A recent Associate Press report noted that the 2012 voter turnout for the 2012 Presidential election dropped by some five million votes or by 4% when compared to 2008. This report further goes on to say that the drop-off was “concentrated among GOP-leaning white voters”, which tells me that the typical Republican voter chose to stay home on Election Day. The GOP base stayed home in their pajamas rather than going to vote? Why? The chosen candidate did not excite them enough to get them out of bed because Mitt Romney was perceived by many as being too moderate.
"The future of this republic is in the hands of the American voter.” - Dwight D. Eisenhower (34th U.S. President).
Meanwhile, the report also found that the President "benefitted from a 17 percent turnout increase among unmarried people, a 9 percent increase among unmarried women, a 10 percent rise in Hispanic voters and a 6 percent rise in the youth vote." The Democratic Party successfully energized their base so much that they got out of bed and went to the polls in droves in order to vote for the President.
"Always vote on principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.” – John Quincy Adams (6th U.S. President)
The report's findings further proves to me that the Republican Party must field candidates who espouse and adhere to pure conservative principles, such as limited government, liberty, the constitution, the rule of law, being pro-life, supporting traditional marriage, among others. Conservative eligible voters will vote FOR candidates who meet and follow these principles. However, these same conservative voters will vote AGAINST candidates (or not vote at all) who water down these views in favor of pleasing everyone.
The Republican Party must aspire to finding articulate communicators who can calmly and with conviction talk positively about how conservatism benefits the individual. It is a good message and people need to hear it. These same candidates must also possess strong core values in order to energize their base on Election Day.
Compromising one's core values in order to win votes doesn't work - standing for something does!
- BELIEVE in the principles and values that formed this country
- ACT by passionately talking about how conservatism benefits everyone
- SERVE by living out your conservative principles daily
"We can't let this country fall backward because the rest of us didn't care enough to fight." - President Barack Obama
Will you just sit on the sidelines or join the fight? The other side is defiantly in the fight.