The New GOP

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A fundamental change is gripping the Republican grassroots as they animate the GOP surge to a major victory in the 2010 elections. No longer do evangelical or social issues dominate the Republican ground troops. Now, economic and fiscal issues prevail. The tea party has made the Republican Party safe for libertarians.

There is still a litmus test for admission to the Republican Party. But no longer is it dominated by abortion, guns and gays. Now keeping the economy free of government regulation, reduced taxation and curbs on spending are the chemicals that turn the paper pink.

It is one of the fundamental planks in the tea party platform that the movement does not concern itself with social issues. At the tea parties, evangelical pro-lifers rub shoulders happily with gay libertarians. They are united by their anger at Barack Obama’s economic policies, fear of his deficits and horror at his looming tax increases. Obama’s agenda has effectively removed the blocks that stopped tens of millions of social moderates from joining the GOP.

As a byproduct of this sea change in the Republican Party, GOP grass-roots activists are no longer just concentrated in the South. They are spread all throughout the nation, as prominent in Ohio as in Alabama, in New York as in Georgia, in California as in Nevada.

The tea party’s focus on fiscal and economic issues finds deep resonance among voters of all stripes, united as they are in economic hardship and disappointed as they all are by Obama’s economic program. This antipathy to federal policies is paving the way for vast Republican inroads in normally solid Democratic turf like New York state, Massachusetts, California and Washington state.

Fighting over abortion has become a cottage industry in America. As useful to the left as to the right, both camps have used the issue for 30 years to demand orthodoxy of their constituents and fidelity from their electorates.

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  • Chezwick_Mac

    Morris tends to allow his enthusiasm to often get the better of him. Truth is, the media's hatchet job on the Tea Party has successfully precluded many libertarians from supporting it.

    • Jerry

      Good point, but many other libertarians, including me, are looking at reality this time and see the positive side of the Tea Party. The old media does not have the power it once had. We realize the importance of defeating socialism. Many libertarians know we can debate certain issues after the big battle has been won.

      • Chezwick_Mac

        Nice to read Jerry. The libertarians I KNOW tend to scoff at the Palins, Odonnells and the Tea Party in general as a bunch of right-wing "nut jobs". I do my best to set them straight, but it's an uphill battle.

  • davarino

    Thanks Hussien, you helped save America : ) Finally, someone that would actually demonstrate what the democrat party is all about.

  • Libertymel

    "GOP grass-roots activists" ?

    Nice co-opt but the GOP merely stands in the way of the real grass roots activists. There would be no need for the historic focus on our constitution if the GOP hadn't defected to the left in the first place.

    • Guest

      The GOP has long been a schizoid entity involving grassroots conservatives and fat cat, blue-blood, country club RINO's who walk both side of the political street. The latter are smaller in number but richer and have been the dominant voice in the RNC and party policies. For possibly the first time in GOP history conservatives have taken charge. The result has been effective opposition to the MarxiCrat's and RinoCrat's leftist domination. But will it last beyond Imamobama's reign? We'll see.

  • Downsizegov

    Social conservatives and libertarians are discovering that the wedges between them are not very significant. The biggest would be abortion. However, it is easy to find common ground in abhorring the supreme courts extra legal dictates and leave the issue with the states. Libertarians would be no friend of federal funding for Planned Parenthood either. Gun control never was a wedge issue (get real Dick unless you think a preference for a Mini-14 vs. an Armalite is a wedge). There are the “sin” issues: gambling, porno, liquor licensing, drug use where common ground is that these are not federal issues. The document that bridges these issues is the US Constitution.

    What is most significant about the Obama inspired awakening is passion that he has evoked for the Constitution. This building wave has no end in sight. It is already making congressmen with solid conservative records sound tepid.

    Go to a Tea Party meeting and the grey haired lady sitting next to you has a copy of the US Constitution and a revolver in her purse. This is a great time to be an American.

  • John

    "Go to a Tea Party meeting and the grey haired lady sitting next to you has a copy of the US Constitution and a revolver in her purse. This is a great time to be an American. "

    Absolutely! Thanks for this post.

  • ckrcsmith

    What has awakened the Tea Party is arrogance. The arrogance of those (Democrat AND Republican) who think they rule us, rather than govern us.

    Fire them all.