and other minorities in our country.
While many Republicans have seemed to embrace the anti-immigrant, ant-anything that isn’t white male rhetoric, Alvarez has woken up and realized it wasn’t him that left the GOP, it’s the GOP that left him (and the rest of America).
Good for this young man, and we welcome to the Democratic Party with open arms!
Featured image via Daily Kos and Alvarez’s Facebook