Evidence of the struggle between true conservatives and neocons in the GOP has never been more apparent than it is right now.

Florida Governor Charlie Crist recently announced he would seek the U.S. Senate seat vacated by retiring Senator Mel Martinez. Christ, who advocates big government, supported Obama’s “stimulus”, the TARP bailouts and routinely gets behind McCain and crew’s progressive legislation, was immediately endorsed by the National Republican party.

Does this give true conservatives any confidence the GOP is really moving back to principled positions on which the party was founded, or does it appear to be business as usual for the Republicans?

It’s refreshing to see that Jim DeMint isn’t on the same page as the GOP elite. He’s backing a much better candidate in the eyes of true conservatives, Marco Rubio.

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) isn’t just backing Florida Republican Marco Rubio to rally the conservative base. He’s convinced the upstart can actually win.

“He can win, should win, and will help lead our party out of the void into the waiting arms of America,” DeMint said at an outdoor Tuesday afternoon news conference near the Senate.

But DeMint’s support of Rubio over establishment pick Charlie Crist, the governor of Florida, was a direct jab at the National Republican Senatorial Committee, which has chosen to back a moderate,  yet potentially more electable, Republican in Crist.

The Florida primary is already being cast as test case of whether GOP voters in a critical swing state will go with someone with statewide name recognition and a moderate record, or tack to the party’s conservative roots with a newcomer like Rubio. link

Another example of “progressive creep” that has infected the GOP is the Eight Republicans who voted for Waxman-Markey climate bill. They are…

Notice the neocons who actually voted for this flawed and misguided legislation are from “progressive” states. The same states which are currently teetering on bankruptcy.  I urge all of the constituents of these representatives to hold them accountable for their actions in the voting booth.

True conservatives must keep in mind is that neocons are actually moderate progressives who are masquerading as conservatives.

If there is any hope left for the GOP, or indeed for America, we need to move away from the progressive and destructive policies being promoted by our representatives and move back to the principles of liberty, freedom and self-reliance as set forth in the constitution.

If the Democrats or the GOP aren’t willing to do this, it may be time to look toward a 3rd political party. We can only hope it’s not too late for America.