Thousands of patriots are concerned about the loss of their constitutional rights. They populate the Tea Party Rallies with religious fervor. Many of them call for the formation of a third party that reflects their views.
Amazingly, just such a party already exists. It’s called the Constitution Party. It was conceived by the amazing Howard Phillips, now of late, who himself ran for president in 1992 and again in 1996 as a way of creating the infrastructure and beginning the national organization so essential to a third party.
“The day is coming,” he would say, “when the conservatives and the patriots are going to wake up and realize that the Republican Party has been using them and ignoring their principles for decades. When that happens, we need to have a party ready to accept them, because I’m telling you, it is going to be big.”
Today he might have said, “The Conservative Spring is coming. Let us be ready.” Phillips gave unstintingly of his time and energy to create a party that would stand without compromise for the working American who bears the brunt of the tax burden and the welfare state.
His first tactical error was the first name it had – the Taxpayers Party. It was too clever by half. Nobody liked it. If you took the time to explain to a voter, “One third of Americans are on Welfare. One third are working for government at some level. We need a party to represent the taxpayer, who is paying for the other two thirds.” But when you did, a light would go on in their head and they would “get it”. Eventually they chose a name that made more sense – the Constitution Party.
Two problems appear to be keeping disgruntled conservative Republicans from bolting to the party designed for them. First, the CP has no clue how to market itself. They are, like their Tea Party compatriots, just average Americans, rather than millionaires with a staff of professional marketing gurus who can create demand where none exists. They really are the party of the working American, more than any other in the past hundred years. And that’s clearly not enough.
The second problem is that Karl Rove and his minions are past experts at taking political dissent and absorbing it into the party without losing the voters. They would make Machiavelli proud the way they subvert every movement of every stripe and amalgamate them, preaching the same mantra to each group, that, “We have to vote for the lesser of two evils, or those mean old Democrats will appoint the next Supreme Court justices, and you DON’T want that, now do you?” Using this tactic over and over, the neocons, (whose only abiding principle has to do with winning elections, at any cost), have preempted and largely absorbed the Tea Parties around the country.
In the beginning, the Tea Parties sprang up spontaneously. There was no one leader – there were hundreds of leaders, and it was truly a grassroots movement. That movement has lost steam as it has been swallowed whole by the GOP, giving them some energy in the process. Like riding a bucking horse, they have finally brought it to be reined in.
As one would expect, the Tea Parties have managed to buck off a few riders, and have put a few of their own into office. Ted Cruz may be the most conspicuous, along with Rand Paul, neither of whom won with Republican Party support until it was clear that they had no choice.1 That’s likely to happen less and less.
But the political masters have sensed a change in the wind. You can’t spurn these “nuts” or you will lose them. “Moderate” candidates and neocons are showing up at the Tea Party rallies and bragging about their conservatism, when the fact is that they have NO CLUE about that document they are going to swear to protect and defend if they are elected. It remains about winning, not constitutional principles. That, indeed, is the history of the Republican Party.
As long as the Tea Parties are co-opted by the Republican Party, they can expect to become a footnote in the political history of the nation. But if they ever figure out how to break those bands (“which have connected them with another”) and either create a real party based upon principles, they just might salvage some of the freedoms lost under the past century of Democrat and Republican versions of socialism.
If that’s going to happen, they are going to have to start endorsing some candidates who don’t have the “R” beside their name on the ballot. They may be Independents, or Libertarians or Constitution Party candidates, but somehow the Tea Parties need to declare their independence and then prove it.
1 Cruz and Paul make an interesting study in contrasts. They are very, very different, which is good evidence that the movement was spontaneous, rather than crafted by some single group. Real grassroots politics is messy that way.
