To sign or not to sign? Petitions are a written document that people sign to boost collective support for a specific initiative. It’s like a referendum, but with less teeth because there isn’t a legislative component to a petition. I spent the day perusing https://www.gop.com/get-involved/ to find a petition to write about, but instead I found messaging that reeked of desperation.
Stop, Kick Out and Demand are the most endearing terms on the GOP’s petition web page. I understand the need to provoke a strong “call to action”. And these terms may enrage an older audience enough to sign a petition, but this language does not connect with millennials.
Current GOP leadership must understand that millennials will respond to messaging that is positive, neighborly, and most of all, socially conscious. Using a verb like Kick Out makes me think I am joining a bar fight. The GOP leadership must let go of the mud it clenches so tightly and start building a political platform on the positive ideas of hard work and community involvement.
Thanks for reading my twenty-fifth blog post.
The Republican Millennial
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Reblogged this on Political Pipeline and commented:
could an example be changing the $150 fine for a speeding ticket to 2 hours of community service? After all, didn’t the speeder disrespect the community–and not the economy? This would get rid of the idea of minimum tixs cops need to get because their business would no longer be about “economy” rather “community.”
As a millennial, I agree with your points. However, I think some of us also appreciate the fact that the GOP leadership is taking a stance on something we believe in. If they take the right stance, we can hold them accountable for their claims. It goes back to Churchill’s saying “You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”
I think many millennials know how to take these political acts of desperation with a grain of salt, because politicians need to be somewhat provoking to show strength.
That said, I still don’t know whether to sign up or not. I don’t necessarily want to put my name out there as supporting something controversial. You never know when it might come back to haunt you. That’s why I agree that something “positive, neighborly, and most all, socially conscious” will always win.