Dan Holler

Americans may be turning away from the GOP, but many of those Americans are self-identified Republican voters. If Republican voters don't like the Republican Party, how in the world does the GOP expect to woo new voters?

Breaking down the “6 million white voters opted to sit out” the 2012 election, Sean Trende observed “they fit the profile of ‘Reagan Democrats’ or, more recently, a Ross Perot supporter.”

Over the weekend, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush offered some advice on how to win some of these voters back. “Have a little bit of self-restraint,” Bush offered. “It might actually be a politically better approach to see the massive dysfunction but we don't even hear about that because we've stepped on that message.”

This is a subtle case for incrementalism. The argument here is that the Left slowly advances their agenda, one click at a time. Those of us on the Right, the logic goes, must be equally as patient – one tiny baby step at a time. But voters flocked toward Reagan – and some extent Perot – for exactly the opposite reason. They understand small-government incrementalism wasn’t (and isn’t) a solution for what ails America.

In the era of Obama, there is an undeniable problem with incrementalism: there is no turning back from Obamacare. This law isn't an incremental step; it is a headlong rush toward a single-payer, government-run health care system.

In 1961, Ronald Reagan warned of such a dramatic turn:

“One of the traditional methods of imposing statism or socialism on a people has been by way of medicine. It’s very easy to disguise a medical program as a humanitarian project. Most people are a little reluctant to oppose anything that suggests medical care for people who possibly can’t afford it.”

America’s ruling class knows this, but many would rather not confront it head on; instead, they’d rather confront the conservatives standing in front of the tank yelling stop.


Dan Holler

Dan Holler is the Communications Director for Heritage Action for America. Previously, he held numerous positions at The Heritage Foundation, most recently he was the Senate Relations Deputy. A Maryland native, he is a graduate of Washington College.


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