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We must all hang together

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The famous quote by Ben Franklin, half of which forms the title for this blog, “We must all hang together or we will surely all hang separately,” was uttered during the meetings in 1776 that resulted in the Declaration of Independence.  Warning that anything but a unified front would result in disaster, Franklin’s words mean something now, as we stretch toward the Second American Revolution.  While we don’t face being hanged to death for treason if we lose, we do run the risk of being beaten if we don’t hang together.

There’s a rumbling among the Tea Party Patriots that, like was done in New York’s 23rd District US Congressional race, that a “progressive” (or what we used to call “country club”)  Republican candidate should be challenged by a true conservative.  Allow me to point out that, while it made a statement about the power of the Tea Party movement, the end result was that a socialist got elected.  My mom used to call that “cutting off your nose to spite your face” and really isn’t a good idea.  You still lose.

Now, don’t get me wrong; the folks in New York made a serious mistake when they ran a “progressive” or “moderate” candidate in this political climate.  Going “Democrat Light”, even in a fairly left of center district is just poor judgment in a political sense, and the sort of narrow focus those of us inside the GOP have been fighting for years.   We need to promote and defend our principles regardless of where we’re running; if we win elections but don’t move our agenda forward, we lose.  But that’s a blog for another day.

The point of this is that unity behind the best Constitutionalist contender, regardless of party, is the only way to stop the socialist juggernaut.  We can’t expect and won’t get uniformity; no human being is perfect, so there will never be a perfect candidate.    But we can unify behind the best candidate under the circumstances, and not get sidelined by a stand or three that doesn’t agree 100% with your point of view.

I know some people are going to rankle at this; there are those third parties whose principles largely match the GOP who are predicting the downfall of the Republican Party, but that’s not likely the case in the 2010 election cycle.   Third parties, at this moment, lack the infrastructure, the experience and the funding to mount a successful three-way race in nearly every case; the most likely outcome of such ideological hair-splitting and ego-stroking is the incumbent gets re-elected.  This was true in New York 23, and it was when Ross Perot tossed his 10-gallon hat into the Presidential ring.

I know the GOP has its problems – I’ve written about them in this blog.  But, to give the devil his due, there is an effort to bring in Tea Party folks to revitalize it, and the Primary battles in most states are looking to go to the more conservative or libertarian than to the “progressive” or “moderate”.  At this moment, the Republican Party isn’t following the example of the Whig Party, but is rediscovering its roots and real strengths.  Sure, there’s a lot of room for improvement, and a lot of the leadership is paying lip service to the Tea Party ideals, but bear in mind that there are elections slated for them in the next twelve months as well.   As the Tea Party invades the Republican Party, you’re going to see some real changes in how we approach politics.

Can you imagine the drive and passion of the Tea Party married to the political expertise and infrastructure of the GOP?  If we keep in mind the final goal of liberty and unify rather than divide the power of the people, the next political party to fade into the footnotes of American history may just be the Democrat.  Now, wouldn’t that be neat?

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Written by Jeffrey S. Smith

22 February 2010 at 12:32 pm

Posted in Basics

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