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Time to Grow Up, GOP

calrepublican only 3 of us Wrote: Jan 16, 2013 10:10 AM
true: I think your close there. There is no incentive to be austere in American politic's. I think some good men may be elected but the system pulls them down in the muck. Without the money from tax payers and lobbiest there is no power and with no power you cant be effective. .

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,...