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The GOP's "Modern Family" Problem
RealClearPolitics ^ | November 19, 2012 | Reed Galen

Posted on 11/19/2012 10:22:09 AM PST by babble-on

(full article at link)

The Generation X and Millennial cohorts are well known for our supposedly singular worldview: individualistic, self-reliant, and we want things (on our own terms) both personally and professionally. Wait, that sounds suspiciously like the ethos of a major political party.

Most of these voters agree with Republicans on economic, fiscal and tax issues, at least insofar as we object to the routine generational theft inflicted on us by the baby boomers who now run Washington. However, they’re quite apart from the GOP on almost everything else. It’s not that there aren’t plenty of voters under 45 who see the world through a socially conservative lens. It’s just that they don’t consider those issues paramount when looking at the country’s problems.

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I agree with quite a bit of this, not all, but I think it's worth at least sitting with this point of view for a few minutes.
1 posted on 11/19/2012 10:22:11 AM PST by babble-on
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To: babble-on

“Republicans can’t be the party of smaller government, individual self-determination and self-reliance and also hold impenetrable positions on social issues ranging from abortion and gay marriage to assisted suicide and capital punishment.”

Conservatives seek to CONSERVE the wise and beneficial ideas and practices of the past, including ... small government, RIGHT TO LIFE, TRADITIONAL MARRIAGE ETC.

Author is an idiot.


2 posted on 11/19/2012 10:28:51 AM PST by PetroniusMaximus
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To: babble-on

I think that’s largely correct. The Akin’s and Mourdock’s of the party are poison.

That said, I am a little tired of seeing post-mortem pieces focusing on which tribe of voters the GOP should be targeting. I would rather see articles focusing on whether the GOP’s policies are good.


3 posted on 11/19/2012 10:30:43 AM PST by altsehastiin
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To: babble-on
We do need to get back to the party of Barry Goldwater, minus Planned Parenthood of course. Yes, we need to address social issues too but for the most part in a Federal Election, many of these matters are best left to the States or locals to decide. Basically what we are faced with where in my mind, I'm more worried about jobs, having a roof over my head, keeping my car running, taking care of Mom and the cats and not having an Iranian missile ruin my day. I admit I lean libertarian, having a bit of a South Park Republican in me although personally, I am social conservative.

Akin, he did make a bum statement about "legitimate rape" although I saw it in a different light where it was term for when the line was crossed from attempted rape to rape. I most likely have Aspergers so I do see and think things a bit differently.

We need less Barry Obama and more Barry Goldwater. For the record, I'm 46. I don't see myself an X'er but more of a "Generation Jones" where we share common things with the Baby Boomers and X'ers.
4 posted on 11/19/2012 10:43:56 AM PST by Nowhere Man (I miss you Whitey! (4-15-2001 - 10-12-2012). Take care, pretty girl!)
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To: babble-on

as if endorsing homosexual conduct/molestation/deviancy/fetishes will MAGICICALLY create the victory dust to winning elections.


5 posted on 11/19/2012 10:58:36 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: babble-on

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness, without making someone else accept it, agree with it, or pay for it.


6 posted on 11/19/2012 11:00:44 AM PST by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: babble-on
Romney's campaign was essentially the moral agnostic/pocket book only campaign that many claimed was necessary to win. Anybody else running that was clearly tagged with a moral issue such as Aiken or Murdoch was quickly thrown under the bus by the campaign at the first whiff of a moral issue in the air. So now the demand is that the Republicans can't just remain silent on moral issues, they must get their minds right too. That's fine. I'll go down with my beliefs. I think homosexuality is a sin, and abortion is killing of the unborn. Just because the majority disagrees with me, doesn't make them right, and the PC brainwashing done by hollywood will never change my mind.
7 posted on 11/19/2012 11:10:47 AM PST by throwback (The object of opening the mind, is as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.)
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To: babble-on
What's up Reed? You want another immoral, Godless Democrat Party to compete with the ridiculous one we already have?

Go back and look at the platform Teddy Roosevelt's Bull Moose party had and find the PBS program where they showed "Onward Christian Soldiers" being sung at his new party's CONvention!

Teddy, like his cousin who never got put up on Mt. Rushmore, had as little regard for the constitution's limiting power as the current Barack-O-Claus occupying the Oval Office!!!

The POTUS is not just a fiscal leader. He/she is also a moral and ethical leader helping the makers while not ignoring the helpless takers!!!

8 posted on 11/19/2012 11:11:17 AM PST by SierraWasp (Welcome to the next 50 months of an unprecedebted lame duck session!!!)
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To: altsehastiin
I would rather see articles focusing on whether the GOP’s policies are good

Unfortunatly, any hopes of a future Presidential victory (which are imperceptible at present) indeed rest on which tribe of voters they should be targeting. In this era of group-identity, "gimme" politics, there's no sense of national cohesion anymore.

Gubernatorial victories might be the more realistic goal for the GOP.

