Job, I'm Not. My Patience Has Run Out.
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet
Exactly one week after the election, on the morning of Tuesday November 13th, 2012, I ceased being a Republican.
was a decision I had wrestled with since, at least, 2004. It was, for
me, a gut-wrenching decision. And it was long overdue.
At this point, allow me to assure you that I remain a CONSERVATIVE,
albeit, a conservative without a political party. I am a social,
fiscal, religious, political, and, well, you name it -- and I am that
type of conservative. I have mentioned before that I believe I entered
the world hard-wired as a conservative. It seems to be my nature.
registered the first time as a republican on my 21st birthday, I have
been active in the life of the party for well over fifty years. And
after the GOP -- once again -- demonstrated its unparalleled talent for
snatching defeat from the jaws of victory on November 6th, I decided
enough is enough. My patience has simply run out. Half a
century is, I believe, long enough for the party to get itself
together, if there was any chance at all that it would. Job, I am NOT.
am a political junkie and junkies of all kinds must eventually face up
to their problem and correct it, or they spiral into oblivion -- or
cease to exist. Since neither of those options was attractive to me, I
chose to confront my problem -- head-on -- and correct it, or, at least, do what I could to extract myself from the seemingly ceaseless downward spiral of the Republican Party.
take issue with those reports in the press as well as comments by other
opinion writers concerning the war within the Republican Party. So far
as I have been able to determine, the "war" between the
liberal/moderate faction and the conservative faction of the GOP simply
does not exist. It has been my observation over the years that it
is extremely difficult to engage in a fight when the other pugilist
refuses to do combat.
misunderstand now. The conservative faction within the GOP would love a
fight to determine the leadership and direction of the party. However,
the blue-bloods and the country club set in the hierarchy of the party
refuses to come out and fight. They smugly sit tight -- holding
the reins of power -- and deny the reality around them, the reality that
the GOP is dying on the vine, withering up and about to blow away.
high "muckity-mucks" of the party have insisted on offering up
candidates for national office that have roughly the chance of a
snowball in hell -- in the middle of August -- of winning in a
no-holds-barred mud-slinging, in your face, roll-in-the-gutter, dog
fight of which the democrats are past masters.
That leaves the conservatives in the party absolutely frustrated, angry, depressed, disappointed, and bewildered.
And they do it every election.
can rest assured, even today, that come the 2016 presidential campaign,
the GOP will field a list of limp "warmed-over" candidates, whose only
hope of victory is the off-chance that the democrats will field an even
worse group of candidates. That almost never happens.
when the dems run out a less than acceptable candidate, they actually
fight like hell, go to the wall, get toe to toe, eyeball to eyeball,
roll in the mud and gore, and hope that plain ole force-of-will pushes
their candidate across the finish line to victory. More often than I
care to remember -- it has worked.
I am now, and always have been, a conservative republican -- NOT a republican conservative. I'm conservative FIRST.
As many conservatives as there are in the United States, one would
think a viable Conservative Party could be crafted which could
challenge the current Democratic and Republican Parties. Oh, there are a
host of conservative political parties in existence around the fringes
of the political playing field of America.
Yes, I am aware that
both the Democratic Party and the Republican Party have, over time, made
it as difficult as possible for the formation of a conservative party
that could present a viable challenge to their hold on power. Just
getting a new party on the ballot in most states is darn near
America is in shambles and neither of the political
parties in power seem to really be concerned about it. While America
races toward the precipice they are busy playing games of "gotcha."
It is said that we deserve the government we get. Honestly, I can't say that I disagree with that sentiment. See, we American voters brought all these "troubles" upon ourselves.
It is we who voted the charlatans into office and it is we who rewarded
their bad behavior with additional time in office to wreak even more
havoc on our once fair land. Yes, I am saying it, flat out. If
you want to see the cause of the problems in America today -- you have
only to look in the nearest mirror. And yes, I accept my share of the
blame, as well.
Unfortunately, in life there is no "redo" button or "undo" button, for that matter. Everything we do has consequences -- especially elections.
Democracy is a wonderful thing. It is also an extremely dangerous thing. Of all the bad forms of government on earth democracy is quite likely the least bad. But it is still bad. For
a democracy to work optimally, it must be populated by moral, educated,
and, I would add, "God-fearing" people. America's constitution and
America's government were both designed for a moral people. Compromise
the people's morality, compromise the people's education, and compromise
the people's belief in and reliance upon their God, and that democracy
WILL fail. It will turn on the people and devour them and their
We are seeing the scenario described in the preceding paragraph play out in America today. All
three, morality, education and faith have ALL been compromised in
America and we now find ourselves in an adversarial relationship with
our own government.
My friend, Alan Caruba, said
recently that America committed suicide on November 6th,2012. I believe
he was correct in that assessment. That's what all those secession
petitions are about. For the thousands upon thousands of
Americans signing those petitions, there are millions more who share the
belief that our constitutional representative republic has failed and
they want a chance to start over on a smaller scale beginning with their
own state(s) many of whom, I would expect, would adopt the original US
Constitution for their "new" country.
is said that state sovereignty died at Appomattox, Virginia in April of
1865 when Robert E. Lee surrendered the Confederate Army to U. S. Grant
of the Union Army. That may well be true, but I believe the
sovereignty of the American individual remains and more and more of my
fellow citizens are discovering their personal sovereignty is now under
attack from a government they feel has betrayed them and their
I would not be too hasty in ridiculing
the efforts of those petitioners as history may record them as the
opening salvos of another struggle for freedom within America. Only
time will tell.
After considering all the above, I felt I had no
choice, if I wished to be true to myself and my core beliefs, but to
emerge from the trees so I could, indeed, survey the forest. And the
forest, I must say, is foreboding.
So, I begin anew, in the early winter months of my life, as an Independent voter.
© J. D. Longstreet