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Divide and Conquer the phrase of the week

A serious look at the state of play in Politics.

While I agree with the principles the Libertarian party has been in existence since 1971. That's 3 decades to organize, promote and elect candidates. It has not been successful yet. We all know the status of the Democrats, having been moved to such a Big Tent that they have lost the value of moderate or conservatives and been overrun with the likes of Liberals, Progressives and Socialists. The GOP up until recently had also followed the Democrats down the yellow brick fork in the road to the left. Finally, a grass roots movement, The TEA Party completely formed by the people fed up with all of them and ready to break from all of the above.

The two party system is flawed, but there is a certainty that an elected position at the Federal Level such as in either House or the Oval Office, is almost always won by one of two major political bases, GOP or Democrats. While the TEA Party has now been duly noted as the biggest party supported by Americans today there is absolutely no way that we can create the needed change in Washington if we attempt to ignore the candidates from the GOP or the Democrats. Instead the TEA Party needs to support the Conservative Candidates based on record, from all parties.

The Democrats and thereby the main party of Progressives are using this simple fact to attempt to Divide and Conquer the TEA Party supporters. Since Sarah Palin spoke as keynote speaker in a nationwide conference that captured the TEA Party name I have seen in-fighting at a level unprecedented. Quite frankly since yesterday the TEA Party had the democrats by the tail, running scared and getting desperate.

The TEA Party has the GOP towing the line of conservatism and turning it's base around to listen to the people for the first time in as many years as the Constitutionalists have been around. The GOP tasted the bitter revolt in NY23 and now recognize their leftward direction was as big a mistake as electing Obama as President.

If we allow the TEA Party to break apart over the actions of Sarah Palin, rather than use the momentum she brings to change the paradigm and make the pendulum swing right, we will have lost it all. While I don't support any RINOs or so called Progressive GOP candidates that she has campaigned for, it is still up to the voters to make the final call and walking away from Palin simply because she chooses to support candidates who brought her to into the main stream political arena, is simply stated as; biting off your nose to spite your face.

Every U.S. Congressman and one third of the Senate is up for reelecton this November and while I would love to send every Liberal, Progressive, Socialist, RINO and even Moderate packing; I accept that we did not get here overnight and that will be setting us up for failure. No, I say we need to enact change by altering the majority of our legislators as Conservatives as the first step in many steps toward the recovery of The United States of America.

TEA Party Patriots must accept that we will collectively never agree 100% on certain candidates, but if we divide the movement over one person we will be the same as the Democrats. As Will Rogers said, "I'm not a member of any organized political party, I am a Democrat." You can quote me as saying, "I will use any public figure to create support of a majority of Conservatives in our government, anything less and we will all have lost."





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  • Harry 2010/02/10 14:39:28
    Harry
    +5
    Amen! We must keep our eye on the prize - maintaining the focus on ridding the government of leftist control and ultimately defeating Obama himself. Those of us opposed to the current regime, whether we call ourselves conservatives or libertarians or something else, are never going to agree on every single issue or on every single personality. We must instead focus on our common purpose, on the principles we DO share rather than allow ourselves to become divided over personalities and peripheral matters.

    I think the Tea Party movement also needs to be careful that we do not allow ourselves to become identified in the public mind with any particular officeholder, public official, or national personality. We need to remain in control of our own image, that of an organization run by the people.

    We must not allow ourselves to be seen as the party of Sarah Palin, of Tim Tancredo, or of any other personality. That can only divide us. We are a group that is governed by IDEAS, by principle and core values - specifically opposition to oppressive government, high government spending, and debt. It might be a good idea to return to the policy of those early days when political personalities were not permitted to address any Tea Party gathering lest the spotlight fall on them instead of the principles of limited government that form the basis of who we are.
  • Eric Harry 2010/02/10 16:20:48
    Eric
    +1
    Good points. I support the TEA Party as far as it goes in supporting limited government, fiscal conservatism, and ending corruption. Those are the main (and only) points of the party, as I understand it.

    I recently came across a Pew research study on political typologies, below. There are great differences among Republicans. While I call myself a conservative I tend to be socially and ethically liberal. Maybe I am a RINO in the eyes of many. I hope that the TEA Party somehow can get any politician to sign a TEA Party Pledge, limited in scope. I will probably support any politican highly rated by the TEA Party.

    http://people-press.org/repor...
  • Harry Eric 2010/02/10 16:53:25
    Harry
    +1
    There are many varieties of conservatism. We have fiscal conservatives. We have limited-government conservatives. We have social conservatives. We have pro-military hawk conservatives.

