It certainly has been a subject on many minds of late – and The Resurgent provides five reasons for doing so. I’ll concentrate on their first reason:
A conservative third party will lay out the principles of the conservative movement of the future – a new Sharon Statement of non-negotiables.
Not only would a third party give us a candidate to rally around, but it would also give us a platform. With the virtual implosion of the “establishment,” this is the opportunity for conservatives to decide what principles and policies are truly important to the cause, and build a constitutional restorationist party platform. Additionally, like the Against Trump issue of National Review, it would provide a line in the sand for future historians, when liberals begin the inevitable attempt to sling the albatross of Trump’s misdeeds around conservatives’ necks.
That last bit would be the most important – not having Trump tagged as a Conservative, and thus splattering his muck on Conservatism. But it is already too late for that – Trump won the nomination of the Republican Party; the party of Conservatism in the public mind. We’ve already got Trump and will just have to deal with his effects going forward. But even supposing we could erase from the public mind the connection between Trump and Conservatism in the face of certain efforts by the left and their MSM megaphone to tie all Conservatism to Trump from now until the crack of doom, it would only work if such a Third Party effort scored at least 10-20% of the vote and was on enough State ballots to have a theoretical possibility of getting to 270 electoral votes…and that boat has already sailed, I think. It is just too late in the game – we’d need at least many hundreds of millions of dollars right away and an organization already in place to secure ballot access. It just isn’t going to happen. Making an ill-funded effort now would just make us, at best, spoilers in a couple States and if we wound up with less than 2% of the vote, it would work out to a repudiation of Conservatism, as a whole.
I’m going to stick with my views already expressed. For 2016, Conservatives will just have to vote their conscience and let the electoral chips fall where they may. Vote for Trump, vote for one of the existing Third Party choices, leave that part blank or cast a vote for Clinton. Take your pick – none of them are good options. In the end, you’ll really just be deciding which is least-bad. For 2017 and beyond, however, things could be different – if Conservatism shakes off the entirety of our corrupt, decaying Progressive system and strikes out on a new path to a Conservative, Constitutional Republic.
The failure of the #NeverTrump movement to stop Trump in the GOP shows how very difficult it is to change a system from within. It was about an 80 year process of slow infiltration by Progressives before the United States became a fully Progressive nation in policy. But for them, it was easy – they were trying to get into government to make it larger and more powerful. We, on the other hand, would like to get into government to make it smaller and less powerful…given this, no one who is currently deeply involved in government – in the overall system, given how deep government reaches into life these days – will just let us do that. We’ll be fought, step by step, all the way. A Progressive can co-opt a Conservative by offering him a job in Big Government…how can we co-opt a Progressive? We’re proposing to throw him out on his ear and force him to get a job in the productive economy where his pay and promotions will be based upon merit.
And this is why I think that Conservatism needs to stand outside the system – vigorously criticizing it, explaining the alternatives and, really, just waiting for the whole thing to collapse. And it will collapse. There is absolutely no doubt about that – you can’t sustain a civilization on debt, fake money and corruption, large and small. It just doesn’t work, folks. It is true that the collapse might entirely sweep the United States away, but I doubt it – and, at all events, Conservatism should proceed on the assumption that while the collapse will be bad, it won’t be bad enough to cause a complete break up of the Union. Whether Trump wins or loses, a Conservative party should be formed in 2017 – a formal break with the status quo and an insistence that the whole system is rotten to the core. We’ll have no part of it – no part, that is, in destroying the United States. But here we are, waiting for the American people to come around to our views – and the force of circumstance will eventually compel them to do so. Let the left be married to their own lousy creation – let a Conservative party demonstrate that the very “solutions” proposed by the Progressives are the reasons for our national collapse. And then reap the electoral reward when things go smash and we are an alternative absolutely innocent of causing the smash.
Anyway, that is how I view it – it is not a time to tilt at windmills with a Third Party effort in 2016. If we wanted to do that, we should have started in 2015, when we saw that the GOP – massively rewarded by us with power after the 2014 mid-terms – utterly failed to fight for what we believe. We hung around, sure that among our great crop of Conservative candidates, one would emerge as the 2016 GOP nominee – and then we’d get our way. Well, it didn’t work out like that. And, in hindsight, maybe it never was going to work out that way – after all, why would people like Graham, Jeb and Kasich even get into the race, if this was the Conservative Moment? Trump just happened to come along and wallop them, but suppose Trump hadn’t come along…how much you want to bet we’d be getting ready to nominate Jeb or Kasich at this point?
We’re already outsiders, my friends. We have no friends in there – so, let’s step outside and be ourselves. Let’s found a Conservative Party in 2017 – and even if we ultimately fail, at least we would fail being completely ourselves, rather than failing because others used us for cover as they continued the Progressive destruction of our nation.