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Coalition Building & Compromise

Compromise. We hate this word. We hate this word because it reminds us of all the liberty we’ve compromised away. However, to build a coalition capable of competing with the Democrat Party, we are going to have to compromise. The idea that Christian Conservatives and Libertarians can coexist within a party without looking the other way on a few issues is insane. I would like to set forward a holy grail of issues on which no faction within the Republican Party should be willing to compromise.

1.We cannot add to the national debt. We must start going in the other direction.

2.We cannot sacrifice any more of our constitutionally protected liberty.

3.We cannot compromise on our national security or national sovereignty.

4.There must be no new tax increases.

5.No Amnesty

Can we build a conservative, constitutionalist, libertarian, TEA Party coalition with everything else on the table other than these five positions above?

There is a middle ground between Robert Sarvis and Ed Gillespie that I believe can be achieved. I know there are plenty of Republicans who cannot vote for Sarvis and there are plenty of us who cannot vote for Gillespie, but there is a lot of room for candidates that fall between these two pressure points. Isn’t that the beauty of the Brat Candidacy? His message and philosophy is something we can all get behind. We need to be looking for more candidates that can attract the cooperation and coalition we’ve seen thrive together to oust Eric Cantor and nominate Dave Brat.

I’m for Article V as the best means of returning to a Constitutional Republic, but some feel that such a movement must take place in the Congress. OK. Let’s do that then, or too. We need tax reform. I’m for the Fair Tax, but there are a lot of people who are afraid of the Fair Tax and desire a Flat Tax. That’s OK. We can compromise. It doesn’t always have to be my way, even if I am always right. We need to reform government. So maybe we don’t abolish the Department of Education, but can’t we get together and end Common Core and No Child Left Behind? We need to reform spending in Washington DC. I say, annihilate the bureaucracy and we’ll save every penny we need to save, but if you’ve got less extreme measures that can work, I’m open to listening to them. If at the end of the day, we’re saving money, reducing taxes, preserving more of our liberty, I really don’t care how we get there; as long as we get there.

I truly want to see a Republican Coalition capable of defeating the Democrat Party. We know this isn’t going to happen around guys like Cantor and Gillespie, and we know that Libertarians like Robert Sarvis aren’t going to attract conservatives in the GOP. So we shoot for the middle and nominate candidates that fall within that range. If we keep nominating men like Gillespie or Romney, we’re never going to have a successful national opposition party. The Ron Paul wing of the Republican Party isn’t the answer either (as much as I wish it were). We need a middle ground, a coalition capable of taking on the Statists in Washington DC.

About Steven Brodie Tucker

Graduated with a degree in Philosophy from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Also studied economics and political science at George Mason.

2 Responses to “Coalition Building & Compromise”

  1. Cut DC says:

    Contrary to what the Liberal MSM is telling people about the need for compromise….


    That’s is the exact reason why our Founders and Framers designed the Constitution with so many horizontal and vertical checks and balances.

    They wanted the Federal Gov’t to have a very difficult time doing more than there Constitutionally prescribed enumerated powers.

  2. Mort Coleman says:

    before we can cleanup other peoples houses, we need to clean out our own first. We made the first step, but much work remains to be done. If Ed wants the help of the grass roots, he is going to have to publicly repudiate slating, lying to his constituants, and come out full force in the support of the 6 planks of the virginia republican creed.

    I see no need to give another retirement package to a senator who will vote with the democrats on bigger government, reduction of liberty, and increased spending. We already have someone on the dole who will do that, why add another.


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Tom White Says:

Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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