Glenn Beck recently captured the sentiments of many Republican voters when he said he would be leaving the party. I completely understand where he’s coming from, and I agree with him. Recently it seems the Republican establishment is trying to exile the very people it claims to represent.
In the 2014 election cycle, the GOP establishment either abandoned or outright declared war on several liberty candidates running on the Republican ticket. The establishment wasted millions of dollars in primaries when they could have otherwise saved it to support the eventual nominees. To them, holding onto power is more important than standing up for principle.
Since the elections, the leadership in the GOP’s Surrender Caucus has been content to roll over on nearly every major issue, refusing to use their constitutional authority to fight the current administration’s usurpations.
I empathize with those who say, “I didn’t leave the Republican party, the Republican party has left me.”
Get Off My Lawn
Let me suggest that we look at it a different way. The party at large has not left us, for we the people make up the Republican party. It is the Washington elites who must leave, and if not voluntarily, then they must forcibly be removed. We are not the problem, so why should we leave?
Lovers of liberty should not abandon the Republican party, because it would only lead to a landslide of Democrat victories that would rapidly propel the country deeper into debt, depravity, and depression. We should not be willing to sacrifice freedom and prosperity for our generation and future generations due to our own frustrations with the party establishment.
Defund the GOP
Glenn Beck has been on the right side of this fight, and he has backed a good solution: “Defund the GOP.” I for one will never give a dime to the RNC or its arms in Congress (the NRCC and NRSC), because they support mostly moderate candidates while actively warring with the grassroots. Instead, I identify specific candidates that share my values and donate to them directly.
As lovers of liberty, there are plenty of reasons to be hopeful. Statesmen like Rand Paul, Justin Amash, Thomas Massie, Jeff Sessions, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee and others are fighting for constitutional principles. These are the Renegade Republicans who are inspiring Millennials and seek to grow the party.
It’s easy to give up and throw in the towel. It’s easy to be cynical and negative. That’s not what we as Americans are about. I understand quite intimately those of us who care so deeply about America and so bitterly resent the establishment’s pattern of cowardly capitulations. It’s discouraging, I know.
But we built this party. Resist the temptation to give up. Do not cede the Republican party to the neo-Statists and the Surrender Caucus. Remember, the battle will not be won overnight.
The Renegade Republican Party
I believe that Ronald Reagan got it right when he said we need a “New Republican Party.” The Reagan Revolution brought us just that. The GOP establishment fought Ronald Reagan tooth-and-nail, but he won the Presidency and led the party back to first principles. We need such a leader again, but we cannot depend merely on a new President. We must restore limited government through an Article V convention of states, a movement that Reagan supported and is again gaining momentum.
Moreover, we must fill our local political offices with conservatives, libertarians, and constitutionalists. Some of these office-holders will inevitably seek higher office, and therefore we can continue to fight the cancerous disease of Statism by raising up a new generation of liberty lovers and Renegade Republicans. I believe this is already happening across the United States.
To Glenn Beck and all those discouraged by a GOP insider class that has alienated its own constituents, I implore you: Do not let the establishment insiders win. Let them, the sellouts, do the surrendering, for that is what they do best. We are the real Republican party, not them. It’s time for us to mobilize, to embrace the fight, to begin a New Republican Party.
And the 2016 elections are a good time to do it. Ronald Reagan said it best:
The New Republican Party I envision is one that will energetically seek out the best candidates for every elective office, candidates who not only agree with, but understand, and are willing to fight for a sound, honest economy, for the interests of American families and neighborhoods and communities and a strong national defense. And these candidates must be able to communicate those principles to the American people in language they understand…