Wednesday, July 10, 2013
I published an article at CainTV yesterday. Judging from the feedback, many common sense Americans concur with the sentiment expressed. We're growing increasingly frustrated with both political parties. Republicans and Democrats need to get the message.
Though a registered Republican, I am first and foremost a common sense conservative. I believe in principle above party, and I'm not alone in that. The GOP needs to pay close attention--or suffer the consequences.
On Facebook, Herman Cain wrote:
What will happen if Reince Priebus and company ignore Sarah Palin's latest challenge? New contributor Adrienne Ross has a warning for them.
He also tweeted the following:
Here's a portion of my article:
Governor Sarah Palin received a plethora of attention for her Facebook post on the heels of the Senate’s vote on what many are labeling, not just immigration, but amnesty. Those who follow Palin politics are accustomed to her sharp criticism of the Obama administration and what she calls D.C.’s “permanent political class.” So why have these particular comments fired people up? Her recent remarks did more than offer up criticism. She placed the Republican Party—her own party—on notice. While she is wont to hold both sides of the aisle accountable, this time she went further than usual.
Folks like me are barely hanging on to our enlistment papers in any political party – and it’s precisely because flip-flopping political actions like amnesty force us to ask how much more bull from both the elephants in the Republican Party and the jackasses in the Democrat Party we have to swallow before these political machines totally abandon the average commonsense hardworking American. Now we turn to watch the House. If they bless this new “bi-partisan” hyper-partisan devastating plan for amnesty, we’ll know that both private political parties have finally turned their backs on us. It will then be time to show our parties’ hierarchies what we think of being members of either one of these out-of-touch, arrogant, and dysfunctional political machines.
In addition, on America’s News HQ the weekend before last, Uma Pemmaraju read a tweet by blogger Josh Painter in which he asked if she would consider building a Freedom Party with Mark Levin. Palin made it clear that if the GOP continued to abandon its principles, she could foresee many people becoming more independent and not enlisted in either private party.
Now, when the former governor of Alaska speaks, people listen—and they react. Her most ardent supporters tend to find wisdom in her words. Her detractors are often so unhinged, they wouldn’t find merit in anything she says, no matter how sound. True to form, reactions concerning her warning have been varied. Some praised it, for they also have found themselves increasingly at odds with the GOP. Others denounced it in fear that leaving the GOP would do damage to the two-party system and would not serve to further the conservative cause.
To be clear, Palin did not say that she would start a third party. In answer to Painter’s question, she simply said it was not outside the realm of possibility that another party would emerge, since the GOP has left many feeling politically homeless. Mark Levin has followed up by saying that this is not an ideal solution, but when the Republican Party clearly doesn’t want you, what else are you to do?
So where do I stand on this issue of what some might call Republican abandonment?
Palin’s comments about a possible exit from the Republican Party resonate with people who are already suffering from a severe case of GOP disillusionment. We have watched the Party “leaders” grow squishy on issue after issue. We have scratched our heads as we have seen politicians we placed trust in flip-flop on their campaign promises. And we are fed up. This amnesty bill bull is not the only issue; it’s just the latest. I have always self-identified as a conservative first, content to be a registered Republican because of my belief in the planks in the platform. But my belief in the planks is only as good as the party’s willingness to abide by them. I have no reason anymore to trust that they will consistently do so.
One thing that has kept the “R” next to my name is the fact that in New York anyone not registered as a Democrat or Republican cannot vote in our closed primary system. The thought of not having a say in who gets to represent my interests bothers me. But I’m starting to wonder if what I lose in that step of the process is worth what I will gain in abandoning the party that seems content to abandon me. While Governor Palin’s ultimate decision is not all that will go into my decision, it certainly holds weight with me, as it does with many others.
So let me say this: I may be small potatoes in the big world of national politics, but I do stand under the big banner of We the People. I, therefore, issue the GOP a warning of my own: You would be wise to take heed to Governor Palin’s notice because I’m not sure your Reince Priebus-led Republican establishment could stave off a Sarah Palin-backed Freedom Party.
Read the full article at CainTV.