    I am a fiscal, limited-government, AND social conservative. If I gauge you correctly, you are a fiscal, limited-government conservative who doesn't happen to share the same social conservatives beliefs that I do. That's okay. We still have much in common: paring down the size of government, cutting spending, lowering taxes, returning to constitutional principles, ending government encroachments on personal freedom, allowing free enterprise to thrive, and ending the Obama administration. What we do agree on dwarfs what we don't agree on.

    I happen to believe that the fiscal crisis we face with the growing deficits and the mounting national debt is so incredibly important that we opponents to Obama, Reid, and Pelosi - opponents of all stripes - should talk about nothing else than stopping big government, big spending, and big taxing. Given the current crisis, I am willing to put the social issues I believe in on the back burner so that we, as parts of rival conservative and libertarian camps, can join forces as part of a unified Tea Party movement dedicated to ridding ourselves of this corrosive, freedom-smothering, nanny-state, progressive big government. That must be the pure, unfiltered message of the Tea Party movement. Right now nothing else matters as much.
  • Friday 2010/02/10 14:02:44
    Friday
    +5
    Sarah is the catalysis needed to bring the drive and enthusiasm to the November election. The Tea Party must focus on the Candidates that will bring the principles of reason back to DC. Sarah will make that possible for ALL Conservatives.

    Just keep in mind that "Liberalism" is KILLING America! candidates principles reason dc sarah conservatives mind liberalism killing america
  • TCFla 2010/02/10 14:00:56
    TCFla
    +6
    Great post, PO! This is the moment of truth. We can't afford to let one disagreement here and there tear us apart. That's why I'm opposed to the Glenn Beck boycott. He has done so much good that people really need to cut him some slack. Same thing with Sarah Palin. I say we stick together now and see who comes out strong in the end. It may be Sarah, it may be someone else, but let's get there first.
  • PartysOver TCFla 2010/02/10 14:06:17
    PartysOver
    +6
    I agree! Thanks for your ever-loyal support to the new Conservative America!
  • TCFla PartysOver 2010/02/10 14:11:34
  • USA 2010/02/10 13:52:38
    USA
    +6
    Count me in for fighting together.
  • PartysOver USA 2010/02/10 14:06:32
    PartysOver
    +5
    you're counted my friend.
  • USA PartysOver 2010/02/10 14:09:10
    USA
    +5
    Thank you.
  • 9th of 9 2010/02/10 13:48:18
    9th of 9
    +6
    To compromise the TeaParty position would be wrong to do. Supporting a person who time and again has voted against founding principles is wrong. No Matter Who It Is!!
  • PartysOver 9th of 9 2010/02/10 13:51:03
    PartysOver
    +6
    Well if you are talking about Palin her voting record is clearly Conservative and she has demonstrated a sound Fiscal Conservative governance as well as cleaned up considerable corruption. Her actions speak for themselves.
  • 9th of 9 PartysOver 2010/02/10 13:57:20
    9th of 9
    +6
    I agree with alot of what she implys. Her record in Alaska speaks for itself, and I like it. I do not agree with her support for John McCain though. With this movement, no one squeaks through the cracks.
  • TCFla 9th of 9 2010/02/10 14:04:41
    TCFla
    +6
    Well, he did pick her to run as his Vice President. I'm sure there is a fair amount of loyalty involved, too.
  • 9th of 9 TCFla 2010/02/10 14:09:20
    9th of 9
    +7
    And the unions picked Obama. And the payback continues?
  • TCFla 9th of 9 2010/02/10 14:14:46
    TCFla
    +4
    Damn good point, 9th! I hadn't looked at it that way.
  • 9th of 9 TCFla 2010/02/10 14:16:57
    9th of 9
    +6
    Watch the other hand, is all I'm saying. :)
  • PartysOver 9th of 9 2010/02/10 14:07:07
    PartysOver
    +5
    Then let's stand together and see to it McLame loses that effort to be replaced with a Conservative.
  • 9th of 9 PartysOver 2010/02/10 14:15:31
    9th of 9
    +7
    I have been a proud member of the campaign for liberty since its inception. I have donated, signed countless petitions, and am working hard at getting the message out. You can bet a man like John McCain wont get any help at all from me.
  • PartysOver 9th of 9 2010/02/10 14:18:46
    PartysOver
    +6
    And me too, I will support and promote his opponents that hold our conservative values, and I take task to the GOP for endorsing any candidate that is labeled a RINO. If that's their choice they deserve to lose.

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