Is the Republican Party America's Achilles Heel?
The hierarchy of the Republican Party has published a 100 page new and improved game plan entitled the "Growth and Opportunity Project" ostensibly to win future elections and re-tool the party. While this effort is an improvement over similar exercises in recent years, it contains a number of major flaws indicative of the fact that the Party is still operating as if the national political landscape was the same as the 1980's and 90's with a recognition that demographics and news dissemination has changed.
The most egregious of these flaws is the inability of the Republican Establishment to understand that the American Left, who are now in control of the Democratic Party, are the implacable enemy in a battle for the heart and soul of America. A further amplification of this failure is the inability to recognize what the strategy of the left has been over the past 50 plus years as well as why it has been so successful.
Instead the report focuses on responding to the accusations and false narrative implanted in the media by the left. Notably that the Republicans are old and white, they cannot appeal to minorities and the youth vote as they pursue policies that do not resonate with the American people and as a consequence they, as a Party, will never be able to win another national election unless they change and become more like the Democrats. Yet polls consistently show a majority of the electorate favoring conservative policies and ideas, but not the Republican Party -- as they have been all but willingly marginalized by the opposition.
There is a war going on in the United States -- as survivor of World War II I do not say that lightly. It is being waged by the current incarnation of the Democratic Party in order to transform the most successful nation in the history of mankind into another secular socialist state permanently ruled by an oligarchy made up of the establishment in their party.
The bulk of the conservative movement, and thus the base of the Republican Party, recognizes this reality. They have become increasingly alarmed at the fate awaiting the country if these radicals are not purged from the mainstream of American governance in the 2014 and 2016 election cycles. But when they look to the leadership of the Republican Party they see a nauseating deference to the party in power and the media -- in other words business as usual in Washington. Apparently the Republican Establishment believes it will eventually win when it is their turn if they just can find a way to bribe minorities, particularly Hispanics into voting for them.
The Republican hierarchy needs to heed the words of Sun Tzu, a Chinese General who wrote in 500 B.C. the following in his landmark treatise: The Art of War:
If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear for the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.
It has become painfully obvious over the past twenty years that the Republican Party leadership knows neither who the enemy is nor do they have a firm and unalterable conviction in what the Republican Party stands for.
Since the beginning of World War II the United States evolved into the most powerful economic and military force the world has ever seen, yet there has been an inexorable and near irreversible march to government domination of the citizenry. Parallel to this track has been the rise of the American Left and their ultimate takeover of the Democratic Party. How did a faction that represents less than 20% of the citizenry achieve their end game with a people overwhelmingly against the concept of a powerful central government, and within the framework of a written Constitution?
Their underlying tactic was the epitome of simplicity. Using the backdrop of unprecedented prosperity, the left seized upon the concept of "fairness" and "equality" to promote their agenda. Every agenda item was cloaked in the mantle of fairness and equality and whoever was opposed to any proposition was labeled and demagogued as a bigoted tyrant who favored unfairness and inequality. This message was disseminated by the self-described "progressives" as they gradually but inexorably infiltrated and dominated the education, media and entertainment complex as vehicles of societal indoctrination.
All the while the Republican Party stood idly by and allowed themselves to be defined as the party of intolerance and inequity. The combined 12 years of George H.W. and George W. Bush, and their obsession with civility as well their refusal to forcefully respond to the most egregious of personal attacks combined with the Party's incoherent set of principles, validated and cemented in the public's mind the accusations hurled at the Republican Party by the Democrats and their sycophants in the media.
Yet the strategy of the left can be countered by an equally simple and effective tactic. Use the same fairness and equality battering ram against them while forcefully and coherently responding to all their personal attacks as well as their omnipresent falsehoods and hypocrisy. However this requires a committment by the Republican establishment that it is the party of conservatism and a sobering recognition of the dangers the nation faces combined with an unwavering resolve to soundly and permanently defeat their political opponents.
The possibilities for the Republicans to go on a coordinated offensive using the fairness and equality cudgel, in language the low-information voter will understand, are endless, for example:
- There is a veritable treasure trove of unfairness and inequity in ObamaCare that can be easily highlighted.
- What has Barack Obama done for the African-American or Hispanic community to ensure a decent education and viable economic opportunities while the Democrats are in bed with the unions and their crony capitalist pals?
- Is it equitable that Wall Street and the "fat cats," who contribute to the Democratic Party, are overwhelmingly benefiting from the Federal Reserve policy of essentially printing money to cover the Obama deficits while the rest of America suffers?
- Where is the fairness in designating certain financial institutions as too big to fail so they can expect the taxpayers to always bail them out?
- Where is the equality for the average citizen who cannot make large contributions to the Democrats and thus receive access to the halls of power and perhaps grants or loans for failed business ventures paid for by the taxpayers?
- Over the past five years, over 12 million Americans have dropped out of the labor force as there are no jobs available thanks to Obama and Democratic Party economic policies. How is that fair?
- What is equitable about federal employees earning nearly double what those in the private sector earn?
- Is it fair that the interest cost attributable to America's soaring national debt will, in the near future, absorb nearly all the revenue collected from income taxes?
The founders of this nation created a unique governmental structure in order to limit the supremacy of government. However, with that structure there is an Achilles' heel. For the government to function, because of the single member district structure, there can only be two major political parties vying for the votes of the people. When there is one party hell bent and succeeding in transforming the country and oppressing the people and the other party unwilling to forcefully challenge that effort, the future of the nation, as founded, is in serious jeopardy.
Instead of writing more "white papers" the Republican Party hierarchy needs to abdicate and turn over the reins to those willing to fight for the future of the American people before it is too late.