9 posted on 11/19/2012 11:15:56 AM PST by ScottinVA (I've never been more disgusted with American voters.)
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To: ScottinVA

Unfortunatly=Unfortunately


10 posted on 11/19/2012 11:16:33 AM PST by ScottinVA (I've never been more disgusted with American voters.)
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To: babble-on
HBO has put out a great documentary on the Rolling Stones called Crossfire/Hurricane. It really does take you back in time to the sixties. I think allot can be taken from this documentary. The Stones shot to fame at an extraordinary rate gripping the attention of the yutes around the world. Everywhere they went kids went crazy to the point of peeing in their pants at Stones concerts. The Stones were all educated lads and very talented music wise and performing. One reporter asked Mic Jagger why he thought this phenomena of fame came so quickly. Mic said “ Well the youth of today have the want to re-bell against their parents and authority. The youth also relate to moron-ism ( his own word)." I think the sixties children never gave up rebelling and they passed the relating to morons to their children. BOzo is the moron and the GOP are the parent authority figure.
11 posted on 11/19/2012 11:17:10 AM PST by jetson
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To: longtermmemmory
as if endorsing homosexual conduct/molestation/deviancy/fetishes will MAGICICALLY create the victory dust to winning elections.

Nobody's talking about endorsing it, just not making it the central foundation of the campaign. And, as Akin found out, if you answer a question about it, then the MSM will MAKE it the central focus of your candidacy. Politicians need to be drilled on how to respond to "gotcha" questions. Newt would be a good coach.

12 posted on 11/19/2012 11:28:58 AM PST by PapaBear3625 (political correctness is communist thought control, disguised as good manners)
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To: babble-on

Is this the same Reed Galen who was a local reporter on KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh in the late 1970’s?


13 posted on 11/19/2012 12:01:30 PM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Buckeye McFrog
Is this the same Reed Galen who was a local reporter on KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh in the late 1970’s?
He says in the article he's under 45. Since you obviously can't read, do you need me to do the math for you, too?
14 posted on 11/19/2012 12:14:35 PM PST by Mr. Know It All
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To: babble-on
The drumbeat continues for the GOP to sell out its base of social conservatives. It's B.S., and I'm shocked at how many here at FR buy into this nonsense that there are countless fiscally conservative voters who vote for Democrats but would gladly switch to a pro-abortion, pro-homosexual GOP. Like hell. I'm sorry, but it's a fantasy. A pro-abortion, pro-homosexual GOP would do even worse, as the few votes it gained would greatly be outnumbered by the massive losses created by dispiriting the base.

Mitt and Rush and all others are right... the fundamental problem right now is the huge (and growing) portion of the electorate that pays little or nothing in the way of taxes but wants Santa Claus... food stamps, Section 8 housing, student-loan forgiveness, mortgage forgiveness, free this, free that.
15 posted on 11/19/2012 12:19:25 PM PST by irishjuggler
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To: babble-on

Social liberalism and societal collapse, breeds big government democrat voters, not conservative voters.


16 posted on 11/19/2012 12:44:05 PM PST by ansel12 (The only Senate seat GOP pick up was the Palin endorsed Deb Fischer’s successful run in Nebraska)
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To: babble-on

We have gay and lesbian friends and relatives, and the concept of disliking or disapproving of them simply for that reason is not just stupid, it feels unconscionable.

&&&
Uh-huh, the Left has done an excellent propaganda job on the under-45 crowd.


17 posted on 11/19/2012 12:55:39 PM PST by Bigg Red (Sorry, Mr. Franklin, I guess we couldn't keep it.)
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To: Buckeye McFrog
Reed Galen was a deputy campaign manager McCain fired in 2007 -- or maybe he resigned, anyway it's this guy.

Rich Galen was a spokesman for Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. He has a son named Reed, but I don't know if it's the same guy.

If he is, I guess they are the GOP elite everybody's talking about.

I'm wondering why they picked such a lousy TV show for the new paradigm.

18 posted on 11/19/2012 1:01:43 PM PST by x
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To: altsehastiin
Yes "Modern Family" IS popular with conservatives and liberals. Why? Because the show is funny and well written. The gay characters are likeable and self-deprecating, but to be honest Cam is a walking stereotype of an over the top drama queen.

However, I wouldn't read into that that young conservatives should necessarily go full-on pro-gay.

"The New Normal" is case in point. Ridiculous, frankly repulsive characters, with Ellen Barkin as a hideous caricature of a "typical" bigoted conservative. Last I checked it wasn't doing too well in the ratings.

19 posted on 11/19/2012 1:29:31 PM PST by boop ("I need another Cutty Sark"-LBJ)
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To: throwback

Bfl


20 posted on 11/19/2012 1:53:40 PM PST by Reddy (B.O. stinks)
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To: babble-on

The author of the article is just another commie advancing their agenda:
http://www.uhuh.com/nwo/communism/comgoals.htm
15. Capture one or both of the political parties in the United States.
26. Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as “normal, natural, healthy.”


21 posted on 11/19/2012 4:11:48 PM PST by GenXteacher (You have chosen dishonor to avoid war; you shall have war also.)
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To: PapaBear3625

akin was a nitwit.

so far the tea party is good for purgng rinos in primaries NOT consistent victories in general elections.


22 posted on 11/26/2012 10:56:03 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: GenXteacher

we now have homo-troll articles and posters on various sites pushing the deviant agenda.


23 posted on 11/26/2012 11:28:16 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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