Monday, 20 September 2010

The “Civil War” Within the Republican Party

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Samuel L. BlumenfeldKarl Rove’s recent trashing of Christine O’Donnell, the winner of the Republican primary in Delaware having defeated the so-called moderate Republican Mike Castle, is the first significant sign that a civil war is now raging within the Republican party between the establishment members, or Ruling Class, and the Tea-Party conservatives.

O'Donnell was criticized because she had financial problems with student loans and her home was foreclosed. That's all the more reason why she should be in the Senate. She knows what millions of Americans have been through.

Back in the early days of the Republic, farmers and ordinary citizens were elected to Congress. Now, Congress is filled with professional politicians who went to law school to learn how to become members of the political Ruling Class. Their first concern has always been maintaining their elite political status.

With the election of a Republican candidate who never went to Yale or Harvard or was a member of Skull and Bones, no wonder the establishment Republicans are angry and frustrated. In the past, the establishment had always used the primaries to defeat conservative attempts to take over the party.

But the force of the Tea Party movement has changed everything, and that is why Rove fulminated as he did. He's a party politician who told us that Bush's election in 2000 heralded Republican majority rule for the foreseeable future. Instead, Bush betrayed conservative principles and made it possible for a leftist community organizer with a Muslim name to become President.

We know from Carroll Quigley's revealing book, Tragedy and Hope, that the ruling powers in America have for decades managed to control both major political parties by giving the voter only candidates the rulers approved of. By getting these candidates into Congress and the White House, they could count on them to maintain the present liberal-leaning power structure with its agenda leading to world government. Eliminating conservative candidates in the primaries was the easiest way to prevent America from getting back to its Constitutional roots. But whenever that strategy failed, they could always rely on the liberal media to destroy that candidate's chances of election, as occurred back in 1964 in the contest between Goldwater and Johnson.

Nelson Rockefeller had been booed at the Republican National Convention in San Francisco that nominated Goldwater for President. The result was that virtually the entire national media came down on Goldwater like a ton a bricks, making Democrat Johnson a shoo in. Johnson was then able to get much of his leftist agenda enacted.

O'Donnell was criticized because she had financial problems with student loans and her home was foreclosed. That's all the more reason why she should be in the Senate. She knows what millions of Americans have been through. In a quote on the Internet, Quigley describes the aim of the Ruling Class: "The powers of financial capitalism had another far-reaching aim, nothing less than to create a world system of financial control in private hands able to dominate the political system of each country and the economy of the world as a whole. This system was to be controlled in a feudalist fashion by the central banks of the world acting in concert, by secret agreements arrived at in frequent private meetings and conferences."

And that explains the motivation behind the bailouts of the financial system initiated by George Bush and followed by the Obama administration.

Karl Rove must share some of the responsibility for the Bush administration's failure to govern conservatively. Although Bush was pro-life, he was in all other respects a believer in big government. Yes, he gave us a good Supreme Court judge, but there was little else conservatives could celebrate in his Presidency. He had no more love for principled conservatives than his father had. Indeed, his father, also a Bonesman, was urged to get into politics in order to prevent a Bircher from winning a Republican primary.

After the takeover of Congress and the White House by the Alinsky radicals in 2008, and the subsequent Republican opposition to the Obama agenda, many Americans believe that "Republican politicians were doing so simply by the logic of partisan opposition. After all, Republicans had been happy enough to approve of similar things under Republican administrations. Differences between Bushes, Clintons, and Obamas are of degree, not kind." That's the analysis of Angelo Codevilla, in his remarkable essay, "America's Ruling Class."

And that is why the rise of the Tea Party movement is first and foremost a revolution against the Ruling Class, which includes both Democrats and Republicans, who look down on ordinary American taxpayers as cash cows to support ever growing government power over them.

Will the revolution succeed? Many Americans are now so dependent on government entitlements for their economic survival that it may not be possible for the Tea Party activists to enact the kind of severe measures needed to cut down the size of government. Getting rid of the Department of Education would be a good start, but one can imagine what the opposition will be like just to carry out that simple bit of surgery.

The Tea Party movement will have to muster all of the intelligence and political ingenuity it can from among the best conservative minds in order to come up with a long-range plan to reduce the size of government, cut taxes, and unleash the creativity of the American people. Conservative intellectuals and economists like Angelo Codevilla and Thomas Sowell will be much more needed as advisors to the new conservatives in Congress than the likes of Karl Rove and the sore-losing establishment Rinos.

Dr. Samuel L. Blumenfeld is the author of nine books on education including NEA: Trojan Horse in American Education, The Whole Language/OBE Fraud, and The Victims of Dick & Jane and Other Essays. Of NEA: Trojan Horse in American Education, former U.S. Senator Steve Symms of Idaho said: "Every so often a book is written that can change the thinking of a nation. This book is one of them." Mr. Blumenfeld's columns have appeared in such diverse publications as Reason, The New American, The Chalcedon Report, Insight, Education Digest, Vital Speeches, WorldNetDaily, and others.

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