Paul Tells Young People GOP Needs Their Reform
March 14, 2013 by Ben Bullard
Rand Paul said what many young fiscal conservatives have been thinking for a long, long time in a Wednesday post at Policymic.
In it, Paul asserted the GOP must get its hands out of the social legislation game and get back to its conservative roots on fiscal policy. It must end entitlements and unencumber Federal obligations — and the required taxation — to fund them. It must demarcate a clear line between a military State and a police State, and it must sensibly defend American interests against outside threat without continuing to commit American resources to interventionist foreign policies.
In a nutshell, he said, tomorrow’s GOP must field new candidates who aren’t interested in legislating morality and who instead focus on transferring back to States many of the powers the Federal government has stolen. As for the Feds? Do the job the Founders gave you and then back off.
That’s a direct path to many literate young Americans’ political hearts.
“[W]e do need a Republican Party that addresses the concerns of young people. We need a different kind of GOP, a party that speaks to the rising generation, who may have unique interests and concerns,” Paul wrote.
By implication, Paul argued that young conservatives — even young Republicans who may themselves hold conservative moral beliefs — are tired of Republican busybodies concerned with making laws that affect the Constitutionally protected powers of individuals to make those same decisions on their own:
I believe a Republican Party that is more tolerant and dedicated to keeping the government out of people’s lives as much as possible would be more appealing to the rising generation. We have a nation of 300 million people who all harbor very different opinions on various policies. We have a Constitution that allows, even requires, many of these decisions to be made at the state and local level, which could accommodate the diversity of opinion in this country. Most young people I encounter simply have no desire to tell other people what to do or how to live.
The posting, titled “I Filibustered To Defend The Millennials,” wasn’t addressed directly only to young people. Speaking of young voters in the third person, Paul instead managed to send them — and old-guard Congressional RINOs — the message that America’s political demographics aren’t being served by the leadership offered at the top of the existing two-party system. He argued that the mood of young Americans now represents, perhaps, the most important indicator of how his party will earn its future success:
There are blue parts of the country where Republicans haven’t fared well, and yes, a more libertarian-Republican might be able to start winning in those areas. The youth vote could play an integral part in this.
Young Americans — conservative, libertarian, independent — are as fed up with big government as their parents and grandparents. A Republican Party willing to address their unique concerns could build a new majority that might finally turn this country around.