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Chuck grew up in Long Island, New York, but has lived in Central Indiana since 1985. Married over 26 years, two adult sons, Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering, and a lifelong Republican, Chuck enjoys political blogging, writing, and visiting Kauai, Hawaii. Chuck's varied career history includes engineering, sales, VP of Marketing & Operations, and Internet & marketing consulting. Chuck has been featured in the media, including the New York Times, as an active Republican for Obama, creating an interesting debate online and in the press. Today Chuck considers himself simply a moderate.

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OCTOBER 30, 2008 12:11AM

Time for a New Third Party Republican Party Offshoot

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The Republican Party is dead. Yes, I'm saying this before the election. Even if McCain wins, which could happen if Obama supporters stay home thinking the election is in the bag, the GOP still has lost its way along with a substantial number of members. While high-profile Republicans like Susan Eisenhower and Frank Schaeffer have made the headlines, the real exodus is on Main Street.

Contrary to popular belief, a large percentage of Republicans are unhappy not because of the Bush administration itself, but because of the recent clear revelations of what direction the Party is heading. Actually, we've started realizing the problems began all the way back in Reagan's presidency, and the only thing that has remained "Republican" has been the talking points. Let's quickly review the Republican Principles listed on the GOP site itself.
Republican Principles

I'm a Republican Because...

I BELIEVE the strength of our nation lies with the individual and that each person's dignity, freedom, ability and responsibility must be honored.

I BELIEVE in equal rights, equal justice and equal opportunity for all, regardless of race, creed, sex, age or disability.

I BELIEVE free enterprise and encouraging individual initiative have brought this nation opportunity, economic growth and prosperity.

I BELIEVE government must practice fiscal responsibility and allow individuals to keep more of the money they earn.

I BELIEVE the proper role of government is to provide for the people only those critical functions that cannot be performed by individuals or private organizations, and that the best government is that which governs least.

I BELIEVE the most effective, responsible and responsive government is government closest to the people.

I BELIEVE Americans must retain the principles that have made us strong while developing new and innovative ideas to meet the challenges of changing times.

I BELIEVE Americans value and should preserve our national strength and pride while working to extend peace, freedom and human rights throughout the world.

FINALLY, I believe the Republican Party is the best vehicle for translating these ideals into positive and successful principles of government.
Does the current Republican leadership represent these values? An honest assessment will reveal that there is a new set of principles at work within the leadership.
2008 Republican Principles (Chuck Lasker's perception)

I'm a Republican Because...

I BELIEVE the strength of our nation lies in military might and God's help, as long as we do His Will and make this a Christian nation while supporting Israel until the day Israel is destroyed and Jesus returns.

I BELIEVE that each person's dignity, freedom, ability and responsibility must be honored unless we can encroach on these in the name of safety or other short-term excuse that the idiot populace will accept.

I BELIEVE in special rights and justice for Republican politicians, Christian leaders, the extremely wealthy and lobbyists, regardless of cause as long as the money is right.

I BELIEVE in equal justice and equal opportunity for everyone else, regardless of race, creed, sex, age or disability, unless we're talking about lazy black people, illegal Mexican people, uneducated women, homosexuals, or, if justice and opportunity for disabled people costs businesses money.

I BELIEVE large corporate profits, stock market wealth and protection of monopolies will bring this nation opportunity, economic growth and increased prosperity for the upper one percent of incomes.

I BELIEVE government should talk about fiscal responsibility and allowing individuals to keep more of the money they earn, but should actually borrow and spend recklessly and place the full burden of taxes on those with lower and lower incomes and future generations for short term gain. Any taxes on the rich are socialism.

I BELIEVE the proper role of government is to advance Christian evangelical morals through tax code, control of education, judicial appointments, privatization and the proper Christian philosophies of wealth and warfare.

I BELIEVE the most effective, responsible and responsive government is government run by those who know best, and all means necessary must be used to work against poll access by the lowly, the lazy, the stupid and the poor.

I BELIEVE the Republican Party was founded by America's founding fathers to fight Roe vs. Wade, to protect "Under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance they wrote, to put "Under God" on our money, and to keep the Ten Commandments in our Courtrooms and government buildings.

I BELIEVE that we must never speak to our enemies, unless they're very big enemies with money and cheap labor agreements.

I BELIEVE in free trade with lower nations that provide cheap labor and higher profits and any attempt to induce labor or environmental equality on these nations is liberalism.

