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Pharisees and Sadducees of the GOP

gtanv Wrote: Jan 21, 2013 11:14 AM
I disagree with Rachel on Romney. yes, he ran a conservative campaign in generality, but his lack of specifics made it quite clear that Romney didn't MEAN it. He was saying what he needed to say to be seen as conservative. Inauthenticity is a killer. On the more general point, I agree. We need to avoid such a strict orthodoxy that we push away people who are with us on most points. If you're a conservative on everything but immigration, you're still better than any Dem, Ditto gay marriage.
JustMC Wrote: Jan 21, 2013 11:22 AM
gtanv, I would ask that you consider that the ULTIMATE in common ground is libertarianism. No use of state force for anything other than to stop others from using force for anything other than self-defense, enforcing contracts freely entered, and stopping fraud. In other words, live and let live. If someone harms no one and directly threatens no one, let him do ANYTHING he pleases.

The limitations on liberty that a libertarian imposes, listed above, should be universally agreeable. You can't murder, kidnap, steal, extort, defraud, etc. Democrats, Republicans, whatever agree with these already. The problem is, they add lots of other specifics. (That legalize real crimes, ironically.)

Every Republican knows another Republican who agrees with them on 99% of the issues, yet will attack them relentlessly over the 1% of issues they disagree upon. Instead of uniting against the left, these busybodies waste countless hours criticizing other Republicans. They will frequently do it under the ruse of being the “true conservatives,” claiming that anyone who does not agree with them is not conservative enough. Yet the 1% of issues they disagree with others on are often arbitrarily decided and not legitimate issues. Mitt Romney was criticized for being too moderate of a Republican presidential candidate, yet he ran...

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