First things . . . Richard Falknor on 19 Apr 2015
“[T]here is much about this day that has not been taught for over 100 years.” –Craig Seibert
The anniversary of this opening battle in our War for Independence should be a sharp reminder that conservatives need to bring their numbers and resources into today’s battles while there is time.
Write this down: The bi-partisan political establishment wants conservative voices marginalized.
Last December 14, Conservative Review’s Daniel Horowitz wrote (click here) in his “GOP Elites Don’t Love the Constitution”–
“Consequently, the voters are completely disenfranchised by an impervious oligarchy in Washington. These people don’t share our values, they never have, and they never will. They have declared war on those of us who believe in the Constitution as it was originally constructed long ago. It’s time for the few remaining conservatives in Washington to realize we are in a political war of survival, not just against the Obama monarch, but the two-party oligarchy that pulls the strings in Washington.“(Highlighting Forum’s)
In our view, statewide conservative Political Action Committees – not a third party – led by articulate and recognized voices with no interest in elective office are an essential step to project the conservative message.
And what of the record of the Tea Parties today?
Lamentably, Maryland seems to be The Land The Tea Party forgot.
Even before the start of that initially spontaneous movement in 2009, Maryland had no strong grass-roots conservative movement. Conservative criticism of the big-government and anti-values schemes of the Ehrlich Administration (click here) were viewed by elected Republicans and many in the party faithful as almost treason.
Social conservatives were starved for resources and serious Republican Party support in the otherwise winnable battle against same-sex marriage while Big GOP Donors (click here) supported such social engineering in the Old Line State.
One salient grass-roots exception is the Hagerstown Tea Party, which as recently as last October heard a gripping and thorough presentation by expert Stephen Coughlin on Jihad and Shariah and national security. This Tea Party got its start from now-delegate Neil Parrott, an innovator in petitioning laws to the Maryland ballot.
Today one often hears a new Maryland GOP theme: support without fuss the new governor’s program and appointments. The assumption is that Larry Hogan’s program will be “successful” because of his business experience. Presumably he will then appear to be likeable in the eyes of Democrats, and a supposed independent-thinking and centrist majority of voters will reelect him.
Politically that approach may, or may not, work. But it does little to advance conservative principles and goals, and may well corrode them.
Virginia, on the other hand, gave birth to a number of active Tea Parties.
Some like the Richmond Tea Party helped recruit and elect Representative Dave Brat.
Too many others, but not all, don’t hold accountable their GOP politicians including their members of the U. S. House of Representatives.
And how many Tea Parties seriously address the Islamist problem (click here) in northern Virginia.
Of course, out-of-control immigration and Iranian nukes are existential threats to our Republic.
In the meantime, there are effective Virginia state-level single-issue groups, preeminently Second Amendment defenders as well as active pro-values and education-reform organizations.
Taking nothing away from the work of all these organizations, every one should be part of larger statewide conservative movement.
For in Ben Franklin’s words — “We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.”
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Faithful readers may recall three of our earlier pertinent articles–