As we move closer to the 2012 election, we are starting to look beyond that and think about what happens in 2013 and 2014. Many people ask whether the Republican Party will survive. Perhaps the more important question to ask is should the Republican Party survive?
Political parties are not mentioned in the Constitution and there is certainly nothing that restricts American politics to two parties or for that matter a Republican and a Democrat Party.
Conservatives have called the GOP home for quite a while. The modern conservative movement in the Republican Party arguably began with Barry Goldwater. After Goldwater lost, the GOP went back to the establishment. The only breaks in the establishment’s domination of the Republican Party were Ronald Reagan’s defeat of the establishment in 1980 and Newt Gingrich’s revolution that lasted only until the establishment could force him out.
The establishment was in firm control of the Republican Party as George W. Bush became President and by the time 2006 had come along the establishment had driven the GOP into oblivion.
By 2008, the GOP was on the political endangered species list. The Democrats openly gloated about restoring the glory days of the seventies where they held a super majority in both the House and Senate. James Carvell gloated that the Democrats would rule for 40 years.
Then along came the Tea Party.
The Republicans claim they support the values of the Tea Party when they are at Tea Party rallies or when they are at home asking the voters to send them to Washington. But an amazing thing happens in Washington.
They do not vote like conservatives.
With few exceptions, they vote almost like Democrats. Despite their lip service to cutting taxes and cutting spending, nothing is done.
Now, in what should have been the year of the Tea Party, the GOP has nominated the most liberal Republican ever selected to be the Presidential nominee of the Party.
We must defeat Barack Obama. That is not open to debate. Obama must be removed from office. That means this time we must vote for Romney and we must vote for Republicans to replace Democrats.
As we sit at the eve of the Supreme Court decision on Obamacare, Republicans are already talking about replacing Obamacare.
What is the point of putting Republicans in charge if all they are going to do is replace Obamacare with Romneycare?
Republicans have a very narrow window left to act. Conservatives do not want a lite version of Obamacare. We want free market alternatives to be put in place. The free market has done more good for more people than any other system in history. When allowed to function properly, the free market works every time.
Big government is the enemy of the free market. Big government Republicans are only marginally better than the Party of Treason. Neither is the friend of freedom.
Should the Republican Party survive 2012? Should Mitt Romney be the last nominee this Party has and we see a new conservative party?
That decision is in the hands of the Republican Party. If the GOP does not govern conservatively as soon as it gets to Washington, it will find conservatives finally bolting. If the Republicans continue to play the political games in Washington instead of cutting government and solving problems, the GOP will become the modern version of the Whig Party.
It will be a sea change in politics if we conservative leave the party that has left us.
Should the Republican Party survive?
That is up to them.
We're coming to the point where we need to consider a 3rd party. For that to be possible, we need to energize the youth base. If you look at voting history, it is clear that the 30 and under generation has shifted towards the Dems. We need our own youth base if we want to reclaim representation with any longevity.
I agree that we need to consider the "Tea Party" as a new, truly conservative party and we have four years before the next presidential election to do it. If we do push the "Tea Party" party and make it a point to appeal to the Ron Paul contingent of young people (and there are a lot of them), we might be able to actually get some real conservatives in office.
Doug, problem is that no one copywrighted the name Tea Party, and pro Romney Pro establishment Tea Parties are out there and vocal. The tea party can be the catalyst, but anyone who wants to hang on to the Me Too idea should be kept out. If they have no core values or positions, let them stay with the GOP.
john, assuming Romney gets the nomination, he's got my vote. As I've said here many times I would vote for Pee Wee Herman over Odumbo. But we're talking about starting up a truly conservative political party that would consign the establishment Republicans to the ash heap of history. So nobody copyrighted the name "Tea Party"? Well, do it now...or come up with another name (Conservative, Constitutional, American or even New Tea Party). The name isn't as important as the principles and goals the party espouses.
Okay folks, I've been watching john c for a few days now. He appears to argue just for the sake of arguing without providing much in the way of substance. He also seems to like to pepper articles with multiple posts essentially saying the same thing over and over again. Troll? Not sure but if we ignore him for a while it will be interesting to see if he comes up with anything new.
Thanks, Juls. I'll be watching, too.
Juls, So taking a stand of principle before party, and wanting a conservative alternative to the democrats is arguing just for the sake of arguing. The founders must have been quite the bunch of recreational bitchers.
So Juls, do you feel the same about multiple posts calling any conservative who refuses to vote for the Boston liberal, communists, fascists, fools, and Obama lovers. These multiple posting nose holders must infuriate you.
Jason, we are past that point of a Third Party. There isn't a dime's worth of difference between a Republican and Democrat. There are a FEW decent ones in office right now, but their voice gets squashed by the establishment. We had a couple of good ones running, Michelle, Herman, Newt and yes Paul. They were the only ones calling for the shutting down of agencies to bring the spending under control. You saw where that ended. We the people are sick of this run-away government and we need to get them all out. Infiltrating won't work, we must start our own party and make the republicrats and demoncans insignificant through elections.
Lorilee, you called it with that one. We don't need a third party. We need a conservative second party. If the ruling class won't let the GOP be that conservative party, we need a new one.
How about a conservative Constitution upholding FIRST Party
John Clark, I like the way you think