On May 15th, there was an interesting vote in the House of Representatives. While many Democrats voted to send an additional chunk of taxpayer money to the Iraq boondoggle, almost all Republicans chose to abstain. Being wary of politicians' motives, there is much discussion as to what might be behind this odd turn of events. (a good analysis.)
I argue that these are elephants of a dying breed facing extinction, hell-bent on staying alive. Governor Schwarzenegger and Representative Tim Davis have both recently commented on the dying Republican Party, but I think that there is something more subtle going on here. Politicians will do anything to keep their positions of comfort, even if it means voting (or cowardly abstaining) in line with their original party ideals.
Why won't they 'stay the course'? Because the new Republican Party will never allow it. The new Republican Party is made up of energized people of all ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds who believe in the Constitution, non-interventionism, limited government, and a sound financial system not supported through the theft of taxpayer money. It is, in truth, the old Republican Party, which was stolen from us piece by piece by many shysters along the way. And worried about running up against this new and uncompromising crowd of conservatives, these politicians have chosen to go turn-coat.
If you think I am just full of hot air, look at what has already been accomplished by this group's efforts for Ron Paul's campaign. Despite being fought every step of the way by the media and GOP establishment, they were able to twice break fund-raising records, get a Ron Paul blimp up in the air, and turn The Manifesto into a bestseller, all while getting over a million primary voters to turn out for a candidate who was laughed at in every debate and pronounced to have "no shot of winning." Because of their efforts, Ron Paul has been picking up a significant number of delegates to bring to St. Paul, where John McCain will be facing a legitimate Republican revolt. It appears there are some elephants who never forgot.
And all of this was orchestrated by a small band of people loyal not simply to a man, but to an ideal.
I write to my friends, the hardworking Donkeys, to ask that you consider working with this group of individuals to achieve amazing results, collectively. Just as 'liberal' is not a dirty word, neither is 'conservative.' This is a bridge that desperately needs to be built. Despite our many differences in regards to particular policies and use of governmental power, we all desire a better future for our country and the world. This is a future purged of the Neoconservatives (both Republicans and Democrats) who got us into this terrible mess, and it can only be attained through diligence and cooperation.
Imagine the possibilities. Congressional elections would become about much more than whether or not candidates have Ds or Rs next to their names, allowing us to get true fighters into seats of power, even if they come from a *gasp* third-party! Forget the kind of people that renege on every promise made before taking power and who take impeachment 'off the table.' They are done. We shall show the world that if our president is going to act as a tyrant, it will be without the support of Congress, the American peoples' proxy.
We should also be constantly rethinking the way we show our discontent. Protests and demonstrations have been effective in the past, but I am unsure if they are worth the effort now. With a media that turns a blind eye to things that matter and free speech allowed only in 'zones', the message being conveyed will likely never reach its intended targets. Additionally, the badged terrorists are always looking to incite violence at such events and spy on these groups through the use of moles. This article from Minneapolis mentions how church groups, theater troupes, and vegans are some of the most watched groups. Armed goons are watching people who would likely never imagine holding a weapon. (Who is the terrorist threat, again?) I do not suggest that anyone should back down to the powers that be because of their criminal behavior, but I think there may be a better way.
Working together, we could lay siege to the bastards. Hit them where it hurts by boycotting things that stand against your principles. If you don't like the idea of cloned meat, beaten cows, or chickens that cannot walk after a year of life, then stop eating these sorry animals because you most certainly are what you eat. If you are against the media's monopoly of information, then cancel your cable. Google's privacy practices got you worried? There are always alternatives. Make even the slightest change in the way you consume, tell your friends about it, and sit back and watch the results. I have a feeling you will be astounded. For every action..
There is an equal and opposite reaction. There are fundamental laws at play in this universe. Once we begin to understand the rules of the game, then we can finally begin to play consciously. It seems the odds are stacked against us, but who doesn't love an underdog? David beat Goliath, the Americans beat the British (twice!), and the Giants beat the Patriots. Anyone who concedes defeat at this crucial point in the contest does not understand history and most certainly does not belong on this team. Everyone else, let us take this country back.