July 23, 2011
Once “Republicans” are sold on “Democracy,” we really do have only one side of the political aisle and one political party.
From Article IV – Section IV of the U.S. Constitution – “The United States shall guarantee to every state in this union a republican form of government, and shall protect each of them against invasion; and on application of the legislature, or of the executive (when the legislature cannot be convened) against domestic violence.”
Who told Republicans that we are a democracy? It wasn’t Thomas Jefferson, who said quite plainly - “A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.” – It’s actually worse than Jefferson stated. Today, democracy is where 30% of the people can and do run roughshod over 70% who stand opposed, just because 70% are too decent and ill-formed to even realize they are at war with the 30% seeking a very different form of government, one based on free-stuff at the expense of freedom.
Even Karl Marx, the father of socialism, was quite clear on the subject - “Democracy is the road to socialism.” – Yet, most Americans have been indoctrinated to believe that America is a democracy instead of a Constitutional Representative Republic and there is a day and night difference between the two. As a result, many modern day (big tent) Republicans fight for the wrong things today, as they proclaim adherence to principles and values that they don’t even know.
One of the latest disasters within the new GOP precincts is a push for either open primaries, caucus primaries or the worst of all options, both. These concepts are based on a democracy, or mob rule. 51% of the people in the room can indeed take away the rights of the other 49% by simply shouting them out of the room. This is how the caucus system works, and the loudest most obnoxious group in the room always wins, even if they are a minority in the room.
Caucus primaries are often rough and rowdy - sometimes even a knock-down-drag-out affair between competing factions pushing their individual “caucus” agendas, all within one party. It is an unsustainable system in that it creates deep divisions and resentments among party members.
When open to all political stripes, you have the worst possible scenario wherein people who will vote democrat, libertarian, independent or third party in the general election are shouting everyone else out of the room during the Republican primary, leaving the GOP with great division and an unelectable candidate in the general election.
If you want people who voted for Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton in 2008 to help choose the GOP candidate for 2012, open primaries is how you do it, especially if you use a caucus format which allows the loudest most obnoxious caucus group in the room to shout everyone else out of the room.
This is how we ended up with John McCain in 2008. Proponents of the open-caucus system often point to Iowa or Nevada as their example of what a great idea the caucus system is. The Iowa Caucus of 2008 gave us Mike Huckabee, a totally un-electable candidate who dropped out of the race not long after. Mitt Romney placed second in the Iowa Caucus in 2008. Nevada had one task in 2010, get rid of Harry Reid and they failed to do it due to divisions within the Republican Party, via the caucus system.
Ron Paul fans pushing for open caucus primaries in 2012 didn’t do so well in the Iowa Caucus, with their man finishing almost dead last with only 10% of the vote in Iowa. The New Hampshire primaries, also a caucus format, gave us John McCain, but with only 37% support from New Hampshire voters.
Still, Ron Paul fans have looked at these facts and concluded that open-caucus primaries are the best option for Ron Paul. Frankly, it is the only option for Ron Paul, who could win the 2012 GOP nomination no other way.
First, a large portion of Ron Paul supporters are not Republicans, but rather Libertarians, Democrats and Independents. Paul must have “open” primaries in which all political stripes can vote in the Republican primaries in order to make a decent showing in 2012. The vast majority of Republicans simply will not support Ron Paul, and never have.
Second, they must use the caucus format in order to shout all of the Republicans out of the primaries, making it possible for Ron Paul to win the GOP nomination with the support of Democrats, Libertarians and Independents, after Republicans leave the room in disgust.
In Michigan, the Ron Paul camp was able to gain control of several key Republican precincts last year. After gaining that power, they helped make someone who had given to Democrats like Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, head of the Michigan GOP… Brilliant!
Now under the guise of a Michigan Caucus for Victory proposal, libertarians Gene Clem and Adam de Angeli are pushing for open-caucus GOP primaries in Michigan, because they will need Democrat and Independent voters to advance Ron Paul in the GOP presidential primary. It’s the only way Ron Paul can advance in a GOP primary and Paul supporters now working from the local Republican Precincts hope to convince local Republicans to vote for an open-caucus system for this reason alone.
But let’s face it – open caucus primaries are akin to inviting cell leaders of Al Qaeda to not only attend U.S. counter-terrorism briefings, but vote on our counter-terrorism strategies as well. There is a difference between open transparency and insanity, and I hope the good people of Michigan know the difference. There are good reasons why sport teams meet in separate locker rooms… The new breed politico seems to overlook the most obvious flaws in their strategies, or do they simply have a different set of goals?
Instead, the GOP should go to a closed primary system in every county across the country as it is the only way the GOP will ever produce a “conservative” GOP nominee. Imagine that… conservatives picking their own conservative party candidate for a change. The big tent now includes the enemy…
The BIG TENT era in the GOP must come to a screeching halt, or there is no way for the Republican Party to produce a truly Republican (conservative) candidate. Libertarians are aligned with conservatives on fiscal concerns, but they are aligned with Democrats on the social policies that will always end in unbridled social spending, illegal immigration and weak national security.
The BIG TENT GOP era has produced moderate-centrist candidates at best. We have no idea how a real conservative might fare in the general election because we have not run a real conservative for the office of president in decades.
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But based upon the historical low approval rating of congress, even when centrist Republicans (RINOs) are in control, I’d say it’s time to see if the nation is ready for a real true honest to goodness conservative. We can’t advance one through the primary process with voters of competing ideologies voting in those primaries.
On the other hand, if the goal is to finish off the GOP, the open-caucus primaries will do the job right quick. The GOP is on the ropes already and open-caucus primaries will be the final nail in the coffin. Then we really will have a one-party government and that party isn’t at all American.
Republicans must pick their own nominee. To do that, they must have CLOSED primaries. PERIOD!
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