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It's Time To Drain The Swamp In The GOP

The Republican National Committee outpaced the Democrats in fundraising in June by over $8 million, raising a staggering $13.5 million compared to the DNC's $5.5 million. The DNC added $200,000 to their now $3.3 million debt in June, according to the most recent Federal Election Commission report, falling further behind Republican fundraising efforts.*

Yet, in the same month that the Republican National Committee announced record donations and the Democratic National Committee went further into debt the Republican Party imploded before our eyes as the Trump drain the swampRepublican-led Senate failed to make good on its 7-year promise to repeal Obamacare “root and branch.”

Some would like to attribute the collapse of the Senate’s Obamacare efforts to the perfidy of three Senators: Senators John McCain of Arizona, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine, two of whom (McCain and Murkowski) campaigned on Obamacare repeal and had voted for the GOP’s last-ditch bill in the past.

However, blaming McCain, Murkowski and Collins would be much too shallow an analysis because, at critical junctures in the Obamacare repeal effort as many as ten Republican Senators broke ranks to vote with the Democrats and vote down legislation that, broadly speaking, Republicans had been campaigning on for years.

In our view, the problem isn’t that a few Republican members of the Senate have lost their way or been bought by special interests, it is that the Republican Party at the national level has become part of the swamp that President Trump and his millions of supporters want to drain.

Far from being a vehicle by which the grassroots can convey their wishes for governing policy and impose party discipline on the elected officials it supports, it has become little more than an incumbent protection racket and a wealth transfer scheme between gullible small donors and the DC-based political class.

For many of those who are disgusted by this situation the answer is, “Form a Third Party.”

However, as CHQ Chairman Richard Viguerie recounted in his book TAKEOVER, that has been considered and rejected by some of the conservative movement’s wisest leaders, including Ronald Reagan and William F. Buckley, Jr.

Mr. Viguerie recounted his personal experience with the effort to recruit Ronald Reagan to lead a third party this way:

Because of the weakness of the Republican National Committee and the GOP leadership on Capitol Hill, plenty of conservatives then, as now, were inclined to leave the Republican Party, at least for a while. Every time the establishment GOP would “me-too” the Democrats, or strong-arm conservatives in Congress or Republican Party politics, some conservatives would contemplate forming a third party.

This conservative disillusionment with the GOP wasn’t new, as I’ve mentioned before; it went back at least to the 1950s and early 1960s, when a vehement group of libertarian-minded thinkers, such as author Ayn Rand, argued for a separate movement, while William F. Buckley Jr. argued for a conservative takeover of the Republican Party.

Goldwater had to swat down the idea of a third party, telling conservatives at the 1960 Republican National Convention to grow up and concentrate on taking over the Republican Party.

Some conservatives had even urged Ronald Reagan to run as a third-party conservative candidate. During the 1970s I found plenty of reason to support these efforts, and I was certainly fed up enough with the failures of the Republican establishment to bolt the Republican Party myself.

This effort gathered so much steam that a group of conservatives convened a meeting in Washington to urge Reagan to leave the Republican Party, launch “a full-blown national conservative movement,” and run as a third-party candidate.

To his great credit, Reagan chose not to pursue that path. Reagan’s answer to those, including some of his good political supporters, who wanted him to head this new conservative party, was to tell them “they were out of their minds.”

As Reagan saw it then (and he was right) the bulk of conservative voters in America are Republicans—and they won’t desert the Republican Party for a third party. Reagan understood that if he was ever going to make progress in accomplishing the things he believed in, it would have to be within the Republican Party.

The problem is not that grassroots Republicans have abandoned conservative principles, it is that as the second decade of the twenty-first-century advances, it has become clear that establishment Republican and Democratic politicians have failed America because they have both accepted Big Government as the solution to every problem.

Far from making “progress” in the sense of advancing liberty and unleashing the potential in every human being, these “progressive” Big Government politicians have taken us backwards to a time when people were ruled by the decrees of kings, and a small, self-perpetuating elite made all the decisions. If we are to save what makes America exceptional, we the people— grassroots conservatives—must lead.

The good news is that we have a model for our efforts; the viral growth of the Tea Party movement.

Within thirty days of Obama’s inauguration, the Tea Party movement rose from nothing, but the concern of ordinary Americans for the future of their country, to challenge Big Government Republicans and create a vehicle that translated conservative outrage into a fifty-seat turnover in the US House of Representatives.

In 2018 the entire US House of Representatives and 34 seats in the US Senate are up for reelection. Democrats must defend 25 of the 34 seats up for reelection and we conservatives have the opportunity to change the complexion of the Senate by nominating and electing solid conservatives, such as Josh Mandel in Ohio, to replace Far Left Democrats.

We conservatives need to do the same kind of thing we did in 2009 to translate the grassroots rage over the betrayals and failures of Republican elected officials into a national conversation about the future of the Republican Party and a wave of national activism to nominate and elect “Drain the Swamp” Republicans to the House of Representatives and the US Senate.

George Rasley, editor of ConservativeHQ, is a veteran of over 300 political campaigns, including every Republican presidential campaign from 1976 to 2008. He served as lead advance representative for Governor Sarah Palin in 2008 and has served as a staff member, consultant or advance representative for some of America's most recognized conservative Republican political figures, including President Ronald Reagan and Jack Kemp. He served in policy and communications positions on the House and Senate staff, and during the George H.W. Bush administration he served on the White House staff of Vice President Dan Quayle.

* See Josh Delk in The Hill, DNC adds to debt after falling behind RNC in June fundraising

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Conservatives would welcome a third party a new Republican Party root and branch
preserving our conservative principles which aligns to the Constitution. Conservatives must carry on the vision and legacy of Mr. Barry Goldwater, Ms. Phyllis Schlafly and President Ronald Wilson Reagan who vision "A shining City Upon a Hill" where our freedoms enshrined in the U.S. Constitution are not infringed upon by the liberal left and Establishment Republicans who want to enforce their big government agenda down the American people throats. It would be in the best interests were we to have a third party, the Conservative Republican Party where our Conservative Republican politicians would work to make laws in the best interests for all Americans according to the U.S Constitution and get things done accordingly.
The American people will be assured that their Republican Conservative politicians they send to Washington will fulfill their promises to their constituents as to why they were sent to Washington D.C.

Draining the swamp of Republicans

No,they are just mesmerized by the sad sense that they have real Christian values. They don't. This is America, not a swamp of judgemental haters. Read the Declaration, maybe the Constitution as well.