This is the most recent email update for our new conservative party. It’s an important one as it’s the vote for our official name. With our post-election launch approaching, the excitement level has been going up dramatically. Please fill out the form at the bottom if you’d like to receive these updates directly.
New Party Exposure
We’ll keep this update even more brief than the last one because there’s important business to focus on: the party’s name. Before we get to that, let’s look at some of the exposure we’ve been getting around the web the last couple of days. The number of media outlets contacting us has gone up since we moved to the top on Google for “new conservative party.” Clearly, there are plenty of people searching for ways to save the nation:
- TheBlaze – As the GOP shifts to the center, only a new conservative party can fill the void: This particular article on a conservative website received quite a bit of attention. My inbox filled up quickly over a two day period with the vast majority of them expressing support and a willingness to participate. To those of you who are receiving this for the first time… welcome!
- Politistick – Learning from the Tea Party as we form a new conservative party: One of the advantages we have as a party is that we have seen case studies and heard about experiences from people who have tried to form movements and parties in the past. We’re striving to avoid the pitfalls before us.
- Facebook – Gun ownership and carrying privileges: We’ve been laying out our perspectives on certain policies over the last month of so. Our latest makes the case against the “common sense” gun control proposals that simply don’t make sense for America.
- TNA – Conservatism is a state of being: This is from the past, but with so many new people who have joined the movement in recent weeks, this is an important idea to reiterate.
After you’ve read through those, it’s time to get down to business.
Party Name Vote
BEFORE you jump straight to the list of names, please read this important information first. We broke the 400-name threshold as far as recommendations from you guys. Many were great. We believe there are certain criteria to be met when making this important decision:
- We must be able to control the web presence. While it would be nice to simply be the “Patriot Party” or any of a handful of good suggestions, having no control over the domains or social media presence of those names would prove to be a major challenge. How many people went to TedCruz.com?
- The name must allow for individual identity. In other words, it must allow members of the party to identify easily. Members of the Democratic party are… Democrats. This meant that a couple of the most highly recommended names were excluded such as “Freedom Party.” It’s challenging to identify as a “freedomite” or a “freedomitarian.”
- Purely symbolic names were excluded. While the “Get Off My Lawn Party” or “Declaration of Independence Party” might have symbolic meaning, the name has to invoke a clear and predictable response that holds true to our beliefs in Constitutional conservatism.
- Multi-word names were excluded. A handful of advisers and one psychologist told us of the pitfalls of having more than one word to invoke our presence. We own constitutionalconservativesparty dot com, for example, and while that might exemplify us perfectly, it creates other challenges due to length, identity, and appeal.
- We must have a unique identity. “Liberty Party” was recommended by many, for example, but we would have to distinguish ourselves over and over again from the Libertarian Party.
With those criteria understood, here’s the list of names in no particular order. We either own the domains for them or believe we can acquire the domains if the name is chosen. I’ll give my brief thoughts on pros and cons, but otherwise the vote is yours to make.
- Originalist Party – Pros: Originalist interpretations of the Constitution and Bill of Rights are righteous. Cons: The stigma of originalism may be too difficult to overcome, plus the concept is normally associated with the judiciary.
- Foundation (or Foundationalist) Party – Pros: Foundationalism goes back to Aristitle and Descartes. Our foundation politically is the Constitution and socially is the Bible. Cons: It might not have the right appeal as a name.
- Conscience Party – Pros: It allows for us to operate from the highest standards of personal voting and liberty. Cons: No easy personal identity. Consciencitarians?
- Federalist Party – Pros: The original party that fought for equal state and federal checks and balances exemplifies where we want to take the country in the 21st century. It’s also a wonderful irony that their opposition was the Democratic-Republican Party. Cons: Branding of conservative philosophies would have to be rock-solid to make it work.
- Commonwealth Party – Pros: It gives a clear distinction as a parallel to the Republican Party. Cons: Commonwealthers?
- Americana Party – Pros: Americana invokes heritage and nostalgia which would allow us to hearken to days past that can be brought to the halls of government again today. Cons: Much of what is considered Americana can be a turnoff to two of our most important voting blocks: millennials and minorities.
- Founders Party – Pros: The primacy established by our founding fathers has been lost. The Founders Party can be the force that brings the values of the past into play with modern society. Cons: As with the Originalist Party, “founders” may create an unintended stigma to overcome.
- Principles Party – Pros: If the party stays true to our God-given principles above all else, we can guide the country back from the brink. Cons: “Principlism” would need to be redefined and essentially hijacked as the obscure concept has ties to social justice.
We are going to vote via email once again. Simpy reply to this with your votes. It’s not ideal, but we want you to have the opportunity to give us more than just voting feedback. Also, we need to be able to track when votes are duplicated; we don’t want a Drudge-like poll that can be easily manipulated. Are there multiple names that you like? Are there some that you strongly oppose? If you are inclined, please expand on your votes with reasons, though that’s not required.
This would be a great time to have friends and family sign up for updates as well. If you want to forward this email to them and have them raise their hand to receive party updates, they can vote in the message section of the form.
With the election coming very soon, most of our attention is focused on the important races that will be decided in barely over a week. This is a scary and exciting time for America. It’s scary because we are seeing liberalism expand its grip on government. It’s exciting because it’s giving conservatives an opening to build something better from the ground up. We’re so happy that you’re on board with those efforts.
Thank you and God Bless,