And I’m a conservative, but don’t forget, this is called the Republican Party. It’s not called the Conservative Party.
He’s right, you know. Well, not about the part where he said he’s a conservative. That part is a lie. But the other part, the part where he talked about the name of the Republican party? He’s right about that.
And, you know, it got me thinking.
What if there were a party called the “Conservative Party”?
Guess what? It turns out there is! Technically, the name is the “American Conservative Party.”
And I’ll be damned if I can find anything in there that I disagree with. Here is the beginning, to give you a taste:
The American Conservative Party represents a brand of Conservatism that we believe best reflects the true and noble intentions of our Founders, which in turn reflected the conclusions of thousands of years of human civilization.
We strongly believe in the freedoms and liberties ingrained in our founding documents; and we support the Constitution as it is written–to protect, among other things, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, the right to petition the government, and the right to keep and bear arms.
American Conservatism stands for small, limited government at every level. It stands strongly for individual responsibility and a civil society where individuals take on duties to take care of their own communities, and where Government is the resource of last resort.
Taxes should be levied for the sole purpose of financing the limited responsibilities of government such as providing for the common defense, apprehending and incarcerating criminals, and adjudicating legal disputes. No taxes should be levied [for] redistribution of wealth.
These ideals were first laid out in the form of our Creed and have served as the cornerstone of our agenda since our founding in 2008. As a Party driven by Principles, we offer this document to effectively expound on those ideals and lay down a framework for a return to limited, enumerated, and federalist government in the United States.
I don’t know what I think about the idea of a third party. I am not thrilled with the libertarian candidates. Gary Johnson would force bakers to make cakes whether they agree with the message or not. Austin Petersen has rubbed me the wrong way when I heard him on a podcast. There are other minor parties — like the Conservative Party USA (CP-USA, not to be confused with CPUSA, the Communist Party of the USA), which endorsed Ted Cruz but had some warm things to say about Trump. Pass! There’s the Constitution Party, which seems a little bigger than some of the other minor parties, but I’m not sure I buy into the whole paleoconservative movement, which strikes me as kind of wacky.
The American Conservative Party is clearly not a major force in U.S. politics. Their organization appears to be somewhere between zero and, well, zero. But I do recommend you read their statement of principles. It’s pretty damned well thought out.
And, unlike the Republican Party, they do have “Conservative” in their name. So there’s that!