This is a reposting of my weekly Da Tech Guy Column, Re: The Time For A Conservative Party.
By A.P. Dillon
Da Tech Guy recently wrote about it being time in this country for a 3rd party — a Conservative party. Take a moment to go read the whole thing before proceeding as I won’t totally rehash what he said in that article, but the general thrust can be found in a couple of the opening paragraphs:
I’m done asking people to vote for the GOP, I’m done compromising on issues dear to me and I’m done pushing candidates that are willing to say one thing when they want my vote but not willing to act once they have power.
The party seems to forget the reason they have a congressional majority is not due to their own actions but the actions of others.
Now I’ll weigh in.
Am I happy with the Republican party on the whole these day? No.
Do I think a third party or Conservative party is the answer? Yes, with an asterisk. I think we already have one and it’s tucked inside the current GOP.
Do I think it’s going to happen? Not without a serious fight – both with establishment GOP and the media.
I’m not afraid of a good fight, but I think the fight has to be waged on a different front. Conservatives simply taking our toys and going home isn’t going to get the country where needs to be. Yeah, I’m a ‘take it back’ believer – we should purge instead of leaving.
I’ve had this debate with my husband and various conservative friends here in North Carolina on more than a few occasions. I’ve had the same frustrations Da Tech Guy lays out in his article.
I’ve kicked the idea around quite a bit and traversed previous historical transitions in the political parties and contemplated the Third party systems of this country as well. The idea is appealing and change is clearly needed if the current climate and push for candidates from dynastic political families is any indication. One could arguably call these historical transitions a shift in party personality. Right now, this country’s political parties have severe personality disorders.
Having said that, I’ve developed the opinion that what might have worked in this country’s past won’t work today without significant money and a strong coordinated effort in every single state. I believe that change has to come from within, but the idea of it coming from outside is a nice threat.
The idea that Democrats will embrace this effort is correct as a way to create conflict and undermine the Republicans is spot on. One has to factor in how the Democrats will work side by side with the mainstream media.
The Democrats and the media will join hands to drive that conflict. It wouldn’t be crazy to say that joint effort could really cripple the effectiveness in pursuing a third party. Just think back as to how effective the media was directing the narrative on the Tea Party, you racists.
A.P. Dillon resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina and is the founder of LadyLiberty1885.com. Her current and past writing can also be found at IJ Review, StopCommonCoreNC.org, WatchdogWireNC and WizBang. Her current writing project is a children’s book series.