It has been my contention for more than 20 years that the most destructive faction in American politics is NOT the far left, who drive, largely sincerely and transparently, towards full Socialism (total government control of all functions of society), but the Compromise/Pragmatic wing of the Republican Party because they are directly responsible for preventing a counter-movement to Socialism, a movement to TAKE BACK the territory we’ve lost, to actually advance in the cause of Liberty.
But that faction is powerful in the Republican Party. In fact, they are represented in greater numbers the farther you go up in the “hierarchy.” Precinct Committee officers are more conservative than their County leadership (on average), State Committees are more liberal than County Central Committees and the Republican National Committee has more liberals than conservatives. That is not my assessment but that of the President of the National Federation of Republican Assemblies, who is in a clear position to know (personal communication).
How are they so successful? Where does that power come from?
It is the Power of Lies.
Simplified, it means they tell their grassroots constituencies that they stand firm for the fundamental principles the grassroots believe in, even while coalescing around agendas and candidates who, they know, do no such thing. They misrepresent their candidates who bob and weave, dodge and obfuscate, and misrepresent their agenda: to water down and liberalize the platform and surround pragmatic (unprincipled) candidates with more “safe” pragmatic candidates. They’re “safe” because they won’t make their colleagues look bad by comparison. They’re “safe” because they will never attempt to pass legislation that is “extreme,” that is, that will actually make government smaller in real terms. They’re “safe” because they will endorse and support all Republicans, regardless of their net effect on public policy. They are willing to “compromise to get things done.” And what they get done (it is not a matter of opinion, but of a century of history) is expand the role of government, eviscerate the Constitution and abridge our rights at a slower pace than the Democrats would do if left to their own devices. But expand the role of government, eviscerate the Constitution and abridge our rights they certainly do.
We can’t point this out or criticize them, we are told, because they are “Republicans,” to whom we owe unconditional loyalty, though with regard to the principles ostensibly at the center of our purposes, they owe us no loyalty whatsoever. They are better than the Democrats because they are the slow road to tyranny, to the eradication of our rights, to national bankruptcy and the destruction of the Republic. They would take many more years to ruin us and for those few years we are to be grateful, we are to work, committing our energies and resources and we are to help them deceive the electorate. This is intolerable. This is treachery. This is our status quo. This is the reigning Power of Lies. As I speak there is a campaign under way to destroy Clint Didier with lies by operatives beneath our contempt.
The Reagan Wing has, and will, continue to expose them with the truth, even as they counterattack with slander.
In 2008 the Power of Lies united around the Presidential candidacy of John McCain and secured his nomination by lies and cheating, slanders and violations of: Republican rules at every level (County, State and National), parliamentary procedure, and statutory State Law. [Editor’s note: the fraudulent assumption of the nomination has been documented extensively here; the given link provides a good overview.] The McCain candidacy was a takeover of our Party by the forces of evil, successfully running a worthless, treacherous, unelectable candidate and ensuring the victory of Obama, thereby. But those of us who pointed out that McCain was a worthless, treacherous, unelectable candidate were to be blamed for his loss. Why couldn’t we just join the scam? Why couldn’t we throw our energies behind the effort to win by the power of lies?
The Republican Left continues to trumpet that it is the failure of conservatives to support their worthless, treacherous candidates that is at fault for our ongoing defeat as a Party. But it is clear that the real problem is the pragmatist’s refusal to consistently stand for anything. They could stand for liberalism. It is closest to their heart. Liberalism worked for Evans/Gorton/Pritchard/Munro/Spellman from 1964-1985 and still works for Sam Reed and Rob McKenna right now. It worked for Mitt Romney and Rudi Giuliani in Massachusetts and New York. Why not become honest liberals? Or, they could, alternatively, stand for conservatism. It would match them up with their own grassroots. It might be a difficult change to make, deeply altering their thinking, but either way, real liberalism (with which the Democrats dominate Washington) or real conservatism (with which Ronald Reagan and Tim Eyman dominated Washington) would provide a vision, a plausible (to the non-ideological middle) justification for a cohesive agenda, an explanation for the connection between what legislation is passed and the results the public gets. They could run candidates with belief, enthusiasm, and sincerity instead of evasiveness, shallowness, and questionable connections.
Here is a little light viewing from 2008. It only scratches the surface of the McCain debacle, but you get the idea.