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Time to Grow Up, GOP

Anominus Wrote: Jan 16, 2013 11:01 AM
Some Republicans still stand for personal responsibility, but I don't think it's most of them these days. Most of them seem more interested in "reaching across the aisle" than in standing up for the people who elected them.

It's hard for a lot of people, particularly on the right, to recognize that the conservative movement's problems are mostly problems of success. The Republican Party's problems are much more recognizable as the problems of failure, including the failure to recognize the limits of that movement's success.

American conservatism began as a kind of intellectual hobbyist's group with little hope of changing the broader society. Albert Jay Nock, the cape-wearing libertarian intellectual -- he called himself a "philosophical anarchist" -- who inspired a very young William F. Buckley Jr., argued that political change was impossible because the masses were rubes,...