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Will Republicans Ever Win the Presidency Again?

Brent12883 Wrote: Nov 09, 2012 2:11 PM
Ben...The GOP issue was not the free market, lower taxes, or streamlined regulation. In fact, Mitt Romney's economic message was pretty much spot on (although Paul Ryan's more ardent line is even better). The real problem arose from the social right that has become an issue for many in this country. We cannot come at problems like illegal immigration and gay marriage from a perspective of hate. Instead, we must come to them with compassion for our fellow human beings. We should be pro-legal immigration, not anti-illegal immigrants. We should be pro-traditional marriage not anti-gay marriage.
Benga Wrote: Nov 10, 2012 2:59 AM
Sadly, if you want to show compassion for your fellow human beings (98% of them anyway), you have to change your economic policies also. I am a Liberal. The Left doesn't want handouts. We want a fair playing field. We think that the rich have enough tax breaks and political power and huge executive bonuses, and that it isn't "trickling down" to the larger economy. And we don't think it is just a question of work ethic, but that a lot of the money at the top circulates (in bribes and favors) to and from the politicians to unfairly sustain a system rigged for the powerful and against their competition (everyone else), a system that privatizes profits and socializes risk. Abolishing the Estate Tax might be
Benga Wrote: Nov 10, 2012 3:11 AM
"fair" since that money shouldn't be taxed twice, but the resultant loss of revenue hurts services predominantly for less privileged people, and while those heirs did nothing to earn that money (other than be born to rich parents), some of the cuts go to Entitlements, which most hard-working people have been paying into for years. Ideally, the government wouldn't interfere in any class-related issues, but ideally a rich white kid would have the exact same opportunity as a poor black kid, and usually that is not the case, and so a laissez-faire government will lead to a permanently unequal, unfair society, which breeds tons of other problems. We don't see Conservatives trying to get us better opportunities, but talking down to us as though
Benga Wrote: Nov 10, 2012 3:20 AM
we celebrate laziness and mediocrity. Privatizing the school system sounds great for the privileged, and "sorry, we're looking for only a ...certain kind of people, wink wink" to the underprivileged. Curtailing the EPA sounds great for the oil companies, and "well, if our ground water gets contaminated by the pollution and we have to drink bottled water from now on, there goes our gas money savings, as well as our environment" to the rest of us. It might be useful in the long term to get more concessions out of the unions, but the unions are the only way a lot of people have leverage to improve their working conditions or make a sufficient wage. You have to appeal to the rest of the country with something other than a 1982 strategy.
In the aftermath of the reelection of the worst president since James Buchanan, the question must be asked. Clearly, the Republican Party is on the downswing. But why?

There are two easy answers. Neither of them is correct. The first answer is advanced by proponents of liberalism. They say that the 2012 election was an ideological election, the seminal, long-awaited decision of the American public to fully embrace their inner socialists. This argument posits that Mitt Romney was an extreme conservative, Barack Obama was an extreme liberal, and the American people cast their lot with the liberal.

That argument is incorrect. As...