Bridge Between Factions
By Scott Rohter and an Anonymous Friend of the Republic
Big labor unions, the entitlement class, and the immoral government oligarchy are the reason that America has its back up against the wall. The Conservative Movement has been effectively co-opted by people like Sarah Palin endorsing Newt Gingrich and Marco Rubio endorsing Mitt Romney! Have you ever noticed how Republicans rally behind so called conservative candidates only to have them abandon both us and their “conservative” principles after they get elected? Take Scott Brown for instance and now apparently the freshman Senator from Florida Marco Rubio, with his recent endorsement of Mitt Romney?
I think we fail as voters whenever we don’t thoroughly vet all of our candidates and hold every one of them fully accountable. I also fear that we have short memories, which often allow us to fall prey to a candidate’s latest story line such as, “they have seen the conservative light", when in reality the plain and simple truth is that they only see winning an election as an end in itself, instead of the means to a much more important end, the means to fix what is wrong with our beloved country! In my humble opinion some politicians want to win public office way too much!
The finest example of a public servant that ever lived was the model set for us by George Washington, who didn’t really want to be our Nation’s First President. He had to be recruited against his own will, and then he was only willing to serve two terms, thus establishing the precedent which has been followed to this day (with the lone exception being FDR). Thereafter he retired completely from public life! That is not the same model that is being followed today by politicians like Mitt Romney who was already the Governor of Massachusetts, and then he ran for the Senate seat from Massachusetts, and now for the last six years he has been almost constantly running to be either our Nation’s 41st President or our Nation’s 42nd President depending on how you count his efforts.
As conservatives and libertarians we have chosen the GOP as the best vehicle to achieve our common goals of fixing what is wrong with our country and restoring Constitutional government to Washington D.C. The current leadership of the Republican Party is almost entirely vested in the “Establishment Agenda”. They wear a conservative hat around election time, but they keep on delivering the same old program and use the same old tactics as their progressive predecessors! And they present us with what they call “our last, best hope". Their conclusion is that we can only slow down the progressive slide to communism. We cannot completely stop it! And they seem to fear an authentic rallying cry among real conservatives, and a real conservative political revival almost more than anything else!
When the Republican Party gave us John McCain, they did so with a tacit understanding that even a lost dog could find his way into the White House. Now it is Mitt Romney’s turn to receive the Establishment’s imprimatur, their highly sought after seal of approval, and their endorsements. The very first Establishment Republican figure to publicly endorse Mitt Romney was moderate New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Then there was John McCain, the unsuccessful Republican candidate for President last time around. Next came former Senator Bob Dole (another very unsuccessful Republican Presidential candidate). Then there was Florida Governor Jeb Bush, and his daddy, Former President George H.W.Bush. All of these national figures“came out “ in favor of Mitt Romney. The Establishment certainly does know how to support its own, doesn’t it?
Now we have the next batch of counterfeit conservatives who are slowly making their way to the “political pulpit” in order to make their public endorsements for Mitt Romney, the “Establishment’s Choice”. There was Congressman Paul Ryan from Virginia, and more recently the freshman Senator from Florida, Marco Rubio and now Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson. And the rest of the Party is all just supposed to follow along like a nice little bunch of sheople. Well I won’t do it!
One factor to consider is the extreme arrogance of the Republican Establishment. Often these phony conservatives seem like they are trying to fit the comical characterization that is often painted about them in the Left Wing Media, i.e. that they are unreasonable, un-compassionate, greedy, self-serving, and even willing to sell out their principles in order to “win”. Even now we see them ridiculing the support of the young “libertarian leaning” Republicans in our midst, and thumbing their nose at disillusioned Democrats and all of the registered voters in other 3rd Parties like the Constitution Party and the Libertarian Party! Just like the poor fellow who got so accustomed to failing, that just for the sake of remaining true to the idea of losing, he could never quite bring himself to change his own ways so he could win. It reminds me of the “Parable of the Harvest” when the last group of workers came in towards the end of the gathering, and those that had been there from the beginning complained to the master that the last gatherers received the same wages as the first.
Our Party's leaders always seem to think that an empty suit is better than no suit at all. It seems that the end is already determined from the beginning, and that we like little sheep are all herded into the same sheepcote by false political shepherds. Does it ever seem to you like some politicians love politics just a little bit too much? Is it any wonder that they seek public office as the pathway to power, wealth and lifelong security? Do you really think that most of them believe that the best interests of the nation and our personal liberty are the only goals they are there to pursue? And when they swear an oath to uphold the Constitution, only to ignore it later after they are comfortably in office, does the thought ever occur to you that this might have been their intention from the very beginning? - While there are certainly a handful of true American patriots on Capitol Hill, we hold them up as exceptions to the rule, not the rule! And the rest of those in Congress hold them at bay and marginalize their efforts!
In the 1980s Conservatives were initially very excited about the Republican Contract with America, but the teeth of that contract, if there really ever were any, were traded away very quickly at the start, and what little was actually left of the Contract with America was of no lasting value. If the grassroots of the Republican Party drew a firm line in the sand and said, “No, you can’t count on our votes anymore! We won't buy your plan of moderation and compromise,” then you would be amazed at how many Republicans, Conservatives, libertarians, independents, and heretofore apathetic young college students would flock to the Republican Party. If we only had the courage to actually to stand for something that was really worth standing for, many more would join our Party and rally to our cause, if we could just remain true to the principles in the Constitution, and come up with a real plan to make America great again. But presently we really don’t have anything to offer them except the same old same old, so why would anyone even bother to come?
The current election cycle has been run on the “Anybody but Obama” campaign platform just like the last election was run on the “Not another four more years of Bush” platform. If you remember back only eight year ago to the 2004 Election, the Democratic campaign platform of Vice President Al Gore was “Anybody but Bush”, but the Democrats weren't very successful with that strategy, were they? “Trading in one sock puppet for another sock puppet” is not a great campaign slogan to help get out the vote! It isn’t even as good as, “I like Ike.”
The Bible is the source and the defining Word about the Christian life. Likewise the Constitution and the Bill of Rights define to a large extent what America means to most Americans! To frame the current political debate among conservatives in a manner that is antithetical to American beliefs and principles is disheartening, but we hear it being done every day. ‘Tis the point from which we have strayed and the milepost to which we must return. If we are to really be the Party that renews America then we must give the people something better to rally behind!
May God Bless America and May God help us all.
This is just the kind of bridge that conservatives and libertarians need to build and keep open, a bridge between God fearing libertarians and conservatives in order to save our beloved country.
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