Update: It has begun.
The naysayers will tell us many things. They’ll say it’s impossible. They’ll say that breaking away from the GOP will only empower the Democrats. They’ll say that there are plenty of third parties already and none of them are effective. They’ll say we’re only helping to get Hillary Clinton elected.
I’ve been a Republican my whole life. Ronald Reagan once famously said, “I didn’t leave the Democratic party, the Democratic party left me.” Well, I’m not leaving the GOP. The GOP became the POT – the Party of Trump – and I won’t be represented by him. I swallowed my pride and backed Mitt Romney even though I didn’t think he was a conservative because he was close enough and had an American revival of prosperity in his heart. I held my nose and supported John McCain even though I knew he wasn’t a conservative because I felt he was strong and could do more for America than the Senator from Illinois.
George W. Bush. Bob Dole. George H. W. Bush. I look back at all of the GOP nominees that I’ve supported and it’s clear that none of them would have been my first, second, or even third choice, but they were acceptable and clearly Republicans. The same cannot be said about Donald J. Trump. He’s not acceptable. He’s not clearly a Republican, though now it seems that the Republican party is becoming more like him. Outside of immigration, he’s nowhere near the realm of being called a conservative. Most importantly, nothing outside of his rhetoric would lead me to believe that he has anything other than his own ego to appease. He’s not doing this for America. He’s doing this for Donald J. Trump.
At this point, the options available this Presidential election are down to acceptance of our fate or a couple of extreme long shots. This would seem to be the worst possible time to try to form another political party, but that’s exactly what needs to be done. As Jay Cost noted on the Weekly Standard, it may be time to bolt. As David Leach noted on The Strident Conservative, it’s time to consider #NeverGOP. The questions become where do we bolt to and if not the GOP, then who?
The answer to both questions would be a new conservative party. Like John Daniel Davidson pointed out on The Federalist, the GOP as we know it is over. Briefly, here’s why forming a new party to happen with reasons listed in order of importance from most to least:
- 2020 Presidential Race: If Hillary Clinton wins, there needs to be a strong voice from the right to either encourage the GOP or replace it altogether with true conservatism. At this point, we can’t be sure what will happen to the Republican party. If Trump wins, there MUST be a party to oppose him. The GOP has demonstrated an inability to nominate someone against an incumbent; if Reagan couldn’t beat Gerald Ford in 1976, we can’t rely on anyone else pulling it off in 2020. That means that we have four years to unite, raise awareness, grow, and form a campaign infrastructure that can act as a third-party with actual clout.
- 2016 Local, State, and Congressional Races: There’s still a chance to influence the 2016 vote for local, state, and congressional races. By 2018, it will be go-time for pushing a conservative agenda and solidifying conservatism within the Senate, House, and Governorships. In 2020, regardless of which liberal Democrat from New York wins the Presidency in 2016, we’ll need to be ready to fight with a solid candidate.
- Cementing the Tea Party with Tangibles: For all of the good that has come in the last few years from the rise of the Tea Party concept, there hasn’t really been a true manifestation. Sure, there have been “Tea Party candidates” like Ted Cruz and Joni Ernst who have won office, but they’ve won as Republicans. If Bernie Sanders and others have taught us anything, it’s that candidates can win from outside the major parties by pulling voters from within the ranks of Democrats and Republicans. The Tea Party can do the same thing but has never been able to manifest itself as an actual political party. Now’s the time. We must break away from the label of “Republican” and establish a truly conservative party whose candidates can be backed by Republicans, Independents, Libertarians, and even conscientious Democrats.
- Consolidating Other Conservative Parties: We’ve seen many shift to the Libertarian party because of discontentment with either Republicans or Democrats, and while they are right-leaning, the core of the party is still a departure from conservatism on many issues. The Constitution party, Conservative party, and others have never been able to build a core of registrants. A new party can be built from a solid conservative platform that can consolidate voters behind the right candidates. We can work with and even combine with these other parties. Through unifying the conservative voice, we can make a real impact on the direction of the country and not rely on Democrats and Republicans to call the shots since both parties are moving quickly to the left.
