Anybody with half a brain these days knows America is no longer the country of her Founders’ intent. But the question plaguing us all is: How do we stop the destruction taking place? What can we do to regain the limited government propriety we once enjoyed? Is there a means to regain our sanity, or is it all hopeless?
Our perspective at AFR has been clear from the beginning. America’s troubles stem from disastrous ideology being taught in the schools and implemented in Washington. Such ideology has created a one-party state to govern us, a Demopublican monopoly that has grown into a Godzilla to dominate our lives more dreadfully with each passing decade.
Despite the domination, however, all is not lost. There is a way to slay this beast. Americans for a Free Republic has just published a Special Report, “How Tea Party Patriots Can Break the Demopublican Monopoly and Win in 2016” (linked at the end of this article). It explains the essence of our strategy to break the stranglehold that the Democrat-Republican monolith has over American politics.
This doesn’t mean creating a three-party political system. America needs a two-party system, but we no longer have two parties. We have, in America, only the Demopublican Party comprised of a Democrat wing and a Republican wing. As Patrick Buchanan says, “Two wings of the same bird of prey.” Both wings preach and implement big, monstrous government. Thus our goal is to establish a second party and break the Demopublican monopoly that dominates American politics today.
The Four Pillars of Reform
This, our National Independent Party will do with its “Four Pillars of Reform” for the country’s tax, monetary, immigration, and foreign policy systems. Our goal is to recruit Senator Ted Cruz and Congressman Tom Tancredo to run an Independent campaign on the four reforms in 2016 (like Ross Perot in 1992). There can be no salvation of America without these reforms. But Democrats and Republicans refuse to promote them, much less fight for their genuine implementation. The Four Pillars are explained in detail in our Special Report. They are briefly:
Pillar #1: Enactment of a simplified 15 percent flat tax. All special privileges in the tax code will be eliminated. Everyone above the poverty level of $22,000 for a family of four will pay a simple 15 percent equal-rate tax of their income that can be figured in 10 minutes every April 15th. Such a tax is not the ultimate reform, which is abolishment of the income tax totally. But abolition will take time; we discuss this in our Special Report.
Pillar #2: Enactment of Milton Friedman’s 4 percent auto-expansion plan for the Fed. This means that the FOMC will no longer be able to expand the money supply arbitrarily every year at 9 percent, 12 percent, 15 percent, etc., which is what causes the relentless price inflation that plagues us. Expanding the monetary base at the same rate as goods and services growth will reduce price inflation to zero. The 4 percent auto-expansion rate will be phased into so as to avoid crashing into a depression. If the economy has already crashed by the time of enactment, then the 4 percent plan will be employed thereafter to climb out of the depression responsibly and avoid igniting a boom-bust economy again.
[Such an auto-expansion plan is, like the flat tax, not the ultimate reform. The ultimate reform is to end the Fed totally. But that will take several decades to bring about, which we discuss in our report. In the interim, the Fed needs to be brought under control. Friedman’s plan is the way to do it.]
Pillar #3: A vigorous crackdown on illegal immigration. This will be done through a three-point plan that will bring about “self-deportation” of the great bulk of illegal immigrants in America today. There will be no amnesty granted. In addition the country must return to the pre-1965 Immigration Accords, which will restore the sanity of a small annual stream of “legal” immigrants (approximately 250,000) who wish to become Americanized, learn our language, and respect our Constitution. Immigration is not a “natural right.” It is a “privilege” granted by the citizens of the country involved. This was the view of Washington, Jefferson, and the Founders in 1787 (Edward J. Erler, The Founders on Citizenship and Immigration, 2007, pp. 19-22). It was the view of the Supreme Court in 1892 (Nishimura Ekiu v. U.S., 142 U.S. 651, 659). And it must become our view again.
Pillar #4: A return to a “mind-our-own-business” foreign policy. We must end our obsession with nation building and the role of policeman for the world. Such policies are bankrupting us both financially and morally. We need to carry a big stick, yes, but walk softly. America first and the “defense of our borders” must become our benchmarks.
A very important point to grasp here: We are not advocating a three-party system; America needs a two-party system. Our problem is that we no longer have two parties. We have a Demopublican monopoly. And unfortunately all challengers to this monopoly, such as the Libertarian Party and the Constitution Party, marginalize themselves with “utopian policy proposals” that scare the daylights out of the voters and attract no prominent candidates to represent them on the campaign trail. This dooms such challengers to only 1 percent of the vote on Election Day.
What is necessary is a more common sense approach. This is what our Four Pillars of Reform offer. They are powerful, substantive reforms that will stop the growth of the Leviathan, yet they will not scare the electorate and thus will be attractive to nationally known candidates. This will make a profound difference in voter acceptance.
