When a handful of people reached out to me less than a month ago about forming a third party that focused on true Constitutional conservatism, I was skeptical. After all, there was already the Libertarian, Constitution, and other smaller parties that had tried and essentially failed to make an impact. The GOP stranglehold on those right-of-center was too strong, right?
We tested the waters, just in case. A single blog post yielded results that were far beyond our expectations. We’ve received an incredible number of inquires, thousands of which have offered to actively participate in building the party from the ground up through volunteering, contributions, and bringing together the efforts of groups with which they’re already involved. We were contacted by Tea Party officials, a budding organization with the same intent, media representatives, and politicians. The initial response to a basic idea was tremendous.
Now, it’s time to move to the next steps.
Why a third party?
Before expanding on how this will work, it’s important to understand the motivations. The most prominent question that we’ve received pertains to rebuilding the Republican party from within. In one instance, a long conversation with a Tea Party founder started in this direction but by the end we agreed that rebuilding simply won’t work. The Establishment is too entrenched and with Donald Trump leading the charge at the top of the ticket, the damage is done regardless of whether he wins in November or not.
This is a disastrous election cycle for conservatives. Regardless of how you feel about Trump, it’s important to admit that there will need to be a powerful group of conservatives working towards “picking up the pieces” after the next election. If Hillary Clinton wins by a landslide, the GOP may be able to retain control of the Senate. If she wins in a close race or if Trump wins, chances are very high that the Democrats will control the Senate.
Conservatives are being ejected left and right in Republican primaries and more will likely lose their spots in November. The progress that the Tea Party and parallel conservative groups like the Freedom Caucus have made over the last six years are being wiped out. The movement that started with the Tea Party is being co-opted by misguided or outright deceitful moderates and populists as conservatism slips away.
A new party that can make a sudden impact before 2018 is the only thing that can truly combat the leftward lurch by both major parties. The Democrats are showing their true socialist and communist leanings while the Republicans are filling the gaps in the middle. Those of us on the right are being left behind. To paraphrase Ronald Reagan, “We’re not leaving the Republican party. The Republican party has left us.”
The key to making sure a new party doesn’t suffer the same fate of stagnation that has relegated other third-parties to the role of spoiler is velocity. We have an opportunity that hasn’t been presented to conservatives in decades. The angst felt by conservatives is practically tangible. Even those who are holding their nose and voting for Trump to save us from Hillary are feeling the need for something better after the election.
To do this, we are going to start as a movement. Talking to one Tea Party founder had us lamenting over whether or not they should have formed a standalone party in 2009. We concluded that at the time, the need simply wasn’t great enough. The Republican party still had strong conservatives in powerful places. All we needed was a movement to push the right candidates in the primaries and help them reach office. The choice to be a movement rather than a party was the right one.
Today, a movement isn’t enough, but it’s a start. We are forming the financial and organizational foundation of a conservative movement that will transition into a political party once we reach a tipping point. It’s important to start now. It would take divine intervention for a conservative to become President, but there are down-ballot conservatives who need our help in November. This is where the movement will start.
Establishing the movement
The wonderful part about starting with a movement is that it’s not mutually exclusive with any other entity. Unlike a party, there’s no need to leave one movement in order to join another. We will be working with various conservative entities hand-in-hand to ensure that we have a strong foundation before even officially launching the party.
Again, it’s all about velocity. The internet gives us the ability to spread in ways that were simply not available to previous parties when they were formed. By harnessing the potential velocity that the internet gives us, we can expand the movement into the millions in a very short period of time. This site itself is a testament to the power of velocity. In four short months, we’ve been able to expand into millions of monthly hits while spending very little. With proper funding, the same basic marketing plan can build a movement that can impact the 2016 elections and be a force before the 2018 elections.
Building a coalition
Alone, our road would be challenging. This is why it’s imperative that we make contact with other like-minded groups regardless of size. To do this, we’ll need your help. Many of those who we’ve talked to already came to us based upon the original blog post. To build a coalition of conservatives, we’ll need other organizations to contact us. That’s where you come in.
It’s important that this article gets shared with anyone and everyone who is working towards saving America through conservative action and expansion. Social media is wonderful; we know that the right people will see this and contact us as a result of Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites. We also ask that you contact people you know directly. If you know someone who should be speaking with us, email or otherwise reach them in any method that’s appropriate.
I’m a firm believer that the majority of Americans are conservatives whether they know it or not. The combination of liberal mainstream media propaganda and a false redefining of conservatism by many in the Republican party has pushed people away, but the reality is that true conservatism in its purest form has ideas that Americans can embrace. To make this happen, we need to build the coalition.
Forming the party around the people’s platform
As we work through the logistics and legalities behind forming a new party, one thing is very clear: a conservative platform must be in place and must have real power. How we make it binding for our candidates is a bit too detailed for this post, but we’ll explain when the time is right. In the meantime, we want people to understand how the platform will be formed and maintained.
The Constitution itself would be the basis for the platform, but specifics need to be laid out. Here’s where we will differ from other political parties. Standard practice is that the party leaders assign a committee to draft a platform. From there, it’s voted on by party members or the delegates voted on by party members. This was a necessary practice in the past. The expansion of technology and advancements in communication allows our new party to build and maintain our platform differently.
Rather than leave it up to a committee and given an up or down vote as a whole, every aspect of the platform will be decided by members of the party itself. We will take individual issues and present options to party members online. From there, they will vote on the platform proposals from top to bottom on the issue.
Using a basic example, let’s look at abortion. First, the party will be given the choice of adopting a pro-life or pro-choice perspective (I believe we all know how that initial vote would go). Assuming that it’s pro-life, the party’s stance will be broken down further and voted on by party members. All of them. Do we allow exceptions is the mother’s health is in jeopardy? Birth defects? Rape?
This is an important distinction because the pulse of party members must have a say in what we represent. It’s easy for some lucky members of the committee to make a blanket statement on an individual issue based upon what they think the party represents, but only through direct voting within the party are we able to truly embody the voice of the people. This will empower party members to influence our nation not just through their vote but also through campaigning for individual policy proposals themselves. Someone who is in fervently in favor of maintaining religious liberties for business owners can communicate through party channels with the other members in order to state their case. We want this party to be truly about We the People. Others will promote that concept. We want our actions to reflect our words.
The plans are rolling in the right direction. Now, all we need is your help. We are not accepting donations quite yet, though our friends at Reclaim DC are now doing so. More than anything else we need our numbers to grow. This means adding your name to the list. It also means informing those who should be talking to us that they should contact us immediately.
We haven’t heard from Evan McMullin’s campaign, yet. We should. We’ve reached out to Free the Delegates without a response. Conservative politicians who have lost their primary should be talking to us today. There are so many out there who can help and who need our help. Fill out the form below to join the movement and to stay informed when the party is getting started. Then, share this with everyone you know.
America is on the brink. Only conservatism and the hand of God can keep us from going over the edge.