Daniel New called the first meeting of the Constitution Party of Texas in 1996, (www.CPTexas.us), following his unsuccessful bid for Congress. He is also the founder of the Independent Conservative Voters (www.ICVUSA.com) He is the father of former Army Specialist Michael New, who refused to obey an unlawful order to wear a United Nations uniform and was court-martialed for his principled stand (www.MikeNew.com). He has also been successful in promoting “UN-free Zones” in some communities around the country (www.UN-freeZone.org). He can be contacted at [email protected].
The current popularity of Donald Trump is amusing to pundits who don’t care one way or the other about the neocons who run the GOP. Trump brings energy to the race, and controversy. He says what people want to hear. By definition, Trump is a Populist.
Don’t think for a moment that Donald Trump is a conservative, or even better, a constitutionalist. He is not. His stance on immigration has not yet touched on the subject of welfare – and yet welfare is the number one reason that illegal aliens come to America, not work. (Work is the number two reason.) But anti-Mexican rhetoric has instant appeal to a lot of Americans right now, and Trump will play that card.
If we were to turn off the Welfare Valves, just to illegals, it would save the taxpayer millions of dollars, first in payments to which the parasites are not entitled, and secondly in terms of immigration control, along with reduced border patrol expenses. The savings to the general public in terms of a reduced crime rate, reduced policing costs and reduced insurance rates, along with lighter loads on our jails and courts, is difficult to calculate, but it would be immense. Trump doesn’t touch this question.
The Drudge Report tells us (11 July 2015) that Trump says he would “bomb the hell” out of the Iraqi oil fields in order to strike at ISIS in Iraq. Today ISIS profits from some of the oil fields, but they don’t depend on it like they did in the beginning. Trump would destroy the infrastructure that Iraq will need when (if) ISIS is defeated, and guess who will wind up repairing and rebuilding that! Yes, the US Taxpayer. Unfortunately, he has no military expertise, and is merely pandering to voters, who are bitter over a war we had no business starting in the first place, then managed to lose and leave the Iraqi people far, far worse off than they were under Saddam Hussein. Where is Donald Trump’s vision of returning to Constitutional Declarations of War? It doesn’t exist.
Yes, Trump is a businessman, and there is no doubt he would be instinctively better than any Democrat, and most Republicans in the race, but at the bottom line, he’s bombast and hot air without the gravitas to serve this country in trying to salvage a dying nation and culture. Populists do a lot of damage, and are easily swayed by what will serve the party rather than the nation. They don’t have the depth of understanding to stick to firm principles of defending the Constitution, even though they will take an oath stating that they will do just that.
Pardon our skepticism, but the last millionaire populist to jump into a race like this, Ross Perot, screwed the process up royally, particularly when it looked like he could actually pull it off. Winning was apparently not his goal. But the American voters were willing to give ANY outsider a chance over the professional politicians – something neither party anticipated.
None of that national angst has gone away. If he’s the Republican candidate, many will find themselves voting for him, once again choosing the “lesser of two weevils”, as we say down South, but it will be without enthusiasm, and it will mean that once again the Republicans will consolidate the losses America has taken at the hands of the “progressives”, rather than returning us in the direction of government as Servant, rather than Master.
May God protect us in the disastrous times that appear now to be inevitable.
Do you remember the number one, fundamental truth that makes the Declaration of Independence unique in the history of government? It is this:
It is the right of the People “to alter or to abolish” bad government, and to institute in its place better government.
In England in 1215, exactly 800 years ago, the legitimate Lords of the Realm did just that. They forced King John to get the point, (or to receive the points of a multitude of swords), recognizing that he, as their Sovereign, had duties to them which could not be ignored, and that he must recognize their right to justice and to fairness from the Crown. Result – the Magna Carta. That’s a document foundational to American Liberty.
In Philadelphia in 1776, that’s 239 years ago, the lawfully elected representatives of the People, in lawful assembly, congregated (hence: “congress”) and asserted their right to Independence and national sovereignty. Result – the Declaration of Independence. Building on Magna Carta, that’s a document of which the British are profoundly jealous, and wish they had one.
