What Brought The GOP Back?

Kevin Cecchine 7/10/2017


One could argue that the United States has always been an extremely divided place since its conception, beginning with the tension between Jefferson and Hamilton on the larger role of government. Hamilton was much more keen on the federal government being extremely powerful as it is today. Going further through the nation’s history these two diametrically opposed worldviews became increasingly more complex, yet derived from a basic fundamental difference. An extremely small percent of the population are truly ideologically rooted in their viewpoints as a result of extensive research and ponderance. The rest of the population that loosely aligns themselves with one ideology or another, is not truly seeking objective truth through abstract ideas. The vast majority makes these alignments due to cultural influences and the emotional gratification that comes along with “picking a side”. Without a true grounding in an ideology, one is left extremely susceptible to deception even from corruptions within their respective side. Independent voters have often played the critical role in elections due to their ability to constantly change teams. An independent voter may want to either change between one of the two major parties, join a third party, write someone in, or not voter at all. All of these choices within a very small percent of the overall population are paramount to the outcome of an election. Many are confused at the extreme shift that took place between the election of Barack Obama in 2008, and the election of Donald Trump in 2016. With Republicans ending up taking more control every midterm and general election in between the two major elections. The question is begged as to why the American people are so shifty, and the answer is complex.

         One contributing factor was that there was a very poor choice on the Republican side for true conservatives in both 2008 and 2012, because of the extremely moderate sentiment coming from both of them. Therefore the enthusiasm gap was enormous between Obama and the two Republican challengers during his term. That coincided with the fact that conservative Republicans were extremely disappointed with the Bush administration, which also drove enthusiasm way down. The Republican party almost seemed as though it was purely controlled opposition in the face of the far left of the Democratic party. There was also a segment of the population that were moderates willing to give Barack Obama a chance over more of the same from Republicans. After the Republican victory in the midterms that took back the house, there was more of an excitement brewing in the hearts of those on the right. During the 2012 election, that excitement grew but also began to stagnate due to an unworthy Republican nominee in the eyes of many conservatives. After the 2014 midterms, the base of the Republican party was not only extremely enthused but also was happy to have the possibility of a clean slate after what they saw as Obama’s failure. In order for Donald Trump to be elected President, it took the moderates from Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania to turn Republican due to their feelings of abandonment from the Democratic party. Possibly because the Democrats viewed them as a less useful Demographic. Much of the Democratic party's mistakes in the 2016 election came from a miscalculation in the importance of the white working class vote to the Democratic party. A former voting block of the Democratic party felt not only abandoned but also demonized as “racists” and “bigots”. This conflicted with their cultural connections to American traditionalism.

         Many saw the election in 2016 as a peaceful revolution against a system gone wrong, and Donald Trump was merely the vessel in which the revolution was mobilized through. This truly came down to those moderates who originally voted for Obama in the hopes of substantial change. Those moderates were turned off by the corporatist image of Mitt Romney in the 2012 election. However, Donald Trump was both anti-cultural Marxism, and anti-republican establishment. The reason the rust belt moderates voted for Obama was that they did not understand how far left the Obama administration was truly going to be, or what the implications of the policies would be. That is why at least from the perspective of the rust belt, 2016 was a repudiation of far left progressive culture. For the conservative base, this repudiation had more to do with economics. In essence, the majority of the reason the Democratic party lost so much control over the past 8 years was largely due to progressive culture. Partisanship is not necessarily the problem, but rather federal control and a lack of ideological grounding. Ideology is the only true path to the solutions to the world's problems because bipartisanship so often brings the worst of both parties into effect. Gridlock is the natural consequence to a country diametrically opposed in ideology, and the only solution is either localization or supremacy. Either one ideology will win the hearts of the vast majority, or there must be change put into effect that splits the country up and allows for political migration and experimentation. Multiculturalism can not exist within a unified nation, it can only peacefully exist with the use of borders. Two cultures that are mutually exclusive to one another are best left in different geographical locations, anything other that this is a recipe for disaster. In order for unification to work, there must be a dominant culture appropriate for assimilation.

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