“War is sweet to those who have never experienced it.”
“If a man does not know to which port he is sailing, any wind is unfavourable.”
TIME’s cover for March 26 is heartfelt and sad. Swiping a line from Pat Buchanan–“How the Right Went Wrong”–it depicts a troubling photo of a forlorn Ronald Reagan with a computer-generated tear running down his cheek, and asks the question “What would Ronnie do?”
In answer to the question “What would Ronnie do?”, allow me to state the obvious: He would jump ship. The same way he did when he realized the Democrats had become the International House of Pinkoism. Gazing around at the tattered remains of conservatism in the Republican Party, with its bloated, imperialistic Executive Branch and its eight trillion dollar national debt, Reagan would walk out, not lie around weeping. Barry Goldwater would almost certainly do the same.
It’s unknown where a sincere conservative would jump ship to at this point, but the
ideological hulk of the Republican Party has tipped below the waterline and seems to be beyond bailing. It may now be time to create a new, dynamic third party—or to take an ineffectual third party that currently exists, and make it effective.''
I am increasingly of a mind that we need a third party, yesterday. Our two-party system has failed us; both parties seem coopted and corrupted. The GOP seems hellbent on presenting us a 'choice' among a whole crowd of lackluster candidates who all represent More Of The Same. This is the last thing we need; "more of the same" will do us in.
If the GOP had any thought for conservatism, and more to the point, preserving America, they would nominate one of the few real conservatives, Tancredo or perhaps Ron Paul. Instead we are being told ''can't be done.''
We are hearing the same old refrain that the California conservatives heard when they were trying to oust Gray Davis: ''a real conservative can't win; we have to find the electable candidate.'' So they got Arnold Schwarzenegger. If these spineless compromisers have their way, we will have the national equivalent of Schwarzenegger in the White House, with the predictable results.
It's time for a Third Party. If, and this is a big 'if', the GOP is willing to reform itself and do right by us, then I would stay in the fold. But I will not give up on my country for the sake of preserving a political party which seems only to be concerned with its own power, and which is happily selling America out.