It’s something we come back to again and again and again and again and again here at America’s Right–the danger of the growing third-party movement among the American political right–and each and every time we’re met with the same sentiment: that we’re wrong.
But we’re not. We’re rarely wrong here. Heck, being right is right there in our name.
All hokeyness aside, a few minutes ago I stumbled upon an interesting piece over at HotAir. It’s all about a recent Rasmussen poll which points out that, while a hypothethical Tea Party Party candidate would fare better than a Republican Party candidate in upcoming congressional elections, both would get absolutely waxed by a Democrat. Kind of like what happened up in New York’s 23rd congressional district about a month ago.
The data is all there in the linked article, as well as the Rasmussen poll itself, but I really liked the way that Ed Morrissey summarized everything:
The key in 2010 is to have the GOP represent the Tea Party brand, and the only way to do that is to firmly insist on fiscal restrain and reduction of government as the platform for the election. The Right needs to put aside all of its usual hobby horses and focus on the message from the Tea Party movement. If they need an excuse, call it a moment of national crisis as the Democrats attempt a takeover of the health-care and energy industries. The next election has to be fought on those narrow terms in order to bring the GOP into line with the tea-party momentum and unite against what is clearly a fringe progressive movement to massively expand an already-broke government.
It’s the same thing I’ve been talking about here since we started to lick our wounds on that depressing first Tuesday of November last year. Here’s one example, from the day after the election:
We need to take a good, long, honest look at why we lost this election, why we lost so badly yesterday and in 2006. In doing so, the Republican Party needs to avoid the temptation to shift blame. Yes, the economy presented a high hurdle. Yes, the winner of this election raised an exponentially larger amount of money and had the unbelievably solid and effective campaign operation to prove it. Yes, this year follows eight years of an unpopular president, in a country fighting an unpopular war. All of these, for sure, were contributing factors in last night’s result, but if the party merely concentrates on these excuses, we are doomed to repeat the lessons we should have learned by now.
The GOP failed to do the “right” thing, in more ways than one, and that failure was not just confined to this election or the last two years. The party and our president have been swept up in a dangerous trend, a slippery slope identified by the total abandonment of conservative principles, and that track led right into the closing months of this election.
The right thing to do would have been to vote against the bailout, rail against the bailout, flood the airwaves with effective advertising about Obama’s radical left stance on infanticide, about his socialism-inspired hope to bankrupt the coal industry, about his Marxist perspective as it relates to Joe the Plumber and small and large businesses everywhere. About his laissez-faire approach to foreign policy and those who wake up each and every day dreaming of our destruction and demise.
Instead, the GOP went moderate. It facilitated a mentality that we must expand the pie, build a bigger tent, seduce those in the middle and even those on the left. This new approach doesn’t work. Moving to the center doesn’t work. In an election, we need that yin and yang that Ronald Reagan spoke about, that vast difference between candidates in every single respect. Opposing a socialist? Don’t vote for the bailout and for the socialization of losses despite the continued privatization of gains. Opposing a man who will tank the economy? Stop talking about cap-and-trade legislation, about reaching across the aisle – and when the democrats in Congress have ruined the housing and credit markets, don’t blame it on corporate greed.
Time and time and time again, America has shown that it is a center-right nation. Yes, moving to the right in terms of fiscal and social conservatism may alienate some in the center and on the center-left and, yes, the media might not like it very much — but those are the people we do not need. We don’t. We need to return to the message that captivates those of us who work hard, who fear God, who believe in the fundamental, unequivocal, unconditional greatness of the United States of America. We need to return to that message, and we need a candidate who can bring it to the people. There are more than 55 million people in America who see things as we do, who feel that America’s strength is in Her people, their values, their work ethic, and the freedoms they provide.
Like it or not, the result of this election provides us with a much-needed opening. As the next four years unfold, we will see a window, we will see a time when Americans are struggling, when retirement doesn’t come as easy, when people don’t have everything they want or cannot keep everything they’ve earned. It’s not going to be easy, and from that difficulty, we can prevail.
That “opening” which has been provided to us as a result of that election has been the exponential increase in the promised, projected and actual size, scope and reach of the federal government. That “opening” includes the growing perception among everyday Americans, people who have never been involved in the political process before, that their elected representatives–and, specifically, the Democratic Party majority–do not have their best interests at heart, not to mention the nagging feeling that this president doesn’t quite believe in that fundamental, unequivocal, unconditional greatness of the United States of America.
A third party is not the answer. A third party, as nice as it might feel, will be a sure ticket to six more years of Democrats running the Executive and Legislative branches of our government. (You’ll know I’m right when the mainstream press starts talking up the idea of a growing, viable third-party movement.) Instead, the only way to set us back on track to return to the style of governance preferred and advocated by founders like James Madison and Thomas Jefferson is to ensure that the Republican Party becomes the political vehicle for an exodus from our entitlement society and growing centralized government.
Our nation is on fire. Those of us who believe in fiscal restraint, limited government and personal freedom — we are the firefighters, ready to put out the blaze before it becomes a conflagration. If our fire engine blows a tire en route to the emergency, do we take the time necessary to build another truck from scratch, risking that the fire will burn out of control and consume our nation in the meantime, or do we install the right tire for the terrain and get back on the road to put the flames out?