Originally Posted on American Thinker November 30, 2012
Bill Whittle has been making the rounds with the observation that the Republican Party doesn’t believe its own message, and this is one of the main reasons we lost the election. The idea is that Republicans make a show of being conservative, but don’t demonstrate a true commitment to conservative values or our nation’s founding principles. I think he’s right. Bill Whittle is a very smart guy.
Lately, the Republicans have been doing everything they can to prove him right. The Republican leadership has long been shifting policies and positions to the left, and is now accelerating in that direction. We need a “bigger tent”, don’t you know, and the best way to get a “bigger tent” is to become more like the Democrats.
John McCain says we need to leave abortion alone and get to the business of immigration reform. Juan McCain wants another amnesty. He’s learned nothing of the disaster of the last one. Republican officials Saxby Chambliss, Peter King, Lindsey Graham, Bob Corker, Eric Cantor, John McCain, and others, are backing off, or outright reneging, on their Taxpayer Protection Pledge not to raise taxes.
Abortion, amnesty and tax-and-spend policies: Does this sound like a party that truly believes in conservative values and America’s founding principles?
Listen, Republican leadership, you made a cock-up of this last election. We conservatives are stunned and still reeling that you could have lost it. We can’t believe it. This election was impossible to lose. We should have been able to run Donald Duck and win. But you managed to lose the election to the worst president in American history—an anti-American Marxist—in a horrible economic recession he is largely responsible for, and you still lost the election. That is really an incredible accomplishment. We can’t wait to see what you’re going to do for us next.
Conservative Leaders Wanted
The rise of liberalism is the cause of America’s decline and conservatism is the cure. We need decisive action in the fight against Obama’s socialist agenda. And so far, Republicans, you’re not providing it. You’re being called the Party of Complete Surrender for good reason. I’ve come to believe that the Republican Party is incapable of defending our nation against the socialist onslaught. Republicans might slow it down a bit, but we are slouching towards Gomorrah, inexorably headed the way of The Soviet Union, Red China, and Europe.
This inability to express a positive conservative vision has been going on with the GOP for a long time. Instead of exciting, visionary, conservative candidates you give us RINOs. In the last two generations, Ronald Reagan was the only truly conservative Republican leader, and he had to break the establishment GOP’s back to finally win the party’s nomination.
How do you get to be a Republican presidential candidate? Three ways: 1) It’s your turn to be president, according to the GOP establishment; 2) You have a fire in the belly for conservative principles and the public falls in love with you; or, 3) You want to be president and have the right family and political connections. Let’s look at GOP presidential candidates and their reason for running for office.
Republican President or Candidate
Reason for Running for Office
|Richard Nixon||It’s my turn.|
|Gerald Ford||Oh, sh*t!|
|Ronald Reagan||I have a conservative vision and I strongly believe in America’s founding principles.|
|George H.W. Bush||It’s my turn.|
|Bob Dole||It’s my turn.|
|George W. Bush||I wanna be prez.|
|John McCain||It’s my turn.|
|Mitt Romney||I wanna be prez.|
Can you spot the true conservative? With one exception, these candidates don’t exactly thrill you with their enthusiasm for conservative values and our nation’s founding principles. One truly conservative candidate out of eight is a disaster.
So what do we hear from the GOP establishment lately? The trial balloons we are getting for presidential candidates are Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio, both establishment Republicans, both balloon-heads. Jeb Bush? Are they serious? Yes, they are. Let’s face it, both Rubio and Bush are RINOs, and neither of them has a chance of getting elected president. Why? The same reason Ford, Dole, McCain and Romney couldn’t get elected—they’re RINOs, and the conservative base won’t fully support them. They sure as heck aren’t going to draw many votes from the middle.
Hype and Chains
How do the Republican candidates compete with someone who says, “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” This person offers hope and change. That’s what most Americans desperately want—fundamental change. Sounds good. Washington is broken. Without fundamental change we’re toast. This guy offers hope.