I BELIEVE you're either with us or you're with the terrorists. If you do not have the same beliefs we do, you are un-American and worthy of derision, abuse, vandalism, placement on no-fly lists and investigation.

I BELIEVE anyone labeled "liberal" is a socialist, which is actually communist, which is actually Marxist, which means evil.

I BELIEVE abortion must be made illegal, but stopping extramarital and teen sex is more important than reducing abortion rates, so I support abstinence-only education, blocking of access to birth control by teens, and punishing poor people for being lazy by blocking access to health care to those women who want to keep their babies.

I BELIEVE Americans must retain only those principles that we consider important while developing new and innovative ideas for bringing power to a Republican executive branch and reducing the power of the annoying Congress and the activist Courts.

I BELIEVE Americans value and should preserve our national strength and pride while working to extend peace, freedom and human rights to good Americans only, and to create international opportunities throughout the world to develop inexpensive manufacturing for American companies.

FINALLY, I believe the Republican Party is the best vehicle for translating these ideals into positive and successful principles of government, and I believe we must use any means necessary, including lies, smears, voter suppression, federal police, the Secret Service, warrantless spying, even the destruction of lives and reputations, to progress our God-endorsed agenda.
Frank Schaeffer, author of the memoir that explains his (now regretted) part in helping the evangelicals take over the Republican Party titled "Crazy for God," describes our current Party well in his Huffington Post blog. The Republican Party has been taken over by The Religious Right, The Neoconservative Movement, and Corporate Business Interests.

Susan Eisenhower, granddaughter of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, has also left the Republican Party with a scathing indictment of the McCain campaign and the current GOP leadership.

Many moderate Republicans still do not realize what has happened. They believe the Republican Party is still the same. They follow the Republican rhetoric of today because they haven't stopped to see the hypocrisy, the contradictions, and the slowly-changed priorities. Those moderate Republicans still supporting McCain are unwitting participants in an entirely new agenda.

This is why you have middle class Republicans screaming that there should be more tax breaks for the rich, but tax breaks for the middle class are socialism. This is why, after 40 years of Republicans doing nothing to reduce abortions, pro-lifers are still voting for Republicans with the insane hope that this time they'll do something. This is why Christian Republicans are supporting a Christian-in-name-only (McCain) against a fellow brother in Christ (Obama). And this is why a completely unqualified hockey mom can be touted as the "future of the Republican Party," simply because she spews out the proper talking points and wants to use courts and police forces to end abortion while eliminating programs that reduce unwanted pregnancies that lead to abortions.

I spoke with a young African-American Democrat at an Obama rally last month and he was shocked to learn where the GOP came from and the progressive programs we spearheaded. So, a little history of the Republican Party is in order. Don't skip it if you think you know our history, because you probably don't.

The Republican Party was created in 1854 as an anti-slavery party. Republican President Dwight D. Eisenhower created the interstate highway system, worked to integrate black and white public schools nationwide, and expanded Social Security. Republicans pushed through the Civil Rights Act of 1964. President Richard Nixon sat down with Communist China and the Soviet Union "without preconditions" and negotiated new trade and arms agreements, expanded Social Security, tried to pass minimum wage and universal health care plans (unsuccessfully), created the EPA and OSHA, and created The Philadelphia Plan, which was the U.S. government's first affirmative action program. President Gerald Ford pushed through the Equal Rights Amendment, proclaiming, "In this Land of the Free, it is right, and by nature it ought to be, that all men and all women are equal before the law."

Does this sound like the party of Bush/Cheney/McCain/Palin? Is this the kind of progress you hear from Republicans while promoting McCain on the news today? How did our Party get to this point? A little more history is in order, which again will probably surprise (and possibly anger) most Republicans.

President Reagan was the first president in American history to lower the highest tax rate and raise the lowest tax rate, beginning a shift in tax burden to the middle class that has continued through to the "Bush Tax Cuts." Reagan increased the national debt from $700 billion to $3 trillion. Reagan was the first Republican President to truly court the evangelical vote, moving the Republican platform far to the right. Reagan's coalition with evangelical leaders like Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, James Dobson and others began the anti-Democracy tactics of voter suppression of the poor and minorities. Paul Weyrich, a cofounder of the Moral Majority, said,
"Many of our Christians have what I call the 'goo goo' syndrome -- good government. They want everybody to vote. I don't want everybody to vote. . . . As a matter of fact, our leverage in the elections quite candidly goes up as the voting populace goes down."
Clearly, Ronald Reagan was doing what he thought was best for the country, and had no idea what evil would be wrought by allowing the Religious Right a seat at the GOP table. Reagan ended the Cold War, lead through a prosperous time in America, and made us safer than we'd been since before World War II. But an honest analysis shows that Reagan began the slide to the current neoconservative Party.

