Steve DiMatteo

The Republican Party is standing on the precipice of a bright future, staring at an opportunity to utilize the sudden goodwill bestowed upon it.

With the disastrous unraveling that the Obamacare rollout has wrought, Republicans have been given a real chance to seize control of Congress in 2014.

But there are other longer-term stakes as well, not just for the presidency, but in the attempt to capture the hearts and minds of voters across the country – particularly young, left-leaning or utterly independent young Americans.

In order to truly take advantage of this current situation presented before them, and to establish themselves as the dominant party of reason and sanity, Republicans need to ease up – and completely ditch, in some cases – the impassable fight against certain social issues.

This, of course, takes into account that a great deal of the party is comprised of people with strict religious beliefs that wholeheartedly forbid gay marriage, abortion, etc. under any and all circumstances.

But maintaining that segment of the voting base does not create much of a sustainable future; securing young voters is.

Fewer and fewer young people attend church or even identify themselves as anything close to being religious. They are champions for equal rights, especially gay marriage. Speaking as someone relatively young, there is an inherent desire in many young Americans to not be known as the generation that allowed bans on gay marriage to survive or, worse, thrive.

And speaking in generalities, we’d like our freedom to smoke our weed, too.

With a strong emphasis for social rights, many young voters simply side with the Democratic Party because they identify the left as the compassionate party that supposedly stands up for the little man.

But what the Obamacare disaster has done is shed a light on the implausibility of Democratic economic policies, the importance of which many young voters realize as those decisions affect them more with age.

So yes, a fundamental shift is in order; this isn’t to undermine the magnitude of such a move or to underestimate these particular social values. But, at the very least, there needs to be a softening of views on some social issues - not all.

The harm in extending gay rights, having men generally shut up instead of trying to explain how a woman’s body should work and at least waiting to see how the taxation of marijuana shakes out at the state level is so miniscule that the fear it instills in the right is baffling, unfounded and antiquated.

Steve DiMatteo

Steve DiMatteo is a freelance writer and proud Ohio Bobcat from Cleveland, Ohio. You can get a full dose of him on a daily basis on Twitter @steve_dimatteo.