The state of “conservatism”: principles that are politically problematic need be abandoned
From the magazine of Buckley to the magazine of anti-Hobbit pragmatism, where it is actual conservative principle (re-defined as extremism) — as opposed to the newly branded conservatism of staunch principled Republicans like Joe Scarborough (who we know to be conservative, else how could he be selected to speak at a conservative summit by a conservative magazine?) — that is destroying the GOP.
The people evidently want more centrism, and more big government. What they don’t want are unworkable and politically counterproductive ideas like a balanced budget amendment capped off by a percentage of GDP. Because that could allow Democrats to offer fake support, knowing the votes aren’t there for passage, and prevent Republicans from being elected as fiscal reformers, which they won’t be, because to be a fiscal reformer of the kind who would push for balancing the budget is politically counterproductive!
Round and round and round we go.
At some some point, we just have to break with the GOP establishment and enter the political wilderness — allowing Democrats and Republicans to complete the job of crashing the system, remaining poised and ready to bring the message, via a new Party movement that very consciously and with extreme prejudice rids itself of permanent political creatures, of limited government, fiscal responsibility, sound monetary policy, a renewed commitment to private property rights, lower taxes, judicial originalism, and individual sovereignty and autonomy to the American people who we can then show were living in a government-created mirage that enriched the ruling class while creating a permanent dependent underclass, a sprawling unelected shadow legislature inside the administrative state, and created the systemic and institutionalized conditions for molesting the private sector and shrinking wealth creation by and attacking the middle class they’ve pretended to champion.
As Rove and the big government neo-statists work to marginalize traditional conservatism or classical liberalism — usurping those designations while pushing constitutionalists to the fringe (with the help of Democrats, who are always willing to paint those who believe in first principles fetishists or potential domestic terrorists) — we need to remain firm in our willingness to teach them that we will no longer act as their base if they will no longer represent us the way we wish to be represented.
Build conservative foundations at the local level, and then, when it all goes to shit, be prepared to enter the breech with a plan that runs counter to the plans of the progressive socialists who are hoping to build on the ruins they created.
Hell, if that means breaking off into separate “countries” — or reaching a compromise where we agree to reinstitute federalism and see which system provides more freedom and more opportunity so that people can vote with their feet — I say let’s do it.
Because let’s face it: we can elect conservative leaders and hope they remains strong; but as the recent orchestrated attacks on Cruz and Paul and Rubio have shown, the activist media will work to bring them down, and the GOP establishment, through unnamed Republican Senators, will work to marginalize them in order to keep the status quo gravy train of cronyism, power, and influence running, with themselves always comfortably nestled in the luxury sleeping cars.