Freedom Party? Sarah Palin Open to Leaving GOP Over Abandoning Conservatives
Many people are getting fed up with the Republican Party’s abandonment of conservative principles and Sarah Palin is hip to the idea of forming a “Freedom Party” to push back against the GOP establishment.
Palin responded to a question from a Fox News viewer: “Would you & Mark Levin be willing to build a ‘Freedom party’ if GOP continues to ignore conservatives?” She was obviously receptive to the idea, due undoubtedly to the Republicans’ disappointing and even infuriating lack of principle.
The former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate has been sharply critical of the Republicans’ support of so-called “comprehensive immigration reform.” Palin blasted the GOP after the Senate’s vote to pass the immigration bill on Friday.
“Great job, GOP establishment,” Palin wrote cynically on her Facebook page. “You’ve just abandoned the Reagan Democrats with this amnesty bill, and we needed them to ‘enlarge that tent’ of which you so often speak. It’s depressing to consider that the House of Representatives is threatening to pass some version of this nonsensical bill in the coming weeks.”
She also said she would like to “point out the obvious” to the GOP establishment: “It was the loss of working class voters in swing states that cost us the 2012 election, not the Hispanic vote. Legal immigrants respect the rule of law and can see how self-centered a politician must be to fill this amnesty bill with favors, earmarks, and crony capitalists’ pork, and call it good.” She added, “You disrespect Hispanics with your assumption that they desire ignoring the rule of law.”
Breitbart’s Tony Lee pointed out some interesting facts about the Hispanic vote. He writes:
As Byron York has written, Mitt Romney would have lost the election even if he had won 70% of the Hispanic vote. And as Breitbart News thoroughly documented, Romney would have won the election had 389,821 more working class voters in four states turned out to vote.
Republicans have repeatedly shown that ‘bipartisanship’ means raising taxes on working class people (like earlier this year over the fiscal cliff debacle), passing huge entitlement programs like Medicare Part D, and now voting for an open borders policy that will flood an overburdened welfare state and cheapen the wages of working class people — Hispanic, black, white or of any other race or ethnicity.
By abandoning American citizens and the conservative base to court the Hispanic vote, the GOP very well may be chasing a rainbow that leads to fool’s gold. The 2011 Pew Hispanic Center survey asked Latinos whether they would “pay higher taxes to support a larger government or pay lower taxes and have a smaller government”? Hispanics backed higher taxes and more government by 75 percent to 19 percent. For the population as a whole, 48 percent favored smaller government to 41 percent wanting big government. The lesson is clear: Principle wins over pandering.
The question may come down to who Republican politicians believe will help them win more elections: the elusive Hispanic vote (and not all such residents and citizens support amnesty) or the conservative base. Comment below: What do you think?
Editor’s note: This article was updated with more information on Palin’s views and statistics about the Hispanic vote.