President George H. W. Bush attempted to overturn Reagan's borrow and spend legacy but was unsuccessful. Bush also ended the Kuwait-Iraq war quickly as befits Republican principles.

Under President Clinton, even as he balanced the budget and reformed welfare, the Republican leadership accelerated their right wing agenda using Clinton's "liberalism" as fear-based propaganda. By the time George W. Bush won the 2000 Republican nomination by pandering to the evangelicals against John McCain's centrist campaign, the religious right was firmly in control. However, most Republicans, including myself, continued to believe the Party supported the more moderate principles it still claimed to advocate.

Today, the Republican Party is a ghost of its original self. The Bush administration and Republican Congress increased the size of government, increased debt spending, pulled us into an unnecessary war, squandered our reputation internationally, violated our civil rights, reinterpreted the Constitution, attacked a non-threatening sovereign country, tortured prisoners, enabled monopolies and large corporations to crush individual initiatives, gave additional tax cuts only for the rich at the expense of the middle class, and destroyed any remaining trust Americans had in the government. The current GOP campaign is using lawyers to suppress Democratic votes, using hate, lies and smears, and has adopted an "ends justify the means" scorched-earth campaign that is literally destroying our Democratic system.

It's no wonder reasonable, tolerant, progressive Republicans are jumping ship, while new recruits to the Republican Party are diminishing. Why would anyone other than an extreme right wing evangelical Christian or selfish wealthy American even consider joining such a platform?

Some people are trying to fix the Republican Party from the inside, such as the Republican Leadership Council. But I believe this is a lost cause, as signaled by conservative Christopher Buckley's forced resignation from The National Review, the magazine his father founded, for endorsing Barack Obama for President. The "you're either with us or against us" neoconservatives attack any dissenting opinion with violent rhetoric or even actual violence. Frankly, the Republican Party leadership will not allow reform or change.

It is time that we moderate Republicans join together to form a new political party. Moving to the Democratic Party is not an option for most of us, as they have their own issues, with a general move to the extreme left only countered by Senator Obama's centrist policies.

What can we call our new party? The word "Republican" should remain in our name, in my opinion, to affirm our commitment to republicanism. "Progressive Republican Party" sounds great, but it's the name of a party in Turkey. This is not necessarily a game stopper, but "Moderate Republican Party" is acceptable and is only similar to the "Republican Moderate Party of (ironically) Alaska." I've tossed out the humorous names of Orthodox Republicans or The Legitimate Republican Party as being too sarcastic. Whatever the name, here are the principles I propose it be founded on:
The essence of Republicanism, the foundation of our Constitution and Bill of Rights, is that all people have inalienable rights that cannot be voted away by a majority of voters, which is the essential difference between a Republic and a Democracy;

It is the duty of government to be fiscally responsible with the people's money via balanced budgets, efficient administration of duties and programs, and minimal debt;

Government should defer functions to the private sector and community organizations whenever it better serves citizens as long as functions are monitored and regulated to prevent corruption and waste;

The Constitution and Bill of Rights are to be defended in full, regardless of short term popular fears or desires, with special attention to the intent of the original authors and signers;

The government shall respect individual liberty and personal privacy, regulating personal behavior only when directly required for the safety and liberty of others;

No person is above the Rule of Law, especially our elected representatives and their appointments;

Taxes are at best a necessary evil and shall be kept as low as possible for all citizens, based on conservative stewardship and minimal spending;

A strong national defense shall be maintained, with a reluctance to enter into foreign entanglements and a permanent ban on all military activities against American citizens or on American soil;

As an active participant on the world stage, we shall have a planned, consistent, proactive foreign policy that promotes friendship and cooperation, plus full engagement with our enemies;

Government shall work towards total independence from foreign countries in all essential areas, including energy, food, defense, and intelligence;

We shall be responsible stewards of our national natural resources through environmental awareness, including an understanding of our effect on the planet and the planet's effect on our nation;

