Many politicians who have this type of impact with left are attacked both personally and politically in this manner by Democrat politicians and especially their cohorts in the leftist media. Ronald Reagan was attacked for his strong conservative values and beliefs. As President, Reagan was painted by the left as a raving warmongering lunatic set on the nuclear destruction of our country because of his uncompromising stance against the Soviet Union who he called the, “evil empire.” The collapse of the USSR and the fall of the Berlin Wall not only proved Reagan right but placed him historically as one of our greatest and most beloved Presidents.
The Tea Party movement is having a similar impact on the American political scene today. While to majority of those involved in the movement are conservative one of the factors which scares the left so much about the Tea Parties is that it encompasses angry Americans from all political spectrum’s. Americans who embrace Constitutional values of limited government, limited spending and opposition to the leftist agenda of Barack Obama and those who now lead Congress.
Initially the left and the MSM media wing of the Democrats tried to dismiss the Tea Parties as a joke and a flash in the pan gathering of few right wing fanatics. When that failed and the movement continued to grow in numbers and momentum the attacks from the left intensified and have now resorted to trying to identify every lunatic who tries anything as people who are associated with the, “right wing, ” nuts and by association the Tea Parties.
For example, when the lunatic who was angry with the IRS and committed suicide by flying his small plane into the Federal Building in Austin, Texas took place just about every report in the left wing media made mention of the , “right wing anti government,” movement or mentioned the Tea Party movement specifically trying to tie this crazed madman’s actions to the legitimate anger against the leftists agenda which is being pushed in Washington by Democrats.
This in an attempt to, by association with the maniacal actions of the Austin madman, paint we who oppose Obama’s agenda and the out of control bureaucracy in DC, as capable of similar murderous actions simply because we exercise our Constitutional right and duty of voicing our opposition to a government and government leadership who are taking our country down a path in which it was never intended by our Founders.
The left is also trying to sabotage the Tea Party movement by continually discussing the possibility of, “Tea Party,” candidates creating a third political party for both the 2010 and the 2012 election. And unfortunately there is also a great deal of discussion in conservative venues which follows this same idea. Although in most instances the conservative discussion tends to nix the idea. The MSM left wing media is actually trying by their reporting to encourage a Tea Party third political party run.
The dangerous result of this is that many who are associated with the Tea Party movement and part of we who are disgusted with the politics as usual approach by both the Democrat and Republican parties are buying into this idea of a third party. An idea which sounds good on the surface but would guarantee the re-election of Democrats and even RINOS in 2010 and especially Barack Obama in 2012.
When our contry was young and there were many established political, “parties,” every election for the Presidency ended up with a major split in the electoral vote with the candidate who took the most votes becoming President and the second most votes becoming Vice President with the election in most instances falling to a vote in the House of Representatives since a clear majority of electoral votes was not available.
More recently Teddy Roosevelt established a third party because of his anger with his succesor William Howard Taft drifting from Roosevelt’s polices and while his Bull Moose party had a strong following and came in second in the election, it split the Republican vote so dramatically the even the extremely popular Roosevelt lost to Democrat Woodrow Wilson.
In 1992 Ross Perot ran a strong third party against George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton and the GOP split was so dramatic that Clinton won the Presidency with only 43% of the popular vote. Perot took 18% of the vote with backing from both Democrats and Republicans but 12% of his 18% came from the GOP, a number which would have re-elected Bush had Perot not been in the picture.
When asked about a third party alternative to the country club Republicans who controlled the GOP as Reagan’s conservatism was gaining momentum in the late seventies, Reagan responded to the idea at the 1977 CPAC conference, “I believe the Republican Party can hold and should provide the political mechanism through which the goals of the majority of Americans can be achieved. For one thing, the biggest single grouping of conservatives is to be found in that party. It makes more sense to build on that grouping than to break it up and start over.”
Reagan understood that a third party would guarantee a Democrat victory and proposed and accomplished the conservative rebuilding of the Republican party which not only brought victory in 1980 but established a strong GOP conservative movement which lasted for nearly 20 years. Just as it worked for Reagan it can and must work for us today. We cannot fall into the left wing media trap of promoting a third party nor let our anger with DC and our disappointment with the GOP force a third party guaranteeing Democrat victory.
We can reshape and rebuild the GOP with strong conservative candidates who stand for the Constitutional principles and beliefs. Michael Steele has expressed this desire for the GOP and has met with many Tea Party organizers who agree that the key is to transform the GOP into the conservative party just as Reagan did. While we will never have a Reagan we do have the same conservative principles as he did and those principles agree with the vast majority of Americans.
Just like Reagan did in the latter seventies we can transform the GOP into the conservative party promoting the Tea Party ideas and values and bring victory in 2010 and 2012 defeating the leftist agenda and returning Constitutional principles and true Congressional and Presidential representation of, by and for the people to Washington to restore our Nation and save our Republic.
Ken Taylor The Liberal Lie, The Conservative Truth