Picking Up the Pieces

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Source:   —  April 22, 2016, at 2:24 AM

In my latest post, I issued an invitation to college students (who according to a recent poll, prefer to be referred to as Youthful Americans, rather than Millennials) to speak up about the current state of politics.

If necessity is the mother of invention, when it comes to national politics, youthful people will necessity to be Patriarchs and Matriarchs 2.0.

In my latest post, I issued an invitation to college students (who according to a recent poll, prefer to be referred to as Youthful Americans, rather than Millennials) to speak up about the current state of politics. During one of the most divisive and indecisive periods in our country'south history, it'll be partly up to them to assistance sort through the fragments of a fractured Republican Party and heal the split in the Democratic Party between middle and left, in order to obtain our government working again.

The status quo in national politics is on its latest legs and while it may hang around for this one latest election cycle, things cannot continue as before in a gridlocked system where standoffs and shutdowns are the modus operandi. With an electorate this alienated and mad at Washington'south continued dysfunction, the message that'll linger long after Nov is that we necessity serious bipartisan dialogue about the issues and negotiations that'll lead to compromises and solutions. Business-as-usual is politically bankrupt.

We keep up a link on our Practically Republican website, Connect the Conversation, inviting Youthful Americans to send in their thoughts, comments and ideas about where the nation is right presently and where we necessity to go. I wish to share some of their responses as they speak to the heart of the crisis/opportunity we're currently facing. (Note: the quotes have been edited for brevity).

Luke Phillips, a learner at USC, is a GOP supporter and he talked about what he sees as his space in the national conversation.

"I wish to DO stuff, not just grumble or pontificate. And that means being involved in the circles where the power is. I just wish to serve my country as an outstanding intellectual, politico, and public servant who's his hands in various cookie jars, and puts his soul in without selling it. But I necessity to have access to circles of influence in order to do this and that means being involved in one of the major parties, rather than just joining online discussion groups."

Adam Richardson attends Park Univ and is looking at the employment landscape facing him after graduation. He points to education reform as one of the key issues that's so many youthful people flocking to Bernie Sanders and if the GOP wants to position itself as a job-creating party, it should address the prohibitive costs of a college education.

"Our economy is shifting far from the traditional employer/employee relationship. 'Jobs' presently necessity to be careers and the only way a career can happen is with education.
We necessity new professionals to innovate this new economy. The only way we can do this is if we dramatically lower or free up the cost of a four-year education."

The response that moved me the most was from a twenty-five year-old youthful man named John, who preferred to stay anonymous. John addressed how out of touch the GOP is with him and his peers on policies such as climate modify and immigration, as well as on social issues. His decision to select anonymity speaks directly to the latter.

"I've found it very difficult maintain the Republican Party, with the appealing free market ideals clouded in divisive rhetoric and obstructionist tactics. As a homosexual person, I've also been repelled by the Party'south socially conservative agenda. If the Republican Party wants to survive and gain the support of my generation, it needs to become the party of Reason. My generation is largely nonreligious, supportive of our diverse citizens (including race, sexual orientation etc.) and solution focused. I hope that Republican leaders will consider this going forward. Presently is the perfect time to reinvent the Party."

John'south final statement defines the greatest challenge facing the GOP. Polls indicate a ninety percent disapproval rate by the base of a seemingly clueless establishment and the donor class has been largely reduced to plutocrats and corporations. Yet even with these seismic faults, the bottom line for every politician is to obtain elected or re-elected. That means our votes are still the ultimate arbiter and reclaiming and renewing the party starts at the ballot box. And while this presidential campaign has left many Republicans feeling disheartened, disillusioned or even disgusted, there are races for Governors, Senators, Congressmen and state and local officials, that call for practical, commonsense leadership.

Speaking directly to Youthful Americans, you mustn't only get portion in the electoral process, but also choose and support the following generation of politicians, who'll better reflect the nation'south shifting ideologies and changing demographics. If we don't capitalize on your civic engagement, we may lose those of you who were primed for public service -- and JFK'south clarion call in one thousand nine hundred sixty-first to "ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country" will become a quaint memory in a history textbook.

So please Connect the Conversation. Ultimately, you've the greatest stake in our country'south future. There'south still time to grow into the role, but you'll necessity to become the parents of reinvention.

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