BLOGGER'S NOTE: I am not a Republican nor a Democrat. I have voted for candidates in the two major political parties along with the Libertarian Party. The critique is something I have noticed for quite sometime.
The Republican Party has an image problem.
The problem lies in the perception of the Grand Old Party.
Its voting base will be dead in the next five to ten years. The GOP has done an awful job in recruiting new members to their ranks.
The familiar tactic of blaming the Democrats has gone stale. Voter turnout is at an all-time low. The voters are sick of the child-like blame game.
African-Americans, a group whose core values are in line with the GOP believe it or not, Latinos --the fastest growing demographic, women and gay people are looking for a political party to get behind. Those are the groups that the GOP should be courting for their survival. Instead of learning from the beating they took in the last presidential election, they continue to dig themselves further into a hole. Recent comments made via social media about the Coca Cola commercial that ran during the Super Bowl was a microcosm of the missteps of the Republican Party. If someone were to cross-reference the voting habits of the people who openly complained on social media, the finding would not be surprising.
The Democrats, on the other hand, have a good thing going. The have the groups that were mentioned in their back pocket.
The voting block that the Republicans should be worrying about alienating the most is women.
Telling a woman what she can and cannot do with her body is a bad move.
Recently, the Maine Republican Party posted a meme to their Facebook fan page asking why Sandra Fluke couldn’t afford birth control but found the money to run for political office. The comments made to the post were even worst.
Former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee echoed the Maine Republican Party’s sentiments in a speech he gave at the Republican National Committee's winter meeting in Washington. In the speech he used the typical tactic of blaming Democrats.
"If the Democrats want to insult the women of America by making them believe that they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing for them a prescription each month for birth control because they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of the government, then so be it," Huckabee said.
The Republican Party does not realize that women vote and they vote often. Staying out of woman’s private parts can be a good start for the GOP to get back into their good graces. Why would they continue to use this type of propaganda that has produced meager results?
All of the political parties in America should leave be such a polarizing topic such as abortion. History shows that political action in this arena leads to dire consequences. Women will remember how an incumbent voted when reelection comes up.
If Hillary Clinton decides to run for president, she might have an easy road.
Recent comments made about the aforementioned groups by individuals connected with the GOP hurts their cause. The comments may not have been made by the Republican Party but the perception is there. In most cases, that is all that is needed to sway public opinion.
Expect for the Republicans to be kept out of the White House in 2016. If that happens, they have no one to blame but themselves.
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