Within RedState, we understand the frustration conservatives face when the “party of RedState”–the GOP–betrays us. From the nation’s perspective outside our cocoon, our editor-in-chief’s policy change is nothing less than a cataclysm for the GOP.
This is republished here from my blog, written from that perspective.
Erick Erickson, the man described by The Atlantic as the Most Powerful Conservative in America, swung his verbal hammer on the Republican Party’s abandonment of the pro-life movement. The blow hit directly on the fissure separating the party’s money and influence-peddlers from its principled core. This single statement “[maybe] it is time for a third party to give the GOP competition” marks a cataclysmic shift in RedState.com, a media site dedicated to Republican principles, whose own posting rules prohibit its readers from posting the very statement Erickson made on its front page.
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History hangs its arc on human issues, not organizations. Most people except history buffs and academics, haven’t heard much about the Whig party. It’s because the Whig party is no more, and hasn’t been since 1856. The issue of slavery faded them into irrelevance.
At our Republic’s founding, slavery was the major issue dividing America. One party supported it: the Democrats. The other party, the Whigs, was split between abolitionists and those who used abolition as a lever for their own agendas. Ultimately, Henry Clay’s compromise of 1850, where he collaborated with Democrat Stephen Douglas to preserve slavery in the south while admitting free states (and the horrible Missouri compromise) in the west, destroyed the Whig party. There was no equivocating on an issue so dividing the American people, and any organization that tried to walk the razor line would be destroyed.
So be it, and so we have the arc of history swinging against the GOP, whose own birth came at the death knell of the Whigs, because the Republicans stood for abolition. Now, with abortion being the chief issue of national division, the Democrats stand for unlimited abortion, anytime, for anyone, and the GOP is split between pro-life and those who use pro-life as a lever for their own agendas. Politicians like [mc_name name=’Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’E000291′ ] are trying to walk a razor line, and as a result, the GOP itself may find itself irrelevant.
Erick continued, summing up RedState’s stance:
In short, the pro-life movement must stop being the whores of the GOP. The Republican Leadership knows the pro-life movement is in its pocket. They have nowhere else to go. They have no one else to vote for. As much as Republicans look at black voters and tut-tut that they are being taken advantage of by a Democratic Party that knows black voters will not go anywhere, the Republicans are doing precisely the same to pro-life voters.
We will remain conservative in the primary, but now we must say we will generally be Republican in the general. There must come a time, however, when we are willing to blow up a Republican in a general election and make an example of them for betraying our first principles.
That time is now.
The issue of abortion will be settled in America. God hates abortion with a zeal beyond human expression, and either America will purge the most heinous scourge since slavery from its shores, or we will face God’s judgment. Whether you believe in the God who will execute judgment is irrelevant. Whether you are a Democrat or Republican is irrelevant. I have, in the past, sided with the GOP, since its principles support life and oppose abortion, but in practical terms, those principles are meaningless.
If the Republican Party wishes to remain relevant in history, and not become like the Whigs, it will have to align itself with its own stated principles, and like the Whigs, expel those who don’t stand with them. The Whigs threw a sitting president, John Tyler, from their own party. It didn’t save them, but at least they showed it can be done. The Congressional Republican Caucus can send a message by expelling [mc_name name=’Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’E000291′ ]. If they do this, at least we’d know they care about the coming cataclysm.
As Erick said, the “pro-life cause must stop acting like the Republican Party’s whore and must, instead, show New Testament grace to the world and Old Testament vengeance to politicians.”
Vengeance is Mine, and recompense;
Their foot shall slip in due time;
For the day of their calamity is at hand,
And the things to come hasten upon them.’
Republicans, take heed, because the day of your calamity may be at hand.