Not being a Republican, though trending that way, I find myself a bit uneasy giving them advice. But Kathleen Parker's column "Heresies and Other Truths" has me dumbfounded.
She says "the evangelical, right-wing, oogedy-boogedy branch of the GOP is what ails the erstwhile conservative party and will continue to afflict and marginalize its constituents if reckoning doesn't soon cometh." It seems Mrs. Parker has either forgot or is ignoring recent history. I just finished reading some articles on the rise of Ronald Reagan and if he'd followed her advice we'd have had a second Carter administration.
The problem isn't that Republicans haven't adhered to their beliefs, it's that they've strayed from them. But not according to Mrs. Parker "the GOP has surrendered its high ground to its lowest brows." The tsunami that was the Republican revolution had it's surge standing firm on the Judeo-Christian ethic along with conservative stances of lower taxes and less government involvement. The cause of it's demise hasn't been it's adherence to those beliefs, but a morphing into quasi-conservatism.
To grow the party, the Republicans should stand on the principles that make it the right choice. They need to govern and legislate from their core beliefs. Contrary to Mrs. Parker’s belief that the Republican Party needs a new base, I believe the growth will come by standing firm on the social and economic standards that make it the grand old party it is. Heck I’d even consider joining then