After the Republican Party was denied its bid for the White House and lost two Senate seats to Democrats, Yahoo! asked voters what they'd like the GOP to focus on in the next two to four years. Here are one voter's thoughts.
COMMENTARY | Full disclosure: I'm a 29-year-old living in Cary, N.C., and I voted almost a straight Democratic ticket. And since I like the Affordable Care Act and am out as bisexual, most conservatives would call me a "freak" and a "big-government socialist."
Having said that, I don't want to live in a one-party state. And I respect that American conservatives used to have ideas worth arguing and dreams worth believing in, which were echoed by Gingrich's moonbase plans.
I have some ideas along those lines that Republicans could do in the next four years. But I think if Republicans actually want to help govern, they first need to get their act together, by ...
Overcoming their fear of facts
Will the real Mitt Romney please stand up? Snake oil selling -- whether in politics or in the sleazy ads in conservative media -- has, unfortunately, become a part of conservatism. The Republican presidential candidate insulted us all by lying nonstop, his campaign showed disdain for fact-checkers, and Rep. Todd Akin's views on "legitimate rape" were not only wrong, they cost him the election.
We can't have a discussion on how to address women's issues in the next four years, if Republican elected officials don't even know how most women's bodies work! Speaking of which ...
Overcoming their fear of people
Women are people too. So are gays, and transgender people, and people of color, and all the other groups that mostly voted Democratic in the last election. We're a part of this country, too, and we don't deserve to be treated like pests.
"Equality" shouldn't be partisan. "Empathy" shouldn't be a curse word. We should all be in this together. Republicans, please work on that for the next four years.
And if you want to build us a moonbase too, that would be really cool.
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