My Plan To Destroy The GOP

My Plan To Destroy The GOP

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It is no secret that the past decade or so in the political arena has been full of surprises, both fortunate and otherwise, depending on where you stand. 2016 was a year full of political upsets, ultimately ending with the finale that was Donald Trump’s victory and subsequent inauguration as the 45th President of the United States of America. This election was unlike anything we as a nation has ever seen, from the candidates to the campaigns to the scandals to the media and beyond. The Republican party conquered the United States at almost every level of leadership. Here we are now, almost two months into this red majority and still going strong.

I have a plan. Understand, it will actually be quite easy to implement as it is inadvertently underway already throughout the Grand Ol’ Party.

First of all, the smugness and arrogance of those involved in the Republican party has become manifest. I have seen this especially on college campuses and from young republican organizations and individuals. Politics have shifted from the concept of a conversation with a power-backed end goal to a power-driven conversation that consists of intersecting monologues that serves no other purpose than to draw attention, fame, and self-glorification. When an individual, community, or political party is unwilling to perform serious self-evaluations, there stands no room for ultimate success or forward movement as a nation. If the GOP chooses to see politics with the mindset being that those who are opposed to them must surely have a desire and motive rooted in ill-will and evil, there will be no possibility of discourse. In order to subdue the GOP, I would make a concerted effort to celebrate the victory of the Republican party and dispel any doubts about the pure validity or direction of values, legislation, or execution. Additionally, I would encourage that every Republican consciously claim the moral high ground in every subject area. Because the stereotype of the GOP tends to be the pro-life, Bible carrying, path of righteousness walking, freedom chasing, hard working men and women, you don’t have to work very hard to convince yourself that you are surely the better person.

The second step in my plan to obliterate the future of the GOP would be to ensure that the party had no future. The 2016 Clinton presidential campaign lost in part to the fact that you simply cannot recruit support by insulting your audience. Countless individuals who were on the fence when it came to candidates - and even some voters who were in support of Hillary - ended up in opposition to the Clinton machine because they were tired of being called racist, homophobic, islamophobic, etc. every step of the campaign. There is no possible to recruit support when the audience that is vital to a movement is shoved away repeatedly by insults. Interestingly enough, Republicans are doing the exact same thing right now. The future of the Republican party will be carried on the shoulders of the youth. With the increase of young conservatives has also come the rise of young, famous conservative and libertarian personalities. What’s remarkable about these personalities is their impressive ability to channel passion, frustration, and determination to a very specific audience and cultivate an incredibly enthusiastic, wild, and occasionally rowdy reaction. Words and phrases such as “snowflake” and “stupid millennials” are hurled at the left in what appears to be an attempt to break down arguments, convictions, and training. Whether or not these may be true in a particular instance, the chances that either a clueless, educated, on the fence, determined, or politically unsure young adult is going to respond positively to being called an “indoctrinated, privileged, idiotic, uneducated millennial” are very unlikely. My plan to destroy the GOP would involve encouraging those on the Right who are outspoken and have a widespread platform to continue to preach to the choir, making the crowd go wild. If we are able to avoid engaging in intellectual and culturally relevant marketing and conversational techniques to recruit more young adults and students to the side of the Republicans using facts and understanding discourse, there will be no future for the Republican party simply because there will be no one to pursue the party that shut out those who didn’t agree, didn’t understand, or simply didn’t know.

Finally, my plan to destroy the Republican Party would lie in the pursuit of persecuting those with ideas that differ. This was shown especially in the elections this year, where all but war broke out within the republican party between Never Trumpers and Trumpkins. Both claimed a moral high ground. Both held disdain for the other. Both declared that those who were not on “their side” must surely despise their nation and were clearly compromising their values by not voting or voting for Trump. The national party isn’t the only community that saw this division, however. State, local, and college Republican parties and clubs saw this as well, and one could argue that these smaller-scale disputes were significantly more impactful than those on the national party level. The laws of the world, individual communities, religions, and the United States are all interpreted differently based on an individual’s background, beliefs, and worldview, making it nearly impossible to expect all individuals with similar persuasions to fall into a pattern of exact values. Nevertheless, in order to destroy the future success and growth of a political party, it would be crucial to select and make exclusive a specific set of values and ostracize all others who chose to not align. While no perfect order may be created, the simple illegitimating of all other opinions within the party would eventually smother the potential of the party.

Destroying the credibility, legitimacy, and potential future of a political party is not an easy task. However, when those in the party itself are slowly pulling the trigger on themselves, the job of destroying said party is made significantly simplier. Through encouraging the arrogance and moral high ground of the Republican party, stereotyping and attacking the youth in the United States, and ostracizing those who hold different values or worldviews and then turning a political party into an exclusive club with an expectation for behavior and belief, I will devastate the potential of the GOP.

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1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


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Why has the art of civilized debate and conversation become unheard of in daily life? Why is it considered impolite to talk politics with coworkers and friends? Expressing ideas and discussing different opinions should not be looked down upon.

I have a few ideas as to why this is our current societal norm.

1. Politics is personal.

Your politics can reveal a lot about who you are. Expressing these (sometimes controversial) opinions may put you in a vulnerable position. It is possible for people to draw unfair conclusions from one viewpoint you hold. This fosters a fear of judgment when it comes to our political beliefs.

Regardless of where you lie on the spectrum of political belief, there is a world of assumption that goes along with any opinion. People have a growing concern that others won't hear them out based on one belief.

As if a single opinion could tell you all that you should know about someone. Do your political opinions reflect who you are as a person? Does it reflect your hobbies? Your past?

The question becomes "are your politics indicative enough of who you are as a person to warrant a complete judgment?"

Personally, I do not think you would even scratch the surface of who I am just from knowing my political identification.

2. People are impolite.

The politics themselves are not impolite. But many people who wield passionate, political opinion act impolite and rude when it comes to those who disagree.

The avoidance of this topic among friends, family, acquaintances and just in general, is out of a desire to 'keep the peace'. Many people have friends who disagree with them and even family who disagree with them. We justify our silence out of a desire to avoid unpleasant situations.

I will offer this: It might even be better to argue with the ones you love and care about, because they already know who you are aside from your politics, and they love you unconditionally (or at least I would hope).

We should be having these unpleasant conversations. And you know what? They don't even need to be unpleasant! Shouldn't we be capable of debating in a civilized manner? Can't we find common ground?

I attribute the loss of political conversation in daily life to these factors. 'Keeping the peace' isn't an excuse. We should be discussing our opinions constantly and we should be discussing them with those who think differently.

Instead of discouraging political conversation, we should be encouraging kindness and understanding. That's how we will avoid the unpleasantness that these conversations sometimes bring.

By avoiding them altogether, we are doing our youth a disservice because they are not being exposed to government, law, and politics, and they are not learning to deal with people and ideas that they don't agree with.

Next Thanksgiving, talk politics at the table.

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