He also wrote, “… this doesn’t mean the country needs two pro-choice parties either.” Should Republicans be against a woman’s right to have an abortion just because the Democrats support this right? If the Democrats are against slavery should the Republicans be for it? No, the Republican Party should be for what is right. I am confident that most Republicans do not think that the government should be able to seize a man's internal organs even to preserve the life of another citizen. Similarly, the Republican, limited-government, position should be that the government should not be able to seize control of a woman's internal organs to prevent her from having an abortion.
Dr. Krauthammer is as wrong about his prescription as the Republicans were about their estimation of their prospects of success in this past election. Republicans catered to older white men; they lost overwhelmingly among youth, women, blacks, Hispanics, as well as Asians. Angry old white men constitute a declining demographic group that does not provide a basis for future success.
The Republicans lost because they promoted anti-science, anti-liberty, theocratic, homophobic, misogynistic, divisive policies as well as economic policies proven to yield disastrous results. Fortunately, the majority of the electorate did not buy what the Republicans were selling.
The Republican Party has become hostage on the one hand to the theocrats who promote social policies of maximum government intrusion into other people’s lives and to plutocrats who wish to protect their business interests at the expense of the common good.
My proposal for the Republican Party is to adopt a libertarian perspective of minimal government interference in the private lives of citizens and evidence-based prudent governmental policies.
Here is my draft of a new Republican platform:
• A most basic civil right is the right to control one’s own organs – in particular women should be free to make their own decisions regarding contraception and abortion.
• The government should not interfere with the right of two consenting adults to marry each other.
• Everyone is free to believe whatever he/she wants to believe, but not free to impose those beliefs on others. The government also should not impose the religious beliefs of some of its citizens on other citizens.
• Free markets are the engine of economic growth. However, government regulation of free markets is also required to protect the public from abuses. Government regulations should be regularly reviewed to determine that they are both necessary and appropriate.
• The proper role of government is to maintain those functions which are not served adequately by free markets, e.g. roads, self-defense, courts, police, environmental protection, basic research, education, health care, social safety net, etc.
• Government programs and policies should, wherever possible, be subjected to prospective testing.
• Competition often has been found to improve performance and competitive mechanisms should be considered where appropriate in formulating government programs.
• All US citizens should receive basic health care. Evidence has shown that the US health care system has performed poorly; compared to other countries it provides worse outcomes at a multiple of the cost. Thus the Republican Party will support implementation of universal health care, learning from approaches that have been implemented in other countries.
• The Republican Party will support tax reform with the objectives of fostering economic growth as well as a fair distribution of the tax burden. In order to foster economic growth marginal rates should be set as low as possible by reducing or eliminating deductions and exemptions that have been written into the code by a bevy of special interests. High income individuals should not pay a smaller fraction of their income in taxes than individuals of modest income.
• Tax and spending policies should be adjusted to put the country on a course towards a balanced budget.
• Climate change resulting from the burning of fossil fuels is scientific fact and the government should promote cooperative international policies to limit it and domestic policies to deal with its consequences.
• Evolution is scientific fact and should be taught in public schools as such. Creationism is not science and should not be taught in public schools as being science.
• The ultimate civil right is the right not to be killed and the availability of guns should be controlled to protect this right.
• The war on drugs focusing on criminal enforcement has been an abject failure - promoting violent crime, filling our prisons, enriching drug lords and corrupting public officials while illegal drugs remain freely available. The government should henceforth focus on education and treatment to limit use of harmful drugs.
The Republican Party could adopt such a platform and succeed nationally. Alternatively, the party could remain trapped in its own echo chamber.