Ben Shapiro caught up with The Great One who shared some spot-on (and sobering) thoughts on the day of Barack Obama's second inauguration. Levin cautions conservatives, libertarians and constitutionalists against a third-party movement, at least for now:
The problem is a practical one. If we go third party, I can see the Democrats winning elections for a generation. Given the radicalized character of that party, that would seal our fate, and the fate of our children and grandchildren to, as Reagan put it, 1000 years of darkness. The day may come, perhaps soon, when abandoning the GOP for a new party is the best way to deal with events and stop the rise of tyranny. I think the answer at this moment is for conservatives to retake the Republican Party. Reagan did it, and Reagan was opposed by the Republican establishment every step of the way, including the Bush family.But he doesn't let Republicans off the hook, not by a long shot:
Right now we have a government with so much power, a government so ubiquitous, a government so cancerous in its growth and so exponential in its expanse, that I cannot conceal my great fear for the future of this country. Trying to figure out how to unravel it all is a very difficult undertaking. I have friends who are conservatives who are very intelligent, I know a number of people who are in public office, and they say, ‘Be positive, if we win the next election, things will be okay.’ But it’s not just about winning the next election. That’s the minimum we need to do. We need to roll back the size of the federal Leviathan or it will surely be our undoing. Republicans have been allergic to this. We need to roll back the debt, even though the last Republican administration contributed mightily to it. The way to start is by cleaning out the old guard in the GOP and installing fresh, bold, articulate, knowledgeable, confident, courageous conservatives. We must find a way to depose the old, decrepit, tired so-called leaders who've used the system to climb to the top, but once at the top demonstrate they don't belong there. We also must find ways to devolve political and economic power back to the states and the individual. It is a fool's errand to believe that the same people who've brought us to the brink are the people who can solve the dire problems they've contributed to. This is a puzzle that must be solved.Go read Shapiro's entire interview: EXCLUSIVE: MARK LEVIN'S INAUGURAL DAY MESSAGE— FIGHT! As Glenn Reynolds says: Punch back twice as hard!