Deal or No Deal: Time to Reform the Republican Party

“Don’t be afraid to see what you see.”  ~Ronald Reagan

By Alden L. Benton

I am disgusted with the GOP.  

They silenced Ron Paul at the Republican Party Convention and conveniently decertified his delegates, taking away their voice — a very conservative voice.

Now, in apparent retaliation, party figureheads (House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell) have eliminated conservatives from key committees and replaced them with lap dog RINOs (Republicans in Name Only).

Today it has become clear that the two faux leaders are caving to Obama’s demands for raising taxes.  The only disagreement seems to be on how they will screw us, not if they will screw us.

Boehner and McConnell are turncoats — traitors to conservatives and their hopes to rebuild America.  I have suspected this for quite some time and now they have proclaimed their lack of fealty for all to hear.

There is no longer any point in voting for the GOP or its candidates until it returns to its founding principles.  All GOP officials seem to be interested in is covering their asses — maintaining their personal power and securing their own reelection, no matter what principles they sacrifice or what lies and treachery they must perpetrate to do so.

I have changed my voter registration to reflect this reality.  I am now registered as “Declined to state,” California’s version of independent. 

The GOP is self-destructing and this implosion does not bode well for the future of America. 

America must not fall victim to one-party rule.  One party rule is tyranny.  With the current configuration of the Republican Party, we already have one party rule.  The labels of (D) or (R) have become meaningless.  Democrats are still the dangerous party and the Republican Party is not just the stupid party, but are now no more than servile sycophants.

However, if the GOP becomes irrelevant, and is not replaced by a viable conservative party, America will become a nation of serfs and vassals.  We will be a nation of slaves serving the Leftist leaders of the undemocratic party and its government — a government where our God–given rights are no longer relevant, let alone protected; a government whose just powers are not derived from the people.  

That is an America I do not want to see.

I can see two ways to prevent the hostile takeover of the United States by the Marxist Left: reestablish the GOP as a conservative party by aligning with little “l” libertarians (not the Libertarian Party) or form a new conservative party.

Over the last few weeks, Erick Erickson (Red State) has been advocating the first option — purging the GOP of the old guard establishment and replacing them with true conservatives.  I think this is the most viable option as third parties have never been successful.  This is why Ron Paul, an ardent Libertarian, ran as a Republican.  He knew his ideas had a better chance of being heard as a candidate of a major party. 

Another problem with the GOP is, as Thomas Sowell details in his column Nice Losers, with one exception, the GOP candidate for president has always been a RINO.  For 100 years, we have only been given a choice between a progressive/leftist Democrat and a not quite so progressive leftist Republican.  The one exception was Ronald Reagan.

It is time for a revolution within the Republican Party.  It is time for conservatives who care about the future of the United States to wrest control of the GOP from the hacks and traitors who control it. 

In 2014, there are 33 Senate seats up for election.  Of those 33, 20 are Democrats and 13 are Republicans.  Conservatives must unite and eliminate as many Democrats as possible and replace any Republican who is not a conservative.

In 2016, the fight must continue.  Thirty-four Senate seats are up for election with 10 Democratic and 24 Republican Senators expected to seek reelection.  In both 2014 and 2012, the entire House of Representatives will be elected.

These elections, along with the off-year state and local elections, give conservatives an extraordinary opportunity to reclaim their party and begin the rescue of a nation that has been held hostage by progressives of both parties for more than 100 years.

We must seize this opportunity.  If we fail, America will fail.

