Alan Keyes
What if Congress were truly conservative?
By Alan Keyes
October 1, 2012

[From time to time, I read a comment in the discussions of something I've written that sparks thinking that might be of general interest to my readers. I often share the results with the readers of my blog. This is one I thought might be of interest to my other readers as well.]

The reader's comment:

Obama has shown that he cares nothing about Congress. He has bypassed Congress on many issues. Conservatives would only be able to gain a very narrow majority at best and would not be able to override a presidential veto.

My reply:

Obama hasn't bypassed the Congress. The elitist faction's GOP leaders in the Congress have handed Obama a pass. They have refused to use the power of impeachment to call him or his minions to account. They have voluntarily surrendered to him congressional prerogatives the Constitution explicitly reserves to the Congress. Under the specious rubric of security, they have handed him unchecked powers of arrest and detention fit only for tyranny.

By their actions, they make it undeniably clear that Obama is only one arm of the immediate mortal threat to America's liberty.

On account of this evidence, we should think of the 2012 election in this way: It's as if the American people are in a billiards match, facing the pro-socialist, anti-self-government elitist faction's Tag Team of Romney/Obama. We're about to take our shot, but the situation on the table leaves us no good options. No matter what we do, the elitist faction team is going to be up after us, with either Romney or Obama calling the shots.

It's obvious that if we want to stay in the game, we have to make sure neither of them can run the table from the position that results from the shot we're about to make. A strong conservative majority in Congress formally committed to the principles of the American republic (which the GOP platform language generally represents) gives liberty a fighting chance no matter which of the elitist faction players (Romney or Obama) calls their shots.

But in Romney's case, this is only true if the message sent by the conservative electorate leaves him with no basis for claiming that he has a mandate from the conservative grassroots. If the result leaves him with credibility as a conservative, I am morally certain he will use that credibility to confuse and/or discredit real conservatives as they try to mobilize against his implementation of socialism. (This is what he did in Massachusetts after his supposed conversion from the liberal/leftist/socialist camp.)

Conservative credentials will put Romney in position to move the ball toward the socialist goal line without facing the staunch opposition we've mounted against Obama (despite the feckless unwillingness to cooperate, and even sabotage, by the GOP wing of the elitist faction). The result will be a possibly decisive institutionalization of socialism and the corresponding destruction of constitutional self-government in the U.S.

The Platform Republican approach I am presenting at my blog is the only approach to voting in 2012 that can be implemented everywhere in the country at this stage of the election cycle, and that accomplishes objectives that will give principled conservatives a fighting chance to save our country from the elitist faction's imposition of a socialist future.

Anyone who has given up on the Congress has given up on constitutional self-government. If the Congress no longer represents people committed to preserving the Constitution, it's precisely because such people haven't energetically asserted their independent will and judgment. They've allowed party politics to control them, rather than building a political vehicle through which they can control politics.

The aim of the Platform Republican approach is not to trust or rely on the GOP, but to demonstrate the power of principled conservatives. Up to now, they have refused let go of the belief that, to be politically effective, they must have permission from the elitist forces in control of the twin-party sham. They have refused to believe in their own strength, independent of the dictates of the elitist GOP leadership.

The GOP wing of the elitist faction has failed the GOP's essential constituency. But they've succeeded in being exactly what they really intend to be: tools of the elitist, socialist consensus aimed at destroying the republic.

To restore the republic, we must first display the strength and restore the confidence of the principled conservatives who hold allegiance to the republic. There's only one generally accessible means left to make that display — the 2012 ballot. By following the Platform Republican strategy, we can use the vote to send the message we ourselves need to see and understand.

I realize that, even with a majority in both Houses, the GOP's current leadership in the Congress will, in all likelihood, betray their principled conservative constituency again. (Of course, if the 2012 vote sends enough conservatives into its ranks, there could be a leadership change. But I'm not holding my breath.) Faced once more with the kind of betrayal we saw after the 2010 election, having demonstrated the capacity to think and act independently of the manipulative brainwashing of the elitist faction, principled conservatives will be positioned to withdraw their confidence from the GOP and move energetically to construct a political vehicle that will finally represent Americans who are determined to preserve self-government.

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