Becoming a ‘Church of One’ Only Serves to Keep Democrats in Power for Years to Come

By Ronald Glenn
America’s Right

Along with many other conservatives, I have become embroiled in the battle over whether the answer to the current state of the conservative movement in America is a fight over who should lead the Republican Party, or whether the answer lies in ditching the Republicans and beginning anew. I have previously stated that the Republican Party needs to be fixed but not abandoned because no other entity currently exists that can win an election against the Democrats.

The last few days, however, have provided me with the fuller explanation needed to clarify my position. I attended the latest of a string of political meetings outside the realm of the GOP, this one for a specific candidate rather than a particular party, and it opened my eyes.

When I was a child so so many years ago, I was raised in a typical suburban neighborhood that only divided the religious world into two groups: Protestants and Catholics. The Catholics at that time had many fervent believers, just like today, but there were those who became disillusioned with the church and chose to leave. The reasons they gave for leaving always revolved around the same issues: Organized religion had become too corrupt, too rich, where leaders were too stuck on themselves to truly understand the problems of the members. (The Republican Party?)

Interestingly, when those disillusioned church members no longer attended Mass, they did not join another church. I simply cannot remember one person switching to a Protestant church. They just quit going to church completely. If I asked them whether they were still Christian, they always said, “Of course. I just don’t go to church.” So what exactly did they do to express their Christianity? They became a church of one.

The Protestants often had a different attitude. If they left one church, they would hop to another. I knew of many people who were in churches that split in two over a theological dispute and then later split in two again over some other issue. There may have been more Protestants than Catholics, but they could not all assemble in the same room, even for threats of a re-enactment of the Thirty Years War.

Over the last few years I have attended political meetings of different sorts and varieties that were not associated with the Republican Party. They range from intelligent, well-meaning Americans to a self-help groups for minimum wage psychiatric patients. The groups have much in common with the religious struggles with which I grew up. Some want to form splinter groups based on a purer philosophy than the Republicans have held to, and others wanted to function independently, with no allegiances to anything but Truth.

The variety of individual ideas were extraordinary. Some did not believe in Democracy, since it prevented the individual from true self-expression. Some denied common law. Some denied any laws were valid. Some believed the government was keeping a colossal secret that gave it unlimited power. One man told me he believed all the scientific advancements in America came from NASA’s contact with space aliens.

What they all had in common was a belief in gargantuan concepts like liberty, freedom, and self-evident truths, without being forced to explain how any of these would solve the problems that concerned the average citizen on a daily basis, particularly in light of the fact that no one seemed to agree on what any of these terms meant. Whenever a problem arose, someone always waved a copy of the American Constitution, as if the answers it provides are self-evident. The good thing is, unlike judges who spend a lifetime studying the ramifications of two hundred years of legal history to find an answer, the members of these groups have it all worked out by reading the Constitution during the bus ride to work.

Parties have platforms and force discipline, so not everyone is speaking at the same time, and as a result people are forced to hammer out conclusions and stick to them. If the Republican Party is a continuous failure, I will leave it too, but in doing so I hope my answer is not to spend a lifetime looking for space aliens or screaming that the last two hundred years of American history has become a nauseating failure that can only be fixed by handing out copies of Common Sense and hoping someone reads them.

In the 19th century, Europe had vast numbers of anarchists. At one point, they attempted to have a convention, but the attempt failed because they could never agree on when to have a meeting. The only thing that will defeat the Democrats is organization, toughness, and fortitude. I asked someone last month who was a member of a committee for better government to give me a public statement on a specific issue of concern that I could publish here at America’s Right. The committee informed me they had not been able, as of yet, to even come up with a mission statement.

This kind of failure will keep the Democrats in power for years to come.

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Ronald Glenn has worked in real estate and law for more than twenty years. He now works in Philadelphia, and lives outside the city with his wife. Ron has been writing for America’s Right since January 2009.

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  1. Gail B says:

    I spent this morning looking into ACORN International and found some interesting stuff.

    Wal-Mart is being targeted. ACORN International, now Community Organizers International (COI), is doing everything possible to limit the size of Wal-Mart stores across the globe. This is to protect the street vendors, or hawkers, who cannot compete with Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart is being made to see that the hawkers are not outsold or suffer financially.

