Tough talk: Edward Hudgins says struggling GOP must evolve on immigration, embrace Tea Party

Edward Hudgins, a senior scholar at The Atlas Society, pulled no punches addressing the real problems faced by the Republican Party. His refreshing candor and substantive speech at the International Students for Liberty Conference highlighted the GOP’s dwindling base and out-of-touch messaging in the wake of the Left’s brazen victory to reelect President Obama in 2012.

He advocated that for future GOP victories, Republicans need to include the Tea Party, push social issues aside, and reform its immigration position.

Hudgins made no effort to dampen his tone in masking the truth- The Republican Party is in deep trouble, and if it does not identify and seek to correct its weaknesses, the Left will continue to triumph on the election battlegrounds and we will continue to see a rise in statism and a loss in liberty.

The Left has not changed its belief system in more than 25 years and the discourse of American politics has moved fundamentally to the right. During that time, our economic state of affairs has allowed the Left to assert its case for socialism more decisively, and they have gained traction as a result.

Here are the facts:

The Republican Party is standing strong with Non-Hispanic Whites, with the last three presidential elections gaining them just short of 60 percent of the vote. But they are rapidly decreasing in population at a pace that will make them only 47 percent of the country’s population by 2050.

Hispanics make up a community that is rapidly increasing in population ratio at a pace that will make them nearly 30 percent of the entire country by 2050. And the Republican Party is losing this crucial voting bloc.

George W. Bush won 44 percent of the Hispanic vote, McCain won 31 percent, and Romney won 27 percent in the 2004, 2008, and 2012 presidential races, respectively.

In other words, the GOP’s core demographic is declining in numbers, and the demographic that is increasing, is becoming increasingly disenfranchised with the GOP’s attitude.

Evangelicals make up half the GOP’s voting bloc in the primaries, and Republicans are steadily gaining those voters. However, the median age for evangelicals is very high.

Among 18-29 year olds, Bush won 43 percent, with McCain winning only 32 percent and Romney grabbing 37 percent.

For young people, only 46 percent react positively to the word “capitalism” while 47 percent had a negative reaction. This contrasts deeply with the rest of the nation, which is 50 percent to 40 percent respectively.

By contrast, the word “socialism” is given positive reaction by 49 percent and negative reaction by only 43 percent, also contrasting with the rest of the nation which is 60 to 31 percent.

The Republican Party cannot survive this state of reality. Its only choice is to adapt with the times and work constructively to foster a change in attitude. Letting the country proceed in the direction the Left is taking it until it collapses will not endear the Republican Party or the principles of conservatism to anyone. It will merely pave the way for the rise of totalitarianism, like what is currently happening in Greece.

The solution, according to Hudgins, is threefold:

1.         The Republican Party must evolve on immigration and must reach out to immigrants, especially entrepreneurs and small business owners… the people whose fiscally conservative values resonate with ours.

2.         The Tea Party and the Republican’s libertarian wing must be included, but it must put its candidates through a much tougher vetting process. It cannot allow candidates like former Nevada Republican Senate nominee Sharron Angle (R-NV), former Delaware Senate nominee Christine O’Donnell (R-DE), former congressman Todd Akin (R-MO), and Indiana Senate nominee Richard Mourdock (R-IN), candidates with sound fiscally conservative credentials but poor socially conservative ones, prevail in the primaries.

3.         The Republican Party must put the principles of social conservatives on the farthest back burner it can. Social conservatives must become a minority, the way they were under Reagan. They must realize that they cannot and will not win, and will only stand as a thorn in the side of liberty and prosperity. Libertarians must ensure this by merging with the Party.