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.  We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream.  It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”  ~Ronald Reagan

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2 responses to “Deal or No Deal: Time to Reform the Republican Party

  1. This is toughie. As with so many things in life, the essentials are really quite clear and pretty simple. But it’s a messy problem, too.
    Alden is correct (as are many others) that the Republican Party is suffering from a lack of clear direction and a deep schism of ideology; thus it is in desperate need of new leadership — immediately.
    However, Alden is wrong in two ways:
    1) Eviscerating (demonizing) House Speaker John Boehner and Senate leader Mitch McConnell is not only excessively harsh but also guilty of exactly the label (being unconservative) used to describe those with whom he disagrees. The fault is not personal (on the part of Alden and others pushing this view) but rather in the rashness of a scorched earth attitude, which is being mistaken for strongly held principle and a determination to defeat Obama the Would-be Sorcerer King and his thoroughly un-American gremlins.
    I completely agree that Boehner and McConnell are insufficient in all three critical areas: ideology (principles), backbone (commitment and energy), and awareness (understanding your enemy). But I refuse to use the scythe on my friends — or family members, in the sense that the present GOP leaders are our frustrating and sometimes insufferable siblings — even if they are largely clueless about core matters and must be replaced as leaders before they give away the farm or collapse in the face of a steamroller foe.
    The problematic GOP leaders are honorable people making an honest effort, not traitors to the Republican cause. They are wrong-headed and weak (the embodiment of what the party has embraced in structure and attitude for far too long). But the problem is the Republican Party and its conflicted vision, not the personal character of these individuals. Remember, they never said they were Conservatives in the way we understand the term and are insisting on; they are what the Republican Party has welcomed and been satisfied with, before and after Ronald Reagan. They are being true to what they think is right, which is what the conflict is about.
    2) Turning away from the Republican Party by changing voter registration — and thus sending a message to Democrats and all of America that Republicans are running from core principles — is a serious mistake. It weakens the conservative movement and strengthens Democrats (Leftists all, whether by deliberate ideology or by brainwashed ensorcellment in the name of warm feelings for fuzzy fantasies).
    The Republican solution is to replace the “moderate” half-conservative tradition with the properly resurgent Founding principles. (Go, Tea Party!) The worst thing to do is to secede from the party, just as seceding from the nation is sorely misguided. The way to fight is to start by defending your home and make your house clean, not to run from it in the name of establishing something new, vague, and sloppy — which mostly likely has no chance of success, or at least not of achieving the envisioned goal.
    This is exactly how I saw things in the 1960s, when the anti-war Leftist-Liberals (dupes-hippies-dropouts and juveniles of all ages) earnestly cried out for tearing down “the system” (fundamentally changing America) instead of working within the system for honest reform and honorable, adult actions (making meaningful corrections). The choice then was, as it is now, between an emotional lashing out versus a more deliberate rebuilding through principled strengthening of the foundation — for the benefit of the entire nation, not personal satisfaction.
    I will not junk the Republican Party — certainly not casually — any more than I will throw away the United States of America. (I came over to the Republican side, officially, after the 2000 presidential election to finally escape the demean, dishonest Democrat club and my lifetime of half-aware political illusions), and I refuse to make that wise decision mean nothing.) The Republican Party is, or should be, the caretaker of the republican, founding principles.
    It’s clear to me (no surprise) that Alden and I are saying essentially the same thing — different personal styles and thought-process preferences notwithstanding. The key principles are not in question.
    Everybody, heed this. Ask yourself two things:
    (1) Do you respect “moderation” of your principles? That is, when somebody asks you to make very troubling exceptions; or when somebody who says he shares your idea of unshakable values and truths, but instead he tends to embrace or pursue things in serious conflict with those principles, associates too eagerly with people you despise, or maybe is just satisfied with a discomforting dissonance?
    (2) Do you think core principles can ever be “moderate” — as in halfway?
    Strategies may well be complicated or impure at times, but they must serve steadfast principles, not occasional ones, never sorta-maybe-casual ideas of right and wrong to suit some convenience. No matter how reasonable that course may be.
    Keeping to your principles doesn’t mean just being stubborn, and it sure doesn’t mean destroying yourself, or everything around you, in pursuit of perfection. But it may mean doing “impractical” or “radical” things when the stakes are high and at a critical time, to do what’s right. Barry Goldwater taught us that lesson.
