Republicans Must Become a Pro-Family Party After Roe

After the reversal of Roe v. Wade, the radical Left kicked the histrionics into high gear. All of a sudden, the would-be court packers became extremely concerned about the harms of judicial overreach. Leftists’ unabashedly hypocritical talking points belie their support for a civilization-crippling culture of death—one which has rendered abortion on demand as its Holy sacrament.

Most of the radical Left’s points are grotesque nonsense, such as their obsession with the tiny percentage of abortions compelled due to rape and incest and their concern about preventing unwanted babies when there is a shortage of babies available for adoption. But they do make one valid point: Republicans offer few policy solutions for government at federal, state, and local levels to help families thrive and prosper.

Republican orthodoxy of the last four decades has been to support big government only when it helps massive corporations. D.C. think tanks fueled by donations from the super-wealthy call this “free-market economics,” but government intervention touches every aspect of the economy. The stock market and the business elite have been well-served by these policies, but ordinary families have been crushed, and this has led to well-deserved enmity against the establishment wing of the Republican Party.  

There is perhaps no better example of this sort of failed leadership within the GOP than what we saw during the run-off elections for the U.S. Senate in Georgia. President Trump led the charge to provide relief directly to the people for COVID-19, supporting as much as $2,000 per American citizen. The government, in a bipartisan manner, had already given trillions of dollars to corporations and well-connected firms throughout the pandemic. Now, it was time for the people to get some help they desperately needed.

Trump pushed hard for the relief, the Republican Senate candidates whose fate was hanging in the balance supported it, and the overwhelming majority of the people needed the help. There was only one problem: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

McConnell put his foot down and cost the GOP two Senate seats. Helping middle Americans was a line that McConnell refused to cross. Subsidies, handouts, welfare, special tax breaks, or any sort of benefit for the megacorps who contribute to the Senate Leadership Fund are fine. In that respect, McConnell is just another big government, big spending corporate welfare peddler. When it comes to measures that directly aid the people, McConnell transforms into a fiscally conservative budget hawk.

McConnell’s performance throughout the Senate runoff in Georgia served as a sad caricature of how the Republican Party alienates voters and loses elections. While the professional class of pundits blamed Trump for refusing to falsely assuage voters’ legitimate concerns about election integrity, McConnell blew the easy win by refusing to support a no-brainer policy that helped families. Thankfully, the nascent America First wing of the GOP has a chance to close the door on that era of blunders once and for all.

I propose that the GOP, following the example of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, should include at least five months of paid maternal leave; a scheme of progressive child tax credits; additional funding for and oversight of the foster care system; the creation of vouchers to subsidize daycare for working families; thousands of dollars in bonus payments to families that incentivizes them to have more children, and monthly child benefits of at least $500 to families in need. The doubters will attack my proposal as they attacked Orban’s plan, but his pro-natalism policies are already achieving their intended results. 

Leftists trashed Orban’s pro-family policies—they want to see Hungarian and European civilization decimated. The establishment Right has been similarly critical as it demands more immigration and less national cohesion as a recipe to increase corporate profit margins. These policies, however, are steadily working and reversing Hungary’s demographic collapse. Hungary saw its highest level of new births in over a decade in 2021, even as COVID-19 posed major challenges that hurt the overall population rate. Hungary boosted its national birth rate to 1.59 per couple from 1.2 per couple, putting the country on the trajectory to be above replacement level in the decades to come. This is what we must emulate in the United States.

My policy proposal is far from profligate. For example, it would cost $18 billion per year to give a child bonus of $5,000 to families. In contrast, we provide $2 billion a year in sugar subsidies to wealthy corporations. We dole out over $40 billion annually in foreign aid, most of which goes into the pockets of government leaders who use the loot to fuel their own corrupt dealings. All but a handful of America First Republicans in Congress voted in favor of giving $40 billion to Ukraine for a proxy war that could lead to World War III because defense contractor lobbyists said it was a priority. This money could easily be diverted to assist American families. 

When crafting pro-family policies, it is of utmost importance to assure working families receive the help. Such policies must not give more money to “single mothers,” who have become a cause du jour as society has disintegrated. Benefits should be primarily tied to wedlock status because evidence proves that children have the best chance of success when raised in a nuclear family. Of course, Democrats will cry racism, and far-Left subversive groups like the ACLU will argue that these policies are unconstitutional. We must fight these organizations head-on and put them in the unfamiliar role of opposing government support for families, which will turn the tables on the media’s familiar narrative.

This is the blueprint to use the end of Roe v. Wade to promote natalism, protect America’s demographic integrity and enrich the family structure that the Left wishes to destroy. God is smiling down on our nation for reversing the unconstitutional judicial mandate that enabled the murder of untold millions of unborn Americans, but it will take far more than one Supreme Court decision to undo nearly a century of moral decay. Moving toward a workable nationalism means embracing pro-family policy and rejecting the reviled dogmas of the recent past. The false idol of “free markets” must be discarded in the ash heap of history for the Republican Party to save America.

About Gavin Wax

Gavin Wax is the 76th President of the New York Young Republican Club, Chairman of the New York Republican Liberty Caucus, an Ambassador for Turning Point USA, and an Associate Fellow at the London Center for Policy Research. You can follow him on Twitter at @GavinWax.

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