Rand Paul and the future of the GOP: For those who haven’t heard

Recently at CPAC, Rand Paul criticized the modern Republican Party and then said that, “the new GOP will need to embrace liberty in both the economic and the personal sphere. if we’re going to have a Republican Party that can win, liberty needs to be the backbone of the GOP.”

We’ve heard his father, former congressman Ron Paul, communicate similar sentiments but in different words. Rand Paul has found a way to communicate with and even lead the Republican Party — instead of being ostracized for his critiques like his father was, Rand Paul has been complimented by the likes of talkshow hosts Sena Hannity and Rush Limbaugh. These same people have previously had mostly negative words for his father. 

What would a GOP party look like if they became the pro-liberty party that embraced all of the civil rights embodied in the first 10 Amendments to the Constitution without exceptions?  What if the party boldly stood for all of the 10 amendments as boldly as they do for the 2nd Amendment? What If all of the GOP sternly took bold positions on due process, freedom of speech and of association, opposing warrantless wiretaps as well as search and seizures without consent or warrant? What if they left the issues of drugs up to the states in the manner that they do for alcohol?

I believe some in the GOP have come to understand that if the party were to take bold stances on the ideas above they can become significantly more competitive nationally while still advocating for the free market.  Why is this so?  Because the civil rights stances are popular with young voters as well as independent voters.  

Next, add civil liberties issues in with Rand Paul’s support for work visas and comprehensive immigration reform. His plan would include secure borders but would allow those inside the US to get in line for the process of legal immigration, and this could get the GOP more Latino voters.  When you combine the pro-civil liberties stances with comprehensive immigration reform the Republican party could be competitive in blue states like California.

It is increasingly clear that it is only through embracing a consistent, pro-liberty platform that the GOP can expand its base and reach a younger, more diverse segment of the population.

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