I pretty much hate paywalls on the Internet; I like free stuff. But sometimes you must pony up. Since I’ve subscribed to the dead tree version in the past, it didn’t hurt too much to pay for a digital subscription to Regnery’s American Spectator, especially since I let my National Review one lapse because they’ve annoyed me lately. Why pay up now? Because I just had to read the article in the current Spectator by Ned Ryun of American Majority. I like American Majority; been to their grassroots training, found it to be quite good. Hence the payment to get the subscription to read the article. I was not disappointed.
Ned describes what’s happening in ‘Breaking the Ruling Class’. Despite the electorate’s dissatisfaction with Congress, incumbents nearly always get reelected.
In 2010, Ballotpedia.org reports, more than a thousand state legislators ran unopposed in the general elections, and between 2000 and 2008, a GOP US House member had a 98.3-99.5 percent chance of winning his or her primary (assuming they even faced primary opposition).
What to do, what to do? Ryun quotes the 1940 book Party Government “He who has the power to make the nomination owns the party” [See where he’s headed here? Can you say ‘ColdWarrior’?]
Since Parties like power, they like incumbents, and become an incumbent-electing mechanisms. Ryan quotes G. William Domhoff in the February 1974 issue of Ramparts magazine, on why socialists & Communists should quit 3rd parties and move within the Democrat party:
(The Democratic Party) is what Democrats say it is–and what they say it is is determined by the people Democrats elect to attend party conventions and nominate to stand in general elections. Given the relative openness of this process, an ideological battle fought at all levels from precinct to President could have rather dramatic results in a relatively short time.
Then finally the money paragraph of ‘Breaking the Ruling Class’, which could really be a cut-and-paste from our esteemed CW:
If the Ruling Class’s hold is to be broken, the Tea Party must continue to work on controlling the nomination process and “taking over” a major political party–from within. Because at the end of the day, he who controls the nomination process controls the party controls the system. And then redefines the status quo.
I really hope I haven abused Fair Use policy here, but I truly enjoy seeing the intellectual and historical underpinnings of our strategy so thoughtfully explained, and hope it provides some raw material and enjoyment for you as well. Cheers!
This is what has to be done, mriggio. Thanks. (Lady P – Ed)