I have read the GOP Platforms, from 1860 to 2012. The difference I see between the early GOP and today’s GOP are glaring.
The early GOP was very confrontational and “hands on” when it came to promoting the message of liberty. This is why they had so much success getting even Black Delegates from the hostile south. In fact, most of the Black Republican delegates lived in the Confederate States. It didn’t matter because the Republican Party had a powerful “ground game” where Americans were most marginalized, among farmers and minorities.
However, over the years, the Republican Party became less confrontational and less “hands on.” It became “top down” and, consequently, no longer has the strong “ground game” in communities where Americans still tend to be more marginalized.
The Principles of the GOP have never changed in any platform. However, somewhere along the line, the passion has been lost. It became more about what was on the paper, more about the Party leadership than the people the platform intended to represent, in my opinion. Hence, the years of futility in the 20th Century and, now, in the 21st Century it faces the same problem.
The GOP is in desperate need of a revolution of values from within. A rearranging of priorities. A return to its “first works” and an embracing of the sincere passion of its conservative message and base.
It has indeed always been the conservative, passionate base of the Republican Party that has made it successful, whenever it has been at its best.
“Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.”- Revelations 2:5
It is time for Republican Party to return to its “first works.”