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Posted October 11, 2012 | comments 3 Comments

GOP may be at serious tipping point

Karen Kwiatkowski

By Karen Kwiatkowski

The Republican Liberty Caucus (rlc.org) published a resolution critical of the Republican National Committee's execution of the this year's convention in Tampa, Fla.

The RLC believes the GOP leadership behaved badly. In addition to conducting fraud, it exhibited "a pattern of behavior" that "sacrificed the best interests of the party and the rights of party members...[and] reduce[d] the influence of the grassroots and of state parties in the future." These are strong words by Republicans about Republicans.

The Liberty Caucus has been around for over 20 years. It was established to advance principles of "limited government, free markets and individual liberty within the Republican Party." Around here, we don't have any elected Republican politicians who are members of the RLC. The RLC is publicly associated with Ron Paul, and we Republicans know what THAT means.

It means the Liberty Caucus is a potentially dangerous spoiler, always whining about principles, referring to the Republican creed, and pointing out that many in the party seem to prefer power over principle. It means elected or soon-to-be elected Republicans may be publicly criticized by fellow Republicans because they support big government and big debt over the Constitution and a market-based monetary policy.

The emergence of a liberty, states' rights and anti-central banking wing of the party echoes what happened almost 200 years ago. Let's review.

In 1825, an anti-populist, pro-central banking party, known as the National Republican Party, was founded. By 1833, it had evolved into the Whig Party. Whigs were strong in the industrial Northeast and promoted an activist central government. In 1840, the Whigs finally won the White House, with popular Gen. William Henry Harrison as their candidate. When Harrison died after only a month in office, his vice president, John Tyler, took over. But Tyler turned out to be something of a Trojan horse. He was a former Democrat, and as a new Whig, he opposed Whig nationalism and central planning. Like any good Virginian of his day, he passionately supported states rights.

With Tyler in power, the Whigs were philosophically betrayed by one of their own. Tyler's insistence on principle, as he understood it, was the death knell of the party. Whigs factionalized, and one of these factions, known as plain old "Republican," emerged. Twenty years later, in the four-way presidential race of 1860, the very first Republican president, one Abe Lincoln of Illinois, was sent to the capitol.

Today, the modern GOP may have arrived at another serious tipping point, with the neo-conservative establishment federalist wing forced to pay serious lip service to the conservative populist Tea Party and the Constitution/Liberty factions. The possibility of the emergence of whole new, and numerically significant, parties fielding electable candidates may be only one or two elections away.

The Republican Liberty Caucus is trying to tell the GOP that they are not happy. The door may be opening for a powerful alliance between populist Tea Party conservatives and constitution and liberty-minded radicals in the party. The current tension could birth a whole new party, that unlike the modern GOP, could activate and satisfy formerly independent voters and the under-40 demographic who have a low tolerance for government debt, spending, and hypocrisy, and a high tolerance for individual freedoms.

These days, we don't know much for sure. But we do know this: no one in our party wants to be called an "establishment" Republican.

Karen Kwiatkowski is a retired Air Force Lt. Colonel, a farmer, a part time professor, and a liberty-minded conservative. She writes from the southwestern edge of Shenandoah County. Email her at info@nvdaily.com


    This is one conservative Republican who thinks Ms. Kwiatkowski has some valid points. I like Ron Paul minus his foreign policy. Although I am not a member of either, I usually agree with the positions and actions of the Tea Party and the Shenandoah Valley Constitutional Conservatives. http://shenandoahvalleyconstitutionalconservatives.org/

    Welcome to the GOP world of the circular firing squad taking potshots. All is not well in Teabillyland.... just like we planned.


    Say, have you heard this one:
    Scott DesJarlais, Pro-Life Republican Congressman And Doctor, Pressured Mistress Patient To Get Abortion


    Any bets Romney will flip-flop on this issue?


    Oh, wait. He already did.

    (thanks Big Bird)
    23. “I stood as a pro-life governor and that’s why the Massachusetts Pro-Life Family Association supported my record as governor, endorsed my record as governor.”
    Actually, Romney was a pro-choice governor until late in his term (right around the time he decided he’s run for president as a culture warrior), and when he was endorsed by the Massachusetts Pro-Life Family Association, Romney forcefully rejected their support.


    “After he became pro-life, Romneycare does pay for tax-paid abortions. Romneycare has written into it Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the country, by name. Does not have any right to life group written into it. He did appoint pro-abortion judges. And a branch of the government which included his appointees did agree to fund an abortion clinic for Planned Parenthood. All that occurred after he had become pro-life.”
    — Gingrich

    “I stood as a pro-life governor and that’s why the Massachusetts Pro-Life Family Association supported my record as governor, endorsed my record as governor.”
    — Romney



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