“. . . and the people of Israel said to them, ‘Would that we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the meat pots and ate bread to the full, for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.'” Exodus 16:3 (ESV)
How many times have conservatives heard that they must support the Republican Party because it is the only option they have?
How many times have they heard that they must fight only in the primary, and in the general election must vote for the Republican? Or that they can’t win unless they work inside a two-party system?
It’s that system that has delivered us $16 trillion in debt, over $1 trillion in annual deficits, abortion on demand, and has failed to stop the crumbling of culture. Most troubling, perhaps, is that the American people are sick and tired of the failure of both parties and are losing hope.
On March 22, over 80 conservative activists and leaders signed a letter condemning the direction of the Ohio Republican Party and its leadership–a direction that includes Governor Kasich’s proposal to expand Medicaid, Senator Portman’s flip-flop on the definition of marriage, and the support and eventual appointment of a Party leader whose background shares little to nothing of the values we seek in our candidates or party platform [read on OCR: “INSIDE PERSPECTIVE: Conservatives Smacked Again by ORP”]. Since that time, the conservatives who boldly took a stand have heard everything from support to typical cries of, “Well, if you don’t vote for Republicans, only Democrats will win.”
Some of these people who advance the argument that there is only one of two choices–Democrat or Republican forget something–for conservatives, there has never been more than one team, bound together by one principle. That team is American, and that principle is Liberty.
In most cases, conservatives have supported Republican candidates because Democrat candidates generally have fallen so far short of the principle of Liberty. But the idea that conservatives are owned by a Republican Party because there “is no other” is silly, misguided, and will be destructive if the Republican Party “leadership” doesn’t wake up.
Just because your enemy is my enemy doesn’t mean that I’m your friend.
Those who are willing to sacrifice a message for America that includes a consistent application of the principles of Liberty, so that they can have a “win,” remind me of the murmuring Israelites of old. Had the murmurers led the wandering nation, they would have walked right back into slavery just so they could be comfortable, and they would have missed the opportunity to set up a whole new nation.
Like the Israelites, many today want to hang out by the “meat pots” because they fear the hunger of the political unknown. But there is no win or “meat pot” great enough to justify a message, direction, and set of principles that keep the country we love enslaved to debt, corruption, and decay. A “meat pot” is worthless if you’re in bondage. I’ll take my chances on manna from Heaven.
We aren’t necessarily fighting for the same thing just because we have shared, and still share, the same party label. And just because “it’s never been done before,” doesn’t mean it can’t be done.
Conservatives will continue to work in the Republican Party, will utilize the minor parties, and will work through independent channels to deliver their message. There might even be a Democrat solution from time to time. But we are on the American people’s team. We are on Liberty’s team. And if the Ohio Republican Party wants to join in–we’ll welcome them back.
Seth Morgan is a father, husband, business owner, entrepreneur, sought after speaker, writer, and former State Representative..