I’ve Had It with the GOP


By: Brent Parrish
The Right Planet

For several years now I have watched the GOP move toward the political center—even left of center at times. We have been told this was necessary; otherwise, we would have no chance of winning an election ever again. If this were true, how does one explain the overwhelming landslide victories of Ronald Reagan? Yet the GOP has seemingly learned nothing from the success of Ronald Reagan and his steadfast brand of conservatism.

Lately I have watched GOP stalwarts, like Sen. John McCain, Sen. Lindsey Graham, Sen. Jeff Flake, Rep. Peter King, and political operatives like Karl Rove, trash the Tea Party and pummel their conservative and libertarian-leaning GOP colleagues, like Sen. Ted Cruz, Sen. Mike Lee, Sen. Rand Paul, Rep. Justin Amash, etc. Yet they withhold their vitriol and indignation for the Democrats and the president, literally treating them with kid gloves.

I have voted Republican all my life. Why? Well, the first election I voted in was for Ronald Reagan. It was a no-brainer for me at the time. I have been a longtime student of military history, particularly the history of the Second World War. I believe in a very strong defense, since it has been proven throughout history that there are many nefarious forces in the world who wish to see the U.S. wiped off the map. If we are not able to project power and defend ourselves, we might as well throw up the white flag and simply submit. This is utterly repugnant and unacceptable to me as an American who values foremost the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

But when I voted in my first presidential election, at 18 years of age, I did not have the knowledge that I do now of the philosophy and ideology that drives the Right and the Left. It was simple for me at the time: who supports a strong defense? The answer was obvious to me at the time—Ronald Reagan.

It seems that all I have done for the past six years is study the history and ideology of the political movements within the United States since its founding. As I studied and studied, something became abundantly clear to me: there were profound changes to our form of government that occurred about a 100 years ago, starting with President Woodrow Wilson’s Administration. Of course one can argue it goes back farther than that. But I digress.

It was President Woodrow Wilson who first tried to re-brand the Democratic Party the “Progressive Party.” Some of the most significant and far-reaching changes to our present form of government occurred at this time around 1913 (a very bad year, indeed).  These monumental structural changes came in the form of the Federal Reserve Act, the Sixteenth Amendment (progressive, i.e. graduated income tax) and the Seventeenth Amendment (the direct election of senators by popular vote). The Seventeenth Amendment effectively moved us toward direct democracy—something our Founders called “mobocracy,” and expressly warned us to avoid at all costs.


There are other reasons I decided at a young age to join up with the GOP. The Republican Party was originally formed in 1854 as the Abolitionist Party in opposition to the monstrous and evil institution known as slavery. Furthermore, I have identified myself as a Republican because that is the form of government that our Constitution requires in Article 4, Section 4, of the U.S. Constitution—meaning: we are to have a “republican form of government.” There is not a single occurrence of the term democracy in our Constitution (check it out for yourself).

Many times I have heard people tell me that the Republican and Democratic parties are really just one and the same. “There is no difference between the parties,” they say. I always bristled a bit at this assessment … until now. I still think we should exercise caution and not throw the baby out with the bath water. But I will return to this later.

I can no longer stand by and be trashed by the very Party that I have so wholeheartedly supported for so many years with my time and money. I can remember times when I defended folks like George W. Bush, Colin Powell, Karl Rove and the like, when they seemed unwilling, or incapable, of defending themselves. But was this by design? By the end of George W. Bush’s second term, the GOP was in a shambles. There’s no denying it, no matter how you try to spin it.

This is no way means that I am saying I won’t vote. I always vote. It is a precious right that I feel is my duty and obligation as an American citizen. I have always felt that if you do not vote, you have no standing to criticize those in power when you won’t even bother to participate in the political process. I hope one day I can proudly wear the GOP label again. But that time would not be now.

It is utterly astonishing to me (and maybe it shouldn’t be) to watch members of the GOP go tooth, fang and nail after a grassroots movement like the TEA Party. This is what I always believed was needed to resurrect the GOP—a grassroots movement of common everyday Americans who exercise their Constitutional right to participate in the political process. This is why we have a Constitution. It is a government for the people, by the people, and of the people. Yet we-the-people are being swept aside by the powers-that-be, both Democrat and Republican.

