William Galston, writing in the Wall Street Journal warns that the institutional Republican Party — the political equivalent of the Washington Generals — may have lost its audience after the longest losing streak in history. A large part of the GOP base is walking out — led by an “aroused, angry and above all fearful [Jacksonian America] in full revolt against a new elite”. (Snip) The system of hitting up The Man in order to buy votes from a captive electorate dependent on the federal government, so successful during the postwar boom, has finally stopped working.
Comments: The Republican Party, suffering from an inferiority complex that leads it to keep nominating "Democrat Lite" presidential candidates while having done all it could to marginalize Reagan and smother in the cradle all of his ideologically sympatico descendants like Gov. Palin and Sen. Cruz. I don´t think this calls for a third party. What I´d like to see is a hostile Tea Party takeover of the GOP, relegating the Rockefeller/McCain Wing to the sideline and to the irrelevance they have brought upon themselves.
I agree with the original poster. We need a hostile takeover. Forget about the board of directors (old gop) and go straight to the shareholders, the voters. Last night was a poison pill to damage the brand. Mcconnell and the rest wanted to make the base (45%) look stupid. Primary them and beat them at every level. amnesty is the next obamanination. and it must be stopped.
Two party system? We have a one party system. The takers, Dems, and the enablers, Reps, who enable the Democrat schemes while pretending to oppose them. The republicans fold faster than the Washington generals. At least we knew the Globetrotters would win and entertain us at the same time.
Change "suffering" to "suffers" and remove the comma after "The Republican Party." No more fragment.
Why should it necessarily be the GOP that splits? The Democratic Party has in my lifetime gone from a Cold Warrior anti-communist, pro-capitalist tax cutting entity (JFK) to a party that has moved so far to the left that the domestic socialist and communist parties are by now superfluous. Believe me, this deeply rooted compulsion of our political classes--especially the Democrats--to buy votes with OPM (other people´s money) is going to lead this nation to an economic and social crack up that will dwarf the Great Depression which FDR´s policies extended rather than alleviated. The Middle Class is being squeezed downward toward the Low Class, and the incredibly foolish Obamacare both accelerates that trend and threatens our best-in-the-world medical system. The unfunded liabilities of government programs is by now well above $100 trillion, and that money will never be repaid. Instead, America will suffer hyperinflation and social upheaval that will destroy our system of governmant and might well lead to dictatorship. (We´ve got a little brown dictator now, and he wants to be a big one.) What follows you´ve seen before; it´s more relevant than ever.
The average age of the world´s greatest civilizations from the beginning of history has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence: From bondage to spiritual faith; From spiritual faith to great courage; From courage to liberty; From liberty to abundance; From abundance to complacency; From complacency to apathy; From apathy to dependence; From dependence back into bondage.
America is in the "apathy to dependence" stage, and is headed toward bondage.
The Washington Generals is the perfect metaphor for the Republican Establishment. Remember their bald little coach arguing with the ref while Meadowlark mocked him hilariously behind his back? The coach is Karl Rove.
#4 makes me sorry I don´t follow...is that basketball???
This article is awesome! Fabulous and yes, it is only and always about money.
First question? What did CGI really get paid? $93 million to $634 million is really quite a budget overrun. And curiously, this foreign company (uh, why foreign? Easier to hide the $$$?)just skates with the liars in the MSM.
Fernandez is right, Rush is right. Follow the money. Especially with these guys.
Find a Republican Congressman with cojones who was a CPA or businesses exec. Maybe then we can see what really happened to it.....
I have become convinced that the movement for a return to conservative principles, if it is to succeed at all, is going to be a long term project because mindless and self-indulgent social liberalism has become pervasive in our culture. It´s pernicious effects can be found everywhere, as most of us know, and it has been eating out our substance for decades.
The problem is deep rooted, and it is just not realistic to expect any group of public figures - whether veterans like Boehner and McConnell or insurgents like Cruz and Palin - to turn things around in one or two election cycles. The veterans are who they are, have a case to make for the way they do things and are not going to change. The newbloods have very committed but also limited followings. Don´t fall prey to the fanciful belief that the majority in the country has now seen The Light and is prepared to coalesce behind them.
We are in for a long, hard slog and things may get worse before they get better. No third party or any other gimmick is going to change that.
