@carldemaio, I must say that what you suggest is refreshing in what I believe is a very disappointing time for a struggling Republican Party. I was raised Republican, and saying that is funny to me because I feel that a lot of young republicans were “raised” republican as well. Now, of course that is not ALL young republicans, but for those of us who were raised to follow a string of political beliefs, as we’ve grown wiser and stepped out into the world as individuals, we find that we are exposed to a very strong social belief that falls more in line with liberal views. I agree that the party needs to change, and your idea of the “New Generation” leading the party sounds great, in theory, but is it truly practical?
In today’s modern society, the average persons social network is exponentially greater than that of someone 30 years ago. We put ourselves in the public eye, to our friends, family, co-workers and even strangers. Today’s society wants to be cool, and even though I don’t run in many political circles, i’m sure that young republicans in these circles feel that the “old way” of the Republican Party (parts of it at least) aren’t keeping up with social standards. Not only that, but being a Republican these days, is not “cool”. You’re pegged as a “Bible Hugger” who hates gay people and who will try to dictate what women can do with their bodies. You start to see young republicans claiming that they are Libertarian or Tea Party Republicans.
My family is from South America, my parents came to the US from Peru in the early 1980’s. My father was practicing law in Peru when their economy tanked, he moved here to find a career and traded his suit and a courtroom for a tow truck and worked night shifts as a repo-man. Now our family owns one of the largest debt collection law firms in California. My parents are the epitome of the American Dream. Now my brothers and I are pursuing careers as business owners, I am lucky to be enrolled in law school, and have found success in my professional career as a result of the core values my family instilled in me; family, hard work, humility.
I am, what I believe, the Republican Party would call a perfect constituent. However, being a part of this “New Generation” of republicans has left me asking for more from “my” party. I’m turned off by the positions some of the leaders in this party have taken, and I find myself voting for republicans, not because I like them, but because anything is better than what today’s democrats are offering.
I believe in civil liberties, but I also believe there is a place for government intervention. I believe in a free market and capitalism, but I understand that regulation has it’s place in a capitalist country.
All in all, I support what you offer, it sounds great. But I am curious, how do you get the “people” to buy in? The “new generation” is going to the liberal/democrat side, because our generation lacks interest. Liberals are better marketers, period. I think it’s great that you’ve joined Volkalize, it shows that you’re willing to put yourself out there and your more than likely going to subject yourself to some hard questioning from REAL people, not a script that you got two weeks ago.
I have some comments related to your policies in regards to San Diego’s fiscal health, and whether “saving” us from bankruptcy, was really saving us at all. I think a Chapter 9 Bankruptcy would have been a good thing for our City. We made a lot of bad deals, and we lost a lot to our creditors as a result of them. Trust me, as a professional that represents creditors in my daily work as a debt collection professional, it is ODD that I support a bankruptcy. But poor policy decisions put San Diego in the hole, and I agree that your policies and your leadership may have saved us from a bankruptcy, but how much did we, or will we, lose as a result of not restructuring?
Mr. Demaio, you’re approach is refreshing. You have my support. I hope that you are welcomed by other leaders in the Republican Party. I may not agree with everything you represent, but I have to say that it’s a breath of fresh air in a very stinky room of politicians who can’t win. Good luck to you, and I commend you for opening this door on Volkalize.com, I know it will add value to your efforts and I hope my fellow users on the site find an opportunity to buy into your plan!