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Does the Republican Party Have a Future?

By Star Parker · Feb. 11, 2013

The United States, from day one, was a project about principles and ideals.

The super power that emerged and grew from the handful of colonists that began settling here was not the product of where those colonists happened to land, but the ideals and principles in their head and heart – applied in how they lived their lives.

The Republican Party was founded in 1854 to address one great blot on the nation's founding legacy – the existence of slavery in a nation founded under the ideal of freedom under God.

Runaway slave and self-educated abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass said “I am a Republican, a black, dyed in the wool Republican, and I never intend to belong to any other party than the party of freedom and progress.”

Douglass called Abraham Lincoln, America's first Republican president, “emphatically the black man's president.”

When some thirty years ago I told the welfare officer to not bother showing up again at my home – when I decided that my own future would be based on the values of scripture, work, and personal responsibility – there was no doubt in my mind what party would become my political home.

The party of “freedom and progress,” the party of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.

But, as longshoreman philosopher Eric Hoffer once observed, “Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket.”

It's no mystery why the Republican Party is having a hard time today. No matter how hard you squint and try to discern the values of Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, or any values for that matter, in those now wielding the money and power at the top of the party, they've disappeared.

These establishment Republican leaders and operatives are not about ideals and values but business – their own business.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the latest estimate from the Congressional Budget Office is that unemployment will “remain above 7.5 percent through next year. That would make 2014 the sixth consecutive year with a jobless rate that high, the longest stretch of such elevated unemployment in 70 years.”

Yet the Republican presidential candidate in 2012 could not defeat the current occupant of the White House.

In the party that is supposed to be about freedom and personal responsibility, party operatives want to blame everyone else for their own failures.

Worse, they want to pin it on candidates who actually take seriously the traditional values of their party.

Karl Rove would like to weed out candidates like former Missouri congressman Todd Akin.

Akin, who was defeated by Democrat incumbent Claire McCaskill in the Senate race in Missouri, was a six term Republican congressman with a flawless conservative record.

For most of 2012 he was ahead of McCaskill in the polls. Then, in August, he expressed himself poorly in an interview about abortion. Despite his apologies and efforts to clarify himself, his own party abandoned him.

McCaskill ran ads, over and over, showing the Republican's own candidate Mitt Romney questioning Akin's qualifications. This race could have been saved. But the party elite wasted not a second to dump Akin because they were not comfortable with his conservative values to begin with.

We're living in a deeply troubled country today. Americans are looking for answers, not a political class feathering its own nest.

There are tens of millions of conservative American patriots who seek an opposition party to represent their conviction that America will not get back on the path to strength and prosperity without restoration of freedom, limited government, free markets, and traditional values.

Today's big question is whether the Republican Party is going to be that opposition party.

If not, it is not conservative values and convictions that will be abandoned. It will be the Republican Party.


Kathy in WTexas said:

The Democratic party continues to behave predictably, but the Republican party is a huge disappointment and has been going downhill for years. They no longer stand for anything; they roll over and play dead while the Dems run roughshod over the entire nation.

Until we come up with replacement party, and a very strong one, we are stuck. Early on, I thought it might be the Tea Party, but they have no skills in organizing, unifying and strengthening their voice. They brought us a few good candidates, but their potential for power could have been so much greater.

Monday, February 11, 2013 at 9:23 AM

Anton D Rehling in Olympia, WA said:

The conservative in this country, including me, are great at complaining and pointing out how bad the Democrat Socialist are, but do nothing about it except stand around in 2nd amendment rallies and Tea Party Rallies wringing their hands saying, “Oh my this is bad, if they come for my guns I will fight.” All I have to say to that is bullshit! It seems that no one will do a damm thing about the assault on our Freedom except complain. We fought a revolution for a lot less that the BS that is going on right now. We are a country of pansies that will only show the courage to fight if the government sends us on a mission of their choosing to die for their agenda. Is there no one that will stand and exercise their God given right for self-defense or the preservation of our Free Republic?
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wjm in Colorado said:

The establishment Republican leaders like Rove will kill the party. I tell that to every solicitation, get rid of the idiots, or expect no revenue. Rove will have the Republican Party gone.

Monday, February 11, 2013 at 12:54 PM

Howard Last in Wyoming replied:

wjm, I see I am not the only one that wants to puke when Rove is called a conservative, he barely makes it as a RINO.

Monday, February 11, 2013 at 1:22 PM

Tapdaddy in Indiana said:

"We're living in a deeply troubled country today. Americans are looking for answers, not a political class feathering its own nest."
As long as we want to be proud of that which we leave our children we must stay on the course that gave us our opportunities.

Monday, February 11, 2013 at 1:27 PM

Orf in Pittsburgh said:

When the electoral process has been corrupted, as it has, the electorate can have no confidence in voting. What is left to change the direction of America's decline? More talk, more patriotic exhortations, more complaining and yet still paying higher taxes? Apparently the sheeple are not willing to fight back until all the Dumbcrap voters stop getting their gummint checks. Then the fighting and rioting will begin, but not before. Remember Greece.

Monday, February 11, 2013 at 2:19 PM

P. Long in Texas said:

Getting ALL the people to vote is the problem. Any time a country has, what, about 30% or less of the elegible voters telling everyone else what they are going to do, there are big problems. I agree, congregating in the streets of Washington, D.C. does very little good. We need more people at the top with values and convictions, not warm fuzzies and pie in the sky. Instead of a whole passel of lawyers and business types, we need preacher types capable of leading a revival that allows people to believe in something larger than themselves again. And I'm not talking about creating a theocracy. I am talking about people of sound character that adhere to biblical values and believe in their country...and their countrymen. People, I think, need to believe they can make a difference. They need a mission. Hopelessness produces lethargy.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 12:29 PM