According to statement released by the Co-Chairperson of the Rockland County Young Republican Club, “ in recent times, membership and participation in the YR's [Young Republicans] has dwindled to the point where the club is virtually defunct.” This is no surprise to me because the policies of the Republican Party are devoid of substance especially in regards to policies that impact young people.
As Co-President of the Rockland County Young Democrats, I receive inquires often about joining our organization. We have a vibrant and active group of skilled and intelligent young people ranging from HS students to young professionals in the community. From Stony Point to Orangetown, the Rockland County Young Democrats are ensuring that the collective voice of young people are being heard in the political arena. And of course we are getting Democrats elected.
I would venture to say that the recruitment for Young Republicans will become increasingly difficult as the Romney/Ryan ticket moves in the direction of conservative extremism. Waging a war on women ( see Rep. Akin's statement on "legimate rape" or Ryan's stance of denying equal pay for women (hint: Ryan voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act), working to undo civil rights advancements (see upholding the Defense of Marriage Act, or just read the Republican Party Platform) and embracing the failed logic of the Ryan Budget will further isolate young people from joining their ranks.
While I intrinsically disagree with whatever brand of (neo)conservatism the Young Republicans are pushing, I do commend the leaders of the Young Republicans for getting involved in the Democratic Process. I look forward to the possibility of a Young Democrat and Young Republican Debate and seeing them on the campaign trail.
And of course we welcome any Young Republicans who realize that their party does not care about, or stand with young people, to join our organization.