While Republicans have tried many times to redefine their party for a 21st century world, they have largely ignored any constructive criticism from Millennials — namely that from the College Republican’s GOP Autopsy.
The autopsy was conducted after the humiliating 2012 Presidential loss for Mitt Romney. The overall attitude of the autopsy was that Republicans need to focus more on their economic policy rather than social policy. They also implored the GOP to start getting the youth involved under their tent. Unfortunately for them, they completely ignored the Autopsy and have continued down the path of closing in their tent.
The Republican Party has created an environment that is suited best for straight, rich, white Christian males. Everybody else to the Republican Party is secondary.
Today, the Republicans have released their “Principals for American Renewal.” It is a series of 11 unoriginal ideas they hope will help them win an election — any election.
Their plan is as follows:
Constitution — Our Constitution should be preserved, valued and honored.
Economy — We need to start growing America’s economy instead of Washington’s economy so that hard-working Americans see better wages and more opportunity.
Budget — We need to pass a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution, make government more efficient, and leave the next generation with opportunity, not debt.
Healthcare — We need to start over with real healthcare reform that puts patients and their doctors in charge, not unelected bureaucrats in Washington.
Veterans — Our veterans have earned our respect and gratitude, and no veteran should have to wait in line for months or years just to see a doctor.
Security — Keeping America safe and strong requires a strong military, growing the economy, energy independence, and secure borders.
Education — Every child should have an equal opportunity to get a great education; no parent should be forced to send their child to a failing school.
Poverty — The best anti-poverty program is a strong family and a good job, so our focus should be on getting people out of poverty by lifting up all people and helping them find work.
Values — Our country should value the traditions of family, life, religious liberty, and hard work.
Energy — We should make America energy independent by encouraging investment in domestic energy, lowering prices, and creating jobs at home.
Immigration — We need an immigration system that secures our borders, upholds the law, and boosts our economy.
The entire list is vague enough to defer any serious criticism, but coded just enough that the crowd this is geared toward will love it.
Jed Lewison of the Daily Kos did a fantastic rundown of what each point really means.
The Republican Party has turned its back on young Republicans and socially moderate Republicans yet again. Instead of welcoming in a new generation of voters, they took a step closer to becoming the John Birch Society — Koch Brothers and all.
In short, the more things change, the more they stay the same. Their latest platform gives Democrats a golden opportunity to appeal to the more moderate voters while painting the Republican Party as the “regressives” they are.
Here is the video of Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus announcing their “Principals for American Renewal.”