Free enterprise and innovation shall be promoted, with a focus on protecting individuals and small businesses from monopolies, oligopolies, and unfair competition from large corporations;

It is the obligation of our elected officials and their appointees to reject campaign or other contributions that are meant to influence agendas in any way, and to make all decisions based solely on what is best for their constituents;

Recognizing that we are a union of states, no federal power shall be granted that can better be served closer to the people via state's rights;

The balance of power for all three branches of government shall be maintained, with recognition of the intent in forming our Republic to have representation closest to the people;

The Executive Branch shall execute laws as written by the Congress and will decline to use Executive Orders, Presidential Signing Statements or other tools to thwart the will of the people as indicated by their state's representatives;

The most essential principle is equal rights, equal justice and equal opportunity for all.
Is it crazy for me, just some guy, a "Joe Six Pack" if you will, to try to form a new American political party? Probably. But let me know if you would like to join me, and pass this on to other disaffected Republicans. Let's start the discussion and see where it goes.

UPDATE: ATTENTION COMMENTERS:

Thanks for all the comments so far!! The response has been so massively positive that I've decided to create a Forum area where we can talk about this further. It's at http://www.chucklasker.com/GOPForum/. If you're interested in the concept of a new party, join me there!!

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Wow. That's a tremendous idea. It should be done.
I call "jinx!" I just posted "Sarah Palin 2012 -- a viable third party candidate at last?" without having seen your post. I think we're on the same track, just different trains. Good luck to you in your future endeavors!
I like where you are going but I must disagree with your statement: "This is why you have middle class Republicans screaming that there should be more tax breaks for the rich, but tax breaks for the middle class are socialism." I do not believe that tax cuts for the middle class are socialism - I believe forcing "rich people" at gun point to put out more money for many of the current government handout programs is not only socialism, it's taking us down the path of communism.
I believe the current tax and social security systems are seriously flawed and need to be revamped. It's going to take people like you and me to get "We the people" to take back our America!
"I believe forcing "rich people" at gun point to put out more money for many of the current government handout programs is not only socialism, it's taking us down the path of communism."

Loaded verbiage, how so? Or put another way, isn't our tax code somewhat socialist anyway? Also, aren't many tax dollars used for things other than "government handout programs"? Like, unfortunately, war?
Loaded verbiage, how so? Or put another way, isn't our tax code somewhat socialist anyway? Also, aren't many tax dollars used for things other than "government handout programs"? Like, unfortunately, war?

Agreed - our tax code needs to be revamped. Better yet, thrown out and started over. I have been a proponent of the FairTax Plan but I come under a lot of fire for it. Before anyone fires a volley at me, please read, research, educate yourself on every aspect of the plan. It has provisions in it for the "less affluent" but it will also make sure that many of the illegals where I live at, will start contributing to pay for the social services they are currently receiving.
I agree with you, Leslie. The FairTax is the great equalizer, making everyone truly pay their fair share, which includes those who can't afford to pay anything to not pay anything, and eliminating the government's attempts to control our behavior through the tax code. Unfortunately, it can't be explained in a 30 second sound bite, so Americans won't understand it, I'm afraid. Maybe some day...
Chuck,

Sign me up. I've been moving away from the GOP for a long time now, though I'm still registered. I considered the Libertarian Party, but they're just too juvenile for my tastes.

What a sad ending for the party of Lincoln and MLK.
I don't know if a new third party can gain enough momentum. The Republican Party is ripe for reform and it is time. At one of our local Campaign for Liberty meetings we discussed using a new name to describe ourselves. One of our members came up with "Common Sense Republicans".

www.campaignforliberty.com
Fundamental Republicans
How about "Constitutional Republican Party" ?

And one of the first things to do is to introduce federal currency tied to gold or silver, so it will compete with unconstitutional Federal Reserve Notes, and eventually kill the FED.
I agree wholeheartedly. For years I've been of the ideas of smaller government and the idea that the federal government should defer most things to the state level (or even lower, possibly, but that'd be up to each state).

IMHO, with regards to the whole "tax the rich" mentality, what I'd like to see (short of a truly fair flat tax) would be elimination of much of the loopholes that allow the rich (including corporations) to skip paying taxes altogether.
Ok, I actually registered just to comment on this. You have done an excellent job outlining what is wrong with the Republican party.