We believe a prominent free-market conservative ticket such as Ted Cruz and Tom Tancredo, running an Independent campaign on the above four reforms, would get 45 to 50 percent of the vote. The country is ready for these reforms. As Victor Hugo said, “There is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come.”
Moreover, by getting 45 to 50 percent of the vote, Cruz and Tancredo will launch the National Independent Party as a credible political power with permanency, which will force the Democrats and Republicans to have to merge in order to remain viable at the polls. The Demopublican monopoly will be broken. We will then have two parties: the National Independent “freedom” Party and the Democrat-Republican “statist” Party.
Forming the National Independent Party
How do we bring the NIP about?
First, we build a grassroots base via Meetup Groups and Internet promotions. To build the base, we recruit Bob Basso to cut one of his inspirational videos to promote the Four Pillars of Reform. He is the brilliant patriot orator who plays Thomas Paine on YouTube. His famous 6-minute video, “We the People,” went viral and has been viewed by 11 million Americans. To see him in action, CLICK HERE. A promotional video by him will put a million patriots into a grassroots base for the National Independent Party.
Second, we enlist big league pundits such as Pat Buchanan, Glenn Beck, Lou Dobbs, etc. to endorse the National Independent Party. They wish very much to challenge the Demopublican monopoly. They know progressive taxation and fiat money inflation are dangerous threats to freedom. They understand the perils of open borders and militaristic global hegemony. They will readily support the Four Pillars of Reform.
Third, we gather such big league pundits into a group and sit down with several of the billionaire conservative “anti-amnesty” supporters, combined with groups such as the Colcom Foundation, and commit them to putting up the necessary pac advertising money to build the base into 3 million supporters.
Fourth, with a base of 3 million supporters, we recruit Ted Cruz to run as an Independent candidate for President on the Four Pillars of Reform in 2016 (with Tom Tancredo as his VP), and do what Ross Perot tried to do in 1992. Three million supporters gives us the clout to put Cruz and Tancredo on the ballot in 6 months in all 50 states as an Independent ticket. Only this time we stand clearly for “freedom” rather than a “vague reformism” as Perot did. This time we will get 50 percent of the vote. This time we will win!
Convincing the Candidates
Would Ted Cruz and Tom Tancredo really wish to leave the Republican Party and run as an Independent team, and in the process launch the National Independent Party? Here is what we at AFR (accompanied by Buchanan, Beck, Dobbs, and millions of supporters) would say to each of them:
Consider these two choices: Do you wish to be just another Republican President and Vice President who end up sitting in the White House for eight gridlocked years, or would you rather be heroic statesmen who ride a white horse into history as the revolutionary leaders who realigned the American political paradigm? What we have in mind is restoring the Republic to what it was meant to be. What our country needs are political visionaries, not political Demopublicans.
Let us put it another way. Do you wish to get bogged down in the black hole of impotency that dominates both Democratic and Republican administrations today, or would you rather forge a dramatic new direction by establishing a genuine “two-party” system for America and giving the country back to the people? Which way do you think you could best serve your country and the concept of freedom? Which way could you best pursue the cause of justice?
The “Four Pillars of Reform” are absolutely crucial to the salvation of America! Without them enacted, the American ideal is headed for the dust bin of history. Our children will be living in a centralized dictatorship. But if you try to run as Republicans on the Four Pillars, the neocon power elites who control the GOP will adamantly reject you.
Why? Because enactment of the Four Pillars will end their drive for an all-powerful centralized government in Washington (based on progressive tax rates, monetary inflation, and hordes of illegal immigrants) that runs the world via “militarized global hegemony.” The heads of the GOP are eager statists in all their policy visions. You will not save America with their quisling Republican Party. You will be held captive to its neocon ideology.
Toward Real Freedom
We offer you a chance to do what all great leaders throughout history do – lead their countrymen toward real freedom and the light of justice. If you choose to stay with the GOP, you will achieve nothing more than orchestrating the collapse of America, for that is what the black hole of Republican impotency is ushering in.
You may think you can defy the neocon elites and still gain the GOP nomination, but their intellectual support, which is critical to any Republican nominee, is tied to the Wall Street-Washington axis of Big Banking / Big Government. This neocon hierarchy has the intellectual influence to control the massive donations needed to be a Republican Party nominee. It is the ideological gatekeeper of the GOP.
This hierarchy consists of powerful intellects such as William Kristol, Robert Kagan, Paul Wolfowitz, and Richard Perle – organizations such as the Council on Foreign Relations, Hudson Institute, and the Foreign Policy Initiative – magazines such as Foreign Affairs, Commentary, Public Interest, and The Weekly Standard. This vast network of prominent scholars and bureaucrats dominates the Republican Party. They are not “true conservatives” because they don’t believe in the fundamental base of conservatism, which is the Founders’ spirit of free enterprise and limited government. They are statist wolves clothed in conservative garb – promoting a blend of Fabian socialism and Wall Street-Washington corporatism.
