“[Nigel] Farage is a Technicolor man in a monochrome political class. To the chattering classes, his brash, confident, matey, plain-spoken persona makes him something of a demon. But to millions of voters he’s someone with whom they can identify, and who avoids the nuanced language of almost all other politicians.”
Why does this man generate so much interest, and why does it matter to us here in the USA? Let us examine a little more of Heffer’s analysis of the dire situation that the UK’s once conservative “Tory” party finds itself in:
“And Ukip advocates other ideas that were once championed by the mainstream Tory party before it alienated itself from its traditional voters so spectacularly.
“It wants lower taxes, the creation of more grammar schools, withdrawal from the European Convention on Human Rights, freedom from the tyranny of the EU and the bolstering of Britain’s depleted Armed Forces.
“Any rapprochement between a party with such priorities and one obsessed with legalising marriage between same sex couples and spending billions on overseas aid is impossible to imagine.”
Doesn’t this sound eerily similar to the sudden rise of the TEA party here in the USA when millions of conservative patriots felt that neither of the two main parties represented them?
Farage is brash, confident, and principled, and he’s turning heads across Europe, and now across the world. Except for a certain charming ‘coarseness’, he reminds me very much of Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, or even Sarah Palin. He’s not afraid to call a spade a spade, and was recently seen on camera (below) calling the members of the European Commission “common criminals” for the manner in which they were robbing bank depositors in Cyprus and elsehwere.
So, why does this matter? With the Democrat party committed to old fashioned Marxism, and the GOP elites committed to pandering rather than principle, it should not be surprising that we have the TEA party, we have young leaders who do not toe the party line, and we have widespread anger at the state and national GOP, which wants the votes of conservatives, but otherwise prefers to ignore them as ‘racists and clowns’, as Tory minister Kenneth Clarke said of the UKIP and its voters.
How long before all states have conservative parties, like New York, or Conservative Republican parties, like the one started in Belknap county? We would prefer to reform the GOP, but replacement is fine if that’s what it takes to save the Republic.
Wouldn’t we prefer a little passion and principle from our politicians?