I registered Republican when I registered to vote at the age of 18 which also happened to be at the tail end of Reagan's presidency. This means I am just barely old enough to have at least seen a glimmer of what the Republican party used to be. However, I changed that affiliation to Independent a couple of years ago out of disgust with what the Republican party is today.

I agree that there needs to be a split between the "neo-cons" and the classical Republicans and I say that as a conservative and a Christian. I would whole heartedly support a Republican party cast more in the vein of a Ron Paul. Honestly, this can't happen too soon.
Very well stated but I think your solution falls short. I don't think forming a new party is actually the answer...nor is staying with the old one. In fact, I think the solution is right under all of our noses and very much the core of what you have written here. That solution lies in knowing VERY CLEARLY what we stand for, the principles we live by, and ensuring that whoever runs for us shares those values and principles. This way, it doesn't matter the banners or the labels, it doesn't matter if a party changes is 'clothing' for candidates would be judged and chosen not simply by the label they take up but by what they actually stand for, as is now happening with regards to Obama (and I'm not saying he is everything that comes out of his mouth but that he at least has more integrity than McCain). I am neither republican nor democrat. I simply choose who I believe to be the best candidate. Far to much in the US, I believe people choose the party, not the candidate. And as you have clearly stated in this article, parties change. But good men (and women) do not.
Amen. I have been telling all of my liberal friends for years that I have become ashamed of my "party" for what it has become. Unfortunately, the religious right has every one focused on policies that distract the GOP from its original purpose. I hope a new party does start up under these exact principals.
Gunpoint? What gun?

Anyway, I thought the Republicans and Conservatives had all the guns.

I think the reason Americans in general freak out over the idea of taxing the rich is that every idiot thinks some day he or she will BE one of the rich. You can tell Americans that 8 percent of the population controls 75 percent of the wealth, and they don't call for revolution, they say, "Really? How can I get into that 8 percent?"

I also think that in a multiracial, multiethnic country like ours, our unity is superficial. In European countries, which until recently have been fairly "mono-ethnic," the idea of socialism doesn't freak people out so much because people don't mind sharing what they've got with others they see as like them; their countrymen. Americans don't mind sharing, just not with "those people."

In Britain, people are getting disillusioned with socialism for many reasons, one of them being that they now see state benefits, which used to support their grannies, going to "Paki Bastards," and "Asylum Seekers."
I agree very much with you. It is time to regroup, reorganize and revamp this party.
As someone who has voted Democrat in every election I have ever partaken in, I can honestly say that I would support whole heartedly a party that believed in and executed those principles which you outline.

If I had been born 30 years earlier, I am sure I would have been republican.
You are right that the Republican Party is not what it used to be. But saying it's a lost cause to try and fix the ideology as some are doing, you do great dishonor to the spirit of Americans fighting to put us on the right path for America's sake. Starting a new party is an option, but you are going to continue the machine of division. Instead of starting another party, we the American people, including those we vote for should be leading all people to one unified party. Now more than ever we need to erase the lines we've drawn and stand next to each other as one America instead of staring each other down as Democrat, or Republican, or what ever new party arises.
Good text, and good intentions, but a few quibbles:

1) The Republican party cannot take any credit whatsoever for passage of the civil rights act. Some Republicans were brave enough to support it, and none of their political careers ever amounted to much again, if memory serves. Sorry. Those among the Democrats who were racists found a home in the GOP, not the other way around.

2) just a grammatical quibble - change "Democratic system" to "democratic system". Big D is the party. small d is the system of governance.

3) As for the fair tax - please. All that means is that the rich can build fabulous fortunes in savings without paying a penny in taxes. Money is power, people. Stop telling yourselves that if you're not spending it, it doesn't constitute a crushing advantage.

4) Georgia - Though it stands to reason that MLK registered as republican as a youth in the pre-shift south, it's pretty...ah, ironic to claim him for your side. By the time he was doing his thing, it was Democrats mostly supporting it and Republicans mostly opposing. Y'alls problems didn't start with Reagan. They started with Nixon's Southern Strategy. Well, and with being wrong in general of course ever since the 1900's when you opposed Teddy's progressivism.

