Senate cloture vote tells us one thing: the GOP as a national party is dead
As some Newtown families, props being used by the very gun grabbers who have set up the kinds of gun-free shooting galleries in which their children were slain, held hands and prayed for more than 60 votes (having been flown in at taxpayer expense to lobby our representatives to take away our natural rights), it occurred to me that, with 16 Republicans voting that a debate on amending an unalienable right is perfectly in keeping with the Constitution, the Republican party then and there died. Went tits up. Ceased to be.
If John McCain and Lindsay Graham and Lamar Alexander are in your party — and carry much weight in that party — you are in the wrong party.
Those pictures of the Newtown parents are why we have an amendment process in the first place. It makes demagoguery difficult. It puts time and space between a ginned up mob and extensive deliberation, something that we no longer engage in — with at least one bill to be voted on not yet released to the public in legislative language.
So. I proposed this half-seriously back in 2008-9, but it’s now time to reintroduce it in earnest: the time has come for a third party. Now, that third party may lose, at least initially, but at least those who join it can point, laugh, and say I told you so. If we’re going to lose anyway — and at this point, a vote for either national party is a losing proposition — we may as well do so with our integrity intact.
Plus, those who join? We’ll know are, for the most part, our natural political allies.
Of course, this isn’t to say we can’t vote for solid conservatives or constitutionalists running as Republicans. It just means that should the RNC foist upon us statist, “moderate” candidates, we reject them and bring a conservative and constitutionalist to the ballot under our own banner. It may split votes. But then it may well force rote voters to look more closely at the candidates, too.
Because as the GOP looks to rebrand and affect hipness by emulating Buzzfeed (and really, who better to make you hip than Karl Rove, Jeb Bush, or Ari Fleischer?), I think I have a better plan. The Outlaw Party. The idea being that when the criminals are the establishment, the outlaws are all that’s left to protect and defend liberty.
Plus, its fucking badass.
So here’s your task, should you choose to tackle it: come up with a party slogan. For instance, “When the establishment outlaws liberty, only outlaws will live free.”