Can the Republican Party be made into the Conservative Party?

Michael Filozof asks a different question in his American Thinker article “Is the Republican Party Finished?”. He is not happy with the way the Republicans performed in this last Lame Duck session of Congress.

The lame-duck session of the 111th Congress proved one thing beyond a doubt: the Republican Party does not represent the interests of conservatives.  Despite the midterm election tidal wave, in which the Republican Party gained 63 House seats (eclipsing its historic 1994 success against Clinton), congressional Republicans failed to leverage their victory into political clout and collapsed like a house of cards in the lame-duck session.
 Filozof is well aware that the Democrats were still in the majority during the Lame Duck session. What he is saying is with the Mid-Term vote so much in favor of a more conservative approach to government, the Republicans should have shown more back-bone than they did. He makes a pretty good case.

The last two weeks ought to sicken conservatives.  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell spectacularly failed to hold his caucus together to even delay ratification of New START until the 112th Congress is seated in January.  Republican leftists Olympia Snowe and Lisa Murkowski sided with Democrats to end the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, forcing the gay agenda from the streets of San Francisco right into the U.S. Marine Corps.  Congressional Republicans agreed to cut FICA taxes for Social Security (which is underfunded already) and expand the Democratic Party’s welfare state constituency by extending unemployment benefits — in exchange for maintaining current tax rates for a paltry two years.  The deal will add billions to the deficit.  Tea Party darling Scott Brown, mocked by Obama for driving a truck in his insurgent 2009 campaign in which he stole “Ted Kennedy’s seat” from the Democrats, voted for Obama’s agenda on all of these issues.

He goes on to give credit to the Democrats for ruthlessly standing by their beliefs and asks the question ” When’s the last time Republicans pursued their agenda so ruthlessly?”. He also has an opinion for why the Republicans behave the way they do. 


The Republicans do not pursue their agenda ruthlessly because they do not have one — at least not a conservative one that differs substantially from the Democratic agenda.  The capitulation to the lame-duck Democrats is merely the latest in a decades-long series of episodes in which Republicans have actively colluded with Democrats to push the left-wing agenda of the 1960s forward.

After a long list of damning evidence supporting his position,  Filozof has some advice for conservative



Conservatives today are in essentially the same position that the radical left was in back in the sixties.  Then, every institution in American society — the “Establishment” in sixties jargon — was socially and temperamentally conservative.  The radicals found themselves with nowhere to go but the streets.  Today’s “Establishment” is uniformly leftist, and conservatives are as unwelcome in the halls of power today as the radical left was 45 years ago.  In order to move forward, conservatives are going to need to do what the left did in 1968: begin in the streets, capture a political party and convert it to its agenda, and follow-up in the courts when they lose elections.

Even more important, conservatives are going to have to learn to exploit national crises to advance their agenda.  And surely these crises are coming — the national debt, currency valuation, inflation, Iranian nuclear weapons, illegal immigration, a day of reckoning in Afghanistan, and so on.

 I think conservatives could do a lot worse than listening to the advice of Mr. Filozof.



11 thoughts on “Can the Republican Party be made into the Conservative Party?

  1. I think the GOP is still in the hands of RINOs, at least at the national level. However, the Tea Parties are very busy at taking over the party at the local and state level. It will take time, and persistence to finish the job.

    If they are unsuccessful at taking over the national party, they could leave en-masse, and cripple the GOP permanently, just as the Republicans did to the Whigs. The party would be left with little to no local and state structure, ending the GOP. The Conservatives, on the other hand, would “steal” the local and state officials, making a third party “out of the box.”

  2. Matt is right on. Locally, there is a concerted effort to capture the fort. I caught Pat Cadell on the radio, and point made is that the Republicans have no unified message or strategy. We are wandering in the wilderness and I only hope that someone will step up.

    1. You are right. I’ve been saying for a long time, where is the plan. This is not the time to be winging it or make it up as we go. Conservatives need a well thought out plan and then we have to stick to our guns.

  3. I think Matt nailed it also, the RINOs are still in charge in the federal government, it has taken us many years to get to this point and it is going to take many more election cycles to get out of this mess–it is going to be a slow process.
    But we must also remember that in January the Congress will be more conservative than this last one and many of those that voted in the lame duck session will be gone, and they votes they took in this session just confirm the reasons why we threw them out in the first place.

    1. I agree, Steve. It will take several election cycles to even begin to unwind this mess. I feel it is very important the the first steps taken toward unwinding what the left has done over several decades be steps that give clear positive results. If not, we won’t be given enough election cycles to get the job done.

  4. You nailed it. The Repubs have no plan, and the leftists have a very well defined plan that goes back decades. Well defined goals are likely to be achieved and the left is showing how true that is.

  5. He’s right, the conservatives are going to have to change the way they play the game from now. That’s why i put a lot of stock into the TEA party, they are the way to change the republicans, you can’t change the party, but you can change the make up slowly, boot out the useless RINOs and replace them with TEA party candidates and then you’ll have a real conservative agenda and people with the balls to fight for them.

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