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Breaking The UniParty

Yet again, for the nth time, Republican Congressional leaders and their Democrat counterparts produced a Trillion dollar, multi-thousand-page spending bill that was voted immediately after being unveiled, without having been read. Republican 2012 vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan authored the latest edition along with Democratic Senator Patti Murray. Republican leader John Boehner preempted Democrats by preemptively accusing Republicans who opposed the bill of wanting to shut down the government. He topped off this feat of leadership by declaring political war on the conservatives who had given Republicans the majority that had made him Speaker of the House – a war that Republican leaders cannot sustain.

Obama Meets With Congressional Leaders, Economic Advisors In DCThe Republican Party’s leaders have functioned as junior members of America’s single ruling party, the UniParty. Acting as the proverbial cockboat in the wake of the Democrats’ man-of-war, they have made Democratic priorities their own when the White House and the Congress were in the hands of Republicans as well as in those of Democrats, and when control has been mixed. The UniParty, the party of government, the party of Ins, continues to consist of the same people. The Outs are always the same people too: American conservatives. They don’t have a party.

Whatever differences exist within the Uniparty, between Republican John Boehner and Democrat Nancy Pelosi, between Republican Mitch McConnell and Democrat Harry Reid, get worked out behind closed doors. Those differences are narrow. The latest negotiations were over some $80 billion out of three trillion dollars in spending. The bipartisan negotiators did not let into the room any of the major issues that concern Americans. Not Obamacare, not racial preferences, not religious liberty, not endless no-win wars. The UniParty is unanimous: more of the same!

Hence, so long as the Uniparty exists, mere voters will have no way of affecting what the government does.

Breaking up the Uniparty, means breaking the Democrats’ hold on non- Democrat congressmen and senators. The only way to do that is to break the Republican leadership’s hold on other Republicans and on the Republican label. That in turn requires using the primaries to screen out UniParty people.

Doing this is more possible than ever, providing conservatives learn to hang together before they are hanged separately.

No longer do American political parties consist of organizations that pick and run candidates. More and more, candidates present themselves in primaries, organize their own supporters, and raise their own funds, including via direct mail and the internet. Hence, nowadays, party labels are important chiefly to identify candidates as belonging to one side or the other of the great questions of the day.

The Democratic Party has built solid identification between its brand and its substance. Majorities of Democratic voters tell pollsters that they feel well represented by those who bear the label “Democrat.” Hence that label is enough to inspire a gamut of voters on a certain side of American politics to support the candidates who bear it.

Not so the Republicans. Only about a fourth of those who vote Republican feel well represented by Republican officials. Because Republicans roar like lions but lie down like lambs, the label “Republican” does not inspire people on the non-Democrat side of American life to vote for the candidates who bear it.

To vote for a candidate, non-Democrat, i.e. conservative, voters need assurances that the “Republican” label cannot supply. Over the last several decades’ electoral cycles, such voters have increasingly turned to organizations that promote particular issues (the National Taxpayers’ Union, the National Rifle Association, Americans United For Life, etc. and arguably above all, to the Tea Parties) for assurance about substance. As the party’s credibility has gone down, the issue organizations’ importance has risen.

In short, these organizations, not the Republican Party, are the source of legitimacy on the non-Democrat side of American life.

These organizations are the lever by which voters can pry the UniParty apart. Problem is, each organization endorses and supports the candidates most closely aligned with its own particular issue. They and their candidates compete against one another for funds and for the voters’ attention.

This disunity is as unreasonable as it is dysfunctional. Diverse as are Americans’ reasons for not wishing to be governed by Democrats, nevertheless there is as much commonality on the right side of America’s political spectrum as on the left. Few dispute that the several issue organizations, their different foci notwithstanding, are all “conservative” in some way. The UniParty will endure only so long as the several parts of the conservative movement continue to pull in disparate directions – only so long as the conservatives fail to draw bright, sharp lines between themselves and the UniParty.

Karl Rove, who set up a fund to elect Establishment Republicans, provided clarity by identifying his kind. That all but invited conservatives to identify themselves as the UniParty’s opponents, to explain that the UniParty has brought America to its current sad state, and to show how differently they want to do things. That identification can be made only by the several conservative organizations endorsing and supporting candidates in primaries and beyond.

Candidate Smith, whether for President of the United States or dog catcher, must be able to say: “I am the only candidate who represents those Americans who want smaller government, who want to safeguard human life, who defend the free exercise of religion, the right to keep and bear arms, and who oppose the government’s intrusion into our lives, and I am so certified by the following organizations…. My opponent is supported by the Republican Establishment. What do you think that represents? It represents the UniParty!

It is high time for the leaders of the main conservative organizations, together with the most obstreperous Republican elected officials (present and past chairmen of the House Republican Study Committee, Senators Cruz, Paul, Lee, Rubio, etc.) to consider how and on whom to affix the precious joint certification: “conservative.

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on December 15, 2013 at 12:20:29 pm

There is a rather dreary history of Republican weakness, of following passively while acting like a real opposition. It appears to be a complex of some sort. Given the advance of Washington based power it is apparent that the Leftist strain of politics has advanced in part and through the weakness and indecision of the party. Review some of their congressional leaders over the years, Boehner is not an outlier, nor McConnell. Hastert, Dole for example are hardly lions of conservative prudence, and the list is long.
I'm dubious of the effect of conservative groups on a congressional party happy to eat the crumbs allowed to them by the Democrats and lashed by a media for whom Washington is another yet New Rome. Still, the fight has to continue, through and with groups mentioned above. It is at the least a moral battle.

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johnt
on December 15, 2013 at 13:20:47 pm

“I am the only candidate who represents those Americans who want smaller government, who want to safeguard human life..." That is, the only candidate who represents Americans who want a small. limited government just large enough to keep track of and control everything that goes on in the uterus of every American woman...

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Ted Levy
on December 15, 2013 at 15:55:53 pm

Your post is grotesque. Whatever one thinks Roe v Wade is law, abortions are legal throughout the United States. Your second sentence bespeaks derangement. Take sedatives and stay indoors. "Every American woman"? Whew !

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on December 18, 2013 at 20:29:36 pm

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on December 21, 2013 at 05:57:11 am

I think, perhaps, you are not quite getting the full implication of the charges leveled. If I am wrong, please correct me but the gist of this and the 2010 article titled "America's Ruling Class and the perils of Revolution", also by Mr Codevilla, is that the Republicans 'opposition' to Democrats amounts to nothing more than kabuki theater for our benefit.

There is no separate Republican party, just a wing of the uniparty. Both parties are the same state run centrally planned model with no real differences. Sure, they argue and scream awful things about each other but in the final analysis, no matter who gets elected, we get the same results. The vocalized differences are nothing more than acts to keep up the game and keep us from upsetting the status quo.

It isn't so much that the Republicans are ineffective conservatives, incapable of arguing for their ideals and stymied from implementing them, it is that the Republican leadership wants you to believe that's what they are. What they really are is a group of actors putting on a play to make you believe someone is fighting for your ideals and those rascally Democrats just keep stopping them. When the public performance is over, they all go to the DC cocktail circuit and laugh their rear ends off about how they fooled us again....then they divide the monetary spoils of who gets paid to promote what new federal action performed for the enrichment of which corporate client.

In short, they are working together to make piles of money and keep you chasing a dream that is NEVER going to materialize. There are no really fabulous riches for politicians to be had from a limited government that enforces all the laws equally and keeps its nose out of other's businesses.

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