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  1. Roger Mitchell says:

    Well again this all started in the mid sixties under ubber liberal LBJ and Robert Kennedy and Ted Kennedy they saw the writing on the wall and did several things to allow Latinos and Hispanics and Chicanos to simply roll in here and take it over.. Liberal have been building for this population transformation to ensure their voter base in the future NOW! They need to change that dumb ass 14th amendment.and reverse the 1965 immigration laws of Ted kenndy and LBJ and Robert Kennedy thats a good place to start..
    Like the first stupid Idea I ever saw as a teenager and I knew and was told by elders that we were going to suffer this rule of law down the road but in 1966 It begins with the so-called “wet-foot, dry-foot policy” that puts Cubans who reach U.S. soil on a fast track to permanent residency. The government Bill Clinton re- initiated the policy again in 1995 as an amendment to the1966 Cuban Adjustment Act that Congress passed when Cold War tensions ran high between the U.S. and the island nation. Hell how about the Cuban prison dumping all of the Cuban bums that where of no value to Castro to be sent over here in 1980 The Mariel Boat lift not a damn thing was done to stop it hell they were given a ride.
    Then during the fall of Saigon they tossed off millions of dollars or aircraft to make room and allow the Vietnamese to come here and they were to damn chicken or lazy to fight for their own freedom so they come here pay nothing go to the front of the line and put many people out of their jobs .. The problem is the Federal Gov no longer fears the citizen they are totally empowered and pray the people will continue to follow like and be sheep and set by and take it..

  2. Kevin Athans says:

    I do not think the GOP needs to push social issues aside; they need to change their attitude about them. They need to be more open towards Hispanics and Latinos and recognize what they add to the economy. Another thing they need to address is women, veterans, and the LGBT community.
    Women make up about 50% of the population but are alienating them with the abortion issue. Republicans also voted against the Violence Against Women Act.

    The Veteran’s Job Bill would have created 20,000 jobs for veterans at a cost of $1 billion dollars, or chump change, but the Senate blocked it with all 40 votes coming from Republicans. This could have:
    1. Created jobs
    2. Supported veterans.

    They did this is the name of “fiscal conservatism.” Also, the Representative of my district, who is apparently supposed to be the most conservative Representative in the state, even more conservative than Michele Bachmann, has voted in favor of disabled veterans and retires 0.0% of the time. There are about 21.5 million veterans in the United States.

    Finally there are around 3.8 million members of the LGBT community, and many supporters of them. They have significant populations in states such as California, New York, and Minnesota. They are being thrown to the curb by the GOP with the gay marriage debate.

    The truth is that many people in this country vote according to social issues and it is killing them…I do not think the TEA Party will help the GOP. They only hurt them with the groups I mentioned above and they are always the ones saying the “crazy” stuff in public. You cannot screen and pick who gets elected in different places but all of the people that said stupid things that killed their chances in elections were TEA Party candidates. The seats that the GOP thought they could pick up were grabbed by the Democrats because the TEA party could not shut up. Michele Bachmann nearly lost her re-election bid to a no-name in a Republican district AFTER becoming a Presidential candidate. When talking on a national stage makes you LESS popular, you have a problem. The only group the TEA Party grabs is the Evangelicals. Sure their number is significant, but they will mostly likely not vote Democrat either way. The TEA Part needs to be thrown out of the GOP if the GOP wishes to survive.

    The Libertarians make no difference, either way. The Libertarian Party will never become a strong party of their own because they always resort to voting Republican. We complain about only having a 2 party system, but they never take a stand and vote for their party…they take the lesser of 2 evils and vote Republican. Libertarians received less than 2% of the national vote, or around 2 million votes. The Libertarian party is either irrelevant, or already voting Republican.

    Finally, the GOP needs to stop favoring the richest 1% over the rest of Americans. The rich are fine…they will be fine…they do not need any help. They are breaking their backs to help this 1% and throwing the middle and lower class under the bus in the process. Only in America are the rich more important than the VAST majority of the population.

    The GOP needs to change its social issues and get rid of the TEA Party if it wishes to survive…

    1. Charles Dahl says:

      Thanks to both of you for so eloquently making Mr. Hudgins’ point for him.

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