7. Recognize that U.S. demographics constantly change. Government exclusively by old white men is over. In January, we will have 20 women in the U.S. Senate, 17 of them Democrats.
8. Cooperate with Democrats in the Congress. Shed the "Party of No" label. Speaker Boehner should replace Ayn Rand acolyte Paul Ryan with a more responsible thinker, as chair of the House budget committee. Boehner should relegate the uncooperative members to lesser positions on minor committees. His message will be received. In the Senate, the GOP must stop its record-setting misuse of the filibuster as a means to bog down the entire body.
9. Move away from intrusive social policy. This year's official Republican Party platform stated that a fertilized ovum is a person, with all the rights guaranteed under the Constitution. But to the majority of Americans the rights of the woman come first, before the rights of what may be seen only with a high powered microscope. Perhaps a fertilized egg has a soul. And as a matter of blind faith, that is a belief to be admired. But it is a metaphysical proposition, and the majority does not accept it.
10. Stop the thoughtless hawkishness. The war on terror will not be won by dropping bombs. Rather, it will be won by guile, cleverness, careful infiltration of terror cells and spy work.
11. Break free from the self-reinforcing circle-talk of FoxNews, Donald Trump and Rush Limbaugh. Stop genuflecting to a bloviating, thrice divorced, drug abusing, lazy, intellectually dishonest coward who termed a young woman a slut and prostitute, simply because she believes that birth control ought to be covered by insurance.
12. When high profile talkers ask for the president's birth certificate, when they say that he has gone around the world apologizing for America, when they say that he is a communist or is in thrall to a nutty Chicago preacher or has been influenced by Kenyan anti-colonialism, call them what they are -- loonies. Republicans, ask them instead for a positive plan to improve your life.
Wyatt, is a Gazette contributing columnist and a Marshall University professor.