Drudge has a main headline this morning that thousands of Massachusetts Democrats are abandoning the Democrat Party and switching to Republican. The report from the Boston Herald says almost twenty thousand MA Dems are leaving the party and many are switching to Republican.
I’m not at all surprised.
For the last generation while Democrat voters were quietly living their lives and minding their own beeswax, their party abandoned them — marching ever Leftward toward socialism. The rank and file Democrats didn’t veer Left; their party did.
The truth is, both the Republican and Democrat parties have been marching Leftward. Though, where the Democrat Party has been on a double-time march, Republicans have been moving at more of a glacial pace.
One of the things that has acted as an anchor keeping the Republican Party from marching Leftward at the same clip as the Democrats has been the Conservative movement.
But, as so many of you love to remind me, Conservatives aren’t perfect. We may have been able to slow them down, but we haven’t been successful in stopping the Leftward movement completely.
Meanwhile, over on the Democrat side, voters, having been abandoned by their party’s crazy-fast march toward socialism, look to their right and what do they see?
Why, the Republican Party marching Leftward right toward them.
It doesn’t surprise me at all that these Democrats are joining the party that met up with them because it is no longer the Party of Reagan.
The modern-day Republican Party has become the Democrat Party of fifty years ago. Why else would we have a frontrunner who loves big government, wants government to take care of everybody, and has a strange affinity for the KKK? It’s like LBJ came back to life, only this time with a pompadour hairstyle and his own private jet.
Though this is discouraging, it is hardly surprising.
Almost sixty years ago, in his book The Naked Communist, W. Cleon Skousen outlined the 45 Goals of Communism in the United States. Goal number 15 is:
15. Capture one or both of the political parties in the United States.
Now, a half century later, they have been wildly successful doing just that.
I don’t fault the conservative movement for failing to stop the Leftward march. The truth is, had we not been there, the Party of Reagan would have moved Left a hell of a lot faster than it has. As William F. Buckley said, a conservative is “someone who stands athwart history, yelling ‘Stop,’ at a time when no one is inclined to do so, or to have much patience with those who so urge it.”
This is what we have been doing — trying to stop the Republican Party from marching Leftward.
But the march continued. Now, we’re being told, “Get on board or we’ll leave you behind.” Much like the Democrat voters were left behind by their party.
The Conservative Counterculture that began with the Tea Party movement did not seek top-down change, but rather change from the grassroots up. And there has been great success on the local and state level. But nationally? Not so much. That sort of organic change takes time. Sadly, as it turns out, it was time we did not have. The national Republican Party has abandoned us the same way the Democrat Party abandoned its voters.
And here we are. We conservative voters while living our lives and minding our own beeswax, have discovered that we are in the exact same situation Democrat voters found themselves in over the last ten years.
It’s a tad discouraging, I’ll admit. But it does confirm for me that the only way to restore this Republic has to come from the states. Mark Levin is right about that. Washington — both parties in Washington — have moved away from limited government, the Constitution and Individual Liberty.
The Article V Convention of States would be the perfect opportunity for the Conservative Counterculture to affect real change not only locally, but nationally as well. The good news is, because of the Tea Party movement, we have in place the infrastructure on the state level to do just that.
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