We know well enough that to split the Republican Party is to risk Democrat victory for generations to come because a third party might not have the financial or political clout to affect any meaningful change for many years and a GOP lacking its conservative base would be even more wretched and ineffectual than it already is. We see a Republican split could be a disaster, so why do conservatives keep toying with the idea of making the big break anyway?
Because it may be the only way for conservatives to escape the toxic relationship that is forming between the GOPs two factions. Many conservatives believe that we should make plans to strike out on our own, and we should do so while there are still constitutionally protected freedoms left to save. To this point, it is important that we weigh our words and deeds against what is best for ourselves, our nation and for our progeny, but that being said? Maybe it is time to get serious about the competence of the GOP in its current form – both at the state and national levels – and if the party is not amendable then it might be best if we left.
I think that it is safe to say that few people really want to go down this philosophical road…least of all me. No one wants to earnestly consider that it might be time for conservatives to break away from the Republican Party, but, with regard to the party's utter lack of respect for conservative values and the GOPs willingness to compromise with a progressive agenda that conservatives find repugnant, the debate must be had without reflex or impulse. The promise that conservatives might leave the GOP must first and foremost be well considered and ultimately it should be tangible.
Idle threats over something this important are ill advised and will leave us impotent and unable to reason with our RINO friends if they believe we are all talk and no action. In this case, we will have no more negotiating power and our traditional tenets will be thrown upon the ground to be trampled on by party leadership in its race to appease the authors of Obamacare, amnesty to illegals, religious tyranny, hyper-taxation, over-regulation and abortion on demand.
Those are the bullet points of the progressive agenda that RINOs find too uncomfortable, too clumsy and challenging to confront. That is the progressive canon which conservatives can no longer abide. This is essentially why the third party debate has surfaced, because conservatives cannot compromise with these wrongs and we have little in common with those who can make room for less freedom. In fact, this fight against the tyranny over traditional American values is why the Republican Party came into being in the first place…because the Whigs who loved liberty and justice came to reject their raison d'etre in favor of appeasement with slave owners.
Conservatives could not then and cannot now compromise on our core values any more than we can compromise on breathing. This is who we are. It is woven into our DNA. To give a little on abortion or single payer health care or the despotism of big government is like compromising a little on any other form of slavery. These are intolerable acts against humanity and they must be stopped. To compromise with anyone who could oppress his fellow citizens is a terrible act against God and civilization, and to align ourselves with those who can make that kind of political concession is the height of perversion.
Conservative, traditionalist, constitutionalist: this is how we are wired. Sadly, our RINO friends have underscored time and again that they would rather stand with what conservatives consider intrinsic evils than experience the indignity of standing with people who believe in constitutional liberty. Through that disloyalty to the traditions associated with the Republican Party, the GOP leadership has signaled that the great divorce has already begun. We just lack formality. Please refer to the election of 2012 if you have any doubts. Enough conservatives stayed home…refused to exercise their constitutional right to vote…rather than settle for weak willed compromisers, and the poster child for compromise lost the presidency to Barack Obama as a result.
We are told that the formation of a third party will accomplish nothing but the promise of countless Democrat wins, but it would seem that fidelity to feckless RINOs who think we are an embarrassment and an obstacle to be overcome accomplishes – well…pretty much the same thing.
Let's start by whispering the words…third party. It's okay. Don't be afraid. Saying is not the same thing as doing. The beauty of having blocs of voters discussing whether to invoke that transcendent muse known as a third political party is that it certainly gets everyone to sit up and pay attention. It sends the message that we are nearing that desolate junction through which conscience will not allow us to pass. Let the only worldly tyrant we accept be that small voice within us that whispers, "Here and no further."
Each time the RINOs nudge us closer to progressive ends, conservatives become more convinced that we have less in common with them than they have with the Democrats. To that end, you must seriously ask whether you can really see yourself living in the Left's utopian universe without suffocating because that is where the current GOP will bring us if we don't put a nickel in it and get our resistance in order. Now given that the RINOs are playing quisling in this progressivist war on freedom, I might grant that its they who should be leaving the party – not us – but either way, how much do we really have in common with them anymore? How can we pretend to be a cohesive party when half of our membership feels comfortable negotiating limits on the Bill of Rights so that they don't appear to be too unreasonable to our tormentors?
Perhaps talk about a third party nuclear option may be a less than savory proposition. A good many well respected Tea Party conservatives argue emphatically against the idea. I just saw a post by Alphonzo Rachel of PJ Media (here or here) who believes that by running away, by refusing to stand our ground and fight for the party, we simply repeat the cycle of failure that turned us from Whigs into Republicans in the first place and you know what? Perhaps he is right but I just don't think he is. When conservatives abandoned the Whigs and the intrinsic evil that they placated, we gained the presidency of Abraham Lincoln which ultimately preserved the Union and freed men and women of color from bondage.
I guess for me it comes down to this. I don't trust in the loyalty of the RINOs and so I find it impossible to work with them. They have sold my principles and liberty down the river for political gain before and I believe that they will again… given the opportunity…because they don't value my existence within the party. They value my willingness to fund their political aspirations and that's really about it. They would like it very much if I would fork over my money and then just go away so they can get back to the business of making political inroads with the authoritarian Left.
It boggles the mind. Why on earth would I stick around and fund the GOP leadership as they sell me and my posterity into slavery? Isn't it more advantageous for furthering the conservative cause to form a third party? Are tyranny and tyranny-lite all a girl can hope for anymore?