Opinion: Former county party chair: GOP fighting to save America's soul
After a summer of attacks upon federal, state and private property deemed "mostly peaceful" by the media, a similar demonstration at the U.S. Capitol produced a continuing and overblown media frenzy about "insurrection." After tolerating fringe "insurrectionists" who are Democrats for decades, leading Democrats and weak-willed Republicans now lead a puritanical effort to purge those challenging insurrection-related narratives from the public square.
Widespread election fraud is not a conspiracy theory, and feckless judges setting aside democratically enacted election rules to favor Democrats, or ducking the merits of election challenges on "standing" grounds, did not give us a free and fair election. Nor did the Oregon Republican Party fall under the spell of conspiracy theories for raising legitimate concerns about whether many pushing their way into the Capitol were motivated by attempts to blacken the Republican brand.
More and more Americans realize that our leaders care little for ordinary people or the serious problems the country faces. Instead, they focus only upon themselves and protecting their power. More and more Americans realize that endless alarms pitting ordinary people against each other are only serving what Pat Buchanan called "two wings of the same bird of prey"— the national leadership of the Republicans and Democrats. A stronger, grassroots-controlled Republican Party is the only hope for workers and small businesses to fight a rising oligarchy that is destroying their futures.
Time will tell whether America's flirtation with what James Madison called the "wicked projects" of "paper money," "abolition of debts," and "equal division of property" will finally cause this country to go the way of Venezuela. The situation is dire, with decaying economic prospects, decay in the rule of law and moral decay. It may be that only a spiritual revival can save the country; worship of government will not work.
The future of the Republican Party is in the hands of ordinary Americans working to retake the Republican Party, re-dedicate it to the timeless truths that made America great, and expel corrupt elites from its helm. Like all human beings, they are vulnerable to lies and conspiracy theories, but if there is anything we have learned in the past four years, so, too, is the mainstream media. Whether it is the claim that President Trump was a Russian agent, or that a police officer was murdered at the Capitol, the lies just keep on coming.
Wise Americans know that it is not the American way to empower elites to muzzle, vilify or "cancel" those participating in the democratic process. The Republican Party is for those with the courage to fight American decay, to work to discern lies from truth, and to foster an educated electorate that can separate the wheat from the chaff. All that is necessary for the evil rising in this country to succeed is for good men and women to do nothing, because they are afraid one of their fellow Party members might make them look bad in the media.
The door to the Republican Party is open to all freedom-loving Americans. The ever-tightening grip of Democratic Party policies will bring more and more Americans through that door, to a new era of personal freedom and prosperity for Americans and accountability for our leaders. And to those who would leave the Republican Party rather than work to improve it, in the words of Sam Adams: "May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen."
James L. Buchal is a Portland lawyer who has recently retired from his role as chairman of the Multnomah County Republican Party.
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