Republican Defectors: This ‘Lesser Of Two Evils’ Bit Is Getting Old

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Fiscal and/or social conservatives have gotten more and more fed up with moderate Republican political candidates over the years, a fact that galvanized jaded conservative voters in the mid-2000s who came together to form the disparate, but united, Tea Party movement — a movement that hasn’t shown signs of losing momentum.

Now, a study of disaffected conservatives who leave the GOP reveals a corresponding disgust among voters who’ve favored Republican candidates on the reasoning that those politicians may not reflect true conservative values, but at least they’re better than the unrepentant liberals whom they aim to defeat.

This so-called “lesser of two evils” argument has left conservatives voting for the John McCains, Mark Rubios, Rick Santorums and Chris Christies of the world, only to sit through the GOP winners’ elected terms bemoaning that politicians are all the same and that mainstream Republicans are RINOs (Republicans In Name Only).

Market research outfit Frontier Lab examined the attitudes of GOP voters who’ve had enough and identified a number of reasons why they decided to check out. Chief among those was the fatigue of having to choose from between the “two evils” of traditional two-party politics, with some voters striking out in support of independent candidates whose platforms more closely reflected their own conservative views.

In addition, the study found many voters had grown frustrated with what they perceive as a lack of conservative leadership within the Republican Party’s upper echelon, even though many Republican candidates at the local level struggle to reconcile their own conservatism with the national party’s increasingly moderate platform — a platform laid down by the GOP’s centralized, rarefied national politicians, with plenty of help from lobbyists and advisers.

Interestingly, the Tea Party’s grass-roots appeal has filled a void many jaded former Republicans had found lacking, the study notes.

“Beyond losing hope and fatigue with the ‘lesser of two evils’ argument,” the report states, “former Republicans often either rejected the Republican community or found camaraderie in a new one prior to disaffiliating. We saw the Tea Party as instrumental in providing a new sense of community, but also conservative talk radio and independent candidates as other avenues to community outside of the Republican label. In this sense alternative conservative or independent communities play a much larger role than education or political action, but instead supplant and weaken ties to the Republican label.”

View Frontier Lab’s “Switching Behavior” study here.

Personal Liberty

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • observer

    Unfortunately it is true that politicians ARE all the same and worse still is that the voters in the USA have nobody of substance to vote for in 2016. If Hilary is the best they can come up with then the country is doomed to become the laughing stock of the world. What to do now? Apparently no one has an answer to that one.

    • garygerke

      Doomed to become the laughing stock? We are the laughing stock of the world! There is no cure for the corruption in US politics today without tearing the whole thing down and starting over. My wife and I dropped out 5-yrs ago, we no longer live in the US and are better off for that!

      • Pablo45

        I agree with you Gary. I am going to leave the country also.

        • garygerke

          You will not be sorry…..do the country research!

          • mnkysnkle

            Please tell us which country!! Which one gives you the guarantee that your rights are unalienable and given by God? Which one guarantees your right to bear arms, recognizing your God given rights? Which country has a constitution that provides you with the necessary means to preserve your freedoms, and wrest control from a despotic and corrupt government? You people will be running out of countries very soon if we here lose our constitution and our freedoms. Moving away does not provide any solutions, it only spreads the problems around. That’s why Colorado is full of Californians and easterners, who brought their problems with them instead of fixing them. Education is the first and foremost task, action is the second. Moving away is not an action, but only a sad, cowardly reaction. It reminds me of that old but funny skit in Monty Python’s “holy Grail”. When the rabbits get mean….”RUN AWAY-RUN AWAY!!”

          • garygerke

            Your comment speaks for itself, you you are a cross between an ostrich and a lemming. You follow the other ignorant lemmings over the cliff of misinformation and deceit without a second thought. The freedoms that you mention are statistically almost gone, the US government has effectively stripped Americans of their 1st and 4th amendment rights and are desperately trying to take away the 2 nd, all in the name of national security. The city police departments have turned into paramilitary units to suppress the populace and collect revenues.
            Good luck to you and yours, when the economic collapse happens and martial law is declared you will need lots of luck!

          • mnkysnkle

            ““Your comment speaks for itself, you you are a cross between an ostrich and a lemming.””

            Very good!! An ad hominem attack always validates one’s point. What’s the matter does that skaawie wabbit fwyiten you, or is this just another cowardly reaction?

      • Debbie Hogan Tate

        And go to what country?

  • Debbie Hogan Tate

    Put an Independent party (so long as they are not for anyone but the USA) on our presidential ballot and get rid of Reps and Dems!! Then replace Congress with fresh blood and fresh ideas. Get they money grubbers out of there. Also make it so when passing bills there are no riders and no buying or swapping of/for votes!

