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"Republican Presidential Candidates Living in Alice’s Wonderland"
From * In Defense of Rural America *
By Ron Ewart, President
National Association of Rural Landowners
and nationally recognized author on freedom and property rights issues.
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OK, the third Republican debate has been written into the history books and has been dissected from every angle by the pundits from both sides. The general conclusions are, Carson is a nice guy, Trump is still a bull in a China shop (no pun intended), Rubio and Cruz show that they might have the credentials to become President, Bush is probably done and they are writing his obituary now, Rand Paul is an also ran, Kasich came out being petty and irritating to the audience in his attempt to get attention, and Fiorina may be qualified but has little chance to become President. The under-card candidates from the previous debate hour might just as well fold their tents and fade away. Unfortunately, the whole event is not much more than a marginally entertaining reality TV show and mostly irrelevant.
We don't mean to rain on your parade, but let's face it, conservatives have been beat six ways from Sunday in the political arena and to make matters even worse, if they can be, conservatives have been whipped with their own money. They have been undermined by Dodos, mice, ducks, lizards, hares, Mad Hatters, caterpillars and rabbit holes and now by the seven-year reign of the King of Spades. Conservatives have been drinking brews and potions that make them large and small, just like Alice. Their reality has become the make-believe world at the dark end of a fantasyland rabbit hole.
Conservatives have been beat up, kicked around and put to bed wet. They have been licked by an "idea" that plays well to the illiterate, the weak, the poor, the un-educated, the brainwashed young and senior citizens looking to rest on their laurels in a soft easy chair in front of the TV. And all these folks are allowed to vote their own largess, in a flawed system that allows a person to vote for his or her own self-interest.
Blind conservatives, who refused to see the handwriting on the wall, were overwhelmed by an idea that was hatched in the back rooms of those beady-eyed liberals and filthy rich banker-industrialists, a little over 100 years ago, who came up with a plan to take over power in America, permanently, by exploiting the weakness of human nature that always seeks the easiest path and a "free" lunch….. for their votes. The plan worked and worked well. It is still working ….. very well.
Now that this reality has been exposed, what in the Hell are conservatives going to do about it? Unfortunately, conservatives are running around all over the place looking for solutions, writing articles, appearing on radio and TV talk shows and joining splinter groups that profess to have the answer to what ails a once-free America. Conservatives just happen to be on the right side of history, not to mention freedom, but that makes no difference in a Progressive-socialist-dominated world.
Some conservatives are abandoning the Republican Party and jumping on the Constitution and the Libertarian bandwagons, thinking that, if enough folks will follow them, they will eventually have a party with real political power. But here again, they have their heads down a rabbit hole and they are following Alice into the looking glass.
Here is the first reality. America's power is totally entrenched in a two-party system that when fully analyzed, has morphed into one party. If we don't face that reality, we are delusional. The second reality is, America has become a socialist nation and to reverse that reality will be gut wrenching and maybe even deadly. The third reality is that way too many Americans have succumbed to the obsession of government dependence and cast their votes to maintain that dependence, on the backs of the producers. As a result the party responsible for the legislation providing the “free stuff” has become all-powerful. Conservatives (Republicans), in the process, have become essentially politically impotent. It is not any more complicated than that. These are tough and frustrating realities for those who still cling to and believe in the principles of our dying Constitutional Republic.
Using these three realities as our foundation for action, what is the next logical move?
Given that America is based on a two-party system, the first reality is, every Republican vote counts. Yes, at least the Republicans still have a semblance of what America used to be and many Republicans would like to take us back to what America used to be. However, if the conservative voter sits out the presidential election because the Republican nominee isn’t “conservative enough”, like they did in 2008 and 2012 by the millions, the Democrats win and did. If conservatives cast their vote for a third party conservative, or a write-in candidate, the Democrats win. In the 1992 presidential election, third-party candidate Ross Perot took almost 20,000,000 votes way from George H. W. Bush and assured Bill Clinton would win the election with just 43% of the entire vote.
The Republicans have not one vote to spare because the Democrats have more than enough bought-off free loader votes to elect a Democrat president. Forty seven percent (47%) of those eligible to vote do not vote. If they did, the Republican Party would be permanently dead because most of that 47% are dependent on government. Who that 47% (or Obama’s illegal aliens) will vote for, is not in question.
You can be sure the Democrats will pull out all the stops to get the their free loaders and illegal aliens to the polls. They will lie, cheat and distort the Republican message and they have the public indoctrination school system, the unions, academia and the news media in their camp to do their bidding. Are you finally coming to the realization that Hillary Clinton is very likely to be the next president of the United States simply because of the plurality of votes? How are conservatives going to overcome that plurality?
