(LFC Comments: Thanks to our Knox County contributor for this article. Emphasis in the article were added by LFC. In our opinion, this article also applies to Lake County politics. The average citizen thinks they get to select their representatives, when in reality it is the political parties – when was the last independent to get elected to a significant position in Lake County? Money leads to power….power leads to money and corruption!)
Are the Republicans a Political Party, or not?
There has been a lot of talk about how the Republican Party is terrible at messaging. How they just let opportunities go by and they don’t take advantage of openings they are handed by their opposition.
Let’s take a look at some basic functions of a political party. They have constituency groups. These groups support the party in exchange for favorable legislation.
If you ask a Democrat what are your constituency groups and what do you do for them, you would hear:
- Environmentalists: pass legislation in support of environmental issues.
- Unions: Pass legislation that will benefit unions.
- Homosexuals: pass legislation that will promote the homosexual agenda
- Minorities: pass legislation that gives special benefits and standing to minority groups.
- Illegal immigrants: Pass legislation to give illegals special privileges.
- The Poor: pass legislation to give tax dollars to the poor and needy.
- Women: Pass legislation to give women government support to become “equal”
- The infirmed and handicapped: ditto
There are other groups that the Democratic Party supports in return for their votes.
In exchange for these votes the Democratic Party institutionalizes the symptoms, without solving the problems; if they solve the problem they will lose the group as a voting block. They must keep the victims in the fold.
Now ask this same question of the Republican Party. Who are your constituents and how do you help them?
In most cases you will get a blank stare. You may hear “oh we help the business community, or we support the conservative cause”.
I have heard from more than one person who have talked with party leaders and they say that they “get republicans elected”. When was the last time you heard a republican leader passionately champion a cause or issue?
When was the last time you heard a Republican leader aggressively support a people group, as the democrats do?
In the last election, I saw the party leaders maneuvering to get candidates elected in the primary who would support them in their bids to attain leadership positions in the party. In reality, the party is out to represent itself not the people.
The party has degenerated from a political party to a self-serving special interest group. Maintaining power and getting more money is their primary focus. They have given up all pretense of supporting constituency groups.
Take the tea party for example. They were the driving force in the overwhelming 2010 victory. You would think that the tea party would be the constituency group that all Republicans would want to cultivate. Instead, they have tried to marginalize our influence and in some cases have redistricted our elected representatives out of office.
They are making war on the people who got them elected!
If a group would have done this for the Democratic Party, they would have been embraced as the new blood in the party. Their tactics would have been used to take control of the government at all levels in 2012.
The last time the Republican Party focused on a constituency group was when the moral majority was driving the agenda.
Like them or not, they got people elected. Then the party threw them under the bus. In the 2008 election, 28 million registered evangelicals stayed home and you see who got elected – Barack Obama.
Did gays stay home? Did environmentalists stay home? Did union members stay home? NO! The Democratic Party does not alienate a major constituency group because the leadership does not agree with their agenda.
Can you see the Dems throwing minorities overboard because Sharpton or Jackson says something stupid or they become a momentary embarrassment? That would never happen because they are a political party first and a special interest group second.
Make no mistake; both parties are massive special interest groups. Their main reason for existence is to gain and hold on to power. The power gets them the money.
With few exceptions the political class is not looking to solve our problems. They are looking to line their pockets. If our parties were going to solve our problems, we would not have any. Over the last 15 years they have both totally controlled the federal government for at least 6 years each.
Back to my original point. We appear to have one political party and one special interest group that is hunkered down, playing siege politics. When you are under siege you will always lose.
The only way to win is to attack and the GOP has very little stomach for that. So can we reform the GOP? I think not. Martin Luther tried to reform the Catholic Church and you see how that worked out.
Most reform movements end up in splintering the original group and weakening it. As I stated earlier, they are willing to self-destruct rather than be taken over.
So what’s to be done?
I am a firm believer in a two-party system. I wish we had one. I think the best way to give the American people some place they can call home is to form a second political party. Curses you say, a new party always fails, and besides if we split the conservative vote the evil progressives will win.
Look around, the evil progressives are winning, with a Republican controlled house and senate. [LFC Comment: this article was written prior to 2016] When we vote the lesser of two evils, we still end up with evil.
The choice is, vote Democrat and go down fast or vote Republican and go down almost as fast. We need a real choice as to which political philosophy will control our country. If we had a constitutionally grounded party that would get the federal government out of our business, out of our families, out of our educational system, and out of our lives, we would prosper and be free.
Political movements fail because they are started from the top down. Perot and Anderson come to mind. The Republican Party started in 1856 from the ground up, much like the tea party today. With no TV, no telephones, no internet and no radio, In1860, they elected a congress and president. For those of you that went to public school, that would have been Abraham Lincoln.
We have the movement, we have the energy, and we have the commitment. What we lack is the courage to step out and take our rightful place in history. We lack the will to leave our mother’s corrupt home and strike out on our own.
Do we know how a central committee works at the county, state and federal level? Yes. Do we know how to get candidates elected? Yes. Do we know how to use the media? We are learning. Do we know how to raise funds? We are learning that as well, but I think having a cause that donor’s can enthusiastically back would solve much of the problem.
If we can construct a leadership model that has most of the political power at the state and local level, and in the hands of the people, I believe much of the corruption can be avoided.