Conservatives consider 3rd-party run

This (Conservatives consider 3rd-party run – Yahoo! News) is both very exciting and very scary. I have been hoping for years that some prominent Christian leader like James Dobson would get behind an effort to start a 3rd party based on Christian principles. In my limited research the Constitution Party fits that description so if these leaders did not want to start from scratch they could simply negotiate and join this existing party. In the interest of full disclosure, I am a Republican and have always voted Republican. I wish that I have been old enough to vote for Ronald Reagan but I did not get that privilege. I have been very disappointed with the Republicans as a whole for many years now….I thought our current president (Bush) would be different and in his first term he was a good president but in his second term he has been very bad on just about everything except the war on terror.

The 3rd party option is scary because if this happens in the 2008 presidential race it will most likely ensure that we end up with Hillary as our next president. I don’t know how the country would survive that. At no time in our nation’s history did we need a socialist/communist in the White House and now is no exception. With that in mind, I am all for starting a 3rd party but I think the correct time to do it is right after the right Republican wins the White House in November 2008. By doing it then, the party has a full 4 years to get things up and going and the country will not be subject to Hillary’s fiasco as president.

If this were to happen, I think it would end the Republican party as we know it. They will be left with only the liberal Republicans and there are not enough of them to win any elections. I think that in a very short period of time we would be back to a two party system. I don’t know that the current republican party would cease to exist but if not then it would most definitely be relegated to a non-influential position. Nathan Finn over at The Fullness of Time has a different perspective in this post. He thinks it would end the religious right. I don’t think I agree with him on this. I think the religious right will always be around. What do you think?

UPDATE 10/3/07: Nathan Finn has posted some clarifications to his first post (the one I linked to above).  Click here to read the new post.

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5 Responses to Conservatives consider 3rd-party run

  1. charlottesal says:

    Tom~ I sure hope you see how America has told the religous right that we are not listening to you. The Republican party chose it’s best this year, John McCain. He is a non-partisan and until this summer he was not sucking up to the religious right. It’s chosing Sarah Palin as a running mate that brought him down.
    I wrote a post about the Republican party today. Polics needs to be about politics and not about religion.
    Us “liberal” republicans want the party back that was hijacked by the religious right.
    I hope that you see that now.
    Take a look at my post because I mean this reply with the fairest intention.

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  2. Tom Shelton says:

    Charlottesal,

    I will read your post but I need you to provide me with a link to your blog.

    I will have to disagree with you when you say that the Republican party’s best option was John McCain. He is as bad a choice as could possibly have been made. His campaign was terrible. He did not campaign the way he had served as Senator for his entire career. He was the weakest candidate (by a large margin) of all the candidates in the primaries on the Republican side.

    You can’t separate a persons religion from the rest of their lives. If a person truly has faith, it will permeate their entire being. They will not be able to compartmentalize their lives. Only a person who is not truly a person of faith can do that (see Bill Clinton as an example). But I would go a step farther in saying that a person who claims they can separate their faith from the other parts of their lives has a false faith.

    I wonder what the percentages of the religious right are that voted for McCain, voted third party, or stayed home. I have not looked for those stats but I think they will be telling. I also think that the religious right will leave the republican party in droves now. Hopefully they will unite behind a single third party and in the process make it viable. We shall see.

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  3. Tom Shelton says:

    Charlottesal,

    Please disregard my request for a link. I have found your blog.

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  4. charlottesal says:

    Thanks for leaving a comment.

    I’m not sure why you think I don’t understand that relgion is a part of everyone, because I’m a Christ follower and yes it is an integrated part of my life…it’s just not part of everyone elses life.

    A good read for you might be “Myth of a Christian Nation” by Greg Boyd. I find him to be insightful.

    God commands us to be in the world and not Of it. Isn’t politics “of the world”?

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  5. Tom Shelton says:

    Charlottesal,

    I apologize. I was under the impression after reading your post that you were not a follower of Christ. I also understand that religion is not a part of everyone’s life. Sadly, the Bible tells us that many will reject Jesus and spend eternity in Hell. But as a Christian, we don’t know who is and who isn’t among the Elect so we have to preach the Gospel to everyone.

    I also want to say that I am not under the delusion that the United States is a Christian nation. We were at one time but no more. I would like to see us return to that but unless God moves I don’t think that is possible any longer.

    Yes, we are “in the world” and not “of the world”. But that does not mean that we are to ignore what is going on. We are to try to make it better and to share THE WAY of hope to all. We are to participate and to reform as best we can. If we don’t, we are not being fully obedient to God’s word.

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