We get viewer questions and comments each week in our "Huckabee" show mailbox and there’s one popping up a lot lately: Should conservatives and Trump voters pull out of the Republican Party and form a 3rd party? I say absolutely not! Why would those in the overwhelming majority be the ones to leave? The never-Trumpers in the GOP are a very small minority—mostly DC swamp rats who hate Trump because President Trump disrupted the business as usual flow of the Beltway. The loss of prestige, power, and prosperity to those who have gotten rich and powerful by snubbing middle class working families in favor of globalist multi-national corporate titans is the basis of the intense hatred of all things affiliated with President Trump. But why would those in the majority walk away from the party and its infrastructure to leave it in the hands of a selfish and self-righteous super minority who miss the days when they made big money by pretending to be conservative when in fact they were and are nothing more than political parasites?
The notion of creating a 3rd party is nonsense. It’s a recipe for disaster. The parties are, like it or not, the track upon which the political train runs. Take away the track, and there is a guaranteed derailment. So, if the Liz Cheneys, Mitt Romneys, and Lisa Murkowski’s and the so-called Lincoln Project leaders want a split in the party, I would tell them what my pastor has said about people getting mad and leaving the church, “Don’t let the door hit you where the Good Lord split you!”
The principles of the current Republican Party are putting America First, building back our economy by energy independence, standing up to China’s bullying, re-aligning relationships in the Middle East, getting out of endless wars, standing strong for the sanctity of human life, religious liberty, cutting high taxes so working people keep more of what they worked for, ending big-government regulation that strangles small businesses, and securing our borders and insisting on immigration being legal. Those are principles that are embraced by Republicans and Independents and some Democrats who are sick of being looked down on by elitist snobs. We don’t embrace socialism nor a nanny-state. If a small, but loud group of self-serving Republicans don’t want to be part of that party, let THEM leave and form their own party. We should stay, build upon the movement, and keep electing like-minded conservatives by inviting the dis-affected and political underclass to join with us.
The launch of a new or 3rd party makes no sense for those of us in the majority of an existing party. If there are 100 people in a restaurant and 99 are not smoking in a no-smoking space, it’s easier to simply tell the one smoker to step outside than to disrupt the dining experience of the 99.
This is no time for pro-life, pro-free enterprise, pro-liberty people to leave a party. It’s time to recruit more people, organize better and win future elections and take control of the political process. And to those who want to return us to being the silent majority who shuts up and follows blindly off the cliff, we let them know WE are staying put and in the words of my pastor, “Don’t let the door hit you where the Good Lord split you!”