Before the election of Donald Trump to the presidency, the Republican Party was relatively simple to define. Republicans were for small government, with limited federal control. They supported low taxes, and of course, promoted moral and religious values. In recent years, many of the GOP’s voters have consisted of the elderly: the average Republican is older, and therefore dying sooner, than the average Democrat.
Nowadays, millennials far outnumber the baby boomer generation that the GOP caters to, and America’s youth is craving something else. According to a Pew analysis, only 13% of 18-29 year olds favor the Republican Party.
With the election of Donald Trump, many of America’s conservative and moderate youth found what they were looking for: A president who puts the needs of the American people over those of foreign nations’ citizens. A president who puts a life of luxury and grandeur aside to drain the government of those who would use it to give themselves a luxurious lifestyle. Donald Trump is the symbol America’s youth can rally behind as a testament against establishment politicians who poorly represent their, or any of their constituents’, interests.
Millennials, some of them for the first time in their lives, are now seeing lush prospects for the future. Even CNN must admit, the stock market hits record after record and is up 12% this year, unemployment is at a 16-year low, and more countries are buying American. After so much winning, Republican voters don’t want to return to losing.
Currently, the GOP is infiltrated with Republicans In Name Only (RINOs) who vote contrary to Republican ideals, such as Susan Collins and John McCain who voted ‘No’ to the Repeal and Replace of Obamacare, regardless of the fact that Obamacare completely overlooks the middle class, with many being unable to afford the new premiums and instead opting for the tax penalty, while those who are able to afford the premiums are unable to use their insurance due to ridiculous deductibles.
So what is it exactly that Republican voters want from their party? The answer is simple: representatives who look out for the interests of the American people rather than foreign interests or their own self-interest, and populist candidates who vocalize their support for these ideals. The Republican Party should still be one of small government and values, but first and foremost is the promotion of the common man’s well-being, his rights, and his properties, regardless of sex, race, color, or creed. This ideology can be summed up in two words: America First.
More and more Republicans are voting for the America First candidate instead of strictly Republican, and this spells a recipe for disaster for the GOP. Either the GOP can adapt to a new generation of Americans, or a third party will take its place.