I was talking to an African American gentleman yesterday on political business. He said point blank- ” I am a voluntary Republican”. I had heard him say this once before. But yesterday it struck a chord. It reminded me of another voluntary Republican, Ronald Reagan. Former President Reagan had been a Democrat. When asked why he became a Republican he was quoted as saying- “I never left the Democratic Party, the Democratic Party left me”. Another voluntary Republican, one who rose to greatness in the party and in his political career. He left a legacy and a model for all of us to follow.
We need more voluntary Republicans. We have to find those who believe, for whatever reason, the Democratic Party has left them. This is one of the hardest tasks and objectives. Elections are about addition, not subtraction. Republicans have to hunt down disaffected Democrats and convert them. They are out there. We have the issues on our side. We have the solutions in place. There is an added plus. There are enough Republican organizations and coalitions in place to discipline the recalcitrant Republicans when they go astray. We are no longer afraid to bash our elected officials when they get off track. We can force them back into the fold.
2006 and 2008 were unique years. People were not voting so much for Democrats as they were against Republicans. Now, the Democrats find themselves in the same dilemma. The independent and swing voters will always be unpredictable. But, enlisting Democrats in our volunteer Republican Army will be a coup. Keeping them may be a chore, but well worth the effort.