"Peter" has some thoughts on Republicans and Democrats.
The descendants of Jefferson's Democratic Republicans are the conservatives, including the TEA Party.
The descendants of Hamilton's Federalists are the big-government "progressive" establishment Republicans (RINO).
The descendants of Karl Marx, Vladimir Lenin and Josef Stalin are today's Democrats.
The practical consequence of these roots is that the Democrats seduce "low-information" (ignorant proletariat) voters with their plans to "do something"... "for the people"...usually government handouts to buy votes.
Conservatives promise to exercise only the few powers enumerated in the Constitution. Whatever the Democrats propose, our answer is "no, it's not in the Constitution." After a while we are seen as "The party of no" and start being boring, boring, boring...
One answer is to illuminate the voters, but that has become more difficult each year as the media have become complicit in keeping the voters ignorant - and misleading them on issues which become public and might expose the misdeeds or true intentions of the democrats.
Another approach is to be more aggressive in exposing the lies and defending conservatism by spending more on publicity, taking out ads and publishing position papers in the very media that works against us.
Whatever is decided, we must never lose sight of who we are and where our core principles were conceived. NO COMPROMISE!