But now, even before they take the reins of Congressional power, Republicans have thrown the electorate that elected them on those issues under the bus without a fight. Oh, one grows weary of the old saw, "voters don't want a government shutdown." What a crock! If a government shutdown actually hurt, why were Republicans elected in the greatest landslide in nearly a hundred years after shutting the government down last year? One cannot help but wonder, "What are they thinking?" Are Republicans now nothing more than Democrats-lite? If one considers their behavior, not their words, one begins to believe that the two parties are in kabuki theatre. Theatre in which neither party is leveling with the voters and whose overriding interest is political gamesmanship and self-promotion.
If one were inclined to use profanity, now would be the time. Much has already been spoken and written on this subject, so there really isn't must left to write about. But, I'll think of something.
An email came recently in which the Republican Party asked us to renew our membership. Well, there are a couple of issues with that. First, I am not a Republican, I am an independent conservative. Second, mildly put I am furious at the Republican Party for its abject failure to follow through on its promise to rein in "Obamacare," and Obama's Executive overreach.
For years we have suggested a third party, but the naysayers win out with the line, "it will split the vote and Democrats will win." Conservatives actually dominate the American political electorate so why do they fail to dominate in politics? The answer is complex and would take much more space than most readers are willing to take time to read. Taking time is at the heart of the dilemma and is frustrating to all concerned.
Here are some basic facts: Conservatives comprise approximately forty percent of the electorate and moderates comprise about thirty five percent. Liberals comprise twenty one percent and yet the composition of Congress doesn't come close to reflecting the electorate. Before the November 2014 midterm election, Democrats, who given their voting record can be characterized as liberal, held fifty three Senate seats or fifty three percent, and two hundred one House seats or forty six percent. Yet, their representation in the general population is twenty one percent. What this illustrates is the power of money, campaign strategy and likability of the candidates. Note that a candidate's overall qualifications have little bearing on the outcome of an election. Evidently moderates tend to vote "liberal" more often than conservative.
Even with the recent shift in control of the Senate from Democrat to Republican, liberals continue to hold forty six percent of the seats. Gains in the House of Representatives by Republicans decreased the liberal strength to forty three percent. In both instances they continue to hold disproportionate strength in relation to their representation in the electorate.
It is well known that the Republican Party is dominated by moderate Republican money...by that I mean that the big donors are socially moderate and eschew conservative social values. With that fact in play, conservatives who feel that it is vitally important to the interest of the future of the country either vote Republican for fiscal reasons or sit it out as was the case in the 2012 general election. That, of course, was beyond dumb, it was catastrophic. Virtually any Republican candidate and many non-candidates on the Democrat side would have served the Nation better than the current holder of the office. Witness the string of disasters that Obama has wrought.
The one bright spot on the political scene is the latest quarter that indicates that the economy is actually beginning to grow, without the earlier hocus pocus that pervaded economic reports issued by this Administration. But not wanting to miss an opportunity to take a shot, underlying the improvement is the fact that deficit reduction actions that were forced upon Obama have played a major role in the upturn. Combine that fact with the inherent optimism and vitality of the free market system, the American economy is able to overcome even the numerous inflictions of anti-growth actions by this Administration.
Conservatives have two options if they actually want to succeed. The first option would be to take over the Republican Party by forming a coalition to dominate it internally. The second alternative, and less desirable, would be to form a conservative party that would completely crush the Republican Party to the extent that deep pocket moderate Republican donors would be forced to come along or be left out in much the same way that conservatives are treated in the present situation.
It will be interesting to see if conservatives will step up to the plate and make one or the other of these alternatives happen.