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Given the remaining candidates out of the initial crop of crazy; and the nature of the Republican Party in the last three years alone (not counting their actions under the Bush administration); isn't it time we wrote them off and called for a new Conservative Party? Lets face it; short of a Constitutional Amendment establishing Instant Runoff voting; this is the best option we have right now.

Its important to note that this is how politics has worked in America since the Federalists and the Democratic-Republicans; every time one party fell out of touch with the interests of the public, they found themselves being replaced by someone more appropriate. The Federalists were replaced by the Whigs, Democrat-Republicans were replaced by the Democrats, the Whigs were replaced by the Republicans. With the current GOP swap of Congressional and Presidential candidates all championing platforms that are either antiquated, xenophobic, or ineffective at actually addressing this country's problems; its time the Republicans were replaced by a new party.

Suppose this party was led by people like former Florida Governor Charlie Crist, or former US Ambassador to China and Utah Governor Jon Huntsman; and built by the countless unknown, but honest and disenfranchised members of the Republican Party who've watched the GOP become a mutilated shell of the Party of Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, and Eisenhower.

Imagine a Conservative Party that was willing to have a real debate with the left, stood up for small business owners, farmers, and the middle class. Imagine a Conservative Party that championed an innovation and entrepreneurial enterprise; encouraging people to go and start their own businesses and lowering taxes and easing regulations on start up companies. Imagine a Conservative Party that believed in protecting America's natural beauty as Teddy Roosevelt did. Imagine a Conservative Party that firmly believed that while Freedom of Religion must be protected, Church and State must remain separate. Imagine a Conservative Party that champions Welfare and Medicare Reform; saying that we cannot ask those who are genuinely struggling to pay for the laziness of those who are not. Imagine a Conservative Party that believes the road to hell is paved with good intentions, and while atrocities abroad may be tragic and heart wrenching, a steady and dispassionate hand must be the only thing that excercises our military.

Imagine that kind of a Conservative Party for America, and then imagine the kind of a debate we could see in this country.
Yes I'm usually liberally prone, but I want a Conservative party for this country that can keep the left in check when they start suggesting some really dumb ideas of their own.
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hooded-wanderer Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Student General Artist
I believe there are already quite a few parties that fit may fit that profile.

americanconservativeparty.com/
www.selfgovernment.us/
reformparty.org/
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
None of which are anything more than ideological minor parties with an inability to rally a large and diverse voting bloc.
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Orion--13 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014
May I suggest a different logo since the Star and Crescent has a pretty strong association with Islam and it may be misunderstood.

Orion
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hooded-wanderer Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Student General Artist
Islamism is right-wing though. 
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Orion--13 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014
I'm afraid I lump all the statist ideologies into the left wing. I find the two-axis comparison much more useful than the old left-right...

Orion
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hooded-wanderer Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Student General Artist
That doesn't even make sense, under that logic then all statist ideologies are all right wing. 
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Orion--13 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014
You're not familiar with the two-axis method of classifying political ideologies? Generally the two axis are economic freedom vs personal freedom.
Generally, statist ideologies like fascism, socialism/communism, Juche, etc. fall in the extreme upper left...

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Politica…

Orion
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hooded-wanderer Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Student General Artist
Except that fascism has been classified as being in the upper right; also you seem to neglect the creator of politicalcompass.org generalizes fascism as being in the upper right; to quote him on the sites faq section:

Why is Hitler slightly right? The Nazis were socialists, so they weren't fascists either

"Let's start with the second part first. Some respondents confuse Nazism, a political party platform, with fascism, which is a particular structure of government. Fascism legally sanctions the persecution of a particular group within the country — political, ethnic, religious — whatever. So within Nazism there are elements of fascism, as well as militarism, capitalism, socialism etc. To tar all socialists with the national socialist brush is as absurd as citing Bill Gates and Augusto Pinochet in the same breath as examples of free market capitalism.

Economically, Hitler was well to the right of Stalin. Post-war investigations led to a number of revelations about the cosy relationship between German corporations and the Reich. No such scandals subsequently surfaced in Russia, because Stalin had totally squashed the private sector. By contrast, once in power, the Nazis achieved rearmament through deficit spending. One of our respondents has correctly pointed out that they actively discouraged demand increases because they wanted infrastructure investment. Under the Reich, corporations were largely left to govern themselves, with the incentive that if they kept prices under control, they would be rewarded with government contracts. Hardly a socialist economic agenda!

But Nazi corporate ties extended well beyond Germany. It is an extraordinarily little known fact that in 1933 a cabal of Wall Street financiers and industrialists plotted an armed coup against President Roosevelt and the US Constitutional form of government. The coup planners — all of them deeply hostile to socialism — were enthusiastic supporters of German national socialism and Italian fascism. Details of the little publicised Congressional report on the failed coup may be read in 1000 Americans:The Real Rulers of the USA by George Seldes.

Fascism, according to the American Heritage Dictionary (1983) is A system of government that exercises a dictatorship of the extreme right, typically through the merging of state and business leadership, together with belligerent nationalism. Italian philosopher Giovanni Gentile's entry in the Encyclopedia Italiana read: Fascism should more appropriately be called corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power. No less an authority on fascism than Mussolini was so pleased with that definition that he later claimed credit for it.

Nevertheless, within certain US circles,the misconception remains that fascism is essentially left wing, and that the Nazis were socialists simply because of the "socialism" in their name. We wonder if respondents who insist on uncritically accepting the Nazis' cynical self-definition would be quite as eager to believe that the German Democratic Republic was democratic."

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GodDragonKing Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014
Thanks to the influences by the radicals in the Tea Party, the GOP isn't even conservative right now. I've met a few people who think of themselves as conservative that have been driven away by the GOP's current behavior, and while I'm left leaning, I still wish that right had more good candidates that weren't focused on living up to the ideals of Fox News.
I have actually heard some talk that the GOP might break down with the conflicts between the Tea Party and the rational human beings. Fox driving away moderates is probably also helping things along, but such a thing will probably take some years to happen.
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Veemon3449 Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And then there's me, being libertarian and hating both parties.

*tears*
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