The other day, I announced our intentions of building a new conservative party. With the GOP quickly turning into the POT (Party of Trump), it’s clear that the will of fiscal and social conservatives is being pushed aside by the Republican Establishment and their dear leader. The leftward lurch that we’re seeing in the party that many of us grew up with is disturbing, but the question of unity may be holding some conservatives back.
The argument is that we must work within the party itself to establish a foothold for conservatism. This is an argument that I espoused not too long ago, but if the Republican National Convention taught us anything, it’s that the majority within the party prefers the allure of populist concepts over conservatism. Perhaps that’s been the case for a while and we just never knew it. After all, the various Tea Party groups and influential organizations like the Heritage Foundation were helping to guide the leaders and get conservatives elected. We witnessed an influx of conservatives winning elections over the last six years that gave us all hope.
That hope was false. The GOP is no longer the party of Lincoln and Reagan, at least not when it comes to conservatism itself. What we’re seeing is the manifestation of propaganda and surface appeal getting the Republican base to buy into liberal concepts of big government. The cheers were loud as Ivanka Trump spewed Democratic talking points about gender income gaps, student debt forgiveness, and childcare cost subsidies. Like her father, she didn’t discuss how to pay for any of it. This is common throughout Trump’s proposed policies.
Despite the cheers from the convention floor, there was something happening in millions of households across America. Conservatives were getting worried. They were going to Google to seek help.
— JD Rucker (@JDRucker) July 22, 2016
This spike tells us what both mainstream and “conservative” media don’t want us to know. There are plenty of Republicans who aren’t being fooled. They’re not being pulled towards populist liberalism. They’re seeing through the rhetoric and seeing the problem for what it is. Most importantly, they’re seeking a solution.
While everyone was focused on the convention, Trump quietly “tweaked” his tax plan to abandon $7 trillion in proposed tax cuts. It was hard to find a Republican crying foul because it didn’t get much attention at all. The party leaders are keeping their mouths shut and the party base is sticking its collective heads in the sand.
I won’t even go into the problems that social conservatives should have with the new iteration of the party, particularly after several subtle (and a couple of blatant) jabs at the ideas of religious liberty, traditional marriage, and bathroom safety.
As with many relationships, sometimes the best way to fix the problem is from the outside. We’ve worked from the inside for years and have made some strides, but nearly all of those advances are being tossed out the window. It’s time to work through the problem from the outside with truly like-minded people forming a massive consensus that is willing to say “yay” or “nay” to the actions of Republican politicians without a direct attachment to the party.
Over the last few days, we’ve received so many responses that I haven’t been able to go through them all. 99% of them have been positive and people seem excited by the prospects. It’s important to know that I’m not excited at all. I’m saddened by the necessity to take such a drastic step and I’m not looking forward to the sacrifices required to make it work. However, I’m driven by the absolute necessity of it and I’m resolute in achieving the goal. We’re in talks with other parties and similar groups in an effort to consolidate the conservative voice.
Working within the GOP would mean trade-offs and placating actions that no longer offer hope of yielding fruit. From the outside with a truly conservative party growing from the ashes of the GOP, we’ll have options. We’ll grow in prominence and influence to the point that one of two things will happen: either we’ll be able to steer the GOP back towards conservatism or we’ll push forward into the promised land of political relevance. There are millions of conservatives who are disenchanted with the Republican party. By consolidating with other parties and organizations, we can reach the tipping point required to be in a position of having those options. The lack of velocity that other parties have suffered through has given us a fresh roadmap to follow that leads to success.
The GOP is changing. It’s heading in the wrong direction. Donald Trump has overpowered every conservative voice within the party. The only way forward is to steer the party away from its leftist path or to break away completely. Both options require the drastic measure of building a new party. If all goes well, we’ll have our voice back. If it goes better than expected, we’ll be able to rejoin the GOP and lead it towards conservatism.