What’s a Republican to do these days?


Yesterday I witnessed one of the saddest days in Virginia Politics (on top of the terrible days in Campbell and Fauquier Counties).  While I was not personally there, I received regular updates from those that were.  And I think this marks a turning point in the Party and their attempts to purge the Conservative faithful from the ranks.  The Republican Party has made it clear that if you are Conservative, Christian, or possess any principles or morals, you are not welcome.

So what are we to do?  I have talked to many of my Conservative friends and I think the general consensus is we have to get their attention.  The TEA party was a start and instead of listening, they worked with the Democrats to brand all of those people as racists, haters, bigots, and crazies.  So maybe we need to send a louder signal by removing our support and letting them lose a few elections.

I have chastised many of you that we need to work within the Party to enact change and to get our leaders back on the Conservative road.  But alas, you cannot beat the machine when the machine lies, cheats, and steals leadership positions.  So I now withdraw that charge, especially for myself.  Each will have to make their own choice, but for me let me tell you my thoughts and my plans.

  1. I will no longer provide financial support for the Republican Party or non-Conservative Republican candidates.  I will save my money for the taxes that the tax and spend liberal RINOs have decided on against our wishes.  I often write checks way in advance to put money away to support the Republican candidates, and I just ripped up several thousands of dollars’ worth of checks I had planned on giving to Republican candidates this year.  I will instead look for Conservative candidates and donate that money to them.
  2. I will no longer actively campaign for Republican Party candidates just because they are running as Republicans.  I have held my nose for so long I now get nose bleeds and the loss of blood is giving me a headache.  While I will not actively campaign against them after the primary, I can’t say I will be out there for them.
  3. I will no longer actively participate in any Party functions.  While I may show up, no more efforts on planning events, hosting parties, staffing phone banks, or walking the neighborhoods to support the candidates.
  4. I will no longer actively campaign for the Party in public.  No more telling my friends how they can make a difference and how their vote counts.  No more trying to get them to come to Republican functions or to volunteer to assist the Republican Party during elections in any fashion.  You have the gall to bemoan the fact that you cannot get volunteers to work the polls and then you actively purge people from the Party.

The party has made it clear to me that I am not welcome and they do not need me (or anyone in Campbell County either for that matter).  They have disenfranchised the voters by bringing Democrats into the Party, electing Democrats to Party positions, and using Democrats to vote in Republican matters.  They have stolen elections by outright fraud through miscounts and over-voting.  As far as I am concerned, they have crossed the line and since they have brought the liberal Democrats into our midst and are acting like liberal Democrats, they are no different than the Democrat Party.

Each of you will have to make your own choice, but for me, I will throw my entire support behind Conservative candidates for any office and then I am done.  And since we seem to have so few Conservative candidates in office or running for office, I guess I will get more time to tend to my crops and more money to spend on myself.  It is a sad date in Virginia politics but as you can see from my attached article, I believe I have witnessed the death spiral of the Virginia Republican Party and National Republican Party begin.

Maybe if they lose the votes during the upcoming election and fail to take back the Senate, maybe if they lose the votes and lose more Virginia seats, maybe then they will get the message that they work for us, not the other way around.

For those Conservative candidates, do not worry, we will be there for you.  For the RINOs out there that think we are going to help them win, I am not quite sure how to put it politely, so let me just say good luck.

Please feel free to share my comments, articles, and concerns with others.  I will continue to support the Party of Reagan, but since that is no longer the Republican Party of today, I guess that will be the Conservative Party of the future, by whatever name it might go by.  I will continue to write and share my thoughts online, but I am not sure I can continue to withhold my criticism of the Republican Party of today.


Anton Afterwit



9 Responses to What’s a Republican to do these days?

  1. Dominic Ruibal Reply

    May 24, 2014 at 6:36 am

    As a liberal I can assure you that nobody in the Republican Party fits the bill. These guys couldn’t pass for liberal democrats if they put on an Elizabeth Warren t-shirt. Quit making it seem like it’s a personal thing. Your ideas are being rejected and your methods (intimidation, ad hominem attacks) are being used against you. How does it feel? You can’t just throw a years long hissy fit and expect to be taken seriously. Look at the content of this site. Trumbo, gays in a book, Trumbo, Boneta, conservation over and over. Maybe if you took a pragmatic approach to solving problems instead of clinging to your irrationally rigid ideology, living in delusions of grandeur and thinking you’re part of some revolutionary struggle you might still have the support of a major party. But since you insist on throwing stones at anyone with the slightest disagreement while painting every issue in the most childishly simplistic terms you have made your brand of politics completely unpalatable to anyone who breathes oxygen.

