Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said on Saturday that if Republicans abandon conservatives, conservatives may have to consider leaving the Republican Party.
Palin was responding on Fox News to a question from a viewer, Josh Painter, who asked if she and conservative talk radio host Mark Levin would be willing to form a "Freedom Party" if the GOP continues to let down conservatives.
"I love the name of that party," Palin said on Fox News on Saturday. "If the GOP continues to back away from the planks in our platform, from the principles that built this party of Lincoln and of Reagan, then, yeah, more and more of us are going to start saying, 'You know, what's wrong with being independent?'" More here:
You know, I hear a lot of smart people saying "You can't start a third party unless you want to lose elections for a long time to come. Take a lesson from Ross Perot. The best way is for conservatives to take over the Republican party ... where we already have a huge base of voters."
After giving this line of thinking its due, I mostly agree.
However, I cannot ignore the factors below:
1 - The party has been taken over by moderate communists (Democratics.)
2 - There seems to be too much baggage to overcome.
3 - The party has allowed itself to be irreparably branded by the communists (Democratics.)
4 - The party has allowed itself to be irreparably branded by the media (communists.)
5 - The peeps in the party that aren't moderate communists are instead radical religious asshats.
6 - Moderate communists and radical religious asshats are not interested in freedom for others.
7 - We're already losing elections and liberty like we're betting on green at a roulette table.
Oh sure, "Republicans" are winning some elections but they are not all conservatives. Not even MOSTLY conservatives. If most Republicans were conservatives, John Boener wouldn't be allowed anywhere NEAR a gavel.
I have come to the conclusion that conservatives need our own party ... but we need to keep religion out of it. We need to present personal liberty and federalism as the basis for the party. Will that ever happen? I have my doubts.
In conclusion I would tell you that if Sarah Palin started a third party, I would be among the first to join ... and I doubt I'd be alone.