    • notmemate

      Sounds good Debbie, but whoever is put in congress will need to toe the line, pander to the ‘ powers that be ‘ and do their bidding or they will be eliminated. We are witnessing the installation of the New World Order and slavery awaits. Get used to it or make a plan, because nothing is going to change for the better. That is wishful thinking, the plans are laid and you and I and a few billion others are irrelevant in the greater scheme of things to come. Our positions have already been decided and there are two choices………..accept slavery and obey the masters or fight! Perhaps the time will come when people will awake from their stupidity in placing their lives and very existence in the hands of scheming politicians, recognize them for the scoundrels that they are and discover that there are principles worth dying for. We all will die at some time and it is better to have the satisfaction of having lived than having existed. Those who demand my obedience are in for a shock and they can all take a trip to hell in a submarine with the windows open, and I care not a whit how smart or rich or well connected they are. Bullies do not scare me.

      • JRR

        That’s why the Communist Party was fully prepared to murder 25 million Americans in the revolution they were planning – an FBI agent infiltrated that meeting and filmed it. It was on You Tube at one time, and may still be there, if Obama’s communists have not had it scrubbed.

      • Debbie Hogan Tate

        I stand ready!

    • me

      Never happen. Owebunhole is bought off. romney belonged to the super rich club which owns the government. the tea party is doing well but i see a lot more change with the McCain wacko birds. they don’ fit in with the traditional bought off polititions. This government has given itself so much power that they are like royalty who are free of being representitives of the people and look down on all of us citizens of their country. they call the shots anymore deciding what we can have and can do. Real tyranny.

    • JeffH

      The Libertarian Party!
      http://www.lp.org/platform

      • JRR

        The very fact that the Libertarian Party has already failed to win the presidency so many times should tell us something.

        Too many Americans would be more likely to vote for the Football Party than any other non-D, non-R party.

        • JeffH

          The very fact that the two existing parties in power have been failing us for over a hundred years is what is really telling. American voters are generally uninformed and/or completely ignorant.

      • Debbie Hogan Tate

        Thanks for that link!

  • JimH

    The lesser of two evils is still evil.

  • jerry1944

    Don’t think I would want to just have the independent party, I think of them as ppl cant don’t stand for strong principle are morals. even if I did have to vote libertrain last time. But give us a strong conservative party I am in, But I don’t think I will vote for just a gop candidate again they have gone way to mod and don’t care about the ppl Some say that’s how we got obambo but I say its the gops fault for running amod like Romney the father of healthcare and trying to please the mods and independents . Then at there convention they say they don’t need conservatives are the Tea Party ppl. That’s how we got what we have now

  • ChiefBoring

    These comments are pitiable. One side says vote independent, another says just go to ground or leave the country. We are going to have the Rs and Ds around for the at least the near future. Third parties always help the very ones they are against. Study, learn, and VOTE! No candidate is perfect. Sitting on your hands is not an option. If you don’t participate, don’t complain. The Lbertarians have never gotten more than 10% of the vote; just enough to give the election to the leftists.

    Some people cry for term limits. That’s a copout. We already have term limits. We could switch out the House every two years, and the Senate in six, then keep the ones we want. Strict term limits would throw out the baby with the bath water. It would also require a Constitutional Amendment. That’s not going to happen. If there were a Constitutional Convention, there’s no telling what harm could come from it. But term limits would not be one of the possibilities.

    Voters don’t pay enough attention to what is going on. Too many just want the Government to give them more “free” goodies. They don’t realize there are no “free” goodies. We who pay taxes are paying for those things. Then to see the President and his family taking a vacation every time the wind changes is horrific, when it is claimed we can’t provide tours of our White House.
    The sequesture limited the rate of growth of Government, it did not cut any department, yet the Government screams as if they had been stabbed. They work for us, and we need to fire some of them the next election.

    Any legislator who votes for a bill they have not read is guilty of misfeasence and should be voted out at the next opportunity. That is the way we got Obamacare. The people of Massachusetts voted for their version of healthcare. Since we are a Republic, the 9th and 10th Amendments gives that ability to the States, not the Federal Government. The SCUS did not overturn Obamacare when they should have, by turning a fine into a tax, in order to teach us a lesson in paying attention. Reading Justice Roberts’ decision sets forth his reasons.

    Obamacare will die of its own weight, and should be repealed. The President has usurped powers he does not have, and Congress just lets him do it, rather than cut his spending authority. The House has the duty of creating a budget. That the Senate has refused to vote on a budget should give the House the nerve to cut the extra spending.

