I wont to thank everyone for there response and input. Prior to this exercise I was honestly unsure of what direction we should follow. For the record, of the three directions I presented, forming a new party best represented my preferred direction. Those responding presented views representative of all aspects of our movement: Solid GOP supporter, former GOPers who would be willing to go back, those that have sworn off the GOP to the day they die, life and long time Libertarians and those of us who believe the ballot is no longer an option and the rifle is the only option left. All of us are aware that out Constitution is being threatened by a government that has overstepped its lawful powers. Whether this threat is intentional (NWO or a progressive conspiracy) or simply a tyranny of the ignorant and naivety I can not, nor am I well informed enough to say. What fallows are my representation of all of your views, thoughts and opinions along with my thoughts on how to move forward in a quasi road map form. I don’t have the space to give credit to those of you who provide feed back so I have presented every thing as if it were mine. By no means can I take credit for the entire piece.
The one almost unanimous consensus that we have come to is that time is a factor. Some say it out right others in a way that is seen in the approach they use when commenting. The next midterm election is in 2010 followed by a Presidential contest in 2012. The speed that the progressives are moving to usurp the Constitution is amazing. The amount of debt assumed in the last 7 months alone is dizzying and fiscally suicidal. What this all means is we don’t have a lot of time to influence the direction this government is going.
As for the results of my question: 60% of those who chose to respond are in favor of re-taking the Republican Party, 20% favor a third party, and 20% supported the PAC concept in some way or another. If this is applied to the overall population within the groups I posted this on its accurate to within +/- 10 points. Or any were from 50-70% of the people in these groups would support re-taking the Republican Party. As for the third party and PAC concept 13-27% (+/- 7 points) of the members of these groups would support these options. What does this all mean? We are statistically and I think we all already know, evenly split 50/50. With half supporting retaking the GOP and half are supporting either a third party or a third way.
As I mentioned earlier I was more in support of forming a third party then either remaking the GOP or simply forming a PAC. The PAC idea I was completely unsure about but others in my area and in other groups were already doing this so I figured I would through it in. Now thanks to many of you I now support re-taking the GOP. The reason for my change is based on time. Time because I don’t believe we have the time to organize a successful effort to defeat the threat that is the Democratic Party as it exists today and the current GOP. If we do join a third party we would also be splitting the conservative vote between what would be our party and the GOP. Similar to what happened to the Republicans and The Bull Moose Party in the 1910’s witch gave us Wilson as President. When I say retake the GOP I am not naive to believe we can retake the party and have even a semblance of control at any of the National Levels.
For those of you still reading this is my plan based on the input I received from you. First what we can’t do:
We can’t influence the Presidency for at least four more years. We can’t influence the Senate because of the 6 year terms and the amount of organization it takes to run a Senatorial campaign.
What can we do: Influence and in some cases retake the House of Representatives and our State Houses and Gubernatorial Races.
First the How and Why of the House of Representatives: It begins with the primaries. There are three types of races to consider.
1. GOP Incumbent Constitutionalist
2. GOP Incumbent RINO
3. Democratic Incumbent
4. Open seat
For GOP Incumbent Constitutionalist: We simply support them with all we can.
For GOP Incumbent RINO: We have two chances to unseat the incumbent. First run a challenger in the primary no matter who it is (A house husband/wife it doesn’t matter). The preferred result is a win for the challenger if not this lets the RINO in question and other RINO’s at all levels of government on notice. Second if they win the primary then we vote for the Democrat so the RINO incumbent is no more. In two years we can mount another run at the seat on our terms and make the Dem incumbent no more. What different does it make if there is a RINO or a Dem. in the seat.
Democratic Incumbent: If in a district were the GOP is weak or simply has a bad name, like RI, MA, or CT we run a third party candidate. This will take coordination with existing GOP establishments to convince them to stay out of the race and support our candidate. This can be done by ensuring them we will caucus with them in the House if we win. In conjunction with this strategy we can become eligible in the Democratic Primary and attempt to defeat the Incumbent if challenged.
Open seat: Refer to the first three options for guidance.
I believe each one of these tactics can be used at any level of State elections.
To accomplish this we must establish a platform for ourselves to be used in identifying and defining the qualities and positions a candidate must have and ore support to receive backing. I again open a question to all of you.
What is our platform?