We may be looking at the beginning of a party split. Tea Partiers are fed up and dumping the party in droves, going unaffiliated, Independent, Constitution party or Libertarian. We can’t accomplish anything if we’re fractured all over the place. At some point the only way to bring back cohesion may be to start an actual Tea Party political party.
Conservative leaders don’t like what they’re hearing from House Speaker John Boehner, the man in the middle of fiscal cliff negotiations.
One day after Boehner mentioned an $800-billion tax hike — half the amount President Obama is seeking — conservative activist L. Brent Bozell III said the Republican Party is no longer the party of limited government, limited spending and limited taxes:
“It is now officially exactly right behind the Democrats — on everything,” Bozell said. “It is time for conservatives to start looking for a new home. There’s precious little left for us here.”
Bozell, the chairman of ForAmerica Inc., also heads the Media Research Center, the parent organization of CNSNews.com.
Should Americans assume that Boehner and House Republican leaders have been misleading the country for more than two years? Bozell wondered:
“It would be impossible to count the times and ways Boehner, Cantor, McCarthy and so many others have told America that tax hikes would kill jobs and cripple the economy. Lo and behold, that’s just what they’ve proposed, $800 billion of them,” Bozell said. “They aren’t taxes, no siree. They are ‘revenue,’ and ‘loopholes’ that are closed (which also begs the question: if loopholes, why were they open?).”
Why shouldn’t Obama demand $1.6 trillion in tax hikes on wealthy Americans, Bozell asked: “The Republican Party has now surrendered its principles, and is in full retreat, the Democrats taste blood, and they’re going for it all. I would too.”
Bozell said it’s no coincidence that just before releasing his proposal, Boehner orchestrated a purge of conservatives from key positions of power in the Republican Conference.
Right now, the strategy is to take over the GOP from the inside, and the only way to do that is to register Republican, become a PCP, work your way up inside the party and knock off their RINO leadership one by one. We successfully did this in Washington County just a few weeks ago. MultCo already belongs to the Tea Party.
We may or may not have to create our own party at some point, but then we’ll have to wade into the sticky side issues of social and foreign policy platform planks, and that could cause just as much division in a party that has united around the three core principles of limited government, free markets and fiscal responsibility.
If it comes to that, I’ll offer this word of warning now: we will have to retain the current GOP platform on social and foreign policy issues. If we don’t, we’ll lose an enormous portion of the party base who aren’t willing to sell out the unborn for economic issues, and we’ll be dead in the water before we even begin. We must keep social issues in the background, but we can’t abandon them altogether. People are leaving the GOP not because they disagree with its platform, but because the current leadership WON’T FIGHT FOR those principles they claim to believe in. By keeping the platform, we can take 90% of the GOP with us in case the Tea Party is forced to split off and form its own party. The only reason the Republican party was successful in its inception was because it adopted the Whig platform in practically everything, except they kept the primary issue – slavery – the primary issue. For us, that primary issue would be three-pronged: fiscal responsibility, free markets, and limited constitutional government.
But for right now, our job is to prepare for 2014 and oust as many RINO’s as possible. Do NOT donate to the GOP. Donate only directly to conservative candidates and trusted organizations like the Oregon Tea Party.
Cross posted at ThoughtsFromAConservativeMom.com