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Why We Need a Third Party December 4, 2014

Posted by Dr. Robert Owens in Politics, Politiocal Philosophy.
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It has happened just as foretold. The Progressive Republicans joined with their Democrat fellow-travelers and once again sold our inheritance for a bowl of promises. In 2010 we voted for an end to the out of control spending and what did we get? 3.5 trillion steps closer to the abyss.

Fast forward to 2014 and we did it again. We sent Washington a loud wake-up call that out here in fly-over country we are tired of this slow motion slide into collectivism. And what is the first thing our shiny new majorities do? Re-elect the same tired old progressive leadership that has compromised its way from debt to debt and legislation to regulation. Does anyone think for a moment this crowd of Democrat lite that call themselves Republicans are going to do anything to stop the emperor who has no clothes?

Does anyone think they will use their power of the purse to reign in the President Obama from doing things he himself said he couldn’t do because he wasn’t an emperor? Does anyone think they will do anything to bring out the truth about the IRS or Benghazi? They may play politics with investigations and hearings but at the end of the day the administration will not be called to account for turning the light out on America’s time in the sun.

It’s time to admit that when you fall off a cliff it doesn’t matter much if you were pushed or if you walked. The fall might not be so bad but that sudden stop at the end isn’t so good.

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.  Today we choose between the Conservative Progressives’ policies of tax and spend, infringe personal liberty, and outsource our sovereignty or the Liberal Progressives’ policies of tax and spend, infringe personal liberty, and outsource our sovereignty.  We’ve been caught on the horns of a dilemma trying to choose between Tweedledee and Tweedledum, and since we don’t want to throw our vote away we must vote for one of the big boys after which the campaign promises dissolve and we’re hung out to dry.

As a voter I’ve had my Damascus Road Experience. The scales have fallen from my eyes. I’ve reached the point where I would rather vote for someone who might actually try finding another way to operate our government besides taxing like the Sun King and spending like a drunken sailor whose credit card limit is constantly raised and who can print his own money.

It’s time to stop talking. It’s time to take action. The Founders of our nation dedicated their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor to birth our state and this noble experiment. It’s time for us to do the same. This nation was conceived as a representative republic designed to operate on democratic principles. For over 100 years the Progressives have worked to transform the land of the free and the home of the brave into a People’s Democratic Republic. What’s the difference? The difference between a Democracy and a People’s Democracy is “the difference between a jacket and a straight jacket.”

How did we arrive at the current situation?

James Madison our fourth president and the chief architect of the U.S. Constitution 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 turned it into a hammock.  America, the Land of the Free is being transformed into an America that is dedicated to the unsustainable achievement of, from each according to their abilities to each according to their need. When you rob Peter to pay Paul eventually Peter changes his name to Paul and the house of cards tumbles down.

The willingness to share our heritage led America to welcome more immigrants each year than the rest of the world combined, and the abuse of our generosity 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. It’s as if our predatory government looks at a productive citizen as merely a source of residual income.  Or as the ads promise, our Progressive leaders lay on the beach of self-importance and our checks just keep pouring in.  We’re no longer respected as Citizens.  Instead, we’re coveted as consumers or human capital.

It’s time for action.

We as citizens who love our country must to break the logjam caused by an imperial presidency, an abdicating legislature, an activist court, a suffocating bureaucracy, and the strangulation of regulation. The constant growth of government destroys freedom for “as government expands liberty contracts.”

It’s time to actively work for America’s acceptance of a different way.

And what might this Different way be?

Something radical, something that almost strains the bounds of the imagination, something that would immediately unleash the bent-up energy of a free people: a return to constitutionally limited government!

But how do we get there from here? We need to build a new party to win the reins of government from the two-headed bird of prey which has assumed perpetual power through perpetual re-election. What we need now are citizens willing to sacrifice their repose and enter the arena. We need non-professionals to clean up the mess and right the ship of state.

What we don’t need is one more election where the Conservative Progressives replace the Liberal Conservatives because as Albert Einstein said, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

We need a new party. We must work to unite the Tea Party Movement with the many splinter parties which hold the same basic values. We must reclaim our liberty from the professional politicians and professional radicals who have manipulated the system to achieve unlimited power which they use to spend us into insolvency, tax us into poverty, and regulate us into serfdom.

This new party must siphon off all the conservatives who are members of the twin party out of habit or family tradition. This new party must rise fast and work hard. It must capture the center and the right declaring boldly that it will defend what America stands for but not necessarily all that stands for America. The time has come to fight for the right before we are swallowed by the wrong.

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.”

We can’t let divisions divide us or they will bury us. United we stand, divided we fall. None of us can do this alone but together we can. Keep the faith. Keep the peace. We shall overcome.

Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion. He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com © 2014 Contact Dr. Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens / Edited by Dr. Rosalie Owens



1. George Rogers Clark - December 4, 2014

Beautiful. Heat and Light !

I am posting this tomorrow.


2. Satyagraha - December 6, 2014

Nice Article Mr. Owens. As a matter of fact I did not vote for OBomber this last go around. I did not vote for the “worst of Two Evils” as my close friends put it. From now on the hope in a future will be a new party. In the Spirit of my Grandfather before me, George Kirby Gay who played a major role as a political renegade when he, as a member of an underground group called ( The Wolf Party ) went up against the North Weat Hudsons Bay Company and Formed The Great State Of Oregon. I’m third Party from now on.

3. Satyagraha - December 6, 2014

I meant to say The “North West Hudson’s Bay Company”

4. Walt Hutchens - December 6, 2014

What we have now is the Democratic Party — the party of (stupid) causes and (divided) groups. AND the same, but less filling. Called ‘Republican’ it wants the same things, but somewhat more slowing and with a different group of snouts in the trough.

Conservtives just handed the Republicans a historic victory, based on our desire to see our president reined in and in particular, to see his ‘amnesty’ stopped. And less than a month later what we’ve gotten is barely a thank you and a promise from no less that House Rules Chairman Sessions that a comprehensive immigration reform bill will be an early project.

There will be — we are promised — various gestures so everyone will know that Republicans don’t like Obama’s DHS having basically legalized whatever number of illegals are already here plus whatever additional number may show up before someday, someone closes our border. It’s important that we know the Republican Party doesn’t like this. Stopping it? That’s not on the agenda.

They have exactly ONE tool for controlling him that doesn’t require his cooperation. The final word on that came from Judiciary Committee Chairman Goodlatte a few months back after they held hearings: “No impeachable offenses have been committed.”

Short story: Tens of millions of conservatives — you know, those folks who think our Constitution is important enough that the president and congress should obey it? — aren’t represented by EITHER party. If you want a dictatorship quickly, you have a party. If you want it more slowly and with fewer freebies, you have a party. But if you like, you know, liberty, virtue — other old-fashioned stuff — you have no party.

It’s time for the Republican Party to go the way of the Whigs — and for the same reason: It tries to force together two constituencies whose needs are antithetical.

Parties die when another party seizes part of their support. It’s time for a Conservative (or ‘Consitution,’ or ‘American’ …) party to run a strong candidate in 2016 and do its part to kill off the tottering Republican dinosaur. Yeah, the new party isn’t likely to elect a president, so Hillary or someone even worse will win. However Jeb Bush would be only marginally better, and the critical resource for recovering a functioning America is people who know what that looks like. These individuals are a decaying resource. If we have to face national disaster to get on to a hoped for recovery, then better now than later.

A third party? I’d say aim for a NEW party and — GO FOR IT!

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