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
Mr Dover, Yes that is what voters did in 2016. And Trumplican's can do as you suggest. We are on the Trump Train so folks spine up and let's make it happen.
Check out this poll: Tom attended our meeting in Ohio two weeks ago.
I read that poll. I am have trust issues about polls, these days its hard to figure out their political motivations. I will agree that many R's and conservatives would jump ship to the right 3rd party.
It is very sad that more people are not involved identifying "true" constitutional conservatives to run. The primary election is a good way to term limit a repeat elected.
Jeff, have you checked statute on how PCs get elected? That I think is embedded in state law but I don't know if that statute specifies parties or is open ended. There are deadlines for this process too. Also, I'm wondering if you guys have the money to pull this off? It does take money to establish a legitimate political party.
As The Sovereign Republicans we MUST think outside the "box" of fear, that makes some common sense but here is another one .... How about those RINO's make their "own party" of followers and let Conservatism take over the GOP from within. In that manner committee assignments, House & Senate rules, and limits to government will be within the Republican hands, and the RINO's and Establishment guards would be on the outside looking in. If the GOP is our Party ... then under the banner of Trump ... let's take it back ... not by the establishment of another "new" party that will have hurdles to jump over as the legal demons make us Serfs and Slaves again, and again. Keep America Great!!
And just how will the GOP get rid of those RINOs and moderates? More to the point, do they want to? The Republican Party has never favored conservatives over moderates and RINOs. Hence, the need for a new party.
So your telling me you would dump your car at a loss as soon as anything is wrong with it and go out and build a brand new one on your own? Answer the whole question sir please. Are you a billionaire willing to spend your own cash to start this huge body of work or hire those that can?
I don't always related Republicans to greatness... Nixon, sent or at least assisted in our country going down the crapper... So it was already in motion back then... :(
Before JFK, I don't have much of a memory...
Compared to what both Bill Clinton and B. Hussein Obama did while in office, Watergate was a kid's tea party. Nixon did far more good than bad.
I think I mentioned Republicans. Thank Nixon for removing us from the gold standard, war on drugs, loss of bill of rights, blm, gun rights, eventual loss of the USA. The only thing Nixon did for us was resign. Well, maybe getting us out of Nam was a plus.
The party is missing a major area that I don't see at all. There is virtually no use of media, when it is, it's mostly negative, usually by others. The media killed Trump or at was at least a major part of his demise. The dems have much going on virtually getting to many more people with their propaganda.
The media has manipulated the populous for over a century. Ever hear of "yellow journalism?" The only difference is that you can get started with a terminal and an Internet connection, don't need a paper or TV channel. Nixon used it on you, me and the rest of the world. [(8-)
I became a Republican in 1968 at age 11 because of Nixon. So I will never condemn him. The press made a mountain out of a mole hill regarding Watergate while allowing Messrs. Carter, Clinton, and Obama to get away with murder.
I could care less about Watergate. I supported him, at that time.