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Why I am No Longer a Conservative Republican May 3, 2013

Posted by Dr. Robert Owens in Politics.
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Maybe it’s just me but I’m tired of the same old same old in our politics.  The big-box monopoly parties have morphed into two sides of the same coin, two heads on the same bird of prey.  Today our choice boils down to the Conservative Republican tax and spend, infringe personal liberty, and outsource or sovereignty policies or the Liberal Democrat tax and spend, infringe personal liberty, and outsource or sovereignty policies.  But of course, since we don’t want to throw away our vote we must vote for one of the big boys.   Conservative?  Liberal?  Tweedle Dee Or Tweedle Dum?

As a voter I’ve had my Damascus Road experience, the scales have fallen from my eyes, and I have reached the point where I would rather throw away my vote voting for someone who might actually try to find a different way to operate our government besides taxing like the Sun King and spending like a drunken sailor.  (By the way, do you know the difference between how a drunken sailor spends and how the Republicrats spend?  The drunken sailor is spending his own money.)

And what might this different way be?   How about this for radical: let’s return to constitutional government?   WOW!  what a concept.

How did we arrive at the current situation?  James Madison in his speech to the Virginia Ratifying Convention, June 16, 1788 said, “There are more instances of the abridgement of the freedom of the people by the gradual and silent encroachment of those in power, than by violent and sudden usurpation.”  We didn’t get here all in one jump.  First the camel said, “Can I just stick my nose in your tent to stay warm?” and finally the generous man found himself out in the cold as the camel settled down for a nice warm nap, one inch at a time.

The compassion of our people built a safety net for those who needed help, and the greed of the lazy have turned it into a hammock.  America, the Land of the Free has turned into America, from each according to their abilities to each according to their need. The willingness to share our heritage has led America to welcome more immigrants each year than the rest of the world combined, and the abuse of our generosity has turned into a migration invasion that threatens to overwhelm us and destroy the future of our children.  Taxes imposed to meet the ever-swelling demands of government have turned into a blatant wealth re-distribution program that makes most pyramid schemes look fair.  Sometimes I think our government looks at a productive citizen as merely a source of residual income.  Or as the ads promise, our leaders lay on the beach of self-importance and our checks just keep pouring in.  We are no longer respected as Citizens.  Instead, we are coveted as consumers, or human capital.

Albert Einstein said, “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

If we want a different world we have to start at the only place we have the absolute sovereign ability to make a change, we must start with ourselves.

I quit the Republican Party once it was obvious that the Republican majority in Congress I had spent my entire adult life working for was just a change in leadership and not a change in direction.  I quit calling myself a conservative after the second Bush debacle made it obvious that the conservative movement had been hijacked by the neocons and I realized that you can’t defend a captured position.  You can’t conserve what has already been lost.   I realized that we as a people, we as a federation of States need to find a different way.

One thing I know, no one person can do this alone.  No one group can do it.  To make any headway in the face of the electoral monopoly held by the party of power the many third party groups are going to have to coalesce into en effective opposition.  We can’t let divisions divide us any more, egos will have to be suppressed, and we will have to bond together with everyone dedicated to limited government, personal liberty, and economic freedom.

None of us can roll this big rock up this steep hill by ourselves.  However, together we can.

Winston Churchill said, “If you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed, if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not so costly, you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance for survival.  There may be a worse case.  You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.”

Looking at the increasing speed with which the Progressive regime is building its command and control structure, the future is invading the present at an ever accelerating pace.  Their living document has made the Constitution a dead letter.  Their mixed economy has as many people on the dole as on the job.  The Fed’s printing press is burying us, our children, and their grandchildren taking out a mortgage on lives that haven’t been lived and spending money from taxes on work that hasn’t been done.

We must unite if these United States are to once again become the land of the free and the home of the brave instead of the land of the free lunch and the home of the knave.

Quoting  Ben Franklin, “We must hang together, gentlemen…else, we shall most assuredly hang separately.”

Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion.  He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com © 2013 Robert R. Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com  Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens / Edited by Dr. Rosalie Owens


1. Stephen Birgells - May 3, 2013

The Nazis, Communists, Labor Unions, Republicans, Democrats, Progressives, Muslims and Anarchist, all of whom despise each other, have joined together for the destruction of the USA. It is their common cause and they have learned to play together to accomplish their cause.

If any real Americans have the desire to preserve their country they better get together to begin eliminating the threat to their way of life.

2. Laurence - May 3, 2013

Ah, Dr. Owens, As usual you eloquently put into words the thoughts which, I also, often hold. However I am not seeing your plan for a solution to what you aptly identify as the problems. And I doubt that any near future, peaceful solution is close at hand for us Constitutionalists (if that is even the correct term). Dropping out of the, so-called-Republican Party, or refusing to vote, are unlikely to to reward us with a more Constitution-abiding federal government.

I believe that our only chance to stave off the Progressive tsunami we are facing is through persistent action. I believe we need to get into the daily workings of Republican Party at its grassroots and swing the GOP back to its proper agenda as the only party in opposition to an anticonstitutional government. I would be surprised if there is not an opening for a GOP Precinct Committeeman in your legislative district–and I say that without the slightest clue as to where your legislative district is. There are thousands of these precinct unfilled and available for midterm appointment. Conservatives can fill these slots which allow them to vote in the selection of party leaders.

Saying that we must work together, as Conservatives, is great but does nothing without action.

The Founders believed that for limited government, by the people, would work because folks would participate in, and control, the government on a daily basis. We have been lacking in this

Dr. Robert Owens - May 3, 2013

I was a Republican precinct worker after the Goldwater debacle. I worked with the Reagan organization and we pulled it off. Twenty years of work and investment and where are we? Right back where we started, the progressives still control the party. We worked for conservative values and at the very moment of victory George HW Bush was chosen as VP and heir apparent. I am not advocating throwing in the towel I am advocating building a new party.
Perhaps when the republicans help pass amnesty and continue to vote for continuing resolutions the conservative element will finally have had enough and bolt the party.

3. Karol Kibbie - May 3, 2013

I am agreed. Thank you for your post. I turned in my Republican card some time ago.

I find it difficult to believe that we who love liberty will ever have hope of re-claiming the United States as long as academia is front-loaded with godless Communists. My husband heard this on the radio, I did not and cannot document a source; a survey of Beaudoin College, ME, found that only 5 of 130 faculty have any conservative leanings with the remainder progressive/liberal. I would imagine that most colleges/universities reflect similar ratios.

I am currently enrolled at my local university where my history professor and my daughter’s (and my!) favorite English professor are said to be the only Christians willing to be open about their practice and belief. Political correctness is the rule in writing and speech, and the list of “offensive” words, phrases, cultural designations, grows and changes constantly.

The progressives patiently spent decades molding the schools for their purpose. The previous statement does not, of course, acknowledge that our education system was created by industrialists for industrialists to create drones for their factories.

With most children growing up in the current progressive/politically correct educational environment, and most parents abdicating responsibility to institutions, how can we ever hope to turn the tide?

Dr. Robert Owens - May 3, 2013

My strategy to help turn the tide was to become a college professor. After more than twenty years in business, in my 40s I went to college and stayed in until I started teaching. I have found it a rewarding and an important mission, to bring Christian and constitutional values to academia. I have been campaigning for years to get others to join me. Together we can do it.

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