In response to the collapse of the conservative movement, the Claremont institute held a series of strategy meetings, where the clueless decided that America and the conservative movement needs another DC- based non profit, staffed with people who have only worked at other non profits.
The genius (idiocy) of their plan is that they will take people who live in the beltway, and task them with fighting for a way of life they have never experienced. These beltway boys will definitely stand up for American culture (whatever the hell that is at this point).
Part of their mission statement reads:
Second, and most important, the Right needs to reclaim its mental and moral toughness, and that can come only from reviving its purpose — the preservation of the American way of life. The Right must be morally unflinching in refuting the Left’s ideologies. It must speak clearly and confidently about the effects of radical feminism, “antiracism,” and globalism. It must be prepared to protect its children, its property, and its standards from encroachments. And it must ground its efforts firmly in America’s central principle: equal protection under the law, without exception. This is the basis for forming a common good that the majority of Americans still desire. But achieving it will require that the Right reinvent its political party. Unless it does so, there will be no future political victories — and no country left to defend. Ultimately, this is much more than the cause of conservatism. It is the cause of America itself.
That sounds nice, until you realize that no one in DC believes any of this, and anyone who did would be barred from employment at any other institution.
Rather than going to the people, they think they will be successful by approaching members of Congress, who are already bought out by corporate interests that don’t give two $hits about America as a nation.
What we need is to completely purge all incumbents, and create a political culture where no incumbent is ever safe. This may require several cycles of voting everyone out.
Then we need campaigns that go directly to the people, and headquartered near them. No more DC institutions. Centralized movements do not work for the right. Sure they make tons of money, but the conservative movement doesn’t have a single accomplishment in over 40 years.
We need a loosely affiliated network in most states. These groups will agree to campaign against anyone who doesn’t support a short list of items. Then they will be free to make decisions based on local issues.
Having institutions based in multiple states, far from DC will keep people grounded in reality. It will also prevent a well funded minority from having disproportionate influence. (Most DC institutions would never be supported by the conservative base – they exist because of corporate donations).
Last of all, we need to demand that any non profit be dedicated to ending the nonprofit tax system. Why? If you want corporations out of our politics, don’t let them obtain deductions that allow them to push an agenda.