Skip to comments.The Idea of a Third Party Alternative to the GOP
Posted on 10/23/2013 6:56:33 PM PDT by WXRGina
Richard Viguerie at Conservative HQ examines the idea of starting a third party alternative to the RINO-led Republican Partyan idea that has been growing in popularity since the rise of the Tea Party movement four years ago, and even more popular now that the Republican leadership in congress has once again caved to Democrats in the fight against ObamaCare.
Since even Sean Hannity expressed support for a third party recently, Viguerie felt it was time to address the issueand rebut it.
Viguerie reminds us of some GOP history and the war between liberals and conservatives in the Republican Party:
In the aftermath of the 1976 Republican Convention and the way the GOP establishment bought off the last few votes needed to hand the nomination to Ford, conservatives urged Reagan to launch a full-blown national conservative movement and run as a third party candidate.
To his great credit Reagan chose not to pursue that path.
Reagans answer to those, including some of his good political supporters, who wanted him to head this new conservative party, was to tell them they were out of their minds.
Reagan understood that if he was ever going to make progress in accomplishing the things he believed in, it would have to be within the Republican Party.
As Reagan saw it then (and he was right) the bulk of conservative voters in America are Republicans and they wont desert the Republican Party for a third party. That is why I continue to operate in the GOP, but am first and foremost a limited government constitutional conservative.
I, too, feel the temptation sometimes to abandon the party I have held allegiance to since I was 13 years old. With gutless RINOs in charge of both the policy and purse strings of the GOP, it can be a daunting task to fight for the documented conservative values that forms the foundation of the GOP. Its bad enough that conservatives have to fight not only the Democrat Party but also the mainstream media and academia; its a pathetic state of affairs when they have to fight liberals in their own party to advance Republican principles.
But as Viguerie points out, the RINOs wouldnt just fold up and go away if conservatives started a third party. They have demonstrated that while they lack the will to fight the Democrat Party, they are more than willing to fight conservatives. And those who would remain in the GOP after such a theoretical split (both the mealy-mouthed moderates who lack the courage to be either a full-blown liberal or a conservative, as well as those genuine conservatives who would stay with the party out of loyalty) would continue to divide the effort to advance Republican and conservative values. That would leave an undivided liberal party in the Democrat Party to finish the job of destroying America.
Besides, its not their party in the first place (theyve made that clear with their contempt for Republican principles), and Ill be ****ed if Ill let them have it without a fight.
Only if it became absolutely and totally impossible for conservatives to make a difference in the GOP would a third party alternative become necessary, in my opinion.
I believe the strategy Viguerie outlines is the best one, and it means conservatives must get off their rear ends and get involved in the primariessomething we hardly ever do!
If conservatives want to govern America we have to face the same reality Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan did when they heard the Siren song of those advocating the formation of a third party.
Its the primaries stupid!
To win the elections necessary to govern America according to conservative principles theres only one way to go; recruit the candidates and do the work necessary for conservatives to win GOP primary elections up and down the ballot.
Just as importantly, conservatives must get involved in the Republican Party at the precinct level, run for Republican Party office and take over the GOP at the local, state and national level to confirm it once and for all as the permanent political home of limited government constitutional conservatives.
Its not easy. Most of us conservatives are just live and let live people; we arent naturally confrontational. Were busy with families and church and our work and businesses. But if we want to preserve this last best hope of earth, were going to have to take the time to do what we can. If we all do a little, we can make it happen. The problem we have now is that only a few are doing anything, and most are doing nothing but complaining.
Conservatives, resolve that 2013-2014 will be the year you end the inaction and defeatism, and start doing whatever you canbig or littleto help conservatives win in the primaries, and win in the general election.
Isnt what God has given us in America worth fighting for?
If Amnesty passes the House, the GOP is toast in 2014
They are the new Whigs.
Those doing the fighting will not be invoking God, per the latest deployment briefing, e.g., no TEA Party or God or you face UCMJ action/prosecution for any participation or support. Does that extend to attending a church service, giving to your church in the plate, or attending a TEA party meeting or sending in a political donation. The administration has effectively moved to halt dissent.
It ain’t gonna happen. Conservatives don’t have the balls to conduct a revolt. If they did, Obamacare woulda been toast in this last shutdown-showdown.
Let’s get a Second Party, first.
I nominate the 2016 candidates for the new party:
Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz.
Well, perhaps we can get the Democrats to run a third party.
Call it the “Democrats not trying to destroy American party”.
Pity there would be so few Democrats that would join it.
I’d like to see a Taxpayer Party for those who pay all of the taxes that keeps this joint running.
The Republicans started as a second party after the self-demolition of the Whigs. The Whigs wanted to get along with the Slave Power. After the Slave Power Democrats proved that they could not be trusted, The Republicans immediately became a majority party and had the Speaker of the House.
While I would love a party with Tea Party principles, I think, as a third party, it would be suicide.
My dream would be a Republican party that is under control of Tea Party people.
I question, however, if there will even be an America, after three more years of the scumbags.
Thanks for referencing that article WXRGina.
Regarding the article, we don’t need no stinking 3rd party.
What patriots need to do is to get low-information voters up to speed on the federal government’s constitutionally limited powers.
I no longer care wtf the Republicans do. I am forever done “holding my nose” when I vote. I will reward only conservatives in the Ted Cruz / Sarah Palin mold with my votes. Period.
I know that. The original republicans had balls. The current slate of GOP officeholders is filled with eunuchs, for the most part.
The Left’s dream scenario. Divide and conquer.
Thanks to Jim DeMint’s efforts we won’t have to go third-party in 2014.
That man may save the country. Hope he runs for president in 2016.
Insert “Debt and tax-slavery” before “Democrats” and you desribe the situation today.
It can’t stand.
When the GOP leadership sides with the Dems, we the people have but one choice
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