by N. A. Halkides
I think most Conservatives would agree that we need a Conservative Party, not a weak-kneed imitation of one such as the current GOP (or the Tories in the U.K., to take another obvious example).In my previous essay, A Plea for Disunity and Incivility, I pointed out that Conservatives were the heart and soul of the Republican Party, providing most of its voters and all of its few ideas, yet did not have effective control of it. It’s time to change that. Here then is a brief explanation of how I believe the current state of affairs has come to pass, followed by a battle plan for Conservatives to take the control of the Party our numbers and ideology entitle us to.
Given our supermajority status within the Party, how is it that we don’t already have control? The answer lies in representation – just as in government itself, where we elect persons to represent us, within the Party we elect officials such as committeemen whom we entrust to represent our interests. The problem is that representatives often do not act as such: they go their own way, ignoring the wishes of those they supposedly represent. This pattern repeats itself anywhere a group does not have direct control of its operations: corporate boards often neglect the shareholders’ interests, school boards fail to provide the good schools parents expect from them, and legislatures ignore their constituents’ express wishes. Obamacare is a good example of the last, with the Democratic Party enacting a health care takeover plan that the majority of Americans was against.
The same thing is true with the Republican Party: committeemen and other officials often ignore Conservatives’ wishes. Offices within the Party tend to appeal to Establishment types, those who enjoy holding office but don’t particularly wish to trouble themselves with the hard work of waging an ideological campaign against statism. For our part, many Conservatives are so involved with productive careers in the private sector and raising our families that we feel we don’t have time to run for Party offices, leaving the Establishment to make rules and generally run the show – with disastrous consequences, as we have seen. We simply haven’t paid enough attention to the internal workings of the GOP. It’s time for Conservatives to become more active at every level of the Party’s organization, in particular making sure that we run a Conservative candidate for every Party office and give him our full support.
To take over the Party we need to understand how it’s governed.
Structure of the Republican Party
I got ahold of the 2012 rules and learned something surprising: The RNC Chairman and Co-Chairman must be of opposite sexes, and so too must be the two representatives from each state. This sounds strangely like a quota system, something the other side would impose, or perhaps like the strategy of a radio station’s management to appeal to both sexes by having an entertainment program hosted a man and a woman. While perhaps not a huge issue, it’s the kind of nonsense Conservatives would never have written into the rules – which is why we need to be the ones writing the rules.
I believe the organization of the State Parties differs from state to state. Here in Illinois, where the Republican Party has long been almost as bad as the Democrats and has in any case been helpless against the overwhelming voting power of the Chicago Democratic machine (Republican Bill Brady won every county in the State except one – Cook (Chicago) – yet still lost the 2012 Gubernatorial Race to Cook County machine Democrat Pat Quinn), the organization is governed by the Illinois Republican State Central Committee. This Committee consists of one member from each of the U.S. Congressional Districts, elected at the county conventions.
You can see from this just how important it is that Conservatives have control all the way up and down the organizational ladder, from the local precinct to the RNC. Indeed, it is by gaining control at the local level that we can eventually take over the RNC. Therefore, I am calling on all Conservatives to follow this battle plan, or to devise one of their own:
1. Get involved at the local level. Find out who your local Republican precinct committeeman is and whether or not he’s a true Conservative. If not, either run for the job yourself or get together with your fellow Conservatives in the precinct to find someone to run for the office. (Yes, I took my own advice – I spoke at some length with my precinct committeeman and found out he’s Conservative enough to make GOP officials at the Township level uncomfortable – exactly what we need!)
2. Find out if there is a Conservative organization in your area, independent of the GOP Establishment. What we really need is a network of such organizations throughout the states helping us to find good-quality Conservative candidates for both public and Party offices.
3. Get involved at the county level, too. We have way too many county chairmen who are Establishment through and through. Find out who’s electing these chairmen – then work hard against them.
Basically, all we need to do is follow a simple rule: find out who the candidates for Party offices are, and if there aren’t any Conservatives, get one even if it means running yourself. Then help get the word out to fellow Conservatives as to which candidates are with us and which are a part of the problem, i.e. the Establishment.
I said at the beginning that I believe we all understand the urgent necessity for a true Conservative Party. I also believe that taking over the GOP is the way to go. The alternative would be to withdraw from it, leaving it to slowly wither and die without officeholders, while we go through the difficult and time-consuming process of forming a new Conservative Party and getting it on the ballots of all 50 states. I think this process would take at least seven years (about what it took the nascent Republican Party to really get going, say from 1853 to 1859) – and I’m afraid the country doesn’t have that long. We need to start winning elections and disempowering the Left in the next two elections, and to do that we need to first take the GOP.
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