What this means is that if you favor the Four Pillars of Reform, the neocon hierarchy will scurry away from you like roaches from a kitchen light. They will never accept the Four Pillars even though they are the only policies that can save America. Thus if you campaign on the Four Pillars, the neocons will abandon you for a puppet candidate like McCain, Romney, or Christie to implement their work of centralization and usurpation.
If, however, you run an Independent campaign (like Ross Perot did), the American people will give you their allegiance and their hearts. You need only to show them sincerely why the “Four Pillars of Reform” are crucial to America’s salvation, and they will support you unequivocably. And what’s most important, your campaign will launch the National Independent Party as a genuine second party. You will have broken the Demopublican monopoly that is destroying us. You will have given the American people a real choice between political visions: the limited government of the Founders versus the authoritarian government of the one-worlders.
The choice is yours gentlemen. Rearrange the deck chairs on the Demopublican Titanic for eight years, or march into history as the saviour of the American Republic.
That is what we would say to Ted Cruz and Tom Tancredo. Will you be the revolutionary leaders who seek something more than riding around in black limousines for eight years, then retiring to build a Presidential Library to chronicle your two terms in the black hole of Demopublican impotency?
The Pros and Cons of Cruz-Tancredo
Ted Cruz is a free-market conservative and a brilliant political-legal mind. But will he be tough enough on the issue of immigration. He is “anti-amnesty” and has rightly rejected creating a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants, but he still offers them legal status. This is not an acceptable solution to the immigration crisis. Legal status cannot be granted to those who have entered our country illegally. All this will do is perpetuate illegal crossings forever. The only solution is to enact policies that induce self-deportation of illegals (e.g., mandating English as the official language, denial of welfare services, instituting E-Verify, etc.). In addition the pre-1965 Immigration Accords must be restored.
Will Senator Cruz accept self-deportation? Not as long as he is a Republican because the neocons will not tolerate it. But once Cruz is no longer vying for the GOP nomination, he will no longer need to pander to neocons and will be more agreeable toward self-deportation. But this needs to be demonstrated.
This is why Congressman Tom Tancredo (who is running for Governor of Colorado in 2014 and was a candidate for President in 2008) would be the perfect VP candidate to run with Cruz. His immigration record is as tough as there is. He would stand strong on “No Amnesty” and support all policies needed to induce self-deportation. Also he would have no problem with returning to the pre-1965 Immigration Accords. His presence on the ticket would send a clear signal to America regarding immigration.
Though media pundits and scholars can’t see it, the American people are ready for revolutionary reform of our tax, monetary, immigration, and foreign policy systems. A Ted Cruz-Tom Tancredo ticket would sweep to victory in 2016 with an Independent campaign and force the Republicans to have to merge with the Democrats in order to remain politically viable in the future. We would then have a genuine two-party system and sanity restored to our lives.
Can this revolution happen? It depends on how hard we work to implement the AFR strategy for launching the National Independent Party. It depends on how extensive a grassroots support we build. It is grassroots support that is necessary to inspire pundits such as Buchanan, Beck, and Dobbs to sit down with billionaire backers and convince them to fund the advertising to build the base to 3 million supporters. It is such supporters who will then contribute the money to get Ted Cruz and Tom Tancredo on the ballot in all 50 states.
Thus it all depends on how many of our countrymen we are willing to contact to read the “Four Pillars of Reform” outlined in our Tea Party Special Report linked below. If you as a patriotic American care about your country, you need to read this document and then pass it on to your friends and associates. That is the way it was done in Thomas Paine’s day, and we must do the same.
In times of great crisis, the “summer soldiers and sunshine patriots” will always linger behind a veil of inertia. Like the Tories in the Revolution, they will find excuses to take no action. But the true patriots, the men of courage, will join the cause immediately and fervently. They will be the ones who give up the softness of conventional life to carry the fight and spread the word. They will do the heavy lifting. They will contact their neighbors, form the Meetup groups, write the editors, get on the radio talk shows, debate the statist lackeys in their communities. If America is to be saved, it is to these patriots that our children will owe an immense debt of gratitude. They will be the Paul Reveres riding into countless nights to inform America about the hope that the National Independent Party and its crucial Four Pillars of Reform represent.
To read our Special Report, click here:
Nelson Hultberg is a freelance writer in Dallas, TX and the Director of Americans for a Free Republic www.AFR.org. His articles have appeared over the past 20 years in such publications as The Dallas Morning News, San Antonio Express-News, American Conservative, Insight, The Freeman, Liberty, and The Social Critic, as well as on numerous Internet sites. He is the author of The Golden Mean: Libertarian Politics, Conservative Values. Email him at: firstname.lastname@example.org