My suggestion to the GOP

I’m too liberal for the Republican Party, but I’m also too conservative for the Democratic Party. I’d describe my political leanings as slightly right of center, with an emphasis on classical, Adam Smith Liberalism, and modern Libertarianism.

In the past, I would’ve voted Republican, but now I find them to be too out of touch. They’ve gone in this direction where instead of become more progressive, they’ve gone backwards while becoming older, whiter and less diverse. Due to the influence of Evangelical Christians, they’ve started to take stands on “moral issues,” like abortion, and gay marriage.

These social issues have come to define the party, and have taken the party away from its small government, economically-focused former platform under which Reagan operated. A candidate is no longer picked because of his or her economic theory, but rather picked due to his or her views on gay marriage and abortion which has led to the G.O.P. failing to attract young voters, like myself.

Maybe that’s just the direction American politics as a whole is heading. Voter turnout among the 18 to 24-year-old demographic has decreased significantly since the 1964 election, when 50.8 percent of voters in the demographic participated. In the 2012 election however, 38 percent of voters in the 18 to 24-year-old cohort showed up to vote.

The few that did vote, voted Democrat, for the most part, with 60 percent of Gen X voting for Obama. The two demographics that the Republicans did win were whites and senior citizens, who voted for Romney at a rate of 59 percent and 56 percent respectively.

Young Americans, for the most part, are becoming more progressive, more cynical and more diverse. The G.O.P. will need to attract these voters to have success in the future. According to a Pew Report, 47 percent of voters in the 18-29 cohort identify as some form of socially liberal, yet economically moderate, or conservative, while 10 percent identify as traditional conservatives. If the Republicans are to appeal to these voters, they’ll have to revise their platform.

So here’s my suggestion to the Republican Party: take some ideas from the Libertarian Party platform, which combines Liberal social ideals with Conservative economic stances. Scrap the outdated views of gay rights, abortion, and drug legalization, and move toward a more economically-based platform. Let the states, the Constitution and popular sovereignty reign over social issues and turn the tide of the declining economy.

That’s what young voters, such as myself, are looking for. A party that represents the best of both worlds, instead of the extremes of both sides. A party that will get America back on top of the world economically, and set a international standard for Civil Rights and standard of living.