by Alice Chao, Staff Writer
In these uncertain and tumultuous times for the Republicans, talk of redefinition of the party platform is rampant. There are vocal advocates for making the party more moderate or liberal, in a bid to appease voters who supported the Democrats in the last election.
To them I ask: how did the Democrats win? NOT by becoming more conservative in the face of Bush 43’s electoral success! So why should we become more liberal in the face of Obama?
As much as I may disagree with their stances, I’ll credit the Democrats with this: they were a good loyal opposition while Bush 43 was President. How can we play that role if we’re trying to conform to Democrat ways? Once we stop standing up for our beliefs, we lose the marketplace of competing ideas that makes for a working democracy, and America effectively becomes a one party country. We should all know how dangerous that is.
And it’s not like principle is electoral suicide. For instance, a news story from cnn.com pointed out that though the white face of the Republican Party turns many minority voters off, its defense of social conservatism creates quite a few one-issue Republican voters among them.
Our future lies with providing a sane alternative to the excesses of full Democrat control of government. With providing a voice for the tens of millions of Republican voters who still hold socially conservative views on marriage, creationism, and religion. Not with abandoning representative democracy and free thought for oligarchy.