The primary goal of conservatism, as articulated by William F. Buckley, is to stand athwart the world and shout stop.
This is on its face a very silly principle. Time does not stop. Things do not stop changing. Politics exists because people are dissatisfied with things and want change. If your only principle is don't change, you're a dinosaur already.
It's a fact that the GOP have responded to the news of their coming demographic crisis by attacking the very right to vote in America, an act that SHOULD be considered treason if one could expect conservatives to actually uphold the principles our nation was founded on. When confronted with all the wrong of voter ID laws and voter-suppression schemes, conservatives either glibly lie that we don't actually live in a Democracy (try reading that Declaration, people, we most certainly do), or make up some bullshit but never address the fact that yes, actual voters are being denied their voice.
This can work for awhile. Gerrymandering, vote-stealing, vote-suppressing, out-and-out vote rigging, and of course lying about your platform are all things that allow the GOP to retain un-earned power from the electorate.
Let's re-state that. When the GOP "wins" an election through stealing votes, suppressing votes or in any other way silencing the voices of voters, they have acquired power that they didn't earn, and do not deserve.
And because of this, they do themselves a long-term disservice, not just the country. Long-term, Democracy enables a stable social order because it responds to the needs of the most. When that mechanism is intentionally short-circuited, obviously those needs will not be met. Those people will eventually realize that it's not just fate or God or destiny that is fucking them over, but their Representative who is sabotaging things for his smaller, less-representative sample of the population.
The Founders stated that government power is at the consent of the governed, and only in that way. They didn't just disagree with the decisions of George III as King, they flat-out denied that he had any right in the first place to even claim that mantle. And they were, and are, exactly right. All around us in the modern world we can see the massive divide between societies ruled by consent, and those not ruled by consent. Societies ruled by fiat or iron fist are less successful, less prosperous, weaker, and more miserable. Always. Not just sometimes. Not just when the King is bad, but all the time. One or two good rulers' good works can be utterly demolished by the next guy, so you can't expect consistency, and you can't grow a real civilization around such uncertainty. That's why Afghanistan, ruled by a passel of unelected warlords, is still a shithole. Somalia, a shithole. Places with no government, are a shithole. Places with a tyrranical, unaccountable dictator are also, always, a shithole. There's no example otherwise, anywhere.
You can't build a modern civilization like ours WITHOUT Democracy. There's a reason all of the technological progress of the whole of human history can be broken into two huge chunks: everything before the Renaissance, and everything after. Before the Renaissance, and the subsequent Enlightenment, which was the intellectual movement that our Founders subscribed to, technology and science languished, suffocated by state-run religions. There was no reason to invent the better mouse trap because solidly conservative kings and queens and their whole social order got squarely the fuck in the way and stopped people from upsetting their interests.
Civilization only began to unlock humanity's potential when it could sit still long enough to grow. Where we could pause from the IDIOTIC distractions of religious wars and self-centered tyrants and their petty, vain ambitions, and focus on the rest of the people, not just the handful of fat fucks at the top of the pile. Democracy creates a middle class. It's the only mechanism that can, reliably. And a middle-class is the only way to grow people like Thomas Edison and Albert Einstein. Already-wealthy people do not innovate, because why? They're already wealthy. Just keep things the way they are, and they can stay that way.
Poverty doesn't do this because poverty cannot lead to self-improvement. The central dynamic of our nation and our pride in it is that ordinary people can do it too, and we have come so far because of that.
And in the long run, civilization is a process, it's a dynamic thing that is always changing. Standing athwart it crying stop is CHILDISH. No, the entire bus is not going to stop so one fussy toddler can be calmed down. Sorry. Time WILL march on. Progress WILL continue. People are actually, in reality, suffering and we as a society cannot abide that for long, or we won't have that civilized world anymore.
Should the GOP get every election in the next cycle, let's just imagine every GOP governor is as bad as Rick Scott or Scott Walker, or Rick Perry, and their statehouses are entirely focused on shutting down women's clinics, drug-testing welfare recipients, chasing phantom headless corpses on the border, building a Berlin Wall around our whole country, and of course selling off the public's every possession to private industry. Our economy re-collapses due to the removal of all financial regulations, the poor get much poorer, and so on. How long would that last?
Not very, I don't think. You can oppress and kick a people who have never stood up, but this country did stand up and some of us still remember how. If the GOP won across the board despite not being the choice of a majority of voters, they would suddenly find themselves and every structure of this country under a withering assault. Not because us evil liberals would have to plan it -- it would just happen. Fuck with people's food and in pretty short order there goes civilization, and the way Republicans run things it wouldn't be long before every area of the nation was in a crisis of some kind or another.
And even let's pretend the GOP isn't going to do all those things. Let's say they came up with a different program, but still not one that the voters actually got to weigh in on. That's not democracy, period. A regime elected by fraudulence and trickery is not going to feel accountable to the voters, so there's little chance at all that they'll do what the voters actually want done.
The problem will solve itself. Over time. Even gerrymandering can't overcome an angry public and it sure can't fix an aging demographic.
But the big question, to Republicans, is why?
Be honest. The country DOESN'T want abortion banned. The country DOESN'T want to return to the 1950's. We do NOT want to see colored-only lines. The nation DOES accept and tolerate gay marriage. The nation DOES NOT want to go to war with Iran.
So when the GOP wins despite the fact that they have to shut out lots of voters to do so, I want Republicans to honestly answer: so you think that will work? You think that thumbing your nose at Democracy is fitting for the longest-functioning example ever? Republicans are so eager to win, they'll shit right on our own national identity as the harbinger of freedom.
It's obscene to hear Republicans belittle and dismiss every citizen's right to vote. We still are the LONGEST-RUNNING Democracy in history. We also rightly claim the status as the LEADER of many nations of the world into freedom, and democracy. Yet Republicans glibly toss this glowing trophy over the side just so they can pretend they're the elected leaders of the nation? What kind of American does that?
Freedom is Democracy. Democracy is Freedom. Self-determination is what we desire from freedom, and we "determine" our government by voting. The right to vote should be sacrosanct. We should not need to periodically remind our government that they exist at our sufferance by a periodic Amendment to uphold that right. We had that right from the very start of this nation. We re-affirmed it in the 15th Amendment. We should not have to have this conversation again.