An Ol' Broad's Ramblings
Don’t commit 3rd-party suicide
by Judson Phillips
We are now inside of three weeks from the general election in November. The inevitability of a huge Republican landslide is looming. Even George Soros said he cannot stop the Republicans this year.
As the drumbeat of victory grows louder this year, within the tea-party movement there is a small but loud group calling on members not to vote Republican, but instead to vote for a third party, such as the Constitution Party or the American Independent Party.
Those who call for tea-party people to vote for these third parties point out that the Republicans cannot be trusted. The last time the Republicans were in power, they were as bad as the Democrats.
They are absolutely right.
George W. Bush and the Republican Congress of 2001-2007 spent money like drunken Democrats. They did not deserve our trust and abused that trust.
Unfortunately, we have no alternative.
America does not have a parliamentary form of government. If we did, forming a tea-party “party” or voting for a third party would make sense. Even if the party could not gain a majority, its clout would be so great that it would have to be included in a coalition government.
But this is America. We have a two-party system. One party, the Democrats, have already told us where to go and how to get there. That only leaves the Republican Party.
For those who still support these third parties, let me point out that none of them has ever elected a senator, congressman or governor. I am not sure they have even gotten someone elected as dog catcher.
This election is not going to be a panacea. We are going to elect some RINOs this year. If Carly Fiorina gets elected in California, she is going to vote more like John McCain than Jim DeMint. I can live with that. She would replace Barbara Boxer, and that is an improvement.
This year, we need to stop the Obama/Pelosi/Reid axis of fiscal evil. We do that by electing Republicans. There is an old saying: “My enemy’s enemy is my friend.”
Whether you like the Republicans or not, whether you believe the Republicans or not, whether you trust the Republicans or not, they are the enemy of Obama, Pelosi and Reid.
We did not get into this mess overnight. Jack Bauer is not going to come running in on Nov. 3 and suddenly make everything right. This is going to be a long fight, which will be fought, one battle at a time. The first battle is for Congress. To win this first battle, we must take control of Congress away from the party of liberalism, and the only tool out there to do that is the Republican Party.