    • Anton Afterwit Reply

      May 28, 2014 at 10:13 am

      Mr. Ruibal,

      I see you continue the liberal tactic of making fun of your opposition and labeling. I see a lot in your message. Childish (long hissy fit), clinging to your irrationally rigid ideology, delusions of grandeur, childishly simplistic, completely unpalatable.

      What you are seeing is a rejection of the integration of liberals into the Republican Party and a rejection of a Party that is abandoning ideals that made it strong in the past. I am seeing this nationwide and the recent Republican Primaries in many states resulted in the ejection of former Democrats from the Party in favor of strong conservatives. Take for example the trouncing of David Dewhurst, a 16 year run in statewide office. The winner by a 13 point margin was Senator Dan Patrick who credits his victory to “a bold conservative message.”

      The true Republican Base (Conservatives and TEA types) are tired of Party leadership who shun them and their candidates. They are tired of being treated as Serfs while the Party leadership acts as though they are the elite who have been anointed to run things even when they run counter to the wishes of the vast majority of the Party.

      The most apt observation I have heard so far came from someone who stated, “The problem with Conservatives is they are nice and normally quiet individuals who do not make a loud fuss when their leadership runs counter to their ideals and principles.” I think that is very apropos and explains why the liberal side of the Party has been able to gain such a large foot-hold and is leading the Party away from a party of principles to a party of doing whatever it takes to get elected.

      While you may decry the tactics I have called for as childish and immature, the tactics come directly from the Unions and Liberal Left who often boycott, picket, and engage in labor shortages, slowdowns or sickouts. I am afraid the nice Conservatives are starting to get frustrated and you will soon see them starting to use the same tactics as the liberal left to either get the attention of their Party leadership or begin moving to other political parties that more closely align with their ideals and principles.

      I will give the Democrat party credit for pointing out the major failure of the Republicans which is going to cost them dearly in the future. As expressed loudly in the lame-stream media, the Republican Party no longer stands for anything, only against things. You are right, they need to stand for something and stop being so wishy-washy. They need to stand for the Conservative principles that have made the nation so strong.

      • Dominic Ruibal Reply

        May 29, 2014 at 6:45 am

        Voters care more about rationality than ideological purity.

        • Anton Afterwit Reply

          June 1, 2014 at 11:27 am

          Mr. Ruibal,

          I am not sure how you justify that having a principled position is irrational. Gandhi had ideological purity but I am not sure you could classify him as irrational. While many at the time did, history has shown that he was correct.

          I can only laugh when the liberal left tries to classify those with principles or beliefs as somehow being mentally unstable. Yet the principled are often the most stable of all. Our history is filled with leaders who maintained principled positions and yet the only ones who called them irrational are their opponents.

          Voters do care about leaders who hold to their principles. How else can you explain the fall from power for those who fail to maintain their principles? How many Democrats have fallen from power after displays of sexual harassment lately? How many Republicans have fallen from power after extramarital affairs? How many of both parties are voted out of office for being wishy-washy and not standing up for the principles they were voted into office to uphold?

          We do not need leaders who are only interested in winning and sacrifice their principles just to win. They may get one extra term out of that tactic, but in the end, they will find their time in office is limited. Abandoning your base and the principles that launched you into office will only serve to cost you the next election.

          We want leaders who will stand for principles, and that is the reason for the popularity of many TEA Party supported candidates. While they may not win every race, they are winning a lot of races throughout the country because they stand for something and do not apologize for having a principled stand.

          So while you continue to try and convince the Conservatives that having principles is wrong, the Conservatives know that only by having principles and following them is the path to true success. It has served our Country well for over 200 years. But if we do not learn our lessons from past civilizations and dynasties, we will follow the same path to failure and ruin. These failed societies did not remember what made them strong. They started to value individuality more than the society. As they continued their self-interest they lost their sense of community and thus failed to defend against invaders or self-destruction.

          Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Maybe some insightful review of history and study of it will help the liberal left to understand that when the balance between self and society become out of balance then society will fail. Remember, “We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” Very powerful words that should be a source of research and reflection.

          • Dominic Ruibal Reply

            June 2, 2014 at 6:36 am

            The problem is not that you have principles. It is that you assume your principles to be 100% airtight while anyone who disagrees is 100% wrong. It’s called compromise. Not everyone is a hard core conservative and guess what? That’s ok. It’s called considering the validity of an alternate viewpoint without resorting to ad hominem attacks on peoples’ moral character.
            It is the conservatives like yourself who are promoting the individual over the societal good, not the liberals. All of this anti-environmental talk and attacks on social programs puts it in plain view. What right do people in Fauquier have to pollute the waters that flow into Stafford? What right do you have to deny the right of marriage to homosexuals? How can you justify major tax breaks for wealthy heirs and major corporations while decrying working single moms on food stamps as lazy moochers and cutting their benefits?
            Your problem is that you would stand on your principles while the world burned. You don’t always get what you want in politics. I certainly don’t. But you don’t see me whining on here every week about how if everyone did exactly what I thought was right the world would be perfect, or attributing electoral results I don’t like to corruption and infiltration by secret conservatives posing as like minded liberals rather than a simple rejection of my ideas and tactics.

  2. James Demoto Reply

    May 22, 2014 at 10:07 am

    You tards dont get it. What you are seeing is the Satin Revolution. Did you not notice that all the people running things were young effeminate boys? My kind of boys and Eric is so sweet looking. They were so cute trying to keep things under control after the tools they used to get this done did so many stupid things. I can’t wait till we win and come out of the closet and take over. Now you know what young guns are.

  3. Anton Afterwit Reply

    May 22, 2014 at 9:57 am

    Mr. Eagle,

    You are correct in one regard, but it is not a matter of playing with my toys, it is a matter of leaving the playground because you want my lunch money but won’t work with me to make the playground better and fair for all. You are acting like the bullies that we oppose and instead of standing up to the bullies you just want our lunch money. I think I will spend my lunch money on myself for my lunch and leave you standing there looking stupid.

    But back to reality and adult topics. Disenfranchising your base, ignoring your base, behavior in a manner that your base finds objectionable will only serve your enemies as your base leaves and your pyramid falls. Your taunting will not get us to come back. Your name calling will not get us to come back. You were embarrassed by the TEA Party revolution and instead of working with them, you have decided instead to try and force them and other Conservatives out of the party.

    Ok, you don’t have to keep telling us we are not wanted. We got the hint and so we will go do something else. While you ride high on your reported victory over the TEA Party in the primaries, good luck translating that into a victory over the Democrats in the General election. All of those people who would have come to support you if you had been decent and legitimate in your actions would have won you the Senate.

    When you do not stop immoral tactics within your own party, how are we going to believe you are going to stop the immoral tactics in the State and Nation? When you throw out the paperwork of duly filed dedicated Republicans just so they can be disenfranchised, how are we to believe you are going to stop the Democrats from doing the same? When you cannot even ensure the count is correct in a Party election, how are we to believe you are going to ensure the count is correct in a State or National election?

    The only thing you have done is to label Mr. Hurt with these immoral tactics and when he really needs the base he is going to find they are not there. Your illegitimate and immoral tactics are disgusting. Throwing out the individuals who stood up to your tactics was the final straw.

  4. Cindy Koether Reply

    May 21, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    GWE. There is a difference in taking your toys and going home and not being allowed to play at all. I was there at the 5th district convention when a majority of the delegates voted to uphold the Campbel Co slatiing. I was disgusted by the arrogance of people like you and I agree with Anton.

  5. Glorious Winged Eagle Reply

    May 21, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    What a bunch of drivel. Let me paraphrase for those that want a cliff note version. “My name is Anton and when the going gets tough, I will take my toys and go home. Waaaaaaaaaaah, waaaaaaaahhhh.”

    Honestly, you are the one that fits the RINO label now, and by your own admission.

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