The Colin Powell GOP
You’ve heard me mention this before, but if you call yourself a Republican and then vote for Democrats — or in the case of Thad Cochran (or rather, his NRSC handlers and lobbyists; Thad didn’t have to show up for a debate and only on occasion does he get awakened to do what Mitch McConnell tells him to do), actively recruit liberal Democrats with race-baiting, anti-TEA Party literature and robocalls — you aren’t really a Republican.
Instead, you’re a career politician whose interest is to remain part of the elite club; just as it seems to be in the elite club’s interest to keep you — even if that means using Democrats to thwart the will of the very people you’re supposed to represent.
Open primaries are an abomination. They allow people like Lindsey Graham and Thad Cochran, among others, to game the system — the result being that the system is corrupted, and they profit from its easy (though increasingly expensive, and increasingly offputting) manipulations.
I can see no reason to vote for any non-conservative / constitutionalist / classical liberal candidate for a Senate or House seat. Having said that, I’ll be told that my refusal to do so is a vote for a Democrat.
To which I reply this way: so is a vote for a non-conservative / constitutionalist / classical liberal candidate. But in the first instance, I feel refreshingly non complicit.
The NRSC not only declared war on us with their horrific tactics in MS (and you can read today all the “pragmatists” talking about the “strength” of the “strategy,” which strategy amounted to using liberal Democrats to disenfranchise Republicans in a Republican primary), but they fired upon us with their robocalls and their appeals to Democrats to cross over and keep the “racist” TEA Party out of power.
We have a one-party system and a lot of kabuki theater. A veneer of representative government. The rest is a vying for committee chairmanships and temporary supreme power.
When people like Karl Rove or the Bushies or Haley Barbour or Trent Lott or Mitch McConnell or John McCain or John Boehner claim ownership over who gets to be the GOP candidate, or ascend to leadership roles within the party machinery — and can do so against the will of those they putatively represent — they are exactly who we’ve said they are.
Colin Powell has voted twice for Barack Obama, a Marxist ideologue and far left radical. And yet he calls himself a Republican.
Sorry, but if your major efforts involving defeating the GOP base while hanging on to your title as GOP lawmaker or person of influence, you’re doing it wrong. And we, the people, are going to have to show you in some way that you’ll finally maybe understand.
With apologies to the anti-war movement of the 60s-70s, “what if they gave an election and no conservatives showed up?”
My plan is to work at the state level electing constitutionalists to local government, where national party elites seldom bother to tread. From there, I will push the second amendment from Article 5 and demand a convention of the states. In the meantime, I will support any governor or state legislature that asserts 9th and 10th amendment defenses of their active rebuke of federal overreach. Hell, I’ll even push for a “regressive” law that takes the vote away from those whose sole means of support is long-term welfare.
We need to act. Time is slipping away, and it’s quite clear the GOP as a Party is not, on the national level, a vehicle through which to reassert constitutional principles. In fact, they actively work to make sure people who’d come to Capitol Hill and agitate for such quaint humbug are smeared, discredited, marginalized, and “crushed.”
They don’t represent me. And in fact, I feel like I have no representation in the federal government whatever.
No taxation without representation? Used to be a rallying cry.
Perhaps it’s time to break out the tri-cornered hats again. Let the wingtip and crony corporatist crowd smirk. Right up until such time that they find themselves covered in tar and feathers.