Chuck Heath, Jr. proposes a third party


Sarah Palin’s brother, Chuck Heath Jr., in a recent Facebook post, discusses the idea of a new political party:

This is an issue that I’ve been mulling over for quite a while. I wrote more about the way I’d set this up, but I wanted to get some of your feedback first. Let me know what you think.

Enough is Enough: Has the Third Party’s Time Come?

We’ve lost our way. The American political system is a mess. The divisiveness between Republicans and Democrats seems insurmountable and it’s getting worse every day. I could get into the reasons that this is happening, but I doubt that would change a thing.

It is very painful for me to see this country literally becoming unraveled at the seams… especially when I look at my own children’s future. I’ve watched friends and even family members break ties over political differences. I have watched good, smart people enter politics and seen them change for the worse over the years as they’ve become part of the political machine.

Political seniority often leads to leadership positions but has nothing to do with performance. Casting a favorable vote for something you may not even believe in, just to gain a committee chair or for some other future favor, is rampant in politics.

It’s a very dirty game and it’s the reason so many really talented people never get involved in it. It’s also the reason my sister Sarah Palin, has been so viciously attacked over the years. She refused to “play the game”. She has always stuck to her principles and because of that, she is viewed as a threat. I’ve watched people in both major parties do everything they can to demean and destroy her. And all for what… for trying to limit the size of government? For asking all of us to do our share? For insisting we spend less than we take in? For ending crony capitalism? For going above and beyond to support our military? For utilizing our natural resources in a responsible way? For praying? The list goes on.

Let’s face it. As it stands now, it’s impossible to be elected to a high national office without being a part of the Republican or Democratic Party. I propose that the disgruntled citizens of the United States… Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians… persons of every race, religion, economic status, and whoever else is interested, join together and form a new party. I’d simply call it, the American Party.

While I agree wholeheartedly with Chuck Jr.’s proposal, I don’t like the name. In 1969, The American Party was the name of George Wallace’s third party organization in his unsuccessful quest for the presidency. Any modern third party effort using the same name would begin with two strikes against it, being associated – however unfairly – with Wallace’s politics. I therefore nominate the name New Federalist Party. New Federalism, a political philosophy associated with Ronald Reagan, is all about limiting the size and scope of the federal government and returning much of the power it has stolen from the states and the people back to the rightful owners. I also think the name is a good fit for Gov. Palin, a Reagan conservative with a libertarian streak.

While I realize the amount of work which would have to go into building a new political party, I cannot argue against the need for it. The establishment which controls the Republican Party turned its back on Reagan’s principles as soon as the great president’s second term had ended. Since 1988, the GOP has allowed some of these principles to remain in its platform, but it has for the large part abandoned them in practice. Time and time again, establishment Republicans have attacked Gov. Palin and other good conservatives with venom almost as toxic as that of the Democrats. This is an establishment which seems unable and unwilling to learn from experience, as it loses key elections while arguing for Republicans to be more like the Democrats.

In short, the GOP has lost its way, and conservative Republicans hoping to wrest control of the party from those who hold it are on a fool’s errand. The GOP establishment would rather lose elections to the Democrats than share power with their party’s own conservatives. It is past time to turn our backs on the party which turned its back on us and get on with the business of building a New Federalist Party which is more in tune with the policies Ronald Reagan proved to be successful.

Conservatives such as Sarah Palin, Allen West and Newt Gingrich could be effective in building and developing such a party. But they will have to arrive at the same conclusion that Chuck Jr. and so many other Reagan conservatives have reached – that the Republican Party no longer deserves their loyalty.

Cross-posted at The SPJ

– JP