Lately I have been doing a great deal of research into the history of socialism and communism in America. What I have discovered has, quite frankly, shook me to the core. (I will be writing much more about this in the very near future.) I now believe the American people, both Democrat and Republican alike, are being whacked around, from one side to the other, like a ball on a tennis court, oblivious to the real players behind the scenes. It really doesn’t seem to matter anymore which political party is in power. It has become difficult, if not impossible, to tell the parties apart. Although the rhetoric may differ between Right and Left, the results remain the same—an ever-growing federal government steeped in debt, with no end in sight.

During my research into the machinations of socialists and communists in America, I discovered the writings of Dr. Carroll Quigly (a mentor of former President Bill Clinton). Quigly’s best-known works are Tragedy and Hope and Anglo-American Establishment. What I discovered in Quigley’s books is nothing short of shocking. Now all this goes beyond the scope of this article. But, suffice it to say, there really does appear to be a conspiratorial aspect to all of this that should give any freedom-loving person great consternation and pause.

Below you will find a video by G. Edward Griffin, who wrote the famous book The Creature from Jekyll Island, which describes the murky and secretive beginnings of the Federal Reserve. Griffin describes what he calls the “Quigly Formula” in his video presentation.

Griffin provides some insight into the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and their goals for America. The CFR is really the American mirror of the Royal Institute of International Studies (RIIS, also known as Chatham House).

Now I realize some of you at this point might be saying to yourself, “Okay, here we go, another conspiracy theorist.” But the CFR is a very real entity with many famous figures listed as members. The Council on Foreign Relations was a front for J.P. Morgan & Company, but now is in the hands of the Rockefeller Consortium, according to G. Edward Griffin. Many of the goals and policy proposals of the CFR drive U.S. foreign and domestic policy. Much of this is covered in Dr. Carroll Quigley’s book Tragedy and Hope.

And while we’re on the subject of conspiracy, let me be perfectly clear. Often times I hear people who suspect that something nefarious may be going on behind the scenes say, “But I’m not a conspiracy theorist! … I’m not a conspiracy theorist!” The history of mankind is replete with conspiracy. For thousands of years there have been numerous examples of those conspiring against others to wrest and seize power (the Third Reich comes to mind) and rule over the common man with an iron fist.

And just what is a conspiracy anyway? The dictionary simply defines conspiracy as two or more parties agreeing in secret to commit an illegal or immoral act. It happens every day. It is one reason we have an FBI, police detectives, a judicial system, and the like. Just sit in a courtroom for a day and you will hear many examples of “conspiracy.” Some conspiracies are real, not just the rantings of the “lunatic fringe.” But, of course, extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof. And, in practice, the bigger the conspiracy, the harder it is to prove.

Consider the following excerpt from Quigley’s book Tragedy and Hope:

“The National parties and their presidential candidates, with the Eastern Establishment assiduously fostering the process behind the scenes, moved closer together and nearly met in the center with almost identical candidates and platforms, although the process was concealed as much as possible, by the revival of obsolescent or meaningless war cries and slogans (often going back to the Civil War)…. The argument that the two parties should represent opposed ideals and policies, one, perhaps, of the Right and the other of the Left, is a foolish idea acceptable only to the doctrinaire and academic thinkers. Instead, the two parties should be almost identical, so that the American people can ‘throw the rascals out’ at any election without leading to any profound or extreme shifts in policy…. Either party in office becomes in time corrupt, tired, unenterprising, and vigorless. Then it should be possible to replace it, every four years if necessary, by the other party, which will be none of these things but will still pursue, with new vigor, approximately the same basic policies.”

To me, Quigley is reinforcing and describing what I now believe to be true—in the end, there is no real difference between the Republicans and Democrats, and it was all by design. It is a classic example of the Hegelian Strategy—meaning, play one side off against the other in order to bring them to a predetermined end.


Griffin gives some powerful examples of just how this sort of cynical manipulation of the so-called masses manifests itself in American politics.

Consider the Panama Canal. Neither the Republicans nor the Democrats were in favor of giving up the Panama Canal, due to its strategic importance to the United States. The American people certainly were not in favor of giving up the Panama Canal. Yet both the Republicans and the Democrats united and gave away the Panama Canal. That was the goal of the Council of Foreign Relations, not the American people.

