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Flip your Whig, part two

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So, if the Republican Party is in danger of going the way of the Whig Party (see my previous post), what should conservatives of whatever stripe do this election cycle?  Should we just give up on  the GOP as a bad job and form a third party?

From my point of view, the best thing to do, in at least the 2010 and 2012 elections, is to strengthen what remains in the Republican Party and use it to stop – and, if we’re lucky, reverse – the socialist stampede at the state and federal levels.  We can look at the question again then but, under the circumstances, we need to unite our forces behind a common banner if we’re going to stall, much less overturn, Obamacare, Cap and Trade, TARP and the other unconstitutional actions of this Administration and its allies in Congress.

My logic is simple; the Republican Party currently has access to a lot of money, technological resources and quite a bit of practical experience with the whys and wherefores of political campaigns.  In many cases, a candidate with an “R” after their name can count on about 30% of the vote simply because it’s there (realizing your results may vary).  By contrast, the combined base votes of all other Constitutionally-minded political parties floats around 10% to 15%.  Even with its flaws, it still is, if you’ll pardon the expression, the elephant in the neighborhood.

If the goal is to make a point, we could have a bunch of candidates for any given race, each with their own personal twist on how to solve the problems of statists in government and seeking to take out the legislators who led us into this mess.  Each can win a moral victory but, if they run against each other, the leftist will win through and we will be in exactly the same situation; it could even get worse.  If, however, our goal is to stop the socialist policies – and it’s my sincere hope that is the common goal of the resistance – then we need to ignore our minor disagreements and unite behind candidates who can beat them in a fair fight.

In most cases, that’s going to be a Republican.

If the GOP is destined to falter due to the dry rot at its core, so be it.  But, if we support its candidates at this critical point there will probably be those who can be the standard-bearers of whatever rises from the rubble of its collapse.  And, if it doesn’t fail – if it learns its lesson and returns to its roots – it will be all the more powerful because of it.


Written by Jeffrey S. Smith

17 January 2010 at 3:24 pm

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