American politics is on the verge of a MAJOR re-alignment. Republicans are in a much greater position to attract Moderate Democrats because of five key issues. A Republican Party Platform that doubles-down on Libertarian and Tea-Party economic philosophy that is a Republican Party Platform that can win the support of Moderate Democrats who are disillusioned with the rampant socialism of the current Democratic base.
We explore 5 key issues, where Moderate Democrats re-align with the Republican Party in today’s economic landscape including 2 issues where Democrats find Libertarian Economic Policy most attractive. Politics at the local level offers a helpful glimpse at this re-alignment.
Issue #1: Economic policy supersedes Identity Politics. Moderate Democrats are disillusioned with socialism. However, they also believe that economic policy plays a much more important role than identity politics in building a just, fair, and prosperous society. Identity politics are seen by Moderate Democrats as largely political foreplay. Because the Democratic Base has not proven successful, and quite belligerent to the Moderate wing, Moderates are growing dissatisfied with the identity political style of the Democratic Base.
Issue #2: Moderate Democrats, especially at the local level, believe that the future of economic growth lies in innovation, ingenuity, and ultimately self-reliance. Many Moderate Democrats are engaged in building the support ecosystem of the innovation economy and entrepreneurship. These are issues that the Republican Party has championed for a very long time.
Issue #3: Moderate Democrats are major supporters of Civil Society including economic development organizations, art and culture organizations, Museums, and other community-center based organizations that empower individuals, often underserved individuals, with the tools for success, well-being, and prosperity. Moderate Democrats and Republicans across the spectrum believe that Civil Society plays an important role in creating sustainable prosperity over the long-term. Moderate Democrats are more likely to contribute to foundations with their charitable giving that ‘re-grant’ donations to merit-based projects and initiatives.
The Democratic Socialist base views all foundations, economic development agencies, and arts and cultural organizations as generally a waste of taxpayer money or lower in priority than the socialist policies of wealth redistribution. At heart is a debate over the fundamental maxim of Jesus Christ of Nazareth: ‘you can give a man a fish and feed him for one day, or you can teach a man to fish and feed him for life.’
The next two issues are specific Libertarian Policies that Moderate Democrats find attractive.
Issue #4: Moderate Democrats believe in the power of capital and equity investment. They are more likely to be sympathetic to the wealth-building capacity of Silicon Valley entrepreneurship. Silicon Valley entrepreneurship is fueled by capital investment and risk capital that takes an optimistic view in the ability of young and often unproven entrepreneurs to determine their own economic fate.
Issue #5: Moderate Democrats are also more likely to support some restrictions on Abortion as a key family and social policy. In many cases, the Democratic Base advocates for post-birth abortion. A shocking and appalling policy stance, especially in an era where generally the social safety net has been expanding to support single Mothers with resources that protect their Baby.
The future of the Democratic Party is currently in question. On one hand, the socialists are already beginning to break off into their own Party. We see that as socialist leaders like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, are literally registered in multiple other Party Affiliations. It is only a matter of time before the Moderate Democrats and the Socialist wing of the Party part ways. The second scenario is that Moderate Democrats simply give up and let the Socialist Base have their way with the Democratic apparatus. This is the more likely scenario because the Republican Party platform is so much more aligned with Moderate Democrat thinking than the Democratic Party’s own political base.
A key lesson emerges for Republicans at this important junction of the Party’s history. The more the Republican Party can integrate Tea-Party economic philosophy into their Platform, the more likely they will attract Moderate Democrats to switch their party affiliation.