But young voters still view the world as their oyster, to be opened and enjoyed. They are stoked with the exhilaration of finally being free of parental constraints and they are eager to experiment with their futures. However, they lack the experience to perceive the dangers in blindly experimenting with new and untried political structures. They need the parental restraint of level heads to keep them from hurting themselves and others. The "party of no" is the parental party, supplying the maturity that young people need.
Republican principles are also cited as being distasteful to hedonists. But moral relativism is in fact a renunciation of one's social responsibility, and it must be resisted in the interests of the society at large. Morality is the fence that prevents your cows from eating my corn crop. The "party of no": then can be seen as the fence mending party, maintaining the constraints of morality that assure the wellbeing of all the citizens of the republic – including those who have not yet been born.
It has further been suggested that Republicans are anti-progress, by which it is meant that they resist change and adhere to the status quo. But change, as amply demonstrated by the current administration, is not necessarily progress. Someone has to guide change into productive channels and resist change that is harmful to the health and welfare of the republic. That someone has traditionally been the "party of no."
The nature and purpose of a republic is to supply constraints. Certain rules must be observed and certain activities must be constrained in order to promote civility and security among the citizens of the society and to prevent dissention and chaos. The role of republicans is to assure that those rules are observed and those activities are constrained. And that responsibility not infrequently requires saying "no."
Youth and hedonism and foolishness will always be with us and they will always resent the effort to contain their folly. As republicans, we must convince them that we are not here to harm them but to enlist them in the preservation of their own health and happiness and freedom.
We must make the reckless advocates of "progress" understand that, as citizens of a republic, we are all republicans and that we all have the responsibility to stand stalwart against change that would swamp our virtue and sap our strength. The party of no is a badge of honor that republicans wear proudly. We are the guardians of the principles that have made this country the greatest nation on earth. We are the Constitution. We are the republic.