Approximately a year ago, I opined in a post here at CoF that Conservatives and Libertarians should join forces. I argued that the areas where the two factions agree were more important than the areas of disagreement. Off and on since then, I have engaged with several conservative and libertarian bloggers to see if I could drum up some interest in pursuing a dialog on the fusion of the two groups. I was disappointed to find very little interest. The majority if both camps wanted nothing to do with the other. I was reminded of this sad fact by a comment on one of my posts last week and it caused me to rethink how I view politics in America.
Instead of seeing the American electorate as Republicans, Democrats, Independents and, a smattering of small third parties, I now see the electorates as being made up of two groups. The biggest group, in my opinion, are those that promote and believe in Big Government (BG). To my way of thinking, the BG includes the so-called independents. Independents vote either for BG Republicans or BG Democrats. The second and smaller group of the electorate support the constitution and the rights of the individual. In essence they support Small Government (SG). Let’s take a look at the SG part of the electorate.
The SG faction is made up of three movements, which are growing and that’s a good thing.
- Libertarian Party _ The Libertarians obviously promote their own candidates to run against the Republicans and Democrats. Because there is a growing dissatisfaction with both of the principal political parties, the Libertarian Party (LP) is growing. From what I read, that growth is coming more from disaffected Democrats than from Republicans. Although the LP nay be a long way from being able to win the Presidency, they will in time be electing members of the House and the Senate and they can be counted on to vote SG.
- Paulites _ I do not use the term “Paulites” any pejorative way. I just don’t know what else to call them. They are part of a movement started by Ron Paul and are effectively libertarians who are working within the Republican Party. The Paulite movement is growing and very motivated. They are working at the grassroot level to infiltrate and in some case control the Republican Party machinery at the local and state level. They will be seeking and supporting like-minded candidates to run on the Republican ticket. When successful, those office holders will vote SG.
- Tea Parties _ The Tea Party movement is the largest and, to date, the most successful of the SG movements. Like the Paulites, they are working within the Republican Party. The have successfully removed a few RINOs from office and have elected a number of conservatives. To be sure, they have made some mistakes; but they are learning and improving. Most Tea Party members in the House and Senate vote SG most of the time. Maybe some day they will vote SG all of the time. Also, like the Paulites, they are working to take control of the Republican Party at the local and state level.
Changing demographics and the increasing number of citizens dependent on government, are working in favor of BG. The chance that the three SG movements can over come this trend are small. It will depend in large part on how many of the SG electorate get intimately involved in these movements. The more and more people get involved with these movements,, the greater are our chances of reaching a majority of SGs in the House and Senate and some day the Presidency. At best, it will take four, five or six election cycles to get there. That is why this humble observer, sitting on the outside looking in, wishes all the success in the world to the Libertarian party, the Paulites and, of course, to the Tea Parties. These three movements are our only hope.
Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?