by Patricia Garza, Guest Contributor
Conservative writer and CRTV host, Steve Deace mentions the Federalist Party as one of four options in trying something new for Conservatism:
1. HOSTILE TAKEOVER OF THE GOP
2. BOLSTER AN EXISTING THIRD PARTY
3. CREATE A NEW PARTY
4. REPRIORITIZE, THEN RE-ENGAGE (through cultural changes)
However, in the end Deace doesn’t realize that he has the following and influential connections to help a new party, like the Federalist Party, rise above the rest. Let’s address each of the options.
The Tea Party already tried to inﬁltrate the RINO GOP, and while we had some successes, the candidates who won didn’t always stay true to Tea Party conservative principles. So option One is unlikely because it’s been tried.
Option Two seems like another example of spinning our wheels. The current third parties, such as the Libertarian and Constitution parties, may have an advantage with name recognition and ballot access, but their strategies and candidates have failed and their platforms do not attract enough conservatives. They are both too isolationistic when it comes to defending freedom and our interests around the world. Also, their social policies are conflicting with most principled conservatives who are prolife and care about religious liberties, or oppose legalization of marijuana and other drugs.
That’s why I believe option Three, starting a new party, is our last hope and our last chance to really make a bold change. Starting at the grassroots from the local level up, the Federalist Party can succeed and grow in credibility as long as people are willing to put principles and country above party loyalty, and unify behind one party.
One of the things that attracted me to starting and joining a new party is that it gives conservatives and other freedom loving constitutional Americans a chance to start fresh with a clean slate. Not that we wouldn’t consider supporting or recruiting candidates from the GOP, or those who leave the GOP or other parties, but we’d only support the principled candidates who have credibility and accountability.
For example, if Ted Cruz or Mike Lee were running again under the GOP, we likely wouldn’t run a candidate against them but instead would put resources behind them. But if they were primaried, or left the GOP, we’d back them as long as they stayed true to their constitutional principles. The reasoning behind this backing also supports the Federalist Party’s desire to eventually do away with the party system. This position is unique to the Federalist Party, but one our Founding Fathers, John Adams and George Washington believed in.
However, I also agree option Four is necessary because of the cultural decay in society. I’ve written about the changes needed in this area before. While my views on some issues and the opportunity for some changes have passed, there is still much we can do.
Those changes include starting in the home, churches, schools, media and anywhere else the liberals have taken over or have limited our freedoms. Until those areas are improved upon and more power is returned to the states and the citizens, we’ll continue doing the same thing over and getting the same results. That’s why I personally believe a Convention of States (COS) is also needed to bring power back locally ﬁrst. This is also in alignment with the principle of federalism and the Federalist Party. (While the Federalist Party hasn’t taken an ofﬁcial position yet on the COS, I’ve found many Federalists support it.)
Consider joining us at the Federalist Party, and become involved at all levels, because as I always say: “the ﬁght for freedom never ends, regardless of who’s in power.”
Patricia is a wife and mother of two, a former elementary teacher, radio talk show host and political blogger. In 2012, Patricia was nominated one of “Circle of Moms” top 25 political bloggers. TWITTER: https://twitter.com/littlebytesnews or @littlebytesnews BLOG: http://www.littlebytesnews.blogspot.com WEBSITE: http://TheFederalistParty.Org
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