To all Republicans who are realistic enough to know they need to change tactics if they ever wish to occupy the White House again, here are some suggestions.
1. Stop the futile attacks on President Obama’s legitimacy. He was elected – twice. He released his birth certificate. For any of you delusional enough to think it was a hoax, be aware that his mother was a United States citizen, and even if he were born in Kenya, he would have been a United States citizen at birth. John McCain was born in Panama and Ted Cruz was born in Canada, and no one questions their citizenship.
2. Instead of deliberately blocking every piece of legislation, support the changes that most Americans want. After all, the government is supposed to represent the will of the majority of the people, not just the loudest people.
3. Support the interests of the middle class. Instead of depressing wages so corporate profits sky rocket, find a way to protect the workers who make this country strong.
4. Understand the concept of separation of church and state. Historically, whenever religion and government co-mingle, it does not sanctify government, it corrupts religion. Remember the Crusades, the Inquisition, the Holocaust, etc.
5. Recognize that both left wing and right wing talk-show hosts are entertainers. These people need to keep stirring up controversy to inflate their ratings. Most of what they rant on and on about is not based entirely on fact, just opinion.
6. Realize that compromise is a good thing. At some point, usually before the age of three, most people know they cannot always have everything they want. In order to function in society there must be some concessions.
Of course I am aware that these tips will be unpopular with the base, but I believe a two-party system is good for our country.
At the present rate, the Republicans are losing the majority in the center, and there are not enough people on the fringe to win a national election. Think about it.
We have never been, nor should we be, a nation whose motto is “You are on your own.” Instead it is in the best interest of our country to strengthen all the people.
I am a Democrat. I always will be, but I am starting to feel a little sorry for Republicans, and hope they will let their representatives know that the current state of affairs is unacceptable.