As the policies and actions of the Obama Administration have become increasingly recognized as destructive, the Republican Party establishment may believe that they have “default” support among Conservative and Independents for the upcoming election cycle. I would urge you to examine this more closely. As you may have noticed, the approval ratings for Republicans are still quite low. There are multiple reasons for this beyond the fact that the left and the media are against Republicans.
I believe that these low ratings are due to the Party’s abandoning of Conservative principals. After George W. Bush was elected, government continued to grow in both size and scope. Government interference in the free market continued, and government programs continued to flourish and grow in influence. Far too many establishment Republican Congressmen and Senators; who ran on platforms of small government and fiscal responsibility while on the campaign trail, spent like drunken sailors when they arrived in Washington. The people, and particularly the Party base, watched these developments with a growing disgust. It is the opinion of many that establishment Republican candidates run on Conservative issues to win elections, and then disregard those ideas upon assuming office. The people have grown tired of this, leading to, in my opinion, the losses in 2006 and 2008. When too many Republican office holders abandoned to core concepts of the Party, the voters did not support them.
Fast forwarding to now; when we see actual Conservatives, like Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, and Rand Paul being insulted and castigated for adhering to Conservative principals, we are angered. Also, when we hear that Karl Rove is going to fund-raise and organize efforts to move against Tea Party members, we are infuriated. In governing, there has been little more than a GOP establishment capitulation to the President. Why wouldn’t President Obama petulantly stand up to any proposal that you make? You cave in at every turn! He has no fear of you-he probably sees all of you as “easy marks,” and laughs at the very idea of you having a spine! Yet, you expect us to dutifully tap the button and vote for any weak candidate you put on the ticket? Simply put, one cannot energize an alienated base. And we sirs, are thoroughly alienated. As long as this state of affairs continues, the base will be suspicious. Your empty promises are now falling on deaf ears.
What we want is to have our elected officials actually act upon what they promised during their campaigns. We want government to shrink, not just grow more slowly. I, myself, have made the comparison that the recent choices between Democrats and Republicans is the choice between socialism, and “socialism-lite.” Please hear this: There is no way to do big government in a “Conservative way.” The two are mutually exclusive. In fact, they are the antithesis of each other. We want Republicans, not “Republicrats!” We want a set of men and women that will lead, not shy away from tackling the bureaucracy, or the Democrats and their client groups. We want people that will make the case for eliminating government programs that have not worked, nor ever will. We want people that will stand up to the leftist media, and make their message heard. We want people that will talk to the people as they were grown men and women, not sheepish children that require herding. And, we want leaders that will listen to us, not the talking heads in the media, not the pressure groups that are bussed in to intimidate them, and not the advisers that recommend that they “moderate” their message. When the Party supports and promotes moderate candidates, the base sees this as another indication that the party is out of touch with, if not dismissive of, traditional Conservative ideals.
Then, the party is failing to exploit weaknesses in the liberal base. African Americans are suffering disproportionately under Obama, and questioning their allegiances. But, is the party of Lincoln doing anything about that? No, not at all; there is no effort being made. We actually have a chance to make a real difference to millions of our fellow citizens, but the establishment will just abandon them, just as they have for decades. Hispanics would be good Conservatives, if they ever heard a real message about the economic opportunity that we offer, but there is nothing on that front either. Not only are you alienating the base, you aren’t trying to bring more into the fold. You seem dead set on political suicide.
There is a rumbling in the base. More than just the discontent that I was part of at the end of the last administration, this includes people leaving the Party, and supporting third party candidates. There are many Republicans that are pledging to not vote for an establishment candidate, and will vote for a third party Conservative, even if it means losing an election. There are third parties cropping up, and existing ones are gaining members. People are angry, and will cling to their ideals. In case you have not noticed, multiple polls have indicated that the people are moving to the right, particularly Independents. The Republican Party can be part of this movement, or it can be left by the wayside. As we have said from the beginning, our fight is not about race or party, it is about ideas. Will this nation be free, or will it be a socialist state?
I would kindly remind you to review the origins of the Party. What happened when the Whigs decided to stand in the way of history? You are currently in the position to make the same decision for the Republicans. Will you stand for the ideas of the founders, or will the Republican Party go the way of the Whigs? The choice is yours. We will be watching and evaluating the Party’s performance in this regard.
As for me, I will stand with my fellow Conservatives, for Conservative ideas. The party banner under which I stand is not as important as the ideas themselves. You might continue to provoke and disregard us, but you will do so at your own political risk.
The choice is yours.