First a disclaimer. I tend to vote Libertarian, but would have aligned with the small government Republicans of the past.
I think you make a lot of good points in your article. However, you are also asking Republicans to be better, while the Democrats play the exact same games.
In my opinion there are few differences between R&D. Democrats used to be anti-war. Republicans used to be small government. Now the only difference is talking points.
Both parties have shifted the political conversations to social issues, allowing them to change with the newest research poles. This doesn’t benefit the American people, it pits them against each other, creating an us or them mentality.
I would challenge the Republicans to restore individual freedoms, allowing all shapes, sizes and colors of people the equal opportunity to make a life of their choosing.