I considered myself part of the Tea Party movement, and I have to tell you today that I am angry. I’m angrier than I’ve been in a while. While the word “conservative” has been used to describe a political ideology for a very long time now, it was with the rise of the Tea Party that I personally, and I don’t think I was alone, started referring to myself as a Conservative rather than a Republican. The Tea Party was exposing problems with “the Establishment,” and so I did not want to be associated with the party, even though I still voted with them. If you are reading this, you most likely felt the same way. But at a certain point, I think that “the Establishment” caught on to what was happening, and started calling themselves conservatives as well.
Fast-forward to earlier this week when New York Representative Peter King (R) said the following after Ted Cruz’s convention speech: “Today, this is a Ted Cruz that I’ve known, unfortunately. He cannot be trusted and he’s not a true Republican, he’s not a true conservative, he’s totally self-centered.” Conservative Review’s Liberty Score for King is 29%, while Cruz’s is 97%.
Donald Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen had this to say about the speech: “Donald J. Trump is bigger than Ted Cruz, it just goes to show the distinction between an adult and a baby, and a baby that happens to be a sore loser.” Incidentally, Cohen is a registered Democrat who volunteered for Dukakis, and voted for Obama.
New York Representative Chris Collins (R) said this about the speech: “First of all it made him a small person and it’s typical Ted Cruz – all about him. But I’d like to maybe remind Ted, America did vote their conscious (sic). They didn’t vote for him. This is just plain rude but it’s Ted Cruz. He’s all about himself, which is why he’s got no friends in Washington, D.C. except to a few Tea Party extremists.” Conservative Review’s Liberty Score for Collins is even worse than for King, at 28%.
Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee tweeted “I didn’t see a statesman step forth for the country’s future. I saw a self-absorbed politician grab the microphone and try to line up his own future. Ted walked in tall and walked out small.” The CATO Institute gave Huckabee an “F” in his final term for fiscal policy, and a “D” overall, noting that he is “the biggest big-government conservative.”
Then there was Ivanka’s speech, which CNN gleefully compared to Hillary herself, and the delegates wildly cheered as she pushed the debunked liberal lie of the gender wage gap. She brought to mind the Bible, though not in a good way, as she said that with her father, “all things will be possible again,” nearly a direct quote from Matthew 19:26.
Speaking as a Tea Party Conservative, I am left wondering why I continue allowing myself to be associated with such liberal, progressive Republicans. They do not represent me. Donald Trump is not my voice, and he does not speak for me. This is why I started calling myself “conservative,” but as King’s comment shows, the RINOs started co-opting the term as soon as they saw that it was catching on, and I’m left wondering how on earth my true constitutional conservative values are being questioned by a progressive liberal such as himself.
The bottom line is, I’m done, and if you are also a true constitutional conservative, you should be too. If you are someone who embraces Capitalism, meritocracy, individualism and truly small and restrained government, you should be thoroughly fed up with the Republicans who deign to represent you, as am I. The time for a new party, one that truly represents those of us who have proven to be completely disenfranchised by the Republican Establishment, has come. The time is now.
We must capitalize on the anger that we are feeling, the rejection, and the exhaustion of being ridiculed and denigrated from within “our own party.” There has never been a better time to break up the two-party vice-grip that has held sway over our country for far too long. It has become abundantly clear that the Republican party has been trying to encompass far too big a tent, and a split is inevitable. Now is the best chance that we have. Let’s seize it before it’s too late.