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A Love/Hate Relationship With CPAC

Jeff3870 Wrote: Mar 09, 2014 12:35 PM
"But nobody now is taking the risk of offering a sweeping vision of the future." A valid complaint. Yet, when one does, you say he's being impractical or too worried about ideological purity, or alienating potential voters, etc. You're one of the best columnists around, so I respectfully suggest you might want to consider that what you are seeing is the result of Pragmatism (with a capital P). And that you have several times recently implicitly advocated just that - in order to win elections. Regards, Jeff Perren
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The Stupid Party Acting Stupidly

Jeff3870 Wrote: Feb 14, 2014 1:23 PM
"I’m not suggesting we conservatives have to sacrifice our principles, but we have to be pragmatic." It's very sad that an otherwise very bright guy would utter this contradiction. "Pragmatic" does NOT mean "practical." In everyday terms, it means "expedient," which is the core of sacrificing your principles.
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Not A Good Enough Obamacare Fix

Jeff3870 Wrote: Dec 04, 2013 10:30 AM
Should it be any surprise that Health.gov is a Potemkin website when the entire Obama administration is a Potemkin government?
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Was Kennedy a Conservative?

Jeff3870 Wrote: Nov 23, 2013 1:15 PM
Superb from start to finish.
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"Progressives and Principles"

Jeff3870 Wrote: Sep 08, 2013 3:53 PM
Of course. Because there's nothing racist about taking into account someone's *race* when you decide whether or not to agree or disagree, support or oppose.
"It may also be true that Barack Obama has more fundamentally altered the fabric of America than anybody cares to admit." Reasonable points throughout, well supported. But this last gives him too much credit. It isn't Obama who has done this but decades of efforts by Progressive advocates, especially through indoctrination in the public schools. Obama is simply cashing in on a movement that has been very active and, unfortunately, very successful for three generations.
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Co-Sponsoring Your Success

Jeff3870 Wrote: Jul 20, 2012 1:51 PM
"He is a progressive ideologue and a passionate believer in "social justice," and that's a large reason why his fans love him so. But if you ever say that he is what he is -- if you take his words seriously -- they ridicule you for believing he's anything other than a pragmatist and moderate." But being a "pragmatist and moderate" IS the same thing as "a progressive idealogue." See just about any work by Dewey for confirmation.
The appropriate response to insults from Progressives is the same the Israeli UN Ambassador gave when criticized by the representative from the USSR