But it will be so much better to fight about it with a party like Chuck here imagines than with the... bottomless pit of yuck that we have.
In any discussion about reconstituting the Republican party, it seems to me that the elephant in the room is what to do with the religious right. Many political analysts believe that the religious right is significantly responsible for the current disarray within the party, and that they have drawn the party excessively to the right and have actively worked to drive out moderate Republicans ("RINOs" - Republicans In Name Only).

They make up a significant percentage of "the base." They have access to significant organizational and financial resources. Many Republican leaders are part of or active supporters of the religious right. And virtually all of the conservative pundits support the religious right, even those who are not religious in any significant sense.

It is going to be extremely difficult to rebuild the Republican party while including the religious right. But without the religious right any new version of the Republican party would basically be starting from scratch -- having to develop a whole new leadership, financing, organizational capabilities, and so on. And any reconstituted Republican party would be denounced by the religious right as "liberals" and "secularists." To the extent that a new Republican party did not foam at the mouth over the issue of abortion, it would be denounced by the religious right as part of the "culture of death."

As a practical matter, I think the only way this could work would be to have a new party that also appealed to conservative and moderate Democrats. But my guess is that Obama will prove to be a moderate president, so I'm not sure what the motivation would be for moderate Democrats to join a new Republican party.
Wow! His proposed principles sounds similar to the Libertarian Party. I used to be a Republican until I realized how far the party has strayed. I am now a Ron Paul backer because I think he is the closest politician to these proposed principles. Let me know your thoughts.
Hey, everyone. Thanks for the comments. I've got a forum set up to discuss this further.

http://www.chucklasker.com/GOPForum/
"Why would anyone other than an extreme right wing evangelical Christian or selfish wealthy American even consider joining such a platform?"

Dude, what's you're point? LMAO. (rated) Nice column.
Hey,

Mostly alright with me, except this:

"I BELIEVE in equal rights, equal justice and equal opportunity for all, regardless of race, creed, sex, age or disability"

Are gays, lesbians and transgenders included on you wish-list?

Also, about this nagging tax thing...try to look at it like this:

"...we believe in progressive taxation on both incomes and investments as a way of trying to compensate or ameliorate some of those accidents of birth [gender, race, poverty, etc...a person's prospects should not depend on accidents of birth]... not because we resent the rich, on the contrary, but because we know that the state is the very last resort for the weak, the disabled, and the impoverished. We think it immoral for free-market conservatives to leave our weakest citizens to depend on the whims of private charities, and to leave our wealthiest and most powerful citizens with the mere option of deciding whether or not to contribute to the common weal...We should say, taxation is the price you pay for living in a free society."
BTW
The quote is from Michael Berube's "Paying for Freedom."
Great quote, k1mjaye. I will research that further.

To answer your question about gay people - I don't see how their sexual preference is any business of mine or the government's. Part of my problem with the current GOP leadership is their desire to force their morality on everyone else. The equal rights line you quoted is from the current Republican Principles. My new party line is, "The most essential principle is equal rights, equal justice and equal opportunity for all." That includes gays, lesbians and transgenders. The government simply must not concern itself with "victimless crimes," or morality enforcement.
I'm a Center Left guy who's probably, not most definitely more liberal than you but I thoroughly enjoyed this post and know we have many more values in common than either party would care to admit.

Please visit my blog at http://centerleft.info.

I'm placing your blog on my blogroll out of respect for your opinions.
I'm a Center Left guy who's probably, not most definitely more liberal than you but I thoroughly enjoyed this post and know we have many more values in common than either party would care to admit.

Please visit my blog at http://centerleft.info.

I'm placing your blog on my blogroll out of respect for your opinions.
56 million people voted republican, and you seem to have sucked most of them into this thread. it's a good post. but even rational republicans (how's that for a tentative party label?) have a psychotic fear of democracy.

the only source of legitimacy for a constitution is god, military force, or the will of the people expressed by the majority. look at switzerland, and get over your fear of democracy.

unless you intend to rule with military power? or ayatollahs?
Al,

Your comment seems strange compared to my post. However, I do fear "democracy." Just look at India - where the majority race regularly oppresses the minorities with "popular laws."

