The media has declared conservatism in America dead. I believe that they are wrong. We are the vast majority of Americans, and we’re here to stay. Unfortunately, there is no unifying voice for the republican party. Now I’m all for primaries and challenges, in fact I campaigned for Lindsey Graham challenger Det Bowers, but after the primary is over, we must unite behind our nominee. What Chris McDaniel is doing in Missouri is abject idiocy. In fact, this is a large part of what turned me off of from the Libertarian movement. I couldn’t stand that Ron Paul didn’t end up supporting Mitt Romney made me very mad. You should not campaign for the Republican nomination and then not support the republican nominee. But all of this is beside the point. Here is what must be done to rebuild the republican party and rebuild the conservative movement.
- Present a unified front. The election coming up in 2016 is shaping up to be a tight and almost vicious primary. Candidates from Chris Christie to Jeb Bush to Marco Rubio to Rand Paul and Rick Santorum. It’s going to be a nail biting race to the finish, but it is imperative that we present a unified front when it’s all said and done. Why are the democrats winning? Because they present a unified front. They are not: Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren, Martin O’Malley all represent very different wings of the party, but they come across as a united front.
- Start at a local level. All politics are local. We need to win and organize at a local level. While I live in a very red state, I live in a solidly blue county. If we started electing republicans to the Blythewood town council, the people of Richland County’s 2nd council district will become more comfortable electing republicans, then perhaps Richland county will become more comfortable electing republicans at a congressional, senatorial, or gubernatorial, perhaps even presidential level. However, to elect that republican to the Blythewood Council, we need to have local republicans involved and actively campaigning. Right now, I’m working on starting a Teenage Republicans club at my high school. But that’s just a start, we need more people involved in campaigns and the conservative cause.