Conservatives must restore the Republican Party and its principles of individual liberty and unalienable rights and rest control from those politicians (Mitch McConnell being one of those politicians) that think the best course of action is to follow the liberals, left, into socialist oblivion. Either reclaim the party or live in a rudderless, fragmented existence, with no political power.
Conservative Republicans will follow, if someone who knows the right direction has the courage and the strong, charismatic persona to lead them there. As it stands right now, that leader has yet to materialize, even out of the current list of 13 remaining Republican Presidential Candidates.
The next course of action is much tougher. You aren't going to change the mindset of the weak, free loaders, the poor, the un-educated and those dependent on government. That may take generations to accomplish. However, there still is enough of the Constitution left that we can use its foundation to mount an attack against liberal legislation and socialist ideology in the courts. That was demonstrated when 26 states sued and won an injunction against Obama’s Executive Order that granted amnesty to 5,000,000 illegal aliens. It was a stunning defeat for this President who was bound and determined to “fundamentally transform” America into his radical vision of a socialist utopia, or is it an Islamic Caliphate. Choose your poison.
All the efforts we describe here take money and organization at the local, state and national level. A huge source of money must be found to accomplish the tasks. We are up against billions on the side of the left, not to mention daunting political influence through the media, schools, unions and academia. Moveon.org raised $88 million dollars to put a socialist in the White House in 2008. Moveon.org is almost entirely funded by international socialist billionaire George Soros.
The conservative source of money must come from the grassroots or it will become tainted and corrupted by the elixir of big money. If the 50,000,000 people that voted for Mitt Romney in the 2012 election donated $10.00 per month to state-by-state run conservative organizations dedicated to taking on liberals on every front, we would beat the Democrats in just one election cycle. In case you didn’t do the math that equals $500,000,000 per month, or $6,000,000,000 annually. It costs huge sums of money, a tight-knit, well-structured organization with honorable leaders and millions of dedicated and intelligent souls to win a war and we are in a war.
Radical environmental groups have billions to lobby and sue anyone they want, including the government, to put into law their radical agenda. Much of that money comes from the taxpayer. Some of it comes from sympathetic millionaires and billionaires. Environmental groups have been doing so for decades, while conservatives have been sleeping. Undoing what the environmentalists have done will take more decades and millions of dollars. If we ignore this fact, we do so at our own peril. Radical environmentalism, along with global warming initiatives, must be defeated.
In conjunction with using the courts, we must start noisily protesting and resisting any and all unconstitutional laws and it must be done on a grand scale, en masse, local, state and federal. This includes the Internal Revenue Service, a broken, corrupt, grossly negligent, inefficient and politicized government agency. If it is just a token protest, it will fall on deaf ears and the few protestors will pay a huge price as martyrs. City conservatives and urban and rural landowners alike, must band together as one, or they will be slaves in perpetuity to the "left" and be governed by social justice, radical environmentalism and eventually world government. Those who are independent and want government out of their lives will become nothing more than serfs to an Absolute Democratic Monarchy, if they aren't there already.
We must start finding ways to dry up the money (our money) they are using against us. The government's only source of power over us is our money. We must find ways to impede the flow of money to the government, if the Congress won’t do it. The fact is, under the current situation, we are literally funding our own demise, while allowing America to proceed headlong into national bankruptcy. The other side laughs at us all the way to the Federal Reserve Bank.
What kind of an idiot hands a loaded gun to the robber so that the robber can rob him? But that is what we are doing. Conservatives had better start screaming at the top of their lungs in unison or their voices will be lost in the din of socialism, radical environmentalism, growing Progressivism and the one-world-order.
Ladies and gentlemen, this is not pessimism this is reality.
We are conservative Americans and if we will do these things, we might have a chance. If not, and should we still desire freedom at any cost, there is only one solution left. It is the solution from which this nation was born, but it is the toughest solution of all, with no guarantees of success. This is not 1776.
In the last 200 plus years did our service men and women give their lives to defend American freedom and sovereignty, only to end up defending what America has become today? They don’t think so and neither do we.
For God’s sake ladies and gentlemen, start pushing back or you are going to be run over. This erosion of freedom isn’t going to stop unless you stop it!
But then if you don’t want to push back, there is an alternative for conservatives. They can be content with living in the make-believe world at the dark end of a rabbit hole in Alice's Wonderland, listening to the pontifications and obeying the Executive Orders of the King of Spades, or his replacement the Queen of Collusion and Corruption.
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Ron Ewart, a nationally known author and speaker on freedom and property issues and author of his weekly column, "In Defense of Rural America", is the President of the National Association of Rural Landowners, (NARLO) a non-profit corporation headquartered in Washington State and dedicated to restoring, maintaining and defending property rights for urban and rural landowners. He can be reached by e-mail for comment at email@example.com or by 'phone at 1 800 682-7848.
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