This is the first paragraph of the original Declaration of Independence:
"When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation."
Today,, the Republicans in Congress will be voting to remove Liz Cheney from her post as the third most powerful person in the House, simply because she told the truth about 2020 election. She is expected to be replace by Elise Stefanik, a Trump loyalist.
As a result, more than 100 Republicans, including some former elected officials, are preparing to release a letter this week threatening to form a third party if the Republican Party does not make certain changes, according to an organizer of the effort.
The statement is expected to take aim at former President Donald J. Trump’s stranglehold on Republicans, which signatories to the document have deemed unconscionable.
“When in our democratic republic, forces of conspiracy, division, and despotism arise, it is the patriotic duty of citizens to act collectively in defense of liberty and justice,” reads the preamble to the full statement, which is expected to be released on Thursday.
The effort comes as House Republican leaders are expected on Wednesday to oust Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming from their ranks because of her outspoken criticism of Mr. Trump’s election lies.
If the group actually formed a third party, it would be a death knell for the Republican Party.
In February 2020 party affiliation by party were:
ind & misc: 33,530,123
Wk Families: 50,532
oth parties 1,712,747
The February 2020 tally is the only one in U.S. history in which the number of voters registered independent and miscellaneous was greater than the number in either major party. But between February and now, Republicans regained their second-place position.
In September, the breakdown looked like this:
ind & misc: 33,696,700
Wk Families: 49,758
oth parties 1,814,973
Both major parties picked up roughly 1,500,000 voters, while the independent vote remained about the same. Since the inauguration, both parties have lost votes - but the Republican Party has lost more than the Democrats.
Even if a third party was not formed, the threat of a third party would have a "Ross Perot" effect on the Republican Party. In 1992, Perot won 19.7 million votes (18.9% of the popular vote) which allowed Bill Clinton to defeat George H.W. Bush with only 43% of the popular vote, but 5,000,000 more votes than the incumbent president.
Thomas Freidman published another thoughtful column this morning about the Republican Party.
My favorite sentence is this one:
'We’re witnessing a daylight mugging of our democracy — and I am not talking only about the voter-suppression measures being passed by Republican-controlled legislatures in swing states."
As expected, Liz Cheney is no longer the chairwoman of the House Republican conference. To quote Peter Wehner, "today the Republican Party is less a political party than a political freak show. It is being sustained by insidious lies. And people who love America, starting with conservatives, should say so. Otherwise, if the Republican Party’s downward spiral isn’t reversed, it will descend even further into a frightening world of illusion.