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On my recent post, ‘Mid-term vote discrepancies — a dress rehearsal for 2020?’, reader Mark C posted five imperatives that the Republican party must accomplish before 2020.

He has given his permission for a guest post, which is much appreciated:

Here’s how the GOP can win back every American to its fold.

Step 1.) The Republican party needs to go back to its roots, not just to the time of Lincoln, but also to the time of Jefferson. This means that it must abandon the New Deal and take steps, not just lip service, to restore constitutional, limited, and secular government, individual rights, and economic and social freedoms.

The GOP needs to realize that liberalism (in its classic sense) is independent of either the left wing or the right wing, although liberalism was certainly a brainchild of the left wing that slipped away from it when it finally achieved power. I’m hoping that the Trump administration will do this. If not, at least it can pave the way for a presidency that will commit to do the same platform.

Step 2.) Republicans need to cease enabling extremists in both right and left wings by either adopting milder versions of leftists’ programs (like George W. Bush when he signed the No Child Left Behind Act) or doing things that will play into the hands of their detractors (like Todd Akin in 2012 did when he made a callous remark that nobody needs to worry about abortions as the result of rape because women don’t become pregnant as the result of rape).

For this to happen, the GOP must adopt a new way of recruiting new members. For instance, detractors have been accusing the Republican party of having members with ties to neo-Nazi and neo-Confederate groups, so it behooves the GOP to exclude such people from the party and start recruiting more sensible people from diverse background sharing a common appreciation of the tenets of (classical) liberalism. We already have the likes of Brandon Straka and Candace Owens, but we need more of them, which leads to the next step.

Step 3.) Many Americans fall in love with leftism because they think that private entities such as churches, charities, and non-public schools have been failing them. This the Republicans should bear in mind.

Thus, Republicans who are schoolteachers, CEOs, and managers of charities must make the first move in helping many worse-off kids have quality education, talented yet unemployed minorities have jobs, and neglected people such as elderly veterans and laid-off employees start a new life, so that people will no longer depend on the government for help. Also, Republicans need to remind everyone that anyone, even a leftist, can start a business, and they can cite as an example Bill Gates who gave free contraception to women after the Trump administration resolved to stop its governmental funding.

For Republicans who sell guns, they can provide free gun training, especially to minorities, starting with their non-white, non-male, and non-Christian friends if they have one.

Republicans involved in businesses and other private organizations must make genuine efforts to help those in need so as to deprive leftists of their base.

Step 4.) The GOP must hire more reliable advisers to its fold. Dinesh D’Souza isn’t enough. It needs people like Larry Elder and Thomas Sowell to strengthen the party, especially in economic matters.

Also, I know of a libertarian schoolteacher that can help the GOP get its act together. His name is Kelley L. Ross, PhD, the author of the online philosophy journal friesian.com. He ran for Congress several times as a Libertarian, and I think that he can advise President Trump as well if he resolves to join the GOP. Here’s a primer to his political standpoint at http://friesian.com/ross/kindof.htm.

Step 5.) This one is the most important of all steps that I’ve listed so far. Republicans need to be articulate when it comes to stating political truths. That involves vocabulary.

It means that Republicans must cease adopting the terminology of its detractors. For example, Republicans must always say “illegal alien” and “illegal alien intrusion” instead of “illegal immigrant”, “illegal immigration”, “undocumented immigrant”, “undocumented immigration”, or even “immigration”. Doing otherwise would jeopardize their reputations. Rep. Steve King is one recent example of this.

Also, Republicans can smash accusations of racism by saying that racial segregation and discrimination against women mandated by the government are enemies of the free market and the principles of Founding Fathers.

Well, I’ve said what I had to tell the GOP to win back the country. Whether it does what I’ve listed here is up to them.

These are so straightforward and simple, yet, how many Republicans will take these on board?

I will offer a few qualifiers of my own on the above. So far, President Trump is the only Republican following Mark C’s five-step plan.

Re Step 1: The Republican National Committee must craft a set of talking points for Party members: a one- or two-sided card with a summary and a detailed booklet explaining them, not unlike a short and a long catechism. For example, the GOP must make clear that smaller government does not have an impact on ‘free stuff’ for the truly needy. Another example is that, since ridding industry of crippling regulations, manufacturers are able to operate more efficiently:

It is also important to note, that at the same time, the US has the cleanest air in the world:

On Step 2, Trump’s Prison Reform plan is a brave and necessary one, even if middle-class Republicans might balk.

Step 3 assumes that Republicans are not active in charitable endeavours. Personally, I think they are, but they operate under a biblical principle of not boasting about their good deeds. However, I agree that they should get more publicity from conservative media and the Republican Party. I’m not sure that Bill Gates and free contraception is a good talking point, but I understand the principle of private enterprise helping to improve society. The GOP corporate tax cuts have enabled businesses to give more to charity. On January 31, 2018, the White House picked up media points about the benefits that lower taxes provide, including charitable giving. The Wall Street Journal had an article about Pfizer at that time, which said in part (emphasis mine):

As a result of savings from the tax changes, Pfizer made a $200 million contribution to the company’s charitable foundation in the fourth quarter, plans to pay $100 million in bonuses to employees and will make a $500 million contribution to its U.S. pension plan by the end of September. The company said it plans to buy back $5 billion in shares this year and invest $5 billion in manufacturing and other capital projects in the U.S. over the next five years.

I wholeheartedly agree that Step 4 is vital. Democrats have dozens of pundits, and Republicans have very few.

Step 5 is also critical. Republicans do need to use correct vocabulary. They also need to make it clear that a Republican president, Abraham Lincoln, signed the Emancipation Proclamation after the Civil War and that Republicans were the ones promoting civil rights in the 1960s via the late senator Everett Dirksen who helped to write and pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Civil Rights Act of 1968. Interestingly, both Lincoln and Dirksen were from Illinois. They must also stop calling Democrats ‘liberals’; today’s Democrats are leftists, totally illiberal.

Well, there’s no better — and easier — place to start with talking points than the GOP chairwoman’s — Ronna Romney McDaniel’s — Twitter account. Go for it, Ronna. Make the Grand Old Party great again!

In closing, I would add a sixth step to Mark C’s five. Republicans must develop an aggressive GOTV — Get Out The Vote — plan that rivals the Democrats’. They have to learn how to go door-to-door to canvass and also make sure they distribute tons of flyers with varying messages, depending on the stage of the election campaign.

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