Nearly three years ago, I decided to be done with the Republican Party. It was a tough decision as a lifelong Republican, but all of the broken promises and fake portrayals of conservative principles during election season made it the only viable option.
What followed was an attempt to build a “new second party.” The failures of every third party in the modern era made me reluctant to back the Constitution Party, Libertarian Party, or any of the tiny conservative iterations, so we set forth to start something new that could take advantage of the internet and mobile technologies in ways the third parties had missed.
After a wonderfully hopeful start, it became clear there would be no way to build a party up to the level it needed to be in order to make an impact today or in the near future. We might as well have named it the Hopefully By 2040 Party; there was no potential to have a say in government before then with a new party.
I watched with interest as Steve Bannon attempted to build a movement that would primary Republicans he deemed unworthy. I didn’t fully agree with the premise as he seemed more bent on putting in old school controversial conservatives instead of finding a new batch of untouchables who could bring conservatism back to the heart of limited-government Republicanism, but it was a good test to see if he could make an impact. He did not.
Then, something strange happened. The Justice Democrats took a hybrid of our plan (getting exceptional citizens outside of government to come into DC with their principles intact) and Bannon’s plan (primary the old guard) and found tremendous success. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a direct product of the Justice Democrats.
What they did and how they did it were bold and effective, but there were problems. They installed pawns. They played with funny money. But if a movement can be established that works from the same basic premises and inserts true conservatives into the offices around the country and in Washington DC, we have a real opportunity to make a difference.
If this sounds similar to what the Tea Party did, that’s because it’s not terribly far off. But among the many problems with the Tea Party was having no clear direction and very poor vetting. Some of the people they installed as “Tea Party Conservatives” ended up becoming establishment Republicans shortly after winning their elections. This is why it’s so important to find patriotic Americans who are in the real world, not politicians who have honed their ability to sound conservative. If my times in Washington DC have taught me anything, it’s that principles are always secondary to the thirst for power.
This is why we need to find people who aren’t interested in being lifetime politicians. We’re not looking for people interested in building their careers in DC. We need people who don’t want to be in politics, but who appreciate the need to get good people behind the desks on Capitol Hill. In other words, we need people who want to fulfill a duty to the Constitution rather than an ambition they want to achieve.
We’ll be making moves as soon as we establish a groundswell of interest. If you believe it’s time to put the right people in office, those who will be servants to Americans and representatives of conservative values, please fill out the form below.
If you believe the GOP has fulfilled their promises, this movement is not for you. If you want conservatism to be more than campaign rhetoric, help us build the American Conservative Movement.
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