As conservatives we are in the business of putting our policies in place, and of stopping or removing statist and freedom-hostile policies and programs.
We hope to do this not just by electing tested conservatives next month, but — taking the long view – advancing the conservative agenda over a decade or more. Moreover like the revolutionary left we all face, we conservatives should plan our own counter-revolution in the schools and in the alternative media and through grass-roots action-oriented groups.
Only in this way, can we lay the groundwork for future victories at the polls.
The GOP as a national (and state) organization, on the other hand, is in the business of electing candidates with the Republican label. Their vision often does not extend past one presidential or gubernatorial election cycle.
Until relatively recently, we conservatives tried to advance our agenda through the national Republican Party. Since Ronald Reagan retired in 1989, however, this task has become progressively more and more difficult — even with boosts from the Gingrich Revolution of 1994 and the Tea Party Revolution of 2010.
For the GOP’s national and often state leaders are sensitive to very large donors, and also, arguably, to social pressures to conform to a militantly secular and politically correct culture.
“Where you stand depends on where you sit” is a hoary Washington, D. C. maxim that, for example, explained why folks in Foggy Bottom (the State Department) tended to have institutional views different from folks in the Pentagon.
This rule is equally applicable to explaining why Republicans living in gated communities around the Washington, D.C., Beltway may have markedly different cultural priorities from Republicans in Winchester, Virginia or Nashville, Tennessee.
What profiteth a conservative incumbent, however diligent and capable, if that official is mocked by the Washington Post?
Most important, many GOP candidates for the House and Senate are obviously torn between large campaign donors and donor-allied consultants on the one hand — and their voters on the other.
Angelo Codevilla explained the GOP Establishment’s unfolding challenges to conservatives here — where he revealed:
“By repeatedly passing bills that contradict the identity of Republican voters and of the majority of Republican elected representatives, the Republican leadership has made political orphans of millions of Americans.” (Highlighting Forum’s)
What does the GOP Establishment want after November 4 — assuming the House remains in GOP hands, and the Senate is closely split, although that chamber now has fewer than 20 GOP senators with Liberty Scores above “D” out of 45 Republicans.
Here is a likely Establishment wish list:
- That amnesty and immigration go away as national issues, either through House passage of some bi-partisan “compromise,” or by presidential executive order where there will be no Republican fingerprints — but an H-1B visa payoff to Big Business.
- That without further deliberation, same-sex marriage will quietly become the “law of the land,” to use the Speaker’s infamous phrase about Obamacare.
- That Congress will limit itself to only (preferably bi-partisan) “tweaking” of Obamacare.
- That they will see a smooth path to the 2016 presidential nomination of one of their own — likely from (or approved by) the Bush Dynasty.
- That the House will avoid — before the 2016 elections — serious confrontation with the Obama Administration over executive actions, appropriations, or big regulations.
- That there will be no further awkward investigations into the influence of the Muslim Brotherhood in the national government.
There is more: completing the task of marginalizing genuine conservatives, so that the grass roots simply give up.
All this will include continuing to punish House GOP members who are too independent.
Of course, Ebola and other imported diseases, ISIS and the open spread of Islamic Supremacism, and the likelihood that the president won’t follow the GOP Establishment’s playbook, may well see Nemesis visit the wish list.
But regardless of the Establishment’s obstacles and whatever their capitulations to the Obama Administration — how should we conservatives now organize to advance our agenda?
Read (or re-read) senator Jeff Sessions’ 2013 memo “How The GOP Can Do The Right Thing On Immigration—And Win” — where he declared Republicans must “adopt a humble and honest populism” by protecting the interests of American workers.
Sessions and sometime-Margaret Thatcher-adviser John O’Sullivan in his “What About The Workers” here offer keys to smart new paths for conservatives.
So does David Horowitz’ “Take No Prisoners”!
Stay tuned. Email us with your recommendations for conservative directions after the November elections.