Taking Back the GOP
I came across a Post today by Dennis Miller, re-posted by Chicks on the Right on Facebook:
“My gut tells me that what we’re seeing right now is the awkward birth of a third party.”
To be fair, Miller does not explicitly say whether he endorses the idea of a third party or not, but some of the commenters on his page certainly do:
“Why awkward Dennis? We should embracing it with vigor and Patriot Valor!! Third Party? Lets do this America, now is the time!!!!!”
“I’m all for it. These two are simply Worthless.”
“The far right and the far left meet in totalitarianism. Nanny state politics needs to give way to freedom politics. My opinion. I’m not wrong !”
“I hope so, wake up America. We need a “Common Sense” party.”
“Yes! Screw both the democrats and the republicans! We need the constitutionalist party!”
“The Fiscal Party”… Let the other dipshits argue over social issues and focus on fiscal conservatism and balanced budgets. Social issues are ruining this country and are really hurting the Republican Party.”
With all due respect, are you people completely off your rocker? A third party will not help or promote conservative and libertarian principles and values, it will MARGINALIZE them! It will guarantee the ascension of leftist-statists. Supporting a third party is nearly as stupid an idea as calling a new constitutional convention! (another subject, for another time!)
There is one key characteristic that distinguishes the American political left and right from each other: The left are all on the same page. Oh they have all their own special interest groups and constituencies, every bit as much as the right does. And many of them are severely opposed to each other’s interests. Inner-city minorities very much want voucher programs and charter schools, which are like kryptonite to the Teachers Unions. African Americans are strongly anti-abortion, as opposed to the feminist/pro-choice crowd. Labor unions vs. the environmentalists, the list goes on and on. But come election-day, they all come out and vote for their candidate. You don’t hear them threatening to stay-home and withhold their support, or lamenting that this candidate or that one is insufficiently ideological, or that they don’t support one particular issue strongly enough. Nope, the left understands that the only way ANY of their pet-issues will ever be addressed, they must vote for the guy with the (D) after his name.
Then there is us, the political right. We have become a bunch of vain, narcissistic cry-babies. We have the social conservatives, who care about nothing except issues like Gay Marriage, and will not support anyone who is not as virulently opposed to it as they are. Then there are the Moderates, who don’t seem to stand for much of anything at all, but constantly harp that conservatives or libertarians that are “too extreme” (whatever the heck THAT means) are “unelectable,” and then do their best to make it a self-fulfilling prophecy by refusing to support them. And how could I possibly leave-out the strident Right to Life crowd, who will not support anyone who does not want a federal ban on abortion. Then of course there are the smug libertarians, who seem to think they are the only ones who understand what the constitution REALLY means, and won’t dirty themselves by supporting someone who is not just as ideologically pure as they are. But do you know what the funny-part is? Do you know what all these separate groups have in common? NEARLY EVERYTHING!
Go ahead, look as far and as deep as you’d like, but you will not find any issues that truly divide the American political right like they do on the left. There is not one, single issue on the right where, if one faction prevails, another is fundamentally disenfranchised the way you see it on the political left. If inner-city minorities prevail on school choice, the teachers unions not only lose, a major reason for their very existence is cut out from under them. If environmentalists win, labor unions lose members and influence. There is NOTHING on the right that compares.
EVERYBODY on the right wants to see the role and power of the federal government reduced. Everybody on the right wants to see that same government forced to live within its financial means. Everybody on the right believes the place to hash-out social and cultural questions is at the local level, not through the courts or federal legislation. Heck, even if not everyone on the right wants abortion outlawed at the federal level, NEARLY everyone believes it should be subject to reasonable regulation and restrictions, and isn’t that a whole lot better that having completely unrestricted abortion on-demand, paid for by tax dollars? There is so very little that really divides us, what’s amazing is that the Democrats are the ones with any party cohesion. THEY should be the ones with a collection of squabbling fiefdoms competing for influence, not us!
Which brings me back to this nonsense about a third-party. In case you’ve all forgotten, we tried this once not so long ago. In fact Bill Clinton would be nothing but an obscure southern politician, barely remembered in his own state had it not been for Ross Perot and his third-party run in 1992, and again in 1996. All the things being said today about the wonders of a third-party were being said during the 1992 campaign too. I remember it very well, because I was there. Perot was going to eliminate government gridlock. He was an outsider, not beholden to the “bosses” of the Republicans or the Democrats. He would put everything to rights. As the election drew closer, and it became clear he had no hope of winning, his ardent supporters still stridently insisted that the “message” a big Perot turnout would send would “change everything.” He got a big turn-out alright, big enough to had the election to Clinton, but not remotely big enough to even sniff the White House himself. And it changed nothing. Perot’s lasting legacy is Hillary Clinton, who today would be nothing but an Arkansas lawyer and divorced wife of a former governor. Thanks to Ross, she remains a presidential contender. THAT is the sort of influence and legacy all you third-party fans can look forward to.
Whether you are a social conservative, a fiscal conservative, a libertarian, a one-issue voter, or just someone who has realized the Democrats have become nothing but a bunch of Marxists who need to be stopped, there is one, and only one path for you to follow: take-back the GOP. Going third-party will succeed in nothing but self-marginalization for you, and more losing for all of us. It will mean guaranteeing the success of the political left, and the implementation of their policies. It is vain, it is self-serving, and it is madness.
After college, I settled in South Florida, where I still don't miss the cold and snow one tiny bit. I work in the finance industry, and live with my wife in a nice quiet neighborhood, which could only be better if it weren't infested by an uncommon number of aging hippies.
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