But the Democratic Party candidate lied about what he was really up to. Americans didn’t know that Obama wanted to change America into a socialist nation—and that he is willing to destroy the country to do it. Most Americans still don’t believe it.
Say what you will about Obama, he is someone who believes in his (Marxist) principles and has the audacity to actively pursue them, fight for them—lie, cheat and steal for them. A leader with that kind of fire and commitment can lead millions of enthusiastic followers straight into the bowels of hell, cheering him every step of the way. He’s doing it right now.
And what is the Republican Party’s answer to this socialist menace that is actively undermining our government and destroying our way of life? There is no answer. Nothing. Nada. The Republicans roll over and play dead. Can’t criticize the Democrats or the mainstream media will call us racist, homophobic, sexist, bigots. Instead of fighting this slander, the GOP establishment has decided to transform itself into the socialist-lite party, to get more people into the “bigger tent”, don’t you know. They want to give away Obamaphones too. Bread and circuses win elections, they think. But what the American people really want is someone they can believe in and follow, someone like Ronald Reagan, an honest-to-God conservative with a clear vision for national restoration.
The one characteristic that candidates Reagan and Obama had in common is that they deeply believed in their principles and political beliefs. I can’t think of a single, living, Republican leader I can say that about.
GOP Establishment’s Zero Interest in National Restoration
The GOP has expressed exactly zero interest in restoring the USA as the most prosperous, generous, fair and religious nation in the history of the world; zero interest in returning to the days of balanced budgets, limited government and the free enterprise system. Have you heard anyone in the GOP talk about this? That’s all we want the GOP to do. But the GOP establishment doesn’t see the situation the way we do. The GOP establishment desperately wants to continue feeding and slopping at the money and power trough in Washington, and will do anything to protect this privilege, even transform itself into the Democratic-lite party.
We have everything we need to restore America to its former greatness. Everything. Except for the political will to make it happen, to take the reins of power away from the socialists, reform our government, and get down to the brass tacks of rebuilding our industrial base, commercial sector, and economic infrastructure, powered by a cheap, clean and abundant energy supply that we already have. We have all the physical resources to get this job done. We can once again become the world’s most prosperous lender nation instead of its worst debtor nation. All of this is within our grasp. This is a message people are desperate to hear.
A New Horizon
Ronald Reagan famously said, “I didn’t leave the Democratic Party. The party left me.” That’s the way I feel right now. The Republican Party has left me and I have nowhere else to go. Yet.
For God’s sake, Republicans, if you couldn’t win an election against Barack Hussein Obama, the worst president in United States’ history, in a severe economic recession, a person whose very eligibility for the job is in question, then what good are you? Who needs you?
I’m ready to move on. I can hear the storm of protest and denial coming my way already, ‘What do you mean, quit the Republicans? A third party has no chance against the Democratic Party machine. You’re throwing away your vote.’ This is the default argument, and it and the Republican status quo are no longer acceptable. As Thomas Parnell said, “I’ll seek a readier path.”
If I believed there was a chance in ten of reforming the Republican Party, I’d work hard on the reformation, rebranding and rebirth efforts. But we’re talking about the party of Trent Lott, George Bush, John Boehner, Darrell Issa and John McCain. It is the party of faux conservatism and little else. It’s time for a change.
The Constitution Party, Independence Party, Libertarian Party, the Tea Party, and others, need to join forces and form the conservative splinter faction within the Republican Party. It needs to gain power and influence, attract followers based on a solid platform of conservative values, and oppose compromise efforts by the GOP establishment. And when the time is right, it needs to take over the Republican Party—or split from it once and for all. The GOP establishment is no longer an option. It is only a slower train to socialist hell.
The Republican Party doesn’t believe its own message, and this is one of the main reasons we lost the election. Americans need a genuine conservative party, one that believes in our nation’s founding principles and is willing to fight for them. This is what most Americans desperately want, Republicans. Believe it or not.