My answer to the establishment of the GOP is “No.” I will not support a RINO. You can put one up if you like, offering conservatives and Tea Party patriots the fools’ choice between rampant lefty statism and moderate statism, but I will have no part of it. Do you hear me, Mitt Romney? Do you understand me Karl Rove? There shouldn’t be any way you people are in charge of anything given the mess you made during the Bush administration with your false doctrine of feigning conservatism while ruling as progressives. If we conservatives get our act together in time, we’ll realize that the first enemy we must defeat is you, and then you’ll be in real trouble. The problem for conservatives at the moment lies in deciding which of these candidates is not a shill for your purposes, and which among them you cannot easily control. It’s my intention to see to it that we conservatives and Tea Party patriots have a real choice. You think we’re going to roll over easily? Forget it!
Ladies and gentlemen, here’s how we can start: We, not me, but we can create a list of common traits upon which we can all agree and accept them as our baseline. We can decide what it is to be a conservative, and upon which principles conservatism rests. We’re going to need to reduce this list down to no more than ten fundamental principles, and no more than fifteen issues, and we’re going to prioritize them on that basis. We should be careful to exclude things from consideration upon which there is little distinction. We can then create a score sheet and people can offer evidence as to how a candidate may be scored on a given issue. Long before we get to that, we need to establish the lists. Our task will not be to endorse a particular candidate, but show how each of the existing candidates stack up against an ideal hypothetical candidate.
The truth is that this has been done by many people and groups. The difference is that we are going to do it on a shoe-string, on the honor system, and all from our own thoughts and ideas. We’re not going to copy anybody, if we do this. What I want to know from you is if you’re interested. I want to know if I’m wasting my time, or yours. I want to know if this is worth doing at all. What I’d like from you, if you don’t mind, is to give me some indication of your thinking about all of this. You can leave a comment to this post, or you can signify your interest by liking it, or you can send me an email, subject: Interested! If you have particular ideas, use the subject line: Ideas!
We are running out of time to influence this outcome. If we’re going to do this, it will need to be grass-roots and fast. Let me know what you’re thinking. Myself, I cannot stand the thought of the establishment ruling the day again. Maybe this is how we can turn the ship around. Thank you for your attention and time!