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GOP Delenda Est – Now Is The Time

26 November 2012 @ 14:08


Over the weekend, three elected Republicans conservatives announced they would no longer be bound by Grover Norquist’s no tax pledge that they had taken. The men in question, Senator Lindsey Graham, Representative Peter King, and Senator Saxby Chambliss, have reneged on the promises they made to their constituents the last time each ran for re-election.

Stacy McCain is correct when he writes:

…It doesn’t matter whether you like Grover Norquist or not. This isn’t about Grover. This is about preserving the integrity of the Republican Party.

Exactly. Norquist is a Dhimmi, but a promise is a promise, especially one that means a great deal to people who elected you and/or people who gave you money.

Now word comes that GOP Representative Bob Corker of Texas has a plan to raise ‘a trillion dollars in revenue’ [he never took the pledge].

Bet your bottom dollar these will not be the last Republicans to give-in to The New Order in a pathetic attempt to survive in office.

Jeff Goldstein is right:

Unfortunately for the classical liberal / constitutional conservative / libertarian movement, which is very publicly now separating itself out from status quo national politics, there’s no real party home. And the coalition, though powerful in its determination to resist, hasn’t yet formed a workable strategy for how best to do so using the current political paradigm. The Republican Party, led by John Boehner in the House, is working behind the scenes to sabotage those who represent politically this organic resistance movement, engaging in power grabs, shoring up its own entrenchment, and committed to defeating conservatives and classical liberals with a zeal they never bring to bear when battling leftist Democrats.

Which is precisely why it is no longer just an empty threat that those traditional Republican voters who believe in the principles of limited government and individual autonomy — and who deplore the steady movement from both parties toward a managed centralized state with an entrenched and permanent ruling class with a bureaucratic army at their disposal — must leave the Republican Party.

We can keep electing Republicans, but all that does is give the old bull entrenched career politician like Boehner more power — which in turn gives those doing the voting less by way of representation.

Here, I realize, I’m largely preaching to the choir. And it’s not like my voice carries much weight among the entrenched, well-funded, and well-connected network of “conservative” opinion leaders.

Still, that doesn’t mean I’m wrong about what needs to happen should we be serious about changing course and trying one last ditch effort collectively to save the country as founded: and that means we have to destroy the Republican party as it currently exists.

It can’t be taken over from the inside, I don’t believe. And it does not represent the interests of anything but itself and the power and perks of its longtime legislators.

It’s a catch-22 for us, I realize. But we have a one-party system using political theater to keep the fundraising money flowing, distracting us with supposed partisan differences as it continues the steady march toward a centralized technocratic State.

What’s left to do but opt out?

It’s time for us to leave the GOP in the dust.

No matter what small victories we may score on the local, county, or state Republican Party levels, we will never be treated as anything but serfs by the GOP Establishment — this is clear. And, if we do achieve any power within the Party, the Establishment of it will gladly make cause with Leftist groups like the MSM and Democratic Party to destroy our legitimacy — this, too, is clear. For them, as it is for the Left, it is about Privilege and Power.

I don’t know how Jeff thinks we should ‘destroy the Republican party as it currently exists’, but I believe, if we completely cut our ties with it, refuse to help it in any way, the Party will limp along for a while as it slowly dies of loneliness [Some may advocate we take a more active part in bringing about this mercy killing.  I’m not so wedded to my proposal that I’m not willing to listen to what you have to proffer.].

The key for me is: the conservatives, classical liberals, and small ‘L’ libertarians must leave the GOP and conservative Establishment to their own devices. Just as we must not play by the Left’s rules in any discussion, so we must not play by their rules.

Enough is enough.

UPDATE at 1721…

Jeff reports that more Republicans are announcing that they’ll go back on their tax pledge.  Somehow, he performed a Mind-Meld on one of these traitors and transcribed the result.  A highlight:

Sure, we’ll break our pledge. I mean, you can’t actually expect us to be purists when the FISCAL CLIFF is looming. Some of us Care About the Country! Don’t you, Hobbits?

In his post, Jeff links to a CNS News story on the rotten renegers.  One of the commentators, Artie, is spot-on:

I didn’t know pledges, vows etc have time limits. Welcome to the age of Obama where every promise and statement have expiration dates. And Republicans, obama is going to take you on a big time snipe hunt. Don’t say you haven’t been warned.

Welcome to The New Order, The New Normal…Welcome To The Jungle.

CARLO (R-NY): [gets in front passenger seat of car]

CLEMENZA (D-NY): Hello, Carlo.


  1. 26 November 2012 @ 15:41 15:41

    You have hit the proverbial nail square on..

