Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Sunday, August 1, 2021

Opus 2021-234: Planning a Party

Maybe we should do to the Republican party what we need to do to education.  Optimistically, it needs to be taken apart and reassembled.  More realistically it needs to be dissolved.

This would cause a vacuum for a new political party.  If it had the right platform, I would join.  

We keep hearing about how a third party would just throw it all to the Democrats.  Not necessarily.  Not if it is done right.  The Whigs took out the Federalists.  The Republicans replaced the Whigs.  The Know Nothings were working on the Democrats until they lost it over slavery.  Keep in mind that most of the voices saying it can’t be done are Democrats or Rinos who have reasons they don’t want it to happen.

The Republicans in the 1800's started with local elections.  They then worked their way up.  A new party would need to find out if it had staying power by winning city counsels, county boards and state office.  If there are not enough people committed to change that they can’t elect a new school board, they are never going to elect a president.  The eventual step would be Congress and the Senate.  Only then could you compete on a national level.  When you are at the local level you would still support Republican candidates until you were strong enough to field your own candidates.

Assume there are enough of the True Believers Party (TBP) to gain a majority on a city council in Rural County.  For County Sheriff you might back the Republican.  You would not waste your powder just to light up your ego.  When enough of your neighboring cities come on board you might elect a member of the state assembly but not run anyone for the Senate.  When in session you would caucus with the Republicans.  

It will not happen over night.  It will never happen unless there is enough interest.  The earliest date I can find related to the Republican party is 1854.  The first convention to nominate a president was 1856.  According to the site U.S. History, by 1855 this new party had a majority in the House of Representatives.  That was not enough to win the presidency with John C. Freemont.  Even the victory of Abraham Lincoln in 1860 was a squeaker.  If the Democrats had not run two candidates we might never have put Lincoln in the history books, the Civil War might not have happened and slavery might still be around.  

The future is going to be interesting and is still clouded in mystery.  Will we become the largest Banana Republic in history?  Will we end up with Gestapo guards on every street corner?  Will many of us end up in work gangs and concentration camps?  Will we see revival?  Are our greatest days ahead?

Stay tuned.  And if a new party is proposed, give it serious consideration.

homo unius libri


  1. The republican platform was pretty good the last time I looked. The problem is that the leadership makes no attempt to follow it.

    1. I feel the same way about the church I was raised in, great doctrine, if only it applied to church politics.

      Grace and peace


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