What Republicans Can Learn from the Democrats

Jon Caldara, president of Independence Institute, Colorado, with The Epoch Times interviewerer.
Epoch Times interview of Independence Institute, Colorado.

If I had to choose, I’d be a Republican instead of a Democrat, but that would only happen if I were blind to the crimes of both parties. It’s too late; I’ve been red-pilled (freed from the lies of the “matrix”).

Why Republican? I share a lot of the same ideals with the Republican base. I do not share much with the Democrat stereotype of Republicans or with the Republican elite.

I used to be a Democrat in a time in my life when I was not at all political; merely going along with the California flow.

Both parties are corrupt at the top, but that’s a topic for a different time. After the way the Republicans treated Ron Paul in 2012, I’m less than enthusiastic about the label “Republican.” The party does not live up to the stated ideals. Republicans need to fix their party, but they also need to survive so that any meaningful reforms won’t die with the party. And the Republican party is in very real danger of being locked out of the White House and Congress forever!

A few weeks ago, I learned how Democrats took over what had traditionally been the Red State of Colorado. Some might say that Colorado has been Californicated—corrupted beyond all repair.

While it’s important for us to learn how Democrats did it, we also need to understand the urgency of the situation. The technique Democrats used is currently being exported to Kansas and Texas. If Democrats complete this in Texas, Republicans will have become effectively a 3rd party in a 1-party country.

A New Republican Strategy

Before supporting any candidate, Republicans should support building freedom-loving infrastructure that will support future candidates.

Imagine how much money each and every candidate spends on offices, databases, messaging and voter outreach. All of that infrastructure is built up each election cycle and then lost, whether the candidate wins or loses.

Now, imagine that all of that work and expense is preserved and strengthened through all election cycles. Instead of a costly expense, the infrastructure to win elections becomes an investment. Of course, all this needs to be established as non-partisan.

Such infrastructure can include,

  • Coalition building,
  • Voter outreach,
  • Think tanks,
  • Organizations that do only lawsuits,
  • Databases on every voter in the state,
  • Investigative reporters,
  • Ethics watchdog group filing complaints against opposing candidates, and
  • Much, much more.

Watch the following short video—an interview with Jon Caldara, president of Independence Institute, Colorado.


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