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Federalism Could be the Solution to GOP Branding Problem

Jeff2410 Wrote: Dec 14, 2012 9:36 AM
Interesting that you recall Lincoln in this discussion of federal power and states' rights. After Lincoln the relationship between the states and federal government changed and hasn't been the same since. I thought Mr. Goldberg wanted LESS federal power.
Earl29 Wrote: Dec 14, 2012 9:49 AM
Unfortunately, Jeff, most people don't understand that Lincoln did not save the Union; he destroyed it. Before him, it was a Union of sovereign States; after him, no State was sovereign. A State without the right to secede is a State without any rights, only privileges granted by the national government.

To understand why Republicans have a "branding problem," you first need to understand how the system is rigged against conservatives.

Such is the schizophrenic dysfunction of our politics: We constantly demand "conviction" politicians who will "do what's right" and then condemn them, often in the same breath, for being unwilling to put aside their conviction and their sense of what's right.

But such condemnation does not fall equally on conservatives and progressives alike. For the progressive's principle is, at its core, more. Do more. Spend more. Spend more doing more. Any compromise of progressive principle in this regard is seen as...