This presentation was given at the Weld County Republican Breakfast on 29 October 2014, and has been modified slightly to make sense in this format (there are a lot more pictures in the linked PowerPoint).Please read Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 first.
What Does This Mean?
The Reformation changed not only the church, but the world. We can do the same in politics (changing our country, and affecting the whole world) if we really focus.
While millennials are the least religious generation in American history, those that are religious are longing for something with some roots and history. The GOP can fill that political longing in the same way that High Churches can fulfill their theological longing. But that means we as Republicans needs to stand firm. And that’s where the new (political) Reformation comes in.
New (Political) Reformation
It’s time for us to write our own 95 Theses and nail those on the Republican National Committee and Colorado Republican Committee doors in Washington and Englewood. It’s time the Party knows that we are serious.
We believe in individual rights, but Republicans are voting to invade our privacy in ways we can’t even imagine.
We believe in property rights, but Republicans are voting to take away our property through eminent domain and asset forfeiture.
We believe in family values, but Republicans all over are watering down and moderating our message.
We believe in the value of life, but Republicans hide from that issue when it’s politically inconvenient for them.
We believe in the freedom of association, but Republicans are investigating bakers who turn down a customer.
We believe in the right to protect ourselves, our loved ones, and our property, but Republicans compromise under political pressure on that most fundamental of rights.
We believe in the rule of law, but Republicans give themselves special favors and exemptions as elected officials, seeing themselves as above the law and not one of the hoi polloi.
We believe in liberty, but Republicans chip away at that day by day.
On and on and on I could go. I bet you are thinking of areas I missed already. My point now is not to get a full, perfect list, but to say this… that Republicanism, as a brand, is no longer credible.
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