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.
This is a scare tactic worthy of Democrats, you know "Don't vote for Republicans because they'll push Granny off the cliff." Here's two examples: 1) Using THIS logic, a Democrat can say equally "A vote other than Obama is a vote for Romney"; and 2) a vote for Romney is +1 Romney, a vote for Obama is -1 Romney, a vote for third party or write-in is + or - 0 Romney. To believe Debrajoe's statement, you have to believe that 1 + 0 = 2, and ANYONE who passed First Grade Arithmetic knows THAT isn't true.
Sorry, but a vote for other than Romney is NOT a vote for Obama -- it's a vote for NEITHER, and warranted. As Governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney was pro choice (just like Obama), pro gun control (just like Obama), pro tax and fees (just like Obama), pro big government (just like Obama), pro mandated health care (just like Obama). What is it about "just like Obama" that you don't understand?
I see page after page of your discussions calling for third party votes. Calling for members to throw away their votes, rather than voting against Obama.
Perhaps it's time for someone to ask....why are you here, Jack? Perhaps you'd fit better over at LuvMyObama.com.....
Won't vote for Romney this year? Then you are wasting your vote.
The crazy old guy quit, in case you missed it.
If you vote for the empty suit the ruling class picked for you, that shares none of your core values, you are wasting your vote.
Boyd, Who are you looking at?
Frankly there are a lot of anti Romney's out there. It's sort of hard to pick. I may write in a guy who does odd jobs around my place. At least he's honest, and his smile looks like a smile not a smirk.
john that is your right to write in a guy who does odd jobs, but why vote at all if you are doing this?
By extension, Debrajoe, why vote for anybody who has no chance of winning? The vote won't even be reported.
Better to just march with a protest sign! And, should the worst guy get elected, a "Will Work for Food" sign might be appropriate.
Indeed, it may be time for the Republican Party to join the Wig party in the dust-bin of history.
There is still time to save the GOP! But only by taking a firm stand. Not by moving to the perceived center. The actual central position, those who care are Far to the Right of what the GOP has become!
In addition to conservative Republicans that are fed up with the current Republican Party, there are a lot of independents, like myself, that became disillusioned with the roads chosen by both parties and left them in disgust. I think there are a lot of people that would like to see a third party form that would champion small government, fiscal responsibility, the free market, and a return to constitutional principles. I think such a party would attract a lot of people pretty quickly.
You may be right Donald....just not this round. Too late to chance having this group for another 4 years and who knows as you said if Romney wins I know he will turn out to be so much better than Obama and he might turn out to surprise a lot of people. In addition work on getting some of the Paul Ryan's in the House and Senate...
I don't suggest that a third party try to get off the ground before the November elections. As stated by others here, a vote for anyone but RINO Romney is just a vote for the current Marxist wantabe dictator.
So short sighted
A vote for Romney is a vote to encourage continued Romney's because the Ruling class knows we will vote for anyone with an R, and they will be able to convince nuinformed primary voters that empty suits are the way to win.
A vote for any None of the Above is a vote that shows we are willing to have four bad years in exchange for defending the representative republic