Mrs Cooper:You know how your daddy used to say that you can only fish for so long before you got to throw a stick of dynamite in the water?
Mrs Cooper:Well, I’m done fishing
The Big Bang Theory The Luminous Fish Effect 2007
I’m done asking people to vote for the GOP, I’m done compromising on issues dear to me and I’m done pushing candidates that are willing to say one thing when they want my vote but not willing to act once they have power.
The party seems to forget the reason they have a congressional majority is not due to their own actions but the actions of others.
In 1994 it was Rush Limbaugh and the conservatives he energized with the help of Hillarycare that motivated voters who previously did not turn out to finally give the GOP their first congressional majority since the 50’s.
It 2010 it was the TeaParty and people who had not gotten involved before energized by the president Obama push for Obamacare and led by Sarah Palin, the one person besides Limbaugh who was not calling for appeasement of Obama that gave the GOP majorities all over the nation just in time for the redrawing of congressional maps.
And it was conservatives again who after being spurned by Mitt Romney & Co and staying home in 2012 gave the party one more shot to do what they promised in 2014.
This abortion bill debacle was the last straw for me. I left the Democrats 20 years ago when it became clear that a Catholic who actually believed in his faith was no longer welcome, if the GOP doesn’t want social conservatives then it’s time for us to go.
That leads to the obvious question: Go Where?
Glad you asked, After the last presidential election Mike Rogers sent this comment in E-mail that I posted:.
The time to take over the GOP (state by state) or set up a real third party (let’s call it the conservative party, like NY state), is NOW, after a historic election that demonstrated the ineptness of the “Wizards of Smart”.
The time NOT to talk about and vote for a third part candidate, or stay home and pout about rules that work against you is DURING an historic election, when one of the evils is immeasurably worse than the guy you can’t quite warm to.
If we successfully set up a conservative party, and win some seats, we can choose to align with Republicans or even endorse their candidate as a tactical matter on a vote by vote basis.
Well it is after a historic election and after reading about Mitt Romney embracing climate change, the English & spanish language versions of the SOTU response and the House GOP going feckless on Abortion the time to set up these conservative parties in every state is now.
This VERY week Committees should begin forming in every state to create State conservative parties.
THIS VERY WEEK: True believers should be determining exactly legal steps need to be done in each state to be recognized.
This very week, activists should be sounding out potential candidates and writing a statement of principles embracing the following:
1. Fiscal conservativism & responsibility
2. Social conservative & personal responsibility
3. Defending the Judeo Christian values that made America great
As for funding this, if we can’t find conservatives willing to kick in I”m sure our friends on the left would be delighted to provide the seed money to get things going in the hope of splitting the GOP.
This has to be started NOW so that by say April of this year we are in a position to be able to act.
Now I can hear people say: “DaTechGuy, this is crazy, you’ll just be handing elections to the Democrats who are even worse. Haven’t you said time and time again you have to vote for the best choice on the ballot?”
Yes I have and on a pragmatic level if the choice in 2016 is Bush vs Clinton I’d much rather have Bush nominate a squish to the Supreme Court than Clinton nominate a radical but this misses the point.
If we have things in place by this summer, well before the primary season for 2016 everything changes for one simple reason that Mike pointed out in his original e-mail. A point I want to emphasize:
There is absolutely nothing stopping a Massachusetts Conservative Party or a Ohio Conservative Party or a North Carolina Conservative Party from nominating the candidate that wins a GOP primary as their choice for a state district, a House district, a Senate Seat, a Governorship. Nor is there anything preventing a national conservative party from nominating the GOP presidential nominee as the choice of their party.
Now put yourself in the place of the GOP both on the national and the state level.
If they see such parties forming, particularly in states that are close, are they more or less likely to frustrate the conservative agenda in the House & Senate and fuel the anger that generates them?
Say you are a member of Congress, perchance one who scuttled the Abortion bill, or is pushing for higher Gas taxes or supporting common core and you see this happening, are you more or less likely to anger conservatives who might choose to run a candidate who will cut into your base?
Say you are a state party preparing to fill a open congressional seat, are you likely to push a RINO that will guarantee a Conservative Party candidate on the ballot or will they find a more conservative candidate that, while not being a Ted Cruz or a Mike Lee would have enough appeal to conservatives to keep them in their camp?
Imagine you’re a state GOP with a strong conservative already sitting, are you to consider a primary challenge to might cause the state conservative party to split off?
Now obviously both human nature and the law of averages tell you that this will not always be enough to motivate the GOP to “Do the right thing” and there will be occasions when our running a candidate will be enough to give a Democrat the odd house seat in a marginal district or even cost us a Senate Seat such as in NH but consider the following:
Right now the GOP has the largest majority it has had in the house for a century. So if Democrats take a few seats or even 10, it will not give them the strength to advance the liberal agenda.
Additionally what if there had been a 3rd party candidate running in NH instead of clear field. Might some of those conservatives who stayed home have been enough to not only increase the GOP majority in the statehouse or perhaps give some help to Marilinda Garcia who was ignored by the national GOP?
Would not both the state party and perhaps a candidate such as Kelly Ayotte who had the support of Conservatives like Palin in 2010 seeing thousands of votes for a Conservative candidate in opposition to Brown think long and hard before antagonizing said party before she has to face voters?
Now there are some who might see new party structure as a chance to become regular guest on media, others who figure getting in on the ground floor of a party will mean power in the long run, still others see this in terms of profit and an easy paycheck. A new party will always attract such people.
In the long run it doesn’t matter to me any more than if a congressman votes the right way out of principle or out of expediency. I’d say if the world was full of angels we would not be need government but as I recall Satan started his career angelically.
So lets just say this: if we are advancing conservative principles for the good of our country our society and children, that’s fine with me.
But remember we have only a short window to get this done, if we wait too long then we won’t be able to influence the GOP congress into conservatism, or the GOP candidates into conservatism, all we’ll be able to do is help Democrats win, which is’t the point of the exercise.
We get started now or we wait till Jan 2017. There is not an acceptable 3rd choice.
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