    Also, the University of Wisconsin is deep into community organizing, to fight poverty. There are several areas, such as housing, food, education, etc.

    There are a number of articles on the Internet about organizing and the COI, and all of them want donations, of course.

    One man, Joe Szakos, went to the library for a book on how to teach children to organize. Nothing. There were no books on eBay. So, he went around with a tape recorder and recorded about 2,000 interviews with fellow organizers and wrote a book (just out this month).

    So, where are the Republicans or any other parties, doing similarly?

    Jeff said, "I asked someone last month who was a member of Citizens for Better Government to give me a public statement on a specific issue of concern that I could publish here at America's Right. The committee informed me they had not been able, as of yet, to even come up with a mission statement."

    America, we need to get our rosteriums off the couch, turn off American Idol and Flip that House, and GET GOING!

    I am astounded that there is no more "noise" from the RNC, from the State GOP, from anybody–anywhere!

    What are the Republicans' principles? Why are Republicans in Congress, for the most part, not following sound conservatism? Why is NOBODY in D.C. speaking out against what is going on under the Dome?

    Why so many confounded wussies? If we value our freedoms, value our Republic, value free enterprise, then SAY SO!

    "The church of one"–that's how the Democrats start out organizing. They go door to door, make phone calls, email.

    Our state legislatures cannot be forgotten, either. Have more thoughts on that, but this is not "column" space!

    Great job, Jeff! Right on!

  2. Gail B says:

    Well, make that "Great job, RONALD GLENN! Right on!"

    And, it was RONALD's quote, not Jeff's.

  3. Laurie says:

    Ron, this was an outstanding write up and I could not agree with you more. Your final three sentences sums it all up!!! And we cannot afford this kind of failure!!!

  4. Anonymous says:

    When thee was a child in England so so many years ago, thee was raised in a typical shire that only divided the religious world into two groups: Separatists and Puritans. The Separatists at that time had many fervent believers, just like today, but there were those who became disillusioned with the church and chose to leave. The reasons they gave for leaving always revolved around the same issues: Organized religion had become too corrupt, too rich, where leaders were too stuck on themselves to truly understand or care what the Bible had to say. (a.k.a., the Pilgrims)

    The Puritans had a different attitude. They thought they could stay within the church and reform it from the inside-out.

    The Separatists saw the writing on the wall and left it immediately. They knew it had become way to corrupt to reform. Eventually they went their own way.

    Now the Puritans eventually went the way of the Separatists/Pilgrims, but it took them a little longer to figure it out.

    Make of it what you will….

  5. Anonymous says:

    Whenever a problem arose, someone always waved a copy of the American Constitution, as if the answers it provides are self-evident. The good thing is, unlike judges who spend a lifetime studying the ramifications of two hundred years of legal history to find an answer, the members of these groups have it all worked out by reading the Constitution during the bus ride to work.

    I get the point of what you are saying here — much of the anger and frustration is shrill with no feet behind the rhetoric. However, I do want to make another point about the Constitution: I think if the Founders came back today, they would very likely be on the side of the common man riding the bus to work. The experts of today want us to believe the Constitution is too complicated for the little peasant to understand. I don't think that was the intent of the founders at all. I think they worked diligently to make it as simple as the could, and gave us the Federalist papers to leave no confusion.

    The KISS factor applies here.

  6. READ AN ARTICLE A DAY says:

    I love how easy it is to read The Constitution! Much easier than even the legalese in my Verizon service contract! Thats why all this makes no sense! People think you're a nerd if you're a study of our founding documents. Simply crazy. Their ignorance is going to be the death of ALL of us.

  7. Anonymous says:

    The root problem is the Fed.

    Americans should unite against the Fed's disastrous economic program which makes the Fed entirely dependent on creating $2 Trillion/annually to off-set the systemic risk inherit in their interventionist economic system.

    Bad economics is destroying the global market, it has destroyed the American economy. This is the problem which politicians of both parties will confront. The leader who gets us out of this catastrophe will probably emerge from the Democrat party. He will receive broad support from both sides.

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