Ever since the Obama reelection landslide last November, the Republican party has been trying to establish a cohesive creed. What should a Republican look like now? Is it time to abandon the way the party’s always done things?
The country I know and love was founded on several immutable truths stemming from the reality of a Creator who governs the affairs of men. There are natural laws that the government must respect for a republic such as ours to be successful, such as the right to life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness, private property, etc. As of late, however, our country is increasingly taking on the appearance of a democracy. Not so much in the apparatus of government, but in that popularity of an idea trumps the moral value of that idea. Polls dominate the punditry. Majority opinion is the stuff of talking points. Sweeping election victories are seen as mandates. Principles are now, in many cases, subject to whims of increasingly degenerate constituencies.
And so it came to be that the names of the two American parties are now at war for the heart of the nation: Should our government be a democracy or a republic?
The GOP is filled with the vestiges of tradition and, in some cases, virtues of an era gone by. Some of those traditions and virtues are as old as our founding documents, such as defense of the right to life. Some came about later, such as championing civil rights in the 1960s. But the Republican platform has remained more or less steady in its virtue by focusing not on people, but principles. That is a strength that cannot be overstated.
The Democrats, on the other hand, shape-shift in order to mirror the shifting tide of morality in 21st-century America. True to their name, if a sea change occurs in the citizenry, the Democrats will have charted it and adjusted their target voter demographics accordingly. In stark contrast, the Republican party has sat like an old boulder on the shore. It has held firm on many of social issues now considered jurassic by the far left, and at the very least, fatally outdated by a strong majority that includes the moderates. It appears that sacrificing the principles of the republic in favor of receiving votes of a democratically minded majority might be the only move left.
Amnesty for undocumented immigrants, legalizing gay marriage, and “reproductive rights” (code for unlimited abortion) comprise the vanguard of the war the cultural movers and shakers are waging to try to relegate the GOP to the history books. It’s becoming clear that the only way to retain any sort of political clout in the future is for the party to embrace the “clear wisdom” of these issues and adopt them into the party platform.
Doing so will officially mark the end of our republic as we know it. Our republic was not built upon majority opinions (the very definition of a democracy), but upon the truth of the Bible and the rights that naturally follow from accepting its truth. That is a fact, not an opinion. What does the GOP have if not truth? Will it stand up to the great danger of our lifetimes, moral relativism, or bow down to it? Pay close attention to upcoming elections. The campaign lines you will hear from Republican candidates will indicate which choice they have made.