Come on! What have we got to lose in this state!
I can just hear the wailing and the gnashing of teeth out there from all of you who find the concept anathema. But, our situation is dire, perhaps as dire as when the founders signed the Declaration of Independence—as dire as when Benjamin Franklin declared:
We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.
I can’t articulate how I’ve come to this conclusion, but Angelo Codevilla’s treatise at Forbe’s magazine last week in which he, through the lens of history, tells us how we came to this place—it’s not Republicans vs. Democrats, it is the Ruling Class (which includes Republicans) against the average American citizen Codevilla dubs the Country Class (a citizen who no longer feels represented by anyone) brought it home to me!
Codevilla comes as close as anyone in saying there is no hope for our situation short of a new political party that welcomes all those who no longer feel represented, who feel that the special interests joined with the political class in Washington and in state capitals (Annapolis!) do not have the best interests at heart of the country class person who is completely disrespected by most of our representatives in government.
He also maintains that the huge percentage now of ‘disrespected’ citizens will cause a kind of bubble to burst at some point if they (we!) continue to be ignored.
I’m not articulate enough to explain all this, but urge you all to read Codevilla, here, at Forbes.
Did you attend the first Tea Party rally in 2009? Remember how hopeful it was! Did you participate at yesterday’s Day of Resistance in defense of the Second Amendment? Did you feel like this is all one big futile effort—the Dems aren’t listening and neither are the Republican establishment elitists. And, you can be sure Martin O’Malley isn’t. Democrat and Republican leaders are too busy wheeling and dealing in their crony capitalism cabal to care about us.
Frankly, I’ve listened for the last four years about how the country class needs to take over the Republican Party from within and I don’t see it happening (admittedly I have no stomach for it myself!). It’s time to try something else. And, I don’t mind being the whipping boy for suggesting it because I have nothing to personally gain or lose by doing so. I don’t need to be popular. Scream and shout! Hate me all you want—it’s time to give the Republican Party some “brutal image”—a revolution!
Here are some closing paragraphs to Codevilla’s latest lesson (emphasis mine):
The common, unifying element of the several country class’ sectors is the ruling class’ insistence, founded on force rather than reason, that their concerns are illegitimate, that they are illegitimate. The ruling class demonizes the country class piece by piece.
[Here he means that whether you are a fiscal conservative, a social conservative, a defender of the second amendment, a libertarian, a believer in the rule of law, we must join forces! The present-day Republican Party is forcing you apart!—ed]
Piece by piece it [country class] cannot defend itself, much less can it set the country on a course of domestic and international peace, freedom and solvency. None of the country class’ politically active elements can, by themselves, hope to achieve any of their goals because they can be sure that the entire ruling class’ resources will be focused on them whenever circumstances seem propitious. In 2012 for example, the Constitutional right to keep and bear arms seemed politically safe. Then, one disaster brought seemingly endless resources from every corner of the ruling class to bear on its defenders. The rest of the country class’ politically active elements stood by, sympathetically, but without a vehicle for helping. Each of these elements should have learned that none can hope for indulgence from any part of the ruling class. They can look only to others who are under attack as they themselves are.
Far be it from a party that represents the country class to ape what it abhors by imposing punitive measures through party line votes covered by barrages of insults: few in the country class’ parts want to become a ruling class. Yet the country class, to defend itself, to cut down the forest of subsidies and privileges that choke America, to curb the arrogance of modern government, cannot shy away from offending the ruling class’ intellectual and moral pretenses. Events themselves show how dysfunctional the ruling class is. But only a political party worthy of the name can marshal the combination of reason, brutal images, and consistency adequately to represent America’s country class.
Now! Who would like to step up and lead us?