A New Organization—The Second-Party

We've seen that becoming loyal Republican Party members doesn't achieve our goals, and neither do third-parties. What we need is something in between the primary Republican Party and third-parties; an organization that stands alone like a third-party, but that also controls the primary Republican Party—a secondary (or second) party.

Second-parties are partisan political parties. They will endorse and support candidates and have members just like any other political party. All of the normal activities of the major political parties are within the scope of a second-party: raising money, running advertisements, holding rallies, and printing support materials.

They are not a subset of the Republican Party. Second-parties are 100% independent parties; they will not take money, guidance, or even chewing-gum from the Republican Party. The Republican Party is already discussing how they can bring the Tea Party movement into the Republican Party. Their goal is to co-opt, control, and use the Tea Party movement to achieve Republican Party goals. It will attempt to do the same with any second-party that cozies up to it. We are going to use the Republican Party as a tool to achieve our goals; we are not going to be their tools.

Second-parties will not field candidates, rather they will endorse only Republican politicians. Focusing our efforts this way will make us a valuable ally (and terror) to the Republican Party. The Democrats have organizations like unions and community organizing groups that provide invaluable support to Democrats while constantly pushing the Democratic Party to the left. The Republican Party has no equivalent organizations pushing it to the right (one of the reasons it continually drifts left). Second-parties can perform that function.

Besides endorsing candidates, second-parties will reject candidates. Rejecting a Republican politician means none of the second-party's members will support that politician in any way: votes, money, yard signs, working in their campaign, nothing. Moreover, it means the second-party's members will work against the rejected politician to prevent their election.

Will second-parties support Democrats or third-parties? Never! They will reject all Democratic and third-party candidates. A second-party that supports either a Democratic or third-party candidate is by definition not a second-party. They have broken the system and turned themselves into just another special interest group, which is something we know doesn't work to achieve conservative goals.

Second-parties are built around the accomplishment of a single goal. This goal can be broad (returning the federal government to its constitutional bounds) or narrow (the repeal of one bill), but it must be a single, clearly defined goal. There is a solid reason for single-goal second-parties. Second-parties are the political equivalent of small businesses. Quicker on their feet and more creative than the corporate giants—small businesses are the engine of innovation in our economy. Second-parties are designed to be the engine of innovation in politics.

A second-party with multiple goals is the political version of a corporate conglomerate. Very little original thought comes out of conglomerates. They usually “innovate” by buying out a smaller company that has come up with a good idea. Turn on a dime? The phrase “trying to make an elephant dance” was coined to describe the agility of the typical conglomerate.

The rule is: two goals, two parties, one goal per party. This means both goals will be worked on simultaneously and always receive the attention they deserve. Does this mean you have to be a single issue voter? No. What it does mean though, is that if you want to achieve multiple goals you should join (or form) multiple second-parties.

Does this mean second-parties must act as though they exist in a vacuum? Do businesses act as though they operate in a vacuum? No, they coordinate activities with other businesses, but they always do so with their own self-interest in mind. Second-parties should take the same approach with other second-parties.

    Second-parties will not have a platform. Political platforms are a series of political statements that are ignored before the ink is dry—its purpose is to placate the party's core, not guide politicians. Besides, platforms are made up of multiple (often conflicting) goals. This violates our one goal rule. Second-parties will have a statement-of-purpose and a goal-set.

    A statement-of-purpose is a one page document that describes why the second-party was formed and what it intends to accomplish. The Declaration of Independence contains all of our country's founding concepts, and it is only one page long. If you can't describe your purpose in a single page, then your purpose is too vague.

    A goal-set is a series of goals that build upon each other to achieve a larger goal. In plain language, a long-term plan for achieving a goal. You may only have one goal, but you need a plan to get there. No goal is too large to accomplish if you break it down into small enough steps. That's all a goal-set is: a large goal that has been broken down into a series of smaller goals that are steps to accomplishing the larger goal.

    The statement-of-purpose and goal-set are published documents. We must be open about what we want to accomplish, and how we intend to get there. (1) This will allow the party's members to evaluate the second-party and determine if they want to support it. (2) We don't want to go down the dark road of Saul Alinsky's hidden agendas and duplicitous schemes progressives long ago embraced. Now that some daylight is being shined on their methods we are starting to see these techniques backfire—big time.

      Unlike unions and other progressive organizations that use a top-down socialist model (which always results in the leadership being out of sync with the members), we're going to use a free-market model. In a real sense the members are the customers of any second-party. Second-parties will have to compete with each other for members. Total transparency allows members to evaluate a second-party and determine if its goal is worthwhile, if its plan for achieving that goal makes sense, if it is supporting truly productive politicians, and if the party is achieving its goals. Just like a company that produces an inferior product loses its customers and goes under, second-parties that aren't achieving their goals will lose members and go under. To be replaced by another second-party that will achieve those goals.

      Second-parties set productivity goals for politicians, and measure politicians on whether they achieved or failed to achieve those goals. Both the goal setting process and measurement process are different from what has been used in politics in the past. Endorsement or rejection of a politician will be based solely on the politician's productivity measurement.

      Second-parties can be any size—from two members to thousands. They can be as local as the county commissioner's race, or as national as a presidential race.

      Adam Smith's invisible hand causes many individual businesses pursuing their self-interest to achieve a greater good: an efficient free market system. Second-parties, each pursuing their self-interest, will form our invisible conservative hand and achieve a greater good: moving the country back to the principles it was founded upon.