Time to say goodbye to the GOP?

Time to say goodbye to the GOP?

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Thad Cochran

WASHINGTON, June 25, 2014 — It’s time to say good-bye to the establishment GOP and “mainstream conservatism.”

Yesterday in Mississippi, dirty politics won again. Republican Party elites, the Republican National Committee, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Senator John McCain, and incumbent Senator Thad Cochran’s specially targeted outreach to black and Democratic voters did the trick.

Cochran ran behind state senator and conservative Chris McDaniel in the June 3 primary. To make up his deficit, Cochran, with full support from the national GOP, directed a full press effort to enlist voters who basically oppose everything that Republicans are supposedly for. Thus, Cochran, with support from the national GOP, reached out to hostile liberals and Democrats, the NAACP, and other groups that scorn conservative ideas. He pleaded with them to support him, to keep the “extreme right” and “crazies” and “racists” from taking his seat.

In return, he promised more of the same: more government goodies, more spending, more welfare checks, more “moderation,” and more outreach to those hostile groups. An outrageous Cochran flyer warned black voters against voting for a candidate — McDaniel — who would suppress their vote and return them to the bad old times of segregation.

Chris McDaniel is no idiot, and he is not an extremist. His views parallel the conservatism that once was a standard template of most Republican candidates. The problem is, we are finding out — and down deep we already knew — that those Republicans never really believed in those principles. They just mouthed the platitudes, using the grassroots to get into power. When they did get into power, they collaborated with the liberal Democrats and put up no real opposition to the left wing, “progressivist” dynamic that has swept through this nation during the past 40 years.

“Conservative” victories were deceptive; the conservative rhetoric was just that — rhetoric. Since Ronald Reagan, the GOP has chosen for its standard bearers George H. W. Bush, Bob Dole, George W. Bush, John McCain, and Mitt Romney — not one of them a real conservative, and in numerous situations, they were actually complicit in moving the policy goal posts to the left.

Yes, they opposed raising the debt ceiling, they voted against Obamacare, but most of this opposition was lukewarm, and after a short perfunctory conflict, they moved on to what McConnell and Boehner would call “a more defensible position.” The problem is that once you’ve been driven off the battle field, there are no more defensible positions available.

The left, with the news media and entertainment industry firmly on its side, has set the national agenda, and the Republican Party and most of the establishment “conservative movement” have mounted only a delaying strategy when not actually giving in and going along, as has been the case on same sex marriage and many social issues.

My paternal grandmother warned me about the Republicans. She was born in 1865, and could remember as a girl the horrors on Reconstruction and the role of the lying GOP.

The establishment GOP and many mainstream conservative groups continue to expect that we will support them, maybe even contribute to them. Indeed, I continue to get plaintive missives from the RNC and Senatorial Committee, pleading with me and offering me the same old promises. The only problem is those politicos just want my vote (and hopefully money), and they think I am dumb enough to ignore their charade.

Well, Mississippi telegraphed loudly otherwise last night. As they say at the “South of the Border” resort, “No way, Jose!” No more votes for the establishment GOP, no more votes for their candidates, and certainly no more checks to support their nefarious efforts. I — we — have been used too often, and this latest example reveals all the sordid and despicable depths to which those establishment types will go.

So, you may take your Karl Roves, your Mitch McConnells, your John McCains and Lindsey Grahams, your Chambers of Commerce, your Wall Street Journal, your mainstream so-called “conservatives” — you can take them all, and you can tell them where to go. You can tell them that, henceforth, they are not getting any more votes from me.

“But look,” they reply, “we need to regain the Senate, we need to defeat the Dems and advance our agenda; we need votes for a future Supreme Court justice, etc. etc.”

The problem with these arguments is that, basically, they are false. First, since the Eisenhower Administration, nine of the justices appointed by Republican presidents (including Sandra Day O’Connor, named by Reagan) have been the difference in such decisions as Brown v. Board of Education, Roe v. Wade, to the Obamacare decision (as a “tax”), and everything in between. Go back and look at the decisions and who decided them: Anthony Kennedy, William Brennan, Earl Warren, O’Connor, David Souter. That argument does not hold.

Second, a majority of American people are dumb and politically somnolent — more concerned about who’s winning “American Idol” or where Justin Bieber is singing — or dependent on government for their monthly checks. More of the “leftism light” and collaboration in our own destruction is not going to reverse the present course of this nation.

Third, what is needed is the formation, beginning at the local and state levels, of vibrant, independent conservative groups and political parties, as occurred in New York state early in the 1960s. That state’s GOP was dominated by the liberal Rockefeller wing of Republicanism, and the Buckleys helped found a Conservative Party. It may be painful, and it may mean some initial defeats, but …


It is time to say “no more, no way.” Grandmother was right!

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Boyd Cathey
Boyd D. Cathey holds a doctorate in European history from the Catholic University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain, where he was a Richard Weaver Fellow, and an MA in intellectual history from the University of Virginia (as a Jefferson Fellow). He was assistant to conservative author and philosopher the late Russell Kirk. In more recent years he served as State Registrar of the North Carolina Division of Archives and History. He has published in French, Spanish, and English, on historical subjects as well as classical music and opera. He is active in the Sons of Confederate Veterans and various historical, archival, and genealogical organizations.