Engaging Young America: Rand Paul And His Big Tent

Engaging Young America: Rand Paul And His Big Tent Image

Rand Paul has become an expert at walking a tightrope.  He has had to distance himself from his dad’s far more radical ideas and opinions so as not to put off mainstream Republicans and he has had to do that without losing his own conservative/libertarian stances that are far heavier on social justice than the more mainstream topics we are used to debating within our party.

The more I hear about Rand Paul and his ideas the more they excite me.  His ideas make sense and the Republican party would do well to begin listening.  He has come out recently stating that Republicans need a “bigger tent” and I wholeheartedly agree.  He isn’t referring to it in the same way that many moderate Republicans have stated in the past, by abandoning conservative principles to get people to “like you,” an argument that we have seen results in a loss every single time.  But he’s making a case for moving other important issues to the front lines.  There are other topics that younger generations are concerned with these days, and it’s a mistake to ignore them.  From the Washington Post:

“We need to have people with ties and without ties, with tattoos and  without  tattoos, with earrings without earrings,” he said, CNN reported.  “We need a more diverse party. We need a  party that looks like  America.”

Getting the attention of the younger demographics, those that lean libertarian, by recognizing the issues that are important to them, rather than selling out on our principles, is a strategy that I’m on board with.  This liberal administration is overstepping their constitutional boundaries over and over again.  They want to be involved in every aspect of your life.  A free internet is at stake.  Privacy is being loss.  We are losing the war on drugs.

Young people, as Rand Paul stated, aren’t as concerned as much with the economy because they aren’t making much money yet.  They don’t understand taxes because they really aren’t paying much, if any.  But they understand privacy.  They have cell phones, they live in a digital age, and they understand a free internet.

He’s saying that we need to begin focusing on issues that the GOP previously hasn’t concerned itself with.  This was proven last summer when the NSA surveillance news broke.  Support for Obama with people younger than 30 tumbled 17 points in a CNN poll in June.

These are the issues that are on the forefront of the minds of young America.  They are ripe for the picking and the opportunities for us to reach them, if we can evolve and broaden our messaging, our endless.

Has the NSA overstepped its constitutional boundaries?  Yes.  Do we want unwarranted surveillance?  No.  What happens to a man and his family when he is in jail due to minimum sentencing laws for a pot charge?  How is he supposed to get a job afterward and support his family?  Is this contributing to the decline of families, the rise of children born out of wedlock?  These are pressing matters, important questions that are being asked and we have he opportunity to sweep in and provide the answers and win over hearts and minds to our party.

Middle class, middle age, tax paying Americans are a dwindling minority.  Everyone can agree on that.  If that’s all the Republicans consist of than we are not going to win elections moving forward.

It is time for us to put the old talking points on hold for a little bit and get our hands dirty engaging voters who we typically ignore.  We’ve had a long standing struggle with young people and whether you agree with him on every point that he is making, you have to concede that he is willing to do what not many other Republican leaders have made an effort to do.

I discussed this on the Ed Dean Radio Show this week.  If you’d like to listen in, it starts at minute 46.

You can follow Brittany Pounders on Twitter @LibertyBritt.


About The Author: Brittany Pounders is a conservative political commentator, blogger, and freelancer. She is a frequent guest columnist for The Toronto Sun, and can be heard through many different radio and media outlets such as The Blaze Radio Network, The Chris Salcedo Show, The Ed Dean Radio Show, has appeared on The Glenn Beck Show and regularly on cable news channels, including NewsmaxTv, One America News Network, America Trends, and the Fox News with Neil Cavuto. She resides in Texas with her husband and is raising three of the finest little people in the world. Follow her on… Facebook or @LibertyBritt

  • http://sadachakwal.com Alex Tylor

    Randall, the fact myself and my daughter had to leave our home today and watch our baby's cry because my benefits that I have paid into for 16 yrs have been cut off and your ranting about your NSA or whatever the hell your talking about after you're party illegally invaded a sovereign nation and should face war crimes. Is this not an issue that could wait so my girls get their home back? Just wondering? Nancy says you think I am invisible and you're indifferent to me because of how well me and my fellow Americans dismals may have given an idiot the perception that unemployment "honestly" sits at 6.6%. Yeah, if you write off a third of the nation!! HA. You're the hot dog for the GOP's? Man we are screwed!! #BBN

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      I will never vote for Rand nor will most of my Christains friends even if Hillary gets the Presidency – The GOP must have learned their lesson in the last election when Christians stayed home becasue of Romeny: it will happen again. HERE is the truth – if a Christain is nominated in the GOP Christains will support him or her also most moderate Republicans will vote for the individual as well as with Reagan – Now if a Libertarian who generally has liberal social values is nominated Christains will not VOTE! Now I am beginging to wonder after two elections – the GOP leadership understand this principle and if so are they anticipating Hilliary Clinton to win – and again if so, are they planning it becasue of an earlier agreement with her or the DNC.
      Nobody who support homosexuality as a norm should be supported or voted for by a Conservative….were in a fight, in our nation, we either want our children in our schools taught that homosexuality is a right or wrong. Gays can not reproduce so they need to convince sexually confused adolessents that they too may be gay to grow their population…it is time to fight and stand firm – homosexuality has always been a personality disorder which destroys lives.

  • http://twitter.com/pack_rulz1978 @pack_rulz1978

    I think the thing I love most about Rand Paul is that he can articulate the Constitution, free market principles, and freedom in ways no conservative has in a LONG time before him. The reaction to his speech at Howard University (http://goo.gl/Ug47hM) from those there seems very positive to the point they hope he leads the GOP in a new direction and we haven't seen the black community open to that kind of change in parties in forever. As nice as Palin was, she doesn't come close to how Dr. Paul explains why conservatism & limited government work for all and his dad let himself get too caught up in tangents that made him seem foolish.

    I think his next steps toward 2016 should move toward women and Latinos in a similar way. If he takes the lead in backing Tea Party candidacies similar to how Ted Cruz has, I think the grassroots could have HUGE gains in 2016 with him getting the Presidential win.

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