A Warning to the Scorched Earthers

To those whose frustration with government has reached beyond the limits of what they can stand, who believe that we simply need to reboot the system and start over, I would remind you that we have but only twice achieved such a result in this history of our nation. On July 2nd, 1776, American patriots voted to declare their independence from their distant government in England. In January of 1861, seven Southern States voted to declare their independence from The Union. In each case, many lives were lost and great odds were overcome.

I do not mean to argue that civil wars and revolutions ought never to be fought, of course, on occasion they must. I believe there is a time when such action is the only righteous course. However, in each case, these men did waffle, but did not waffle for too long.

What troubles me today is the thinking of those better prepared for revolution and civil war than strategic political victory.

Any course which divides the freedom and patriot movements into warring factions does nothing but encourage the inevitability of the failure of our political course. We cannot fight one another and the establishment if we are to ever achieve a Constitutional Republican Party.

Too much damage has already been caused through the course of the Republican Primary. Only Senator Ted Cruz has refused to participate in the personal attacks, nor has his campaign encouraged his supporters to go after fellow Republican candidates. To those Ted Cruz supporters who have reacted to the vicious attacks by other candidates with attacks of our own, I believe it is time to follow the Senators lead and to focus on the positive, not the negative. By all means, set the record straight, but let’s not join the scorched earthers out of defensiveness on behalf of our candidate.

This requires the highest mindset. We’ve seen few candidates capable of holding their tongue and keeping to their principles through the taxing course of a campaign. Of course, I’m thinking about Calvin Coolidge and Ronald Reagan.

I believe it is likely that Ted Cruz wins an overwhelming victory in these Republican Primaries, therefore it is of the utmost importance that we do not find ourselves insulting, attacking, or disparaging the supporters (the voters!) that are supporting other candidates, regardless how vicious or dishonest they are toward our candidate.

And for those who support Donald Trump, Marco Rubio, and Rand Paul – it would be wise for you too to consider the possibly that your candidate could win, and to ask yourselves whether the supporters of other candidates would be willing to vote for your guy in the general election, after everything you’ve done and said during the primary.

To the Republican Establishment, while it appears that you are about to get beaten badly in this primary cycle, you know full well that anything is possible, that anything can happen. You know that even Bob Dole can win such a nomination. Consider too, that railing against, insulting, mocking, and belittling the conservative grassroots, regardless of how nasty they’ve been to you and your candidates, no matter how much gloating they’ve done over the polls, won’t help you win in November of 2016 if your candidate prevails.

For those who want to change the Republican Party from the inside, to reform the party, to make it more constitutional and less corrupt, to promote liberty and conservative values – I ask that you would commit to one course or the other. Either commit to destroying the Republican Party and leading us down the path to war, or commit to working smartly within the Republican Party, to recapture the reigns of power, and to use it to again birth liberty, justice, and a Constitutional Republic back into predominance in America.

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Graduated From Virginia Tech with a Bachelors in Philosophy and a minor in Psychology. Studied Economics and History at George Mason University. Caroline County Resident and Activist.