"However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.”
~ George Washington, Farewell Address, Sep. 17, 1796
FROM THE FRONT
By Len Semas Main Feature 3/1/2016)
A FAILED POLITICAL SYSTEM
Meet the new Republicans: Democrats.
Meet the new Democrats: Socialists
Together, the two groups form the new one party system: the RepubliCrats.
There was a time, arguably some decades ago, when the two major political parties had distinctly different ideas about how to govern, the nature and extent of government, and the goals for society as a whole. Candidates came from many walks of life, served if elected and then, after a modest period of public service, went home to the life they held before and outside politics. True, politics even then required a certain spirit of compromise, but there were fundamental principles that defined each party that were not subject to negotiation. Come to think of it, there were principles that defined most POLITICIANS that were not subject to negotiation or compromise. These were values and principles common to most all Americans.
The climate of politics has changed – and far more than the earth’s temperature. In recent years, Democrats have split into two camps. Those on the left have gone ever so far left that they are hardly distinguishable from Socialists. Among these is their "spiritual" leader, Hillary Clinton and the unabashed Socialist, Bernie Sanders. Hardly removed from this camp are Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Harry Reid, Barbara Boxer, virtually all the Black Democratic Caucus, to name a few. These people love the State; they love nationalizing everything. There is not a need that can be imagined, that national government cannot and should not get its hands on: erecting new agencies, passing new regulations, and collecting more and more money to fund the liberal agenda. They willingly enslave the masses in exchange for more government care and protection. They believe government knows better what is best for citizens. National medical care, national welfare, and national public education are hallmarks of their agenda and tools of change, ensnaring all those who accept the Faustian bargain of big government.
The Constitution is merely an historic curiosity to these people, to be redefined by liberal, activist courts. The language and culture of America is an anachronism, which needs refinement by Internationalists, Multiculturalists, and Progressives. Personal rights are trumpeted while duties are ignored; except for the primary allegiance to government as supreme.
Joining this socialist left agenda are most of America's academics, including the education establishment down to primary grades. Also included are the mainstream press, headed by the far left NY Times, Washington Post, and network television. Support is automatic from the social welfare establishment, inventing needs even where none exists. The Hollywood elite and pop-culture icons are solidly in this camp. Fame and money come far too easily, thus riddling them with guilt and a need to spend someone else’s money for their worthy causes.
Though bankrupt of new ideas, this group is dangerous. They occupy and wield much power in the political arena and dictate their ideological version of government to young minds; they steer the perspective of the sheepish masses with headline journalism; and they poison traditional culture through "entertainment." They continue to occupy power through a time-honored technique of dividing Americans into special interest groups, tossing goodies to each faction to endear themselves and enslave the willing. The far left Democrats have effectively devolved, from a legitimate political party to a pandering, leftist ideology; their interests are not those of the nation, but their own narrow, self-serving agenda - the nation be damned.
On the far right, there are extremists too, though these individuals and groups have less influence as the mainstream media, education, and pop-culture establishments have effectively branded them as kooks, radicals, and extremists. No such characterizations exist, of course, on the Left, though one can argue that they are the larger and more dangerous group of extremists. The effectiveness in marginalizing the extreme right is so good that many non-extremists are incorporated into it. Thus, anyone professing Christian beliefs is suspect, as is anyone suggesting a mere debate on abortion. The same is true for advocates of the 2nd Amendment, or even the Constitution as a whole. Ditto for the Bible. These people simply cannot be trusted. (This has been intimated by the Secretary of Homeland Security!) Clearly, the very far right who advocate violence, white supremacy, and anarchy are not part of mainstream conservatism, though the media loves to imply so.
So what remains of the traditional political parties? Well, the bulk of those occupying power are comprised of the RepubliCrats. These are the mildly socialist Democrats, and the leftward drifting, big government Republicans. Both groups moderate their views during elections for electability, but resume their ideologies once returned to office. Both groups profess to serve the public, but both groups ultimately serve only themselves, and retaining permanency in office is the certain path to do that. The Left has been in love with big government and control over civil liberties since Woodrow Wilson, Teddy Roosevelt and even before. Increasingly, however, so-called Republicans have been willing to sacrifice principles such as smaller government, lower taxes, allegiance to our Constitution, and preservation of our freedoms and culture for the sake of votes.
What unites these two strange bedfellows is a loyalty to their self-interest. As long as they can get elected and remain in office, they will do whatever it takes. They will adopt any pre-election position that appeals to the majority, spend whatever money (of lobbyists and others) necessary, and trash their opposition as required. In the process, they will ensure themselves more benefits, more pay, and more advantages to keep challengers at bay. They will pander and gerrymander, cave to special interests, and throw America and Americans to the wolves - so long as they can stay in power. The two groups have melded into a one-party system where self-interest reigns supreme.
There is hope in resurrecting a true second party (or creating a third) which represents the will of the people and traditional American values, respects the Constitution, and puts principle above permanent self-interest. To do this requires coalescing those citizens left out of the cozy RepubliCrat arrangement, who support neither the Socialist Left nor the Radical Right. This group is comprised of traditional Republicans, Libertarians, and Independents, those disaffected by party politics and jaded to the point of non-participation; they tend to fall philosophically into the center-right orientation typical of most Americans, and our Constitution. The candidates that appear to appeal to this resurrected Republican Party are the true conservatives, at least from outward appearances and personal professions: Trump, Cruz and Rubio. Only time, and an election, will tell whether the images being sold to Americans are valid, but for now, they are our best hope as an alternative to the RepubliCrats.
The one ultimately chosen to lead the charge will have to take on the reining RepubliCrat, Hillary Clinton (yes, many Republicans would support her over Trump or Cruz, that is how dire the situation has become). They will prevail ONLY on the basis of possessing and articulating a true Conservative message, and attacking the deep and fatal flaws of their opponent. Some differences may be resolved by compromise, but the majority will require steadfastness and reason. Republicans will need to back away from hard-core stances on personal matters that are not the function of government to dictate (first-trimester and special circumstance abortions; legalization of marijuana), and Libertarians have to accept that a civil society requires some limits on personal choice and a US military role in the world. The independents simply have to be convinced to put aside their cynicism and join the party. Out of reason, justice, and common sense, a new alliance can be forged and a new party born. It's time to "baptize" this baby and get started! As to what it should be called? How about "The Party Formerly Known As Republicans."
"1 would rather live in a society governed by the first 2,000 names in the Boston phone directory than in one governed by the 2,000 members of the Harvard faculty.”
~ William F Buckley