Republicans and Democrats have morphed into the Big Government Party (BGP) while we helplessly watch America being flushed down the toilet as they battle over how fast to increase the size of government.
The Democrat Party has traded on its reputation as the party of the working class, blue collar American for decades while slowly being taken over by a cabal of wealthy Ivy League elites. The 1930s saw a strong socialist and communist element in the Democrat Party as many saw communism as the solution to the Great Depression Herbert Hoover’s economic policies created and FDR’s economic policies exacerbated. The Democrat Party gradually settled into a radical secular progressive wing composed of the communist and socialist elements agitating for change and upheaval, along with a conservative moderate wing of classical liberals who served their country and promoted the causes of blue collar Americans. Moderate Democrats were socially conservative while the progressives promoted radical lifestyle changes as normal and acceptable.
The radical progressive and moderate wings clashed in the 1968 primaries as the progressives were virulently anti Vietnam War while the moderates saw the war as advancing the cause of freedom and American interests. Many of the moderate Democrats had served America in WWII and Korea, and saw military service as one’s duty to supporting America. The progressives had rallied to their cause large numbers of young people who were facing the draft and saw no point in fighting for a country they couldn’t even find on a map. The youth movement had gotten underway as the Baby Boomer generation was only interested in the self indulgence of youth, a character flaw which they continue to exhibit. War was a drag to this generation who wished only to indulge their appetites for amusement.
Minnesota Senator and Vice President Hubert Humphrey secured the Democrat nomination in 1968 after a convention marred by violent youth demonstrations and clashes with Chicago Mayor Richard Daley’s cops. The progressive and moderate wings of the Democrat Party were clashing for control of the party, but the moderate wing managed to hold on and nominate their candidate in Vice President Humphrey. The convention violence alarmed the nation coming on the heels of violent protests and political assassinations which defined the social upheaval of the 1960s.
The 1972 Democrat primary was won by Senator George McGovern, a moderate with serious progressive leanings. McGovern had served in WWII, but was one of the first to oppose the Vietnam War as early as 1963. His sweep of the Democrat nomination allowed him to install an extremely liberal party platform, and the progressives solidified their hold over the Democrat Party. Their support of radical social causes has been on the upswing ever since.
The Republican Party has historically been seen as the party of the wealthy despite nominating Abraham Lincoln and securing passage of Civil Rights legislation in the face of overwhelming opposition from Southern Democrats who were staunchly opposed to softening the Jim Crow stance of the South. Known derisively as Rockefeller Republicans and Country Club Republicans, the party has attracted the fiscally conservative wealthy who trend toward being socially liberal. Conservatives were attracted to the GOP with the nomination of Barry Goldwater in 1964 as his brand of fiery conservatism resonated with rural churchgoing Americans. Ronald Reagan rode this conservative wave to victory over the hapless Jimmy Carter in 1980 and ushered in an age of prosperity with his lower tax rates and tough stance on foreign policy. Conservatives enjoyed their heyday in the GOP under Reagan as conservative economic policies restored the American economy battered by 1970s oil shocks, Stagflation, wage and price controls, and soaring interest rates.
Conservatism waned under George Bush as he famously broke his “read my lips, no new taxes” pledge to voters while assembling an international coalition to defeat Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein’s aggressive takeover of Kuwait in 1990. The GOP nominated Bob Dole in 1996 to take on the charismatic Bill Clinton who had no trouble defeating the establishment Republican. Establishment GOP candidate George W. Bush barely defeated radical environmentalist Al Gore in 2000, then proceeded to enact the largest entitlement expansion since the Great Society in the form of Medicare prescription drug coverage which no one was really pushing at the time. To his credit, Bush declared war on terrorists after the 9/11 terrorist attack and pursued the perpetrators mercilessly as he realigned the nation’s security apparatus to meet the challenge of preventing terrorist attacks on US soil.
The GOP establishment nominated Arizona Senator John McCain in 2008 who then proceeded to run one of the worst campaigns in modern political history, managing to lose to a junior senator from Illinois with a thin resume and no experience to speak of. Learning nothing from 2008 and despite warnings from conservatives, the establishment GOP nominated Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney in 2012. Romney refused to condemn his signature universal healthcare system enacted in Massachusetts and which became the model for the universally hated Affordable Care Act or ObamaCare. Romney preferred to assume Americans had recoiled in horror at seeing Obama’s radical secular progressive agenda being enacted, and that the conservative TEA Party tide in the 2010 midterms was evidence of this turn away from progressivism. Romney ran basically the same campaign that had lost for Bob Dole centered on the “I’m not him” theme which offered voters no clear alternative to the status quo.
The Republican Party now finds its Republican in Name Only (RINO) GOP establishment wing of moderates pushing out the very conservatives who defined the party and elected party hero Ronald Reagan. Karl Rove has established the American Crossroads Super PAC to fund RINO GOP establishment candidates and has declared that these moderates have the only chance to win. These Rove Republicans have declared war on the conservative wing of the Republican Party and left irate conservatives with no voice in the party.
Just as the radical secular progressives took over the Democrat Party, the RINO GOP establishment is taking over the Republican Party. The difference is that the Democrat Party is now controlled by the most radical leftist element while the Republican Party is being controlled by its most radical leftist element leaving voters with essentially one choice: the party of Big Government. Democrats are known as the tax-and-spend party of entitlements and government expansion, while the RINO GOP establishment seeks to merely slow the rate of government growth, but accepting government growth nonetheless.
The TEA Party has brought together conservative elements of both parties under the issue of restraining government growth and cutting out-of-control government spending. Organized loosely, the TEA Party refuses to endorse candidates and refrains from social issues long decided and merely a distraction from the greater threat of unrestrained government growth. TEA Party conservatives realize that massive inflation looms on the horizon as the government prints money to paper over its huge debt. This inflation robs the value of our money and leaves America weakened both domestically through economic decline and in foreign policy through the inability to defend her interests around the world.
Conservatives have no choice but to leave the two parties and form the TEA Party as an alternative to the Big Government Party that will coalesce around the radical secular progressive Democrats and RINO GOP establishment Republicans. A look at history shows the progressives eventually overtaking the Democrat Party, and the current GOP establishment in a much stronger position to overtake the Republican Party. The sooner we realize the inevitable, the sooner we can build the TEA Party into a credible alternative.
Americans are frustrated at the political process not because of political gridlock, but because this gridlock is caused by two factions of the same party both fighting to further expand government while common sense dictates that it should shrink to a sustainable level. Americans have no real political alternative and are frustrated at the false choices they are being presented. The TEA Party is poised to exploit this political frustration in a huge way by offering a real alternative to government expansion. Social issues are a distraction poised by the BGP to divide conservatives and redirect their focus away from the primary issue of unsustainable government growth. We must formalize the TEA Party and build the organizational infrastructure necessary to insure a credible conservative alternative.