GOP Conservatism, Libertarianism and Progressivism
If the GOP wants a truly robust future, it must reject the progressivism of John McCain and embrace the rising libertarian tide in America. In reality, it is that, and not the inclusion of McCain's so-called progressivism, that best mirrors the core of the winning Reagan coalition now decades old.
A few quick thoughts in follow up to an off-line discussion of GOP politics with Melissa Clouthier. The GOP establishment and even some conservative leaders are making a mistake by tolerating the alleged progressive Republican agenda of John McCain, as well as like-minded candidates, think Crist, Fiorina, and others.
McCain's progressivism does not represent any future for the GOP. What it is is an act of appeasement, or contrition to the statism of today's Democrats. If Obama is losing the youth vote, as Socialist Bernie Sanders submits, he is losing them because his agenda, and the agenda of progressive Republicans, is statist. The youth are first and foremost among us in thowing off authority. Statism will never appeal to the silent majority of America's youth. In fact, libertarianism can. And the large presence of young political guns at CPAC demonstrated it.
"What is very sad is we had hopes that [the] election was transformational in the sense of bringing people into the political process who have never been in it before," Sanders said. "I tried very hard in Vermont to bring young people into the political process. It is very hard to do. Obama did it. But you know where those young people are now? They are not in the political process. They really aren't. We have lost them.
McCain's brand of progressivism is but a half-power grab in order to share the spoils with an increasingly Leftist, Big Government Democrat Party. Neither ideology is liberty based. Both conservatism and libertarianism are. Together, they can represent a bright future for the GOP. Nothing John McCain is selling fits the bill.