Before I go on and explain my hypothesis about why the Republican Party is unable to win a presidential election, I’d like to throw out a small disclaimer as I know politics can be a touchy subject for some.
If you think back to our one blog post based on our level of political awareness and knowledge, I was somewhat of a noob, yet an opinionated and slightly informed noob. I also realize that within political races there are many different facets of life that are being addressed such as the economy, international relations, social policies and the medical system to name a few.
That being said, I do have one very strong opinion about why the Republican Party was unable to win this past election and will continue to lose future elections if they do not change something soon.
The Republican Party will not be able to win future elections if they do not change social policies regarding same-sex marriage, abortion and other similar issues.
How does this relate to this weeks blog post? Well, I am answering Question B and I believe things like racism, sexism and many other -isms are still a large part of this society, but not like they used to be. They are a large part of this society in the sense that more people are standing up against them. Yes there is still a huge problem negatively but I believe we are slowly becoming a much more open minded and accepting country. I personally believe that this past election has shown that shift.
Even though President Obama and Governor Romney had very different economic plans, I personally do not believe either of them were going to send our country into complete turmoil. They would both get us to our end goal, one might just be quicker than the other. That being said, I do not think that people in this country were willing to take a step backwards socially anymore. Obama made a lot of great steps with things like same-sex marriage and there was a great possibility of that hard work being taken away if Governor Romney was elected.
I think that if the Republican party wants to be able to win future elections (unless the Democratic candidate really is a nut job and has horrendous views and policy plans) they need to catch up with the modern social times.
The thing for me is that things like race and sexual orientation shouldn’t even be a factor in a presidential debate. By this I mean in simplistic terms, we should just get along and let people do what they want with regards to their own personal lives. These elections should really be focused on things like the economy and the country’s medical system but as of late they can’t be since everyone is so wrapped up in social issues like racism, sexism and same-sex marriage sometimes it can be hard to focus on those things. I think the focus is much more positive now a days with a greater push for same-sex marriage and so on and so forth and hopefully we will get to a point where everyone is ok with policies like these and we can focus on other things like the economy during a recession.
In the famous words of the band War, “why can’t we be friends?”.