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Time to Grow Up, GOP

jcm Virginia Wrote: Jan 17, 2013 2:30 PM
So true. One thing you can say about the Democrats: When they are in power, they act like they are in power. GOP wins a majority and they practically apologize for it with their compromsing and "across the aisle" reaching.

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,...