Dear friends, I have a confession to make. I am open-minded. When presented with new evidence, I am willing to change my mind.
Up until a few days ago, I was ready to write the definitive post on why MAGA patriots should not create a new party. Today I am not so sure.
The argument against a new party is empirical. No third party has won a state in a presidential election since 1968 (American Independent Party), and before that 1948 (States Rights Party). The largest popular vote share for a third party in recent years was won by Ross Perot in 1992, at about 19%, but he won no electoral votes.
The structure of the political spectrum was expressed most memorably by Ralph Waldo Emerson. He said that there are always two political parties: the party of hope, and the party of memory. That is a nice mnemonic to cut across the politics of most countries.
In countries with parliamentary governments and proportional representation (PR), there is usually very little obstacle to establishing a new party. PR guarantees that when you pass a certain threshold, your party will have some representation in the parliament. This is commonly seen in Israel, for example, in which the entire country is a single constituency. The number of seats a party wins in the 120-seat Knesset, the Israeli parliament, is approximately proportional to its support in society as a whole. This contributes to the instability of the Israeli government, and parliamentary governments in general.
In contrast, the Framers of our Constitution designed our legislature so that members would – in theory! – be more responsible to their own constituents than to their party. Any attempt by a new party to break into Congress would have to win one congressional district at a time. This is a daunting challenge, and deliberately so.
In a parliamentary country, I would advise creation of a new party to represent the values of MAGA patriots. In America, such an endeavor is likely to be counterproductive. It would end up splitting the votes of the party of memory. The better strategy, I felt until just a few days ago, was to take over an existing party: the Republican party.
That would have been the best strategy indeed going into the 2020 election. Now that the election has taken place, my perspective is different. The next presidential election is four years away, and the behavior of Republicans has been alarming. President Trump himself just questioned in a tweet whether Republicans “have a death wish” (by voting against the $2000 pandemic subsidy).
Worse, the Republican establishment has exhibited an astonishing lack of curiosity regarding the details of an obviously stolen election. See Peter Navarro’s 36-page report: https://bannonswarroom.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/The-Immaculate-Deception-12.15.20-1.pdf
Here is Sidney Powell’s 270-page dossier on electoral fraud: https://wpcdn.zenger.news/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/24190822/2020-12-23-Sidney-Powell-Team-Binder-ZENGER-NEWS.pdf
Worse is a rumor floated by a Republican just elected to the House, suggesting that Republican Senator McConnell is conspiring with Speaker Pelosi to deny legislators their rights to object to the electoral slates: https://twitter.com/mtgreenee/status/1344325697473544194
If true, this is perfidy of the highest order. If true, I could not be a member of a party in which Mitch McConnell is considered a leader.
Recall too that even a combined objection by one Representative and one Senator does not trigger a contingent election. First, the objection must be sustained by a majority of one of the two houses of Congress. That will not happen in the House, where Democrats will maintain solidarity. In the Senate, even if Loefler and Perdue are elected, the objection can be overruled by any three of the following: Alexander, Collins, Cornyn, Murkowski, Romney, Sasse, Thune, Toomey. Unlike Democrats, Republicans are not loyal.
It is clear that the Republican establishment is not merely inexcusably indifferent to President Trump, but is outright hostile to him and to us, his voters. He has repatriated many American jobs, enriched the lowest earners, fostered energy independence, stopped wars, increased peace, increased American pride, and promoted life-saving medicines. All this angers the establishment hiding behind the charade of a two-party system.
Now that the election is over and I see the Republican Party’s disloyalty to me, I am open to reciprocating the favor. Donald Trump forced us to re-think the definition of conservatism, as I discussed in several earlier posts. The establishment “conservatives” insisted that we should give our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor for… free trade. If that resulted in the death of American communities, so be it; they could always learn to code. Conservatarians have struggled to understand why they are not more popular.
Candidate Trump, however, told us that to be a conservative means to want to conserve something. This concept is well-expressed in the manifesto for Britain’s Heritage Party, which I posted last week. Conservative economic policy is not automatically Randian objectivism, either. Alexander Hamilton had a very different view of the role of the government, which we need to discuss in future posts.
I think the time to move is right now. Let the Republican establishment know that the gravy train is coming to an end. If they do not fight for Trump and overturn the electoral fraud, then they are dead to us. We will have our party, be it American or Constitutional or Heritage or MAGA or Patriot. They must hear this from us before January 6. The political future of every Republican is at stake on that day. Do you stand with the people and the Constitution? If not, this is your last term in Congress.
After this election, we begin the messy process of organizing. We know who the patriots are, who were scarred on our behalf while the elites mocked us. We elect a few representatives in 2022, then a senator or two and more representatives in 2024. We invite Libertarians and the Constitution and Reform parties to have a voice – but the goals of the Heritage Party supersede all others.
However, if Democrats capture both the White House and Congress, there will be an amnesty for all illegal aliens (about 22 million), two new states (the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, with four new Democrat senators), and supernumerary justices on the Supreme Court. Next time, we return to discuss F. H. Buckley’s new book, American Secession.