The Conservative American Party

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Nelson Hultberg

Nelson Hultberg is a freelance writer in Dallas, Texas, a graduate of Beloit College in Wisconsin, and the Executive Director of Americans for a Free Republic (www.afr.org). His articles have appeared in such publications as The Dallas Morning News, the San Antonio Express-NewsThe American Conservative, Insight, The Freeman, and Liberty, as well as on numerous Internet sites such as The Daily Bell, Financial Sense, and World Net Daily. For several years during the ’90s, Mr. Hultberg worked with Citizens for an Alternative Tax System (CATS) out of Washington, D.C. promoting repeal of the federal income tax. In June 1998, he was featured with Congressmen Bill Archer, Dick Armey, and Billy Tauzin in Texas Business magazine as one of Texas’ leading tax reformers, “Texas Tea Party.” He is the author of The Conservative Revolution: Why We Must Form a Third Political Party to Win It.

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  • Mr. Hultberg doesn’t mention what I consider to be the most important and, yes, urgent issues facing our nation today: abortion, and the defense of traditional marriage.

    This omission suggests to me that his fledgling party is content with the status quo, and will do nothing to stem the 1.5 million abortions per year, or the ongoing judicial overreach that is delivering gay “marriage” to so many states.

    His “conservatism” is incomplete, and unstable.

    I can’t deny, too, that I’m made nervous by the fact that the two names he mentions as role models are Ron Paul and Ross Perot.

  • Paul,

    Your thoughts are my own. I’m glad that I’m not the only person thinking this… Refer to my last article/post and comments – Transforming Culture through Politics?

    If the compromise that conservatives, especially traditional conservatives, have to make to be in union with libertarians is to forsake or ignore their faith and how that impacts culture, which includes politics, economics, judiciary/legal matters, and foreign affairs/international relations, than that is unacceptable.

    It seems as if the American Conservative Party platform is completely secular in nature. How will that ultimately solve our problems. It’s will not. I agree with you about being nervous, especially when he speaks about the “salvation” of the U.S. in purely secular terms.

    The G.O.P. may be a messy tent, but at least those with faith are welcomed, embraced, and can help to impact the G.O.P. platform and policies. It’s far from perfect, but we live in a fallen world and we must be realists.

    I have a love-hate relationship with the two-party system, but it works. The pendulum never seems to stray too far in any one direction. Gravity also seems to pull it back towards the center and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. When one party is out of touch, they loose and sometimes loose badly. Both parties are forced to transform themselves and evolve to win elections. I think that’s a good thing.

    Politics should serve the common good and when it ceases to do so, those politicians or judges should be replaced. As Catholics we should recognize the limitations of politics though. Good politics (or economics) doesn’t save anyone. Our faith should not be in any one party or human, but in Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

  • I might add that both Ron and Rand Paul are idealists, but also realists. Ron realized that going third-party (i.e. Libertarian in 1988) did him and no one any good. He had to work from within the party (G.O.P.) to truly bring reform. Rand Paul has adopted that same strategy and it seems to be working. It will be interesting to see if Ron Paul runs as a Presidential candidate for the American Conservative Party. By serving in his current position in the House he’s actually doing some good finally and by switching parties he will loose the chairmanship of his committee.

    I suspect though that he will run with this new party because many of the big money backers (Jim Rodgers, Peter Schiff, etc.) of the organization(s) which support this new party are very close to Ron Paul. If Jesse Ventura joins him though this next election could be very entertaining.

    Can you imagine the Republican Donald Trump, the Democrat Barack Obama, and Conservative American Ron Paul in a debate? It will be a Jerry Springer show! God help us.

  • Paul – you got that right; not really a conservative party, at all. I’m completely ok with a flat tax and monetary reform heading towards a re-establishment of a gold currency, but such issues aren’t conservative…they are libertarian, free market principles (which I generally subscribe do), but not conservative. Why he even bothered to mention illegal immigration is unknown…and though he speaks of getting tough on illegals, he doesn’t give us any indication of what this would entail.

    I’ll start believing these third party types are for real when they start out by running in more liberal areas…and not for President, right out the gate. Let the Conservative American Party oust someone like Nancy Pelosi from office, then we’ll talk. Until then, all I can view this as is an ego trip by someone who simply doesn’t want to deal with people he’s not 100% in agreement with.

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