Here we are, at the middle of the beginning of the great and necessary Republican Civil War, and already, the buzzards are circling above, ready to swoop away the carcasses of the losers and form that ever elusive third party that seems so intent, albeit completely incapable of forming. (Libertarians, while I agree with much of what you say, you have certain principles that I just can not get on board with, like your unabashedly isolationist worldview, that unbridled naivete in terms of reducing our military even further than the destruction wrought by 5 years of an Obama Presidency, and the sophomoric belief that our economic woes can be cured by the already discredited tying of our economy to a hard asset for currency circulation, the Gold Standard.) One of the chief complaints emanating from the let’s form a third party crowd, is that the Republicans are no longer the predominantly Conservative Party in America.
I say poppycock. Further, I say that making this very statement ignores both long term and recent history. Admittedly, we have seen a vast influx of, “moderates,” people who were purposefully recruited by us to get themselves elected as R’s without having been vetted for the bona fides of what we stand for, and many more have come over having been chased away from the Democrat Party by the Alinskyite takeover or fear of Don Clintonleone. We are more a victim of our own undoing however. In short, the fault Dear Brutus lies in ourselves and not our stars, that we are underlings.
Yes, it’s true that we have our share of Lindsey Grahams, John Boehners, John McCains, Lisa Murkowskis, Olympia Snowes, and Susan Collinses, but these are more the exception than the rule. Painting the entirety of the Republican Brand with this brush is as dangerous as allowing these types to take us over in the first place. In the end, one thing is true, despite what we are told by anyone, the establishment of the party can not get one person elected anywhere, in any primary, without the base making the decision to pull the lever so to speak in favor of who they present to us for election.
We all complained about John McCain, Mitt Romney, and Bob Dole as unworthy nominees, but that does not change the fact that during the primary stage of our electoral process, each of these men received more votes than those who were running against them. To suggest all of the conservative base eschewed these men completely during that process of extended vetting is intellectually dishonest. We had our chance, and we chose another. Many made their choices based on that foolish and proven false red herring called elect-ability, but the fact remains that this choice, fallacious as it always is, remains a matter of free will. The establishment candidate can only ever be elected, if to at least some degree the voting base supports that decision.
For every one of the above named squishy Rinos, I can name at least two bona fide Conservative Republicans who have also been elected at some point or another. For example, Scott Walker, Sarah Palin, Alan West, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Ron Johnson, Susanah Martinez, Eric Cantor, Tom Coburn, Marco Rubio, and Rudolph Guiliani have also gained electoral victory in and for the Republican Party.
All of us, myself included, have a tendency to cast our heroes. Rather than looking for specific issues with which to agree, we look for that perfect leader to deliver our message. When our chosen leader deviates from that narrow agreement, he will be turned on with a vengeance. Marco Rubio is that perfect example of this in action. It matters not that he is decidedly on the right side of every single issue except for one. This one time Tea Party Darling, and I read and heard plenty of positive things about him on many occasions from multiple sources identifying themselves with that group of loose affiliations referred to as the Tea Party, takes the unapproved stance on immigration, and suddenly he deserves to be chopped into small pieces and fed to the sharks circling off of the Florida Coast. I mention him in almost every one of my posts in which I identify those politicians who are worthy of national consideration, and in every instance anymore, he will be blasted as a Rino, because he’s failed somebody’s single issue purity test.
Searching for that perfect candidate will result in nothing more than a principled imprisonment in a leftist society. The search for a new home in that perfect third party will yield the very same result. your new party after all will very likely contain some form of new coalition, with no more guarantee of 100% consensus with your views as the one you are threatening to leave. One of the things that I like about the Republican Brand is that most on our side are smart enough not to put our faith in individual politicians, but in the Constitutional Framework that has made our nation great. We will never find those perfect angels willing to organize our society for us, but we can make it politically profitable for the wrong people to do the right things.
Our nation is worth fighting for, and the best way to do that, hands down, is to retake the Republican Brand if at all possible. Before you jump on that third party band wagon, bear this in mind. The single most successful third party since 1860 has been the Libertarian Party, and the only electoral success that they’ve ever enjoyed on a noticeable level was in getting Ron Paul elected as a Republican.