Sunday, June 5, 2011

Yet another party on the Right...

Sorry I haven't had a chance to post as regularly as I'd like to - this past few months have remained very hectic for me.... Hopefully, there's a few loyal readers who check in periodically...

Anyway, lately, I've receiving "spam faxes" from something called the "Independent American Party of Idaho," which is attempting to establish itself as a recognized political party in Idaho. While I agree with a lot of their platform (which should hardly be surprising, given that my political views lean to the Right - hence the name of this blog), this development bothers me somewhat, for a number of reasons:

1. For better or worse, Ron Paul's 2008 candidacy brought a lot of Constitutionalists, Libertarians, and other right-leaning folks disillusioned with the Republican Party back into GOP. This has led to a more ideological shift to the Right in the Idaho GOP's Central Committees and conventions, and has brought much of the Party leadership, in addition to the platform, to a position which should make the Republican Party more palatable to those to the Right of the establishment Republicans;

2. If the Republican Party isn't far enough to the Right, or not libertarian enough, we still have the Constitution Parties and Libertarian Parties for those who insist upon ideological purity to try and make a go of it if they think they can (actually, in the case of a RINO who manages to win the Primary, the Constitution Party serves a very useful public service in providing a conservative alternative);

3. As such, we need another right wing party with the potential to split the vote, like we need a hole in the head. What makes this all the more perplexing is that the Independent American Party and the Constitution Party have close historical ties (some "Independent American Parties" are, in actuality, State affiliates of the Constitution Party).

So, then, the question is "why?" Is it personality issues between either the GOP or CP leadership and those behind the IAP Idaho? If so, a better alternative would be to get involved with either respective party, and get your people in there and make a difference, rather than "take your bat and ball and go home," and play with a new group of friends. Remember, on the Left, we have the Democrats, Greens, Socialists, and Communists, and that's pretty much it. On the Right, we have the Republicans, IAP, AIP, America First Party, Consitution Party, American Heritage Party, America's Independent Party, Conservative Party USA, and a few more that I'm probably leaving out. Of those on the Right, all those besides the Republicans are, in truth, pretty much identical, in addition to being the same as the Right wing of the Republican Party.

Until conservatives unite, rather than form even MORE splinter groups, we aren't going to get anywhere.