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Bad Dog, 10/17/2013 8:45:59 AM (No. 9569075)
Blah blah. Blah.
We are already subservient. Hello! everything you own, and all you do is already controlled by someone smarter than you, someone with more money and more power than you. You can´t even decide which toilet you want in your house (which isn´t really yours - you still pay a mortgage? County and local taxes on ´´your´´ property?)
#3 has it exactly right.... we are on the edge, the precipice and teetering over, right into the ´´secure´´ arms of bondage.
Don´t lose your balance! But if you do - WHEN you do - and you will - enjoy the trip. And say hi to Kommissar Karl when he catches you and ushers you onto the train after stamping your new ID# on your arm.
And how would that be different than what is going on know #7?
If we had a true Conservative party that stood on principle, then the Liberal/Progressive Dems would have no one to blame but themselves.
Notice that throughout the entire shutdown not once did the RNC run an add or give an interview explaining why we need to continue to pass CR´s? And of course we want to keep supporting the principled Elite Republicans like McConnell that ended up with a 2 BILLION Dollar earmark for his state.
Please let me know where to sign up for the new Conservative Party.
The Constitution and all of our election laws are winner-take-all. This guarantees a two-party system. As evidenced by the record, there will never be a successful national third party. When a market is limited to two competing products, the weaker of the two will inevitably become indistinguishable from the stronger. Coke, Pepsi. Democrat, GOP. The two have evolved into a symbiotic relationship in which tolerance of socialism is exchanged for tolerance of militarism. We have an illegitimate political system and an illegitimate government. Politics will not solve this problem.
There is an awful lot of talk, but zero effort toward actually forming an alternate party to represent the goals and mission described. Where is a leader for it? I can guarantee that Senator Cruz, Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin are not going to step forward to do it. Each of them benefit from the talk, but each of them would suffer from a doomed and unsuccessful third party. If you believe there is no hope in working from within the existing GOP, district by district and state by state, then perhaps a third party will make you happier. If you want it, get it going. Raise money, advertise, register participants, but get started if you want to influence any election in the next ten years. Otherwise, maybe the talk is just empty.
Fernandez´ premise is almost correct: money is a big factor in all this. But one must remember that the rich party donors ultimately make their money from millions of middle-class customers and investors. And vice-versa. Money flows both ways. However, there are still people in this world who actually care about the underlying principles.
OP: We´ve been there and done that in 1964 and 1980. The problem is that the monied elites never really relinquish control of the party. They let conservatives have their day, and quickly resume control once it is over and the energy has been spent. This is an innate pattern that will not be changed by repeating it. Only a new party (a coalition of existing third parties, not another third party) can break the pattern.
#13: Hopeful thinking on your part. Those you mention are right up to the line, only waiting for the penny to drop. You demean their character with the typical rhetoric that they only want to sell books, etc. There is a viable alternative to the GOP "good cops". The political vacuum will be filled.
Excellent article and a must read in my opinion. Whether you want or third party or not, I think the point is that one is coming. It won´t be long until both parties are fractured. We on the right got there first, and not necessarily because we are greedy for money, but because of our belief in Limited Government. When the left splits, it will be because of greed. ( the my EBT card doesn´t work crowd!)
In 1856 the Republican Party was a fringe, third party; its platform was the abolition of slavery. In 1860, it became the dominant party, and stayed that way until Woodrow Wilson. My point: a third party might not be an immediate success but it will thrive on core issues.
There isn´t anything wrong with writing and promoting books. Everyone who can do so, does. But if any one of those names actually steps forward to start a third party instead of "waiting for the penny to drop", I will publicly eat my hat and send you the photo.
I can´t wait for TERM LIMITS to be enacted and get rid of ALL professional politicians so I´ll look up all who voted for this continued abuse of the American taxpayer and vote for the opponent of the spineless ones. This country is heading for oblivion and the stupid ´useful idiots´ keep voting the perpetrators back into office... Wake up before it´s too late!
As always we Conservative/Tea Party supporters are treated to a storm of condescending rhetoric from the establishment republican members of this salon. I think that people like Cruz, Palin and the like have stepped immensely; even with the knowledge that as soon as they do the long knives of the Republican Establishment will be unsheathed and be headed straight for their backs.
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