- 2018 Local, State, and Congressional Races: This isn’t grouped with the other elections above because it is less important. Here’s the thing, though. ALL of these reasons are important. If reasons #3 and #4 can be achieved, there’s no reason to believe that we won’t be able to influence the 2018 races. It’s more of a side-effect of the previous reasons. Just like when driving a car, one must be focused on what’s immediately ahead (2016 election) and what’s in the distance (2020 election). Everything in between will be seen by the driver as they shift their focus. It’s a clumsy analogy, but hopefully you get the point.
- Formation of a Conservative Voice to Guide Policy Across the Spectrum: Regardless of who the winners are this year, there will be an increased need to shine a bright spotlight on the truths that only conservatism can illuminate. Abortion is wrong and those who can be influenced to see this must be shown the truth. Gun control in every form is a step towards revocation of our 2nd Amendment rights and as more “conservatives” are leaning towards some measure of gun control, it’s important to help them see the error of it. These are just two examples of hot topics that require a voice. There are voices already out there preaching for the causes, but there are often louder voices preaching against them. A strong conservative party can build the voice to amplify the proper message heard by more Americans.
- It Can’t Be Done: Conventional wisdom tells us that the corrupt two-party system in the United States cannot be broken. The Democrats fight Republicans and the Republicans fight the Democrats, but they unite behind the scenes to protect the overarching “Establishment” that is actually in power to keep big government big and to keep the people needing to be told what to do. This is America. Our God-given ability to accomplish anything with His support is not unique to us, but by golly it’s been effective for a long time. It can be effective in this endeavor as well if He wills it.
Now that we understand why a new party needs to be formed, let’s talk about how.
Bring the grassroots together
The difference between today and just a decade ago is that the Internet in general and social media in particular have made things once considered impossible very much possible. If you’re reading this, you’re the grassroots. You’re a patriotic American who believes in the values that made this country truly great. You might be losing hope in the future of America because these values seem to be slipping through our fingers and into the abyss of liberalism and populist idiocy.
You are the grassroots.
The Tea Party formed from the grassroots. The Neocons and “Reagan Democrats” of the 70s and 80s started off in the grassroots. Every true element of change needs to start with an idea and a hope of accomplishing something. The hope for a better America is already there. All we need is the idea.
This is the idea.
Give the “pundits” more of a say
When a Facebook group opened up trying to draft Mark Levin as the next Vice President regardless of who was nominated, it made me think. When Bill Kristol floated journalist David French as a potential Presidential candidate, it made me think even harder. There are strong conservatives with the right ideas speaking or writing about the things this country needs to get well again. These voices need to be heard and should even influence policy to some extent.
Keep in mind that truly conservative influential media personalities are few and far between. We need only look at “conservatives” like Sean Hannity and Matt Drudge to realize that self-serving journalism supersedes proper ideology for a large portion of “pundits” popular in America today. I hate to make it sound like a club, but those who have influence over the masses who espouse the conscientious concepts of patriotic American conservatism should participate in unifying the movement. As such, they should also help lead it.
French. Levin. Ben Shapiro. Erick Erickson. Leon H. Wolf. Vince Coakley. Brent Bozell III. There are many pundits out there who can help to bring a new party together and who can help to lead it. When we have enough grassroots support, I’ll start reaching out to those pundits as well as any others who can help the cause.
Form a groundswell
With the grassroots and the pundits in place, we will be able to form a groundswell. This is where every other attempted third party has failed. They could never find the traction necessary to make a difference.
We’ve seen how others have failed. We’ve also seen how some have succeeded. The technology now exists for rapid formation of a groundswell. Social, mobile, and local campaigns are capable of amassing support in ways that past parties have never even attempted. This is why a new conservative party can actually work. Originalist ideas driven by modern technology is the key to success.
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