    First its time we fix a common mistake we are all guilty of making this time, once and for all. We still make the mistake of calling democrats, liberals and we are now making the mistake of identifying republicans as if they were any different than the party they claim to oppose.. our domestic enemy. We are, imo, at a point in the American timeline where Americans need to stop deceiving themselves and begin the journey back home. We can take the first step by identifying all those who would steal our Liberty correctly by calling them by the same name. They have all shown us that they have no care for us and our Liberty and they have no use for us except to pay for their existence.. like slaves with a check book and their whip is taxes. If we don’t have the nerve to correctly identify our enemy as what they have all shown themselves to be, Our Domestic Enemy, then we as well no longer have any right to call ourselves Americans and should revert to some tribal conglomeration instead and wait for their enforcers to came and fix their most pressing problem, Us.

    You cannot defeat any enemy you refuse to identify correctly, your refusal is your death sentence. Line up in front of the trench.

    Yank lll

  2. 26 November 2012 @ 22:49 22:49

    If we don’t have the strength to reform the GOP, we won’t be able to muster the strength to replace it.

    The problem here is the American people. They don’t understand the need for the conservatism we’re calling for. They don’t want it. So the GOP knows that conservative principles and policies aren’t politically profitable right now.

    Milton Friedman’s remarks come to mind:

  3. M. Thompson permalink
    27 November 2012 @ 11:13 11:13

    If they were smarter, they’d go for Democrat supporters. Big foundation donations, Hollywood, and gunmint employee groups. I’d also radically flatten the income tax system and take away a lot of deductions, like state income taxes, and possibly muni bonds as well.

    Shared sacrifice should hit the blue States first!

  4. 27 November 2012 @ 18:06 18:06

    I think Corker is Senator from Tennessee. He didn’t sign the pledge, so he would not be going back. Frankly, I’ve cast my last vote for anyone with the GOP label. If we can’t replace the GOP, then the country is truly doomed.

    But, they can give me someone other than some “electable” moderate or I’m staying home. As it stands, they are just a “me too” party.

  5. 28 November 2012 @ 09:00 09:00

    classical liberal / constitutional conservative / libertarian movement

    I think we agree that these are three separate groups–thus making the challenge a bit more acute. In other news, the pro-life folks are reacting negatively to McPain’s ‘speak and then drop dead’ suggestion. Benthamite Materialism is now beginning to eat the (R) Party alive.

    • 28 November 2012 @ 19:35 19:35

      They are most certainly different flavors of conservative thinking. The small ‘l’ libertarians are quite different than the capital ‘L’ ones, the latter being ideologues, the former are as Russell Kirk described them:

      First, a number of the men and women who accept the label “libertarian!” are not actually ideological libertarians at all, but simply conservatives under another name. These are people who perceive in the growth of the monolithic state, especially during the past half century, a grim menace to ordered liberty; and of course they are quite right. They wish to emphasize their attachment to personal and civic freedom by employing this 20th century word derived from liberty. With them I have little quarrel – except that by so denominating themselves, they seem to countenance a crowd of political fantastics who “license they mean, when they cry liberty.”

      Descendants of Classical Liberals. For if a man believes in an enduring moral order, the Constitution of the United States, established American way of life, and a free economy – why, actually he is a conservative, even if he labors under an imperfect understanding of the general terms of politics. …Libertarians of this description usually are intellectual descendants of the old “classical liberals”; they make common cause with regular conservatives against the menace of democratic despotism and economic collectivism.

      Second, the libertarians generally – both the folk of whom I have just approved, and also the ideological libertarians – try to exert some check upon vainglorious foreign policy. They do not believe that the United States should station garrisons throughout the world; no more do I; in some respects, the more moderate among them have the understanding of foreign policy that the elder Robert Taft represented [BB: Hello again, Mr. Todd]. Others among them, however, seem to labor under the illusion that communist ideology can be dissipated by trade agreements – a notion really fatuous. I lack time to labor this point here; I mean to take it up again in my autumn lecture on the neoconservatives, who in foreign policy tend toward an opposite extreme. Let it suffice for the present for me to declare that so far as the libertarians set their faces against a policy of American domination worldwide – why, I am with them. I part with them when they forget that the American government nowadays, in Burke’s phrase of two centuries ago, is “combating an armed doctrine,” not merely a national adversary.

      Perils of Centralization. Third, most of the libertarians believe in the humane scale: they vehemently oppose what my old friend Wilhelm Roepke called “the cult of the colossal.” They take up the cause of the self-reliant individual, the voluntary association, the just rewards of personal achievement. They know the perils of political centralization. In an age when many folks are ready – nay, eager – to exchange their independence for “entitlements,” the libertarians exhort us to stand on our own feet, manfully.

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  6. 29 November 2012 @ 07:54 07:54

    Yup. And as Babbitt would say, ‘in the end, this is theological.’

    Couldn’t be clearer, given the recent “Obozo Is the Savior” crap floating about.


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