In the same sense that a man may be free of any relationships with any woman, or he may become entangled in one or more relationships, so it is with nations. A nation that wishes to be independent may not “get into bed” with other nations, and still maintain that independence. It gets messy. Compromises are required, and Independence erodes at a concomitant pace.
Wikipedia defines it this way: “Non-interventionism, the diplomatic policy whereby a nation seeks to avoid alliances with other nations in order to avoid being drawn into wars not related to direct territorial self-defense, has had a long history of popularity in the government and among the people of the United States various periods in time.”
“Great” Britain is no longer great, it is no longer sovereign, and it has no real “empire” in the historical sense of the term. How did this happen? By a combination of events, planned in secrecy, and implemented by the enforcement of entangling treaties and subservience to “International Law” – something the 20th Century redefined and is now being perfected. When Great Britain joined the European Union, their national sovereignty ended with a whisper. The Commonwealth has virtually dissolved and become a shell of its former glory. And the Englishman today is less concerned with liberty than he is with his football (soccer), rising only to express occasional alarm over his mystification and frustration at all the people around him with dark skin and strange clothing.
As the global power-brokers move into the End Game of bringing the last great nations to their knees, and imposing World Governance upon that giant of national sovereignty, the United States of America, we see more and more treaties which are designed to bind us down to “international law” when it is impossible to pass a national law to accomplish the same thing.
And then we have members of the Supreme Court using “international law” as precedent in American court cases! How ludicrous is that?
Every administration since FDR has brought us more treaties and more executive orders and more deficit spending and more globalization. The party in power is irrelevant. Both major parties are committed to making sure that the USA is the dominating player in a field where we have no business even standing, much less playing.
No one here is saying that America is perfect. But we are saying that the solution to our problems is not something that is going to be found in International Courts or the General Assembly of the United Nations. We do not need people only six months away from cannibalism sitting in judgment on our laws. We do not need socialists from Scandinavia ruling on whether our government aid is extensive enough. We do not need Saudis (or any other ragheads) telling us about how we must practice and promote “religious tolerance” for them, but curtail it for our own people. We do not need to see our sons and daughters fighting, bleeding and dying in unwinnable remote wars where there is no legitimate reason for us to be in the first place. And yet this inexorable slide toward a one world government has been the determined agenda of both Democrat and Republican administrations for the past 70 years.
Communism didn’t die – it just relocated.
It’s not like it’s a new strategy. The “Bread and Circuses” of ancient Rome have become “Welfare and Sports” of the current generation.
Even though every elected politician takes an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States, there is ample support to claim that they either (A) don’t understand simple English; or (B) they are liars and the truth is not in them. What, in Heaven’s name, does it mean to support and defend the Constitution??? It does not, it cannot mean that the president can make laws, that he can start wars, that he can rule by fiat.
So… the power brokers are going to do one thing – consolidate power. It’s the same thing they have done since mankind evolved through the miracle of Creation. They will act in instinctive alliance against any attempt on the part of the People to become more free, more independent.
There is something you, as an individual can do.
Independence Day is coming up. Get a copy of the Declaration of Independence and go stand on the steps of your county courthouse and read it out loud on Saturday, the 4th of July.
Get some friends to join you. Better yet, get the local paper and radio stations involved. See if a local radio station will set up and let you read it to your whole county, over the air! With volunteer readers, it resonates with the whole county.
The message of the Declaration of Independence is as revolutionary a document as you can imagine. It states, without ambiguity, that it is the right of the People to alter or to abolish bad government, “and to institute new government, laying its Foundation on such Principles, and organizing its Powers in such Form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”
No matter which State you live in, there is a probability that the People are unhappy with their national government, and there are those seeking “to alter or to abolish” it. Some are pressing for Secession. Others want reform. Both are the right of The People, according to the Declaration of Independence.
Read it out loud, and then teach its principles to your children and your grandchildren. Sooner or later, a generation will rise up that values Freedom more than they value Security.