The most important battle in politics today is the one within the
For the 102 years since, the conflict has been between limited-government constitutional conservatives and the proponents of big government — and the big spending that goes with it.
It has been waged with conservative Republicans, such as Sens. Robert A. Taft, Barry Goldwater and
Many thought, wrongly, that the conservatives won with the election of
Make no mistake, the establishment GOP is not the political home of conservatives.
To understand today's battles, and the rise of the tea party movement, one must understand that the tea party is as much or more a rebellion against the entrenched leadership of the Republican Party as it is a reaction to specific policies of President
The lesson for conservatives? We have been pointing our political guns at the wrong target.
Conservatives are not going to get to the political Promised Land and be able to govern America according to conservative principles until flawed, big-government Republican leaders are replaced with constitutional conservatives. And the people are with us. For example, Gallup reports that 72% of respondents to a 2013 poll said that "big government is a greater threat to the U.S. in the future than is big business or big labor, a record high in the nearly 50-year history of this question."
The place to stop the progressive agenda is first within the GOP. Conservatives have finally come to realize that the fate of the president's agenda for his final two years will actually be decided in Republican primaries. The Obama agenda's fate lies with conservatives such as Sens.
We are already seeing an alliance of big-government interests, such as the Republican Main Street Partnership, the
Through all the ebbs and flows of the GOP's 100-year civil war, the levers of power within the Republican Party have remained firmly in the hands of a progressive elite that sees big government as often inefficient but not wrong. The GOP establishment never seems to learn that going along with big-government policies is exactly what gets Republicans thrown out of office and relegated to the status of the powerless minority that they were for the better part of 50 years, from the New Deal until the election of Reagan in 1980.
However, the election of young, principled constitutionalists to