June 21, 2013

I found Michael Gerson’s June 18 op-ed column, “The GOP’s tricky navigation,” quite compelling, but one line struck me: “So the Republican Party is left with a challenge: It needs to become more socially inclusive without becoming socially liberal.” Perhaps I’m the only one with this interpretation, but the statement seems to be a paradox. Is Mr. Gerson implying that it would be possible for the Republican Party to become more inclusive without changing its stance on any social policies? The war on drugs has failed, Internet privacy is deteriorating (if it ever existed) and homosexuality isn’t going away — no matter how badly some wish it would. If the GOP wants to attract young people for the future, it should hold tight to its historical value of economic freedom but also be consistent across the board and embrace social change that protects the individual, too.

Connor Roth, Washington

Continue reading