It's Time to Bring an End to the Republican Party

Below is an article I wrote around this time last year after Republicans passed an omnibus bill not unlike the latest travesty which they just passed under new Speaker Ryan. The fact that you can pretty much interchange Ryan’s name with Boehner in the article below tells you just how hopeless the state of the GOP is. Red State removed this article when I originally posted it because it advocated third parties. In light of a year of GOP betrayals, culminated by today’s abomination, it is my hope that the editors at Red State will reconsider and let my article be read by those who care about saving this country. The following is my previous article in its entirety:

It’s a sad day when little over a month removed from celebrating a massive Republican electoral victory I find myself rooting for [mc_name name=’Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’P000197′ ] and [mc_name name=’Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’W000817′ ] to help stop a disastrous Republican omnibus bill. Sadder still is that this turn of events was all too predictable.

The writing was on the wall when Republicans continued to throw their support behind the leadership team headed up by [mc_name name=’Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’B000589′ ]. I’ve come to realize that Boehner is not the timid, inept leader we frustrated conservatives have branded him to be. He is advancing the agenda he believes in and he is getting the job done. It is a Progressive Republican agenda driven primarily by corporate interests. It is crony capitalism at its worst.

He shares more in common with Progressive Democrats than he does with the conservative “Tea Party” members whose stubborn clinging to values he constantly laments. But this attitude is not exclusive to Boehner. It can be found throughout the entire hierarchy of the Republican Party. The party seeks to crush conservative candidates in primaries, refuses to support them should they win primaries but expects conservatives to loyally support moderates in general elections. The message ever since the Tea Party rose to become a political force has been “we despise you and are embarrassed by you but we want your votes”.

Some of the brightest minds on the Right have told us that we must work to change the Republican Party from within. They say that third parties are doomed to failure and will only guarantee Democrat victories. I respect many of the men and women who have voiced that point of view and for a long time I too believed it. But I don’t believe it anymore. We cannot change the party from within. The fact that Boehner remains Speaker of the House is proof of that.

Those who cling to the fading hope that conservatives can take control of the Republican Party point to Ronald Reagan. The Reagan Presidency was a glorious 8 year respite from the relentless march of Progressivism (both Democrat and Republican versions). He had to fight tooth and nail to win the Republican nomination, only doing so through the sheer will of his vibrant personality and razor sharp intellect. In short, he was an aberration – a powerful and impactful aberration – but an aberration nonetheless. He was a conservative boat rowing against the current of a vast Progressive river.

The conservative legacy of Reagan started to unravel only a few years after he left office as Progressive Republican George H.W. Bush infamously broke his “read my lips, no new taxes” pledge by doing what Progressive Republicans always do – act just conservative enough to get elected and then join with Democrats in advancing the Progressive agenda.

The truth is, right now there is only one real party at work in Washington – the Progressive Party. Republican and Democrat are just two different names for the same agenda. They might spar over details and put on a show for the purposes of maintaining the charade, but in the end both parties are taking us on the same trajectory – more spending, bigger government, less liberty, and crony capitalism. In a world where a bloated government is courted by big businesses seeking to purchase favor, you don’t need to be in leadership positions to get your share of wealth and power. You just need to keep playing the game and stop anyone else from rocking the boat. In the end it doesn’t matter whether Democrats or Republicans are in control, they both get their share of the action.

That is why Obamacare will never be repealed even if the Republicans win the presidency and have supermajorities in Congress. They will claim that after so much time repealing it will be too disruptive, so they will make minor changes to it that really won’t change the nature of the program at all.

And don’t expect Republicans to roll back President Obama’s illegal amnesty scheme either. This is what the Progressive Republicans wanted all along and now the President has given them cover to simply let amnesty unfold as they put up a pretense of trying to stop it while not really trying to stop it.

All this has led me to the conclusion that it is time to bring an end to the Republican Party. We need to withhold the things that give the party life – votes and money. If you are donating to any Republican entity, stop doing it. Stop voting for Republican candidates. Vote for Libertarians or Independents instead. Run for office as an Independent or encourage competent people whom you know to do so. You are not throwing your vote away. You are engaging in the process of eliminating one of the greatest obstacles in the path of a return to conservative governance. Only when the Republican Party is eliminated and replaced with a party that truly stands for conservative values can we begin the work of defeating the Progressive agenda.