    Again, we will have the Ds and Rs to deal with for the foreseeable future. The Tea Party is working within the Republican Party, as they should. The Libertarians will have no real chance of influence unless they do the same.

  • Sic Semper Tyrannis

    The overriding problem is that Amerikan sheeple haven’t yet learned to see their politicians for what they really truly are: CRIMINALS AND TRAITORS OF THE WORST KIND WHO HAPPEN TO WEAR 3-PIECE SUITS AND GIVE GOOD SUGARY SWEET SPEECHES TO FOOL THE MASSES. It is the same cognitive dissonance that will not allow them to realize that 9/11 was an inside job on THEM. They are all being held hostage by blackmail on every single one of them. The NSA has dossier files on all of them that it will release to their willing accomplices in the propaganda media when the politicians dare to get out of line or tell the truth. Until this systemic evil is addressed, be prepared for it to just get worse and worse. The District of Criminals is a mafia crime syndicate. My worst fear that is quickly coming to fruition is that most Amerikan sheeple will finally realize this when it’s too late to do something about it. Ross Perot was the closest the Amerikan People came to getting their government back, and they threatened to kill him and his daughter when he was ahead of the D&R Criminals. They would also have assassinated Ron Paul if he was ever allowed traction in their CFR/CIA-controlled propaganda media just as they took out JFK, RFK, JFK Jr., and countless others who have stood up to their evil. The only way to stand up to this degree of evil is EN MASSE. 56 Founding Fathers stood up to King George III. We need the entire Congress to stand up en masse and launch investigations into the CIA, NSA, and FBI corruption that has utterly destroyed every last vestige of freedom in Amerika!!!

    • Justsomeguy151

      I agree w/ much of yr post but you must realize that most politicians are in bed w/ this tyranny. They’re not innocent in all this. From the traitors in the District of Criminals to the local level, there is a lot of treason going on.

      • Sic Semper Tyrannis

        You are absolutely right. You bring up an excellent point which is at the heart of the Achilles’ Heel of this nation and its current Constitution. Congress itself must be investigated. A Special Prosecutor would likely never truly investigate the gatekeepers of Congress who are extremely corrupt like Reid, Pelosi, Boehner, and McConnell. Congress NEVER investigates itself. That is a problem that is best addressed by a new Constitutional Convention, but Congress has never recognized or abided by Article V since its inception at the founding of the country. Having a Justice Department reporting to only the Executive Branch is also a serious problem that needs to be addressed in a Constitutional Convention. The States should be the ones to whom the Attorney General reports in my opinion. A Con-Con could also repeal the 17th Amendment which was a big mistake. that would reel in these insane Senators who no longer are accountable to anyone. If they were still accountable to their State legislatures as they were in the original Constitution, many State legislatures today would be recalling them constantly and putting in fresh blood that would truly represent the interests of their States. Those who have been following the exploits of Dr. Orly Taitz, the Birther lawyer, know now that treason isn’t just confined to the federal level anymore. It is at the State and even the County level. We need many countless judges, Governors, State Secretaries of State who approved Obama on the State ballots, and Attorney Generals recalled or impeached at all levels of government. I think at this point a military coup may be the only real solution short of civil war to address the systemic treason all throughout all levels of government and in all branches, but even the military has been infiltrated with buttkissers and career ladder climbers ubiquitous in the Pentagon. They didn’t even allow LtC Terry Lakin to present any evidence in his defense which has always been allowed in military court martials. A civil war will end badly for the American People in that the government will succeed in killing millions, open the door for foreign invasion from the Russian and Chinese armies which will decimate us with nuclear weapons and martial law. They already have FEMA camps, DHS munitions, and foreign troops on our soil for just such an occasion. State nullification, secession, and emigration are sure looking like some good alternatives. If I were to be completely honest with you, I do believe the battle is hopelessly lost short of a miracle from Almighty God.

        • Justsomeguy151

          Its nice to hear from someone who is actually awake. aware and not just parroting the propaganda used in the fake paradigm of “Left vs Right”. Rev. 18:2 “Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen…” Babylon is described as the most powerful nation on earth. What other nation would that describe? It may be too late for the US. When the white collar criminals are supposed to investigate each other or the blue collar ones they employ…you can bet there will be no justice. Even Israel is compromised. From attacking the US Liberty to sponsoring the terrorists attack of 9-11, to the Sandy Hoax shooting, Israel is as evil at the top as the US is. I hope we can stem the tide of evil but America is so so stupid and brainwashed.