The Future is Now
Frustrated with your state and federal governments?
There's only one reason that everyday conservative voices are stifled regarding any debate happening at the state and national levels. No, it's not that America is evenly divided between conservatives and liberals. Contrary to what the lap-dog media will tell you, the percentage of the electorate which calls itself conservative or very conservative, according to a recent poll, is nearly double that which identifies itself as liberal. (Gallup Poll) And yet, Democrats have a ten-point advantage over Republicans when it comes to party affiliation. (Gallup Party Poll) How is that the party which most folks associate as being the conservative party is so far behind the more liberal party when liberals are outnumbered nearly two-to-one?
Look to the "independents" for the answer. Independents hover around 45% of the electorate; yet about 36% of these identify as conservative or very conservative. The data is not good news for the GOP. It means their conservative base is abandoning them. The ongoing civil war in the GOP between the "Tea Party" and "Establishment" is costing both the Republican Party and conservatives a great deal. The party is losing its stalwart base and conservatives are left without a national voice. (Look for the GOP to make leftward lurches over the next two election cycles in an effort to attract the mythical and much-vaunted "moderates" which will only serve to cause more conservatives to leave in frustration.)
There is a feeling among conservatives that they have been abandoned by the GOP; many of these are simply disengaging. It's a bit like the abused spouse who sours on the ideas of marriage in general. But just packing your bags and leaving in the middle of the night is not enough. Like the drunk spouse, the GOP thinks you have nowhere else to go. They think you will always come running back to them because there is nothing better out there. The GOP has become ineffectual. They could dominate the political scene if they simply embraced conservatism, foreswearing the "pale pastels" of moderation. But they will not do so.
Why not? It's clearly in their best interest to do so; if I were Boehner or Cantor, you could bet your last dollar I'd be working overtime to support conservative causes and candidates at every chance. But they are not. They have been infected with an insidious virus called "DC pragmatism." It's a deceptively simple idea: in order to get along, you have to go along. But the Democrats don't share that philosophy. The party of slavery, Jim Crow and Japanese-American internment camps is committed to its hard-left socialist agenda. There is simply no moderation going on within the Democrat camp. Obama, Reid and Pelosi have dug in and they are not going to compromise.
So all the compromising must be done by the GOP. But since the party of Lincoln and abolition has abandoned its ethical moorings, it drifts with the tides. (Often relying on the same biased polls which show Americans are eager to abandon whatever liberty the Dems have decided to attack this week.) "Crossing the aisle" becomes "collaboration," and freedom and the free-markets take yet another hit; and the Republicans become even more the Vichy Republicans.
What can independents who are conservatives do? Leaving the GOP is not having the effect so many of you hoped it would. They're still arrogantly believing that "they'll be back." They still count on you to snap to and line up behind whatever milk-toast candidates they proffer for you in 2014 and 2016. Like the drunk who stares at his spouse's picture for hours fuming at the thought that she'd have the actual guts to leave him, the GOP tells itself that you have no alternative, so you'll be right on his doorstep anytime now, begging for forgiveness.
So long as you remain unaffiliated, the drunk is probably right. But you don't have to do that. There is a party which is what the Republican Party used to be: committed to morality, individual liberty, the rule of law and the rights of free men. Don't just float out there being swept along helplessly by the tide of socialism. Join with us. The Constitution Party offers conservatives a harbor in which to anchor up and a place to blossom.
The Mesa County American Constitution Party is preparing for 2014 caucuses. There will be only one county-wide meeting, but we have "things to accomplish." We will run as many candidates as we can for as many offices as we can. We will be appointing delegates to the central committee, county assembly and the state assembly. Some of us might even go on to represent Colorado at the national assembly. But the party needs you. We need your energy, your love of freedom and your willingness to educate the voting populace about freedom and liberty. We need you to help us elect ACP candidates.
As the saying goes, don't just sit there, do something. Join with us and we can all do that which will transform our local, state and national political scene from one of stagnation and decay to one which will foster conservatism is all its glory.
We are asking for your support. Yes, this is the money pitch, but it's so much more than that. So much has been invested in a party which takes conservatives for granted, which abuses them and uses them at will. That investment needs to shift to parties like the ACP who will champion your goals and ideals. Candidates who will run uncompromising campaigns and will represent you and your principles at the local, state and national levels. (Not rule, not govern: but represent.) These are candidates who are just as committed as you are to conservatism. They're not going to sell you out for the sake of pragmatism or any other reason. When they take a principled stand, they will remain unmoved. Because that is what you deserve: what you would do if you were serving in their place.
Will you join us?