We hear the Republicans clamor for military action in the Middle East, often times with no real clear strategy for victory, yet advocate for more power to be given to the United Nations. The Democrats, on the other hand, call for peace in the Middle East by advocating for more power to be given to the UN. But now that the Democrats are in power, not only have they continued the war in Afghanistan, Barack Obama engaged in hostilities in Libya, which was in direct violation of the War Powers Act. President Obama et al. even tried to pull the U.S. into Syria, all based on very flimsy anecdotal evidence of an alleged chemical attack by the Bashar al-Assad regime in Eastern Damascus.

The Democrats staunchly opposed the Patriot Act when George W. Bush was in power, yet have expanded the Patriot Act once Barack Obama took the helm. Now we have the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and the expansion of the Department of Homeland Defense (DHS). All this has occurred on Obama’s watch.

The Republicans push legislation to restrict rights and promote anti-terrorism and national security. The Democrats oppose it, yet vote for those laws … just like they voted for the Iraq war resolution, yet turned right around and called the Iraq War “illegal.”

Republicans vote for laws to restrict speech because it might be seditious. But the Democrats vote for laws that restrict speech because it might be “hate speech.”

Republicans give speeches on the dangers of illegal immigration, yet, as we speak, Republicans like Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. John McCain are pushing for amnesty. Democrats, of course, give speeches on compassion and the rights of the “dreamers” (a term commonly found in Marxist literature) to become American citizens, regardless of the fact that many of these illegal immigrants have broken our federal immigration laws.

We hear many in the GOP decry global warming legislation. Yet it was George W. Bush who signed into the law the banning of incandescent light-bulbs under pressure by far-left environmental advocacy groups. We see people like former Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN) embrace global initiatives on climate change, sans any real science to back up the need for such far-reaching and costly environmental policies.

I could go on and on. In the end it appears that both sides of the political spectrum always seem to meet up in the center. It is one of the reasons why so-called Republican strategists are always clamoring for more “moderate” candidates; there is no real difference in the parties at this point, in my opinion. It is a “phony wrestling match,” as G. Edward Griffin puts it. It is all an effort to dupe the American populace, both Democrat and Republican alike, into believing they really do have a say in the political process, when nothing could be farther from the truth. The end game has already been predetermined.

So what can be done about all this? Griffin comes to a rather stark and sobering conclusion: nothing. We have already lost the major “power centers”—the government, churches, schools, universities, major corporations, financial institutions, and the culture.

But not all is lost. Perhaps the solution, as Griffin states, is if only 2-3% of the American people unite against the power brokers who are driving the U.S. toward a collectivist society, and begin our own “long march” to take back our institutions and traditions, we might stand a chance of taking back our government and truly putting it back in the hands of the people as our Founders intended.

And this is where I return to not throwing the baby out with the bath water. There are members in the GOP who I do wholeheartedly support. It is not my intention to throw every member of the Republican Party under the bus. My point is that I can no longer call myself Republican when the party, as it stands now, fails to represent me or my values, but, instead, insists on me sacrificing my beliefs on the altar of “compromise.” We must continue our grassroots efforts and take back the GOP, otherwise we are faced with the daunting prospect of creating and organizing a third party—something that has not played out well in American political history.

Many times I have heard people say that during the revolutionary period of our history some one-third of the populace supported the King of England, one-third opposed royal rule, and the other third didn’t care one way or the other. Only 2-3% of the American populace actually picked up arms and fought the British. But it was enough to defeat them and drive them off the continent. But it was a hard fight. And the British tried in 1812 to reclaim what they had lost. They didn’t give up until forced to concede. Of course this begs the question, did they ever really give up? Or did they just change tactics?

We must not delude ourselves into thinking we can turn this all around in a matter of months, or at the next election. The power brokers have been attempting for the past 100 years to upend our form of representative government, and have made tremendous strides in doing so, all under the guise of “democracy.” This will be a hard, bitter fight that will last many years. I suspect it will last for the rest of my life. But there is nothing, in my opinion, that is worth fighting for more than the cause of freedom and self-determination. Buckle up. It’s going to be a bumpy ride. It always has, and always will be. But some things are worth fighting for—life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.


About Brent Parrish

Author, blogger, editor, researcher, graphic artist, software engineer, carpenter, woodworker, guitar shredder and a strict constitutionalist. Member of the Watcher's Council and the Qatar Awareness Campaign. I believe in individual rights, limited government, fiscal responsibility and a strong defense. ONE WORD: FREEDOM!
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