Final thoughts: Republicans winning
To my fellow Republicans on campus and to my fellow Republicans everywhere:
We must be bold and daring, unafraid of tethers that may hold us back. For us to be a successful governing party again, we must raise a banner that is clear and in contrast to the Democrats. The goal for the party is to not be Republicans in Democrat's clothing, contorting into the proverbial pretzel. Instead, to be a party that is understood and mainstream. Simply put, we must be the party of freedom.
Any good brand needs adapting and modification, but it does not mean it needs a new product. We must be better communicators who present a clear and unified message, not a muddled, mixed message. Throughout history there are distinct points where it was unquestioned where Republican Party stood and it was unanimous.
- The Era of Lincoln: Ending slavery.
- The Era of Theodore Roosevelt: Looking out for the little guy.
- The Era of Coolidge: Limited Government.
- The Era of Eisenhower: Peace and Prosperity.
- The Era of Reagan: Government is not the solution ... hard-line against communism.
- The Era of Bush: Compassionate conservatism and war on terror.
- The Republican Party of Today: The Party of No.
The Republican Party has been leaders throughout out history and it was always easy to know where the Republican Party stood, and throughout each of those eras it has always been under the umbrella of a limited government and maximizing freedom. There is no foreign or extreme about these principles. There are uniquely American, for they are the very basis for the country's existence.
Today Republicans are regarded as obstructionist and Neanderthal. Both are untrue, but as a party we've become timid. Afraid to standup and embrace and fight for what is really important. In essence, we've forgotten who we are as Republicans.
This is the party, which ended slavery. The party which gave women the right to vote. A party dedicated to the idea that maximizing freedom for all Americans is a good thing. Today, as a party it is not about being moderate conservative or establishment or Tea Party, libertarian or conservative - but simply being Republicans.
Republicans have always stood as the guardians of the people's freedom, protectors of liberty against an ever-expanding government and as deliverers of more freedom. We must be more than stewards; we must be champions. Champions of freedom not stewards of the status quo.
A rebranded party waves a bright banner that is seen by all and welcoming to all will be embraced by all.
I'm very optimistic about the Republican Party and its future, and not just because I am one or because I'm merely putting words down in this farewell column. I'm optimistic because this party is it. We are the barrier between a big government that encroaches in every aspect of our lives or a government that lets us live our lives. We are the party to stand up for freedom. We are the party to say no to big government and yes to freedom.
So say yes. Say yes to being the Republican Party we've always been, but for a new time and a new era. Today, we find ourselves mired in a quagmire, but tomorrow we can be leaders once again.
We can be leaders communicating a platform that is predicated on freedom. A government big enough to give you every wish and demand is a government big enough to take away every hope and dream. We reject this view and instead stand up for limited government which-at the very heart and soul of it-is freedom.
Let us as a party agree to disagree on certain issues, but be united on the issues that matter, on issues important to all Americans and affecting all Americans. Let us start yelling at each other and start talking to America. We must reach out in ways we haven't in the past. We must be ready to tackle the challenges of a new generation, but realizing that our platform is still strong, still resolute and still the best hope for this country.
An unstable party, which waffles, instead of leads will lose. For a while we've stood on rocky ground and the Democrats win by the default, by merely being an alternative to nothing. Let us no longer be the party of nothing. Let us reassert ourselves with what we stand for and who we and then we'll be winning again-because we'll be a true alternative and not one by default.
The task of reshaping the party lies not in Washington or in the halls of the Republican National Committee, but from us, we the people. A groundswell of support, from sea to shining sea will make the Republican Party what it once was and what it can be again: The Party that will always preserve and maximize freedom for the United States of America.
With that I say thank you and let's get to work.
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