Attributed sometimes to Ben Franklin, I like this quote: "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch." Worse than military power or ayatollahs is mob rule.
Wow...I am a newcomer to OS so I am late to the party on this one. But.........You are almost as cynical as a liberal. So, do all of the conservative Republicans out there a favor and change your name...Look at you. You are on liberal blog, posing as a republican and getting accolades. Who are trying to kid? Your attack on the traditional Christian portion of the Right in your country is despicable. It is hate speech at it's finest. You are silly. All of the things you mention in the beginning of you rant, you must know Obama stands in direct opposition to all of them. He is the most socialistic president....EVER! They have a name that almost fits you. It's a RINO. You are no RINO. You are just flat out deceived. Now the good part. When you wrote this, we were only on the cusp of the economic meltdown. We are well on our way to what is going to be the worst economic disaster in world history. Wait till April when the 2nd wave of ARM’s adjust and we can’t see the bottom and we are still falling. In 2006 my house appraised for $330,000.00. It just got reappraised for $189,000.00. Do the math…that’s $140,000.00 adjustment and it’s still falling. America’s wealth was in her equity. Now, it’s all depending on some holy promise of “change”. Well, we are going to see change alright.

We have a socialist at the helm of a storm that only a hardcore free enterpriser could possibly get us out of. Our only hope is that the real estate "adjustment" will slam China worst than us. A little realized fact is that China bought all of this bad mortgage paper from us. I can see Dodd and Franks now whispering "suckers" under their breath. I hope they are right. This is a sad wish, but vital...better the Chinese than us is what they are probably saying on Wall Street. If that doesn't happen...Obama can "stimulate” all he wants. His huge injection into the honey pot nanny state will spin this country into a one party situation that will be good for no one...even them. Right now...1 in 12 people in America is illegal. The next big deal for Obama is blanket amnesty.....socialized medicine for low income folks and WHAM! California, N.Y., Illinois and Texas will be 55% dems and no republican will be able to win a national election ever again. The republican party will be dead....Then….It will take about one generation to dismantle the remnants of free enterprise and then...you won't have to worry about the religious right.

Just remember this....even considering all of the historical abuses of the name of God within Christian cultures including the inquisition. Here is what is real….and history bears it out. American Christians have fed more, healed more, housed more, clothed more, educated more, employed more, politically liberated more and forgiven more debt (even to sworn enemies) than any other culture of country in history. And they still give more on a weekly basis than all of the liberal charities combined. I actually heard a guy brag about Bill Gates $30,000,000,000.00 trust (that’s 30 billion). American Christians give more to charity in one month.

I know that rubs libs and RINO's the wrong way and they immediately want to attack with some silly statement like "killed more".... but the godless commies have that one sowed up. The facts and history bear out the truth. The true ideology of the right was born in Judea 3500 years ago when land ownership became a birthright to a people. 233 years ago Jefferson believed the same thing and helped pen the constitution with those same principles embodied in it. To deny that and to attack the religious right now is proof of your lack of understanding about how things work. Sadly, your efforts at supporting Obama will be the undoing of our personal freedoms. All in the name of resisting religious oppression....how ironic. Mark my words....it is coming sooner than you think. As a matter of fact.....it's here. Peace…
I just discovered this site this afternoon. Coincidentally, I had just
posted a call on Craigslist/San Diego 'Politics' section this morning,
asking my fellow Americans to contact me to launch a new party.
(Search for: The Road Ahead and The Road Ahead II).
I'm glad to see others have the same idea. What is the status of
your efforts at this time? I don't see any new postings. Are you
still active? I would like to contribute - I have a long history in
third party efforts ... LoCicero
Larry - couldn't agree more with the need for a third party based upon core traditional Republican values with an eye toward the future. I had discussed this with some friends independent of reading your blog and they agreed as well. The Republican Party's "brand" has been lost in hypocrisy and failed leadership. I don't see any way to re-vitalize the party and feel it time for a new voice of representation.
I liked your comparison of Republican Principles and Republican Principles - Chuck Lasker's perception. It reflects the nowadays reality very good.
Jennifer, miscegenation and the law tips
Great article. You might wonder why a two party system, when both parties build larger and larger government, and push wealth distribution and only argue over nit picky irrelevant stuff.

Also both parties violate their oath to obey and protect the Constitution while passing ridiculous, unconstitutional crap that abridges your unalienable rights and freedoms this fabulous document was created for.

Also both parties stand aside while the unconstitutional Federal Reserve continues to erode the value of our dollar and are both OWNED by special interests that buy their votes while your elected ignore their constituents.

Forget the two party system. Just return to the tenets of our original organic Constitution and Bill of Rights. A no party system is what we need without professional politicians.
http://www.constitutionattacked.com