Jackie Gingrich Cushman

What might a newly renovated Republican Party look like? A group that opens its arms to all Americans and is represented throughout all 50 states by a variety of people. A party that focuses on inclusion rather than outreach, a party that creates a welcoming space.

A party that communicates with feeling as well as facts.

A party that cares about people first and politics second.

We have to spend some time envisioning what should be, what could be.

To become the majority party that it could be, the Republican Party must go through renovation.

The hard part about politics is that it includes people. The best part about politics is that it includes people. It's tempting to focus on the theoretical, policy and intellectual sides of politics, but the integration of ideas and interaction between people is where the real work gets done.

In the end, it's not about political theory; it's about whom we can work with to implement political reality to make our country better.

It's no longer enough to be the party that Americans should agree with. Republicans could be the party Americans want to belong to, to be a part of.

This is going to require major renovation.

The renovation process can be tough. It's dusty, dirty, long and sometimes incredibly frustrating.

But it has to be done.

Jackie Gingrich Cushman

Jackie Gingrich Cushman is a speaker, syndicated columnist, socialpreneur, and author of "The Essential American: 25 Documents and Speeches Every American Should Own," and co-author of “The 5 Principles for a Successful Life: From Our Family to Yours”.