The Republican Party should not attempt to change the electorate to match the party line; it should change the party line to fit its electorate.
The trick is to help cut global emissions by deconstructing the American empire, not rebuilding it in a new form.
As Senator Ben Sasse said in his message to the Nebraska GOP State Central Committee after being censured: “Politics isn’t about the weird worship of one dude.” The party now wrestles with choosing between tethering itself to the Trump-adorned populist ideals or ridding itself of its recent populist tendencies and return to achieving meaningful, substantive conservative policy.
It is easy to draw conclusions about how climate change and COVID-19 have made us interconnected. More discomforting and important is to remember just how disconnected our experiences of both crises—and their political contexts—remain.
Trump’s recent acquittal stunned many Americans within the context of the January 6th Capital Riots. By looking at the history of impeachment, though, questions over impeachment’s true purpose and usefulness in the modern political era shows it may not be as obsolete as one may think.
The world is not perfect and will never be perfect as we will never all agree. However, we must agree that the protection of human rights is a universal problem that requires a solution.
All these debates have one common thread: how do we balance self-interest and collective good? How we choose to address these global disparities to vaccine access is a reflection of who we are as a nation.
Ultimately, Democrats and Republicans alike should aim to make the next election season as sane and reasonable as possible. An important first step, which is admittedly more appealing to Democrats, is to end partisan gerrymandering.