Its surprising how much you can accomplish if you don't care who gets the credit
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We all know how when Dorothy, knees shaking, entered the Emerald Palace to see the wizard, she was cautioned to pay attention to the riveting, flame-belching projection on the screen in front of her and to ignore the “wizard”, working the levers behind the curtains. Turns out, he was just an old salesman. In revealing the man behind the curtains, Toto, Dorothy’s dog, revealed that the wizard was nothing to be afraid of. To the contrary, what was to fear, she found, was one’s own incorrect perceptions. Dorothy had believed the wizard to be an all knowing, all powerful being, when in fact, the wizard was merely an illusion created by someone in order to control her behavior. The real power, she learned, was in her own thoughts, in her faith in herself and in those who loved her.
Conservatives have much in common with Dorothy these days. We seem to doubt ourselves, seemingly more inclined to pay attention to that “wizard” while ignoring the man behind the curtain than we are to recognize the truth of our convictions. Because of that self-doubt and fear we fail to act on our political convictions.
Let’s take a look at the “wizard”. He has many faces. One of them is the Republican Party; a political body which we are told represents the interests of American conservatism. Of course, it’s now plain that they do no such thing. They are just as pro big-government as the Democrats. So why do we continue to vote for and support them? They tell us that they will represent us if elected. They tell us that they oppose the Democrats in Washington…but nothing ever comes of their “opposition”. It’s been happening in this manner for many years now. The federal government has taken so much control of our everyday lives and our very behavior as citizens that now we are at a point where even casual observers are fearful of losing the nation as it was formed. Yet, we’re afraid to take the necessary steps to prevent that loss.
What steps would bring real opposition to the Big Government people in the US congress and White House? The first is obvious: form a party of conservatives. Form it with rules which prevent the deviation of individual elected office-holders from the party’s platform. Secondly, caucus for nominees to place on the ballot for public office. That is, instead of open primary elections, allow only party members to determine which of the party’s members will go on that final ballot in the general election. In this manner, Democrats or other socialists are prevented from helping to select our candidate.
Reince Priebus, the Republican National Committee chairman, announced that approaching the 2016 primary elections, the GOP would conduct “sanctioned” debates, hosted mainly by liberals. He also announced that any candidate who participated in an “unsanctioned” debate – that is, a conservative candidate attempting to debate without the control of the liberal media – would be denied participation in the “sanctioned” debates. He didn’t want conservatives reaching the massed public with their ideas and criticisms in open conversation. The liberal, big-government cadres he represented wanted to control the conversation It seems evident that without such constraints of virtual censorship, conservative candidates could then take their messages to the American people unobstructed or undiluted by non-conservatives. That message would resonate. It would carry. In a party of our own, no sudden rule change will prevent conservatives from speaking at their own convention as we witnessed the ruling Establishment people do to Republican conservatives at the 2012 convention.
This may all seem pretty obvious and you may ask “Why haven’t we already done this?” That’s where the Wizard comes in. It’s because we’ve been conditioned to be afraid. Fear is why we’ve done nothing. The Wizard tells us “Third parties always lose” … and we believe it. The Wizard says “OMG, you’ll split the vote and allow the Democrat to win!” and so instead we vote for a Democrat who calls himself “Republican”. Having done so, we’ve merely strengthened our opposition. We’ve voted for bigger government while doing nothing to advance conservatism. We have Republican presidential candidates who move away from conservatism, handing out the excuse that they need the “middle” – whatever that’s supposed to be. We know that’s phony – “the middle” needs us -- but then we go and vote for them anyway. They told us if they opposed Obama, they’d be called “racist” and would offend black people. They’re not going to get the black vote anyway, but we swallow the excuse. We vote for them anyway. We’re afraid to not vote for them, but we’re also afraid to do anything to fix things.
In the meantime, other Wizards in the media, working with the ones in Washington, fix our attention on any number of sideshows – from the virus du jour, to this or that terrorist group or alleged threat – distracting our attention away from the things we can change, while shifting them to fear of things we cannot change. Then there’s the usual and normal human fear of failing. “What if we go off on our own and we fail?” That could happen. However, being involved in building a political home for conservatives in no way precludes voting for people in another party: you could still vote for whoever you think is best. As with any business startup, however, there is an underlying reason to believe in success. In this instance it’s because according to multiple polls, somewhere around 70% of all registered Republicans call themselves “conservatives”. That’s over 30 million people. In addition, have you seen the many and successive polls on the approval ratings for the US congress? The latest that I’m aware of is a 1/2015 Gallup poll showing only 16% approval. That’s 84% disapproval! People know that they have representatives, but they also believe that they have no representation. They are ignored and not happy about it. The time is now.
At what point do we come to understand that the people who claim to represent our interests in the spirit of the nation’s founding principles, have no intention of doing so? Isn’t it high time we understand that and realize that they are not our solution? Rank and file American voters – Republicans, Independents and some Democrats, millions of us – know that our nation’s affairs are being mismanaged by both parties, but we have nowhere to go. Let’s believe in ourselves. Let’s believe in our instincts and act on our knowledge. Let’s put on the blinders and be laser focused. Let’s leave fear in the dust, creating a political party which trusts Americans and tells them the truth; a party America can believe in – and more importantly, a political party which believes in America and its people.
(Author’s note: I originally wrote this in 2015 while working with others to create the framework for Freedom Party America. Little did we know at the time that another virus, of uncertain origin, would be unleashed by our enemies to wreak havoc on the nation and introduce the rationale for unbridled “vote by mail”. Neither then could I imagine what the GOP could or would do to a truly conservative president. As for GOP approval rating, I can only imagine what it is today.)
Jeffery S. Dover
Jeffery et al, I would be very pleased t participate in the formation/building of the Freedom Party America or whatever but my fear is that with the proposed Freedom Party America, the Republican Party Alliance https://youtu.be/nkXMOwjBmgQ and others that our efforts will further fragment the viability of our efforts thus ending up with nothing being accomplished... So if anyone has ideas that will be able to enhance/improve our lot, I'm all ears BUT the time is NOW!!!
Around 245 years ago, like minded individuals gathered to start this great experiment. That time has come again, only now to reinforce those values by restarting the process. Financing is needed to secure a venue and send the invitations. Be it FPA, RPA or by some other name; now is the time to unite around a common cause. A newly formed party can prevail, and I believe that it is a must when half the apples in the existing GOP basket are already rotten. I was wrong on 11/3/20--there are that many stupid people in the country!
Well...isn't it already crystal clear what doesn't work???
Mr. Dover you are an eloquent writer, you express all objectives to your belief in a conservative party. Unfortunately, we (the citizen) have been conditioned to a two-party system. The underline need for caution regarding any significant change does cause stress. The question, will this succeed, is this the right path to follow. Overcoming 'fear' as stated, is the main motive why citizens are reluctant to make the change.
There will be many new parties before 2024. It's already happening and the anti-Trump crowd is already working on theirs. These are the big boys with plenty of money and influence. Bonbs away
Just WHAT is that "change we can believe in"?
First of all, we have to be rational with our thinking as it would apply to Today. In the past 3rd parties have always been those that hand the real Victory to the Democrats, and Democrats never split their party for the "long game" is theirs to have ... so this "idea" would do the same, only worse!!
A 3rd party would NEVER get 270 electoral votes, or stay in control of State Legislatures. Do we really think that these Democrats in control of your wallets and future will give it up ... when they get Puerto Rico and Washington DC as States?? Hello, a 3rd party is garbage in today's politics, and it's far too late to be effective when they get even more control with more Democrats in this bloated government. We are far too in debt, and the default on the debt is on the horizon caused by Socialists and complicit Republicans.
The GOP will lose ANY possibility to regain the House, Senate, or the Presidency since they stole this past election ... and have control ... even with a 3rd party want-a-bee ideas. Americans had better think beyond their own noses ... for Committee power, non-elected commission chairmanships, and bureaucrats will NEVER give up what they already have ... YOU as their prostitute and them as YOUR Pimps. The ONLY WAY THAT WILL CHANGE is to "reform" the GOP by kicking out all RINO's and lifelong bureaucrats, who simply wait for more bigger, more intrusive tyrannical dictatorship by Executive Orders. It leads to the writing on the wall ... where the Congress is meaningless to them since they are all the same One Party ... and a "living Constitution" is their reality. REFORM the GOP under Trump goals and objectives of Liberty, JUSTICE, and the Rule of Law, nothing less will do.
In all the years I have been a PC/SC with the naïve believe joining with other constitutional conservatives to work within the party to effect change it is like butting ones head against a brick wall. I will keep trying. If our power is not effective within the GOPs then why not try to exert power from the outside?
Thank, Karen. I believe it won't be a "third" party, but a second party. At present, there is only one: progressive.
Yes Jeff you right -- a uni party of progressives.
Didn't it work in the 1850's when the Republican Party was formed in response to an ineffective Whig Party? I believe it can be done. The big question is this: should we keep supporting a party and a political system that is failing us worse and worse each year since at least 1987, if not earlier?
After the way the Deep State Establishment--controlled by both sides of the aisle--fraudulently stole re-election from the best president we had since Uncle Ronnie, we need a new path. The GOP did little to support President Trump before, during, or after the election. They then weakly allowed the Democrats to stage Impeachment 2.0.
In the words of Julius Caesar, "Alea iacta est." "The die has been cast."
I personally do not fear formation of a 3rd party. As 45 said "what do you have to loose?"
Understand how government is formed, how it works, and what it would truly take to change it. Democrats have "transformed America" with Free Cash for all, so how long will it be before that money tree dies? .... When China replaces our Dollar as the worlds reserve currency!
It CAN HAPPEN here when the Fed continues to buy up more Treasury Bonds to sustain it's pyramid scheme .. and we become Venezuela ... as the Truth comes out. THAT IS a real "fear" sought by spiritual Evil.