    There comes a time when you must do what’s right or you’ll find the fruits you receive are too cheap to hold dear, and that you’re not at all safe from a repeat threat. In addition, you’ll have to live with your shame as the eternal price of not doing what you knew was right when you had the chance. Principles require risk.
    Bottom line: The Republican Party must embrace its core values and become a truly conservative party. The key is for Republicans to be republicans (Jeffersonians, not Hamiltonians) by injecting the little “r” into the big R. The two must be one and the same, not diametrically opposed facets of a stodgy bureaucracy that serves big government rather than energetic, self-governing citizens who seek liberty over power games and political shenanigans. I’ll stand with what’s right, protecting my house, and I’ll take the hits that come with it. I may live with dissatisfaction and even discomfort as a consequence, but by God, I’ll die free.
    Republicans clearly are faced with a deep schism of two conflicting identities and incompatible approaches, in fiscal negotiations and on the larger scale. On one hand is the old-style, big government tradition, emphasizing temporary safety for the sake of a relatively comfortable survival. On the other hand is the even older (original) style of republican/representative government that serves responsible government by responsible citizens, without coercion in either direction.
    The first approach — used by the present weak-principled, halfhearted, institution-oriented club — is too comfortable and satisfied with the bureaucratic-strategy approach. It is inherently the perennial Leftist-Democrat game, from sunup to sunup, without exception. In other words, Republicans have allowed themselves to get caught up in the Democrat game played strictly by Democrat rules. (In the same way, Republicans were stupid enough to adopt the Leftist “opposition party” idea and manner of hate-debating — with Republicans thinking they’re engaging in spirited word games when the opponent actually is in a constant state of eager war, reveling in throwing acid as naturally and unflinchingly as the scorpion stings the naive turtle.)
    The second approach (Tea Party) is the answer for Republicans. In that sense, it’s a tragedy that Jim DeMint (a natural Tea Party champion within the party) has decided to step down in favor of directing the Heritage Foundation. His choice is a good one for the larger cause of American conservatism, but it hurts the party at the very time the self-flagellating party needs his direction as well as his outspokenness.
    This Tea Party approach is inherently more urgent and edgy in pursuit of liberty and honor, not seeking convenience and certainly not being reasonable for the sake of niceties or surviving for the moment, Thus, the Republican leadership problem deepens.
    (This also shows why the Founders’ idea of a citizen legislature comprised of non-elites — regular folks and “little guys” — is essential: the decisions they make, especially financial, can actually affect them personally.)
    As things stand, it’s painfully obvious that Republicans have no chance of winning the present Washington, D.C., confrontation (or any other substantial ideology/policy conflicts) against this now overtly bullying, tyrannical president and his gang of hardcore Machiavelli-Rasputin zealots. In fact, there is no chance of even negotiating, especially when Republican leadership is stuck in what is a very sensible and reasonable but embarrassingly anemic “let’s minimize the damage” mode.
    Has it occurred to anyone else that this fiscal cliff/tax dispute is very much what the Founders faced? It’s “taxation without representation” all over again! This confrontation isn’t a Sunday stroll. It requires much sterner stuff that what we’re used to. George Washington and company surely are frowning down at us, but perhaps they’re smiling, too.,
    As usual, Alden is spot-on with the core principles and the big picture. But it’s always wrong to kick honorable friends with low blows and dismiss them out of hand, even if they are wrong and must be replaced at the head of the class. If we trash every friend who doesn’t see eye to eye with us but is essentially a spiritual compatriot, we will have few friends (especially when we discover we need them later, in some capacity), and deserve none, and even less honor. And nobody will ever trust us again — certainly not those “moderates” and undecideds. This is exactly what Democrats did by embracing the Marxist religion — they have zero tolerance for even the slightest disagreement and are eager to thrown “former friends” under the bus if it serves their purposes at the moment. (Leftist principles: little more than power-mongering, dehumanizing viciousness.) Beats me how anybody with a brain and normal senses can ever vote for a Leftist. Great propaganda, for sure.
    Conservatives (republican Republicans) surely will recover their senses on this matter rather quickly — or at least their grace in disagreement — and turn their moral outrage on the real enemy while rebuilding from within.
    The unending fight for liberty requires as much self-reflection and principled self-restraint as it does dedicated commitment against tyranny and senseless slaughter.

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