Yesterday, on Election Day, I did not cast a single Republican vote. I also did not cast a single vote for a Democrat. In New York State, there are a number of third parties that almost always have the same candidates at the top of the list as the two major parties, except in cases where there is a major disagreement of policy or principle. I voted for Rob Astorino for Governor, and for local candidates on the Conservative line. It was a way of saying explicitly that I favour principles of less government, school choice and fostering traditional families.
Nationally, America had a plebiscite. Through a Republican landslide, Americans expressed fundamental dissatisfaction with open borders, Obamacare,a chief executive who sides with America’s enemies and an ever expansive for a nanny state micromanaging the lives of citizens.
The national Republican leadership left it entirely to local candidates to lead the charge against the Obama administration and its failed policies while they simply functioned as “Brand X” in a 1960’s TV commercial. Many people voted for them simply because they were not Democrats, in a last-ditch effort to save the nation.
Now, our Republican leadership is talking about “working across the aisle” and tinkering with Obamacare rather than abolishing it, as well as walking away from challenges to President Obama’s shredding of the constitution with his sweeping executive orders.
This is not why the Republicans were elected. They were elected to function as a substantial and real alternative to the Democratic Party. If they do not answer the call of voters, the next national election could see a wave of third parties, and voter apathy, sealing the place of the left-wing of the Democratic Party.
American conservatism has a lot of potential among blacks and Hispanics. Support for school choice, concern about crime and dwindling job opportunities, as well as opposition to abortion are ideas that resonate a great deal among minority communities. Helping the working poor, along with high rents are concerns which Republicans could address in new and creative ways.It is time for Republicans to advance a national vision that addresses the concern of all economic classes and that restores the rightful place of the Republican Party as the Party of Abraham Lincoln rather than the unchallenged caricature foisted upon it by the Democrats.
In January, newly elected Republicans will swell the ranks of the Republican Party in both houses of Congress. Traditions in Congress are weighted towards seniority, which works against newly elected representatives who represent a wave of discontent. This is a fundamental flaw in our system of Congressional system. At all times, but especially at this juncture in our history, the expressed will of the people trumps seniority.