Arizona Citizens Supporting Honest Representative Government At All Levels
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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
But not now . . . ?
I didn't think he was liked anyway, he was a criminal but didn't get it like his conspirators... First is the drug war, which we have not and will never recover. Over $2 trillion flushed down the toilet.
Most of the people here have heard of John Ehrlichman, this is what he stated was the reason for the war on drugs. Of course he spent 18 months in prison for Watergate. He isn't the only one from that administration to admit to this.
Wonder where the black lives matter has it's roots. We had a 4th Amendment, Nixon flushed that with 'no knock' warrants, so much for our treasured Bill of Rights...
Add to that 'presumptive detention,' another Nixon embodiment. Presume they will offend again, so they are detained. If they are detained, they cannot meet or make any plans. At the time even the DOJ advised Nixon that less than 1 out of 20 re-offend.
Remember Jacob Chansley? Horns, painted face in the Capitol? Do you think he's a flight risk and won't show up for court? I seriously doubt it. How long did he stay incarcerated, no trial, just sitting in jail? Incarceration was the Nixon way of 'dealing with anti establishment' people. Do I think he's guilty, sure, but he's due a fair trial and he's not a flight risk, so why is he in jail?
First time in history the government used commercial TV to send drug propaganda to homes creating imagined drug problems. DEA pressing studios in the late 60's and on to serve up anti drug messages, so the people would think the government is doing them a great favor locking people up for extended periods, on the premise of these drugs being so dangerous to all of us. Brainwashing us from childhood. Dragnet, the Brady Bunch and most of the shows we watched in the 70's sent this message. What do you think of when you hear heroin addict? Don't have to say it, I see the same image. How about a pot smoking hippy with his crinkly rolled joint. It's the white, dirty, long haired, guy... These are all images from the Nixon administration.
This war on drugs has brought the Federal government into states where it had never been before.... Kiss you guns goodbye too. Next time you hear about a shooting, listen, it's probably some kind of retaliation or altercation about something prohibited. Besides the increase of homicides in the pre-civil war brought about by the legislation to prohibit blacks from purchasing or owning guns, for some reason.. Same problem in the 19020s with prohibition.
Problem has never been the contraband, it's the gangs, violence and murder associated with the movement of contraband.
I keep seeing problems directly related to him, such as my brothers in blue getting shot in the back filling their patrol cars with gas.
Second is removing us from the gold standard, another thing we and our kids will pay for for infinitum. Nixon, some guy, you should listen to his recordings, insight into what a piece of work he was... Makes me cringe when they mention his name as a Republican, because IMHO, he wasn't acceptable, nor was he an American to knowing do what he did... :(
Maybe you can see why I'm not to fond of Nixon
These DEMON Democrats are following just what Joseph Stalin did ... "Print is the sharpest and the strongest weapon of our party". Hitler used his Ministry of Propaganda as a weapon to the minds of the German people, and we have the VERY SAME garbage spewed on our airwaves as well. This media today WILL NEVER be the "friend" of the sovereign individual but ONLY the weapon for the Marxist collective to redistribute wealth, satanists, and the authoratative government mandates against Liberty to choose ... and the Freedom to exercise that Liberty.
Gosh Frank, I missed out on the Nixon Political Game a foot....:) Lets see spying is the charge against him??? I think it was a Watergate CBS News Special...:)
As for the X- President Clinton, how many Ho-s, whores, did Bill take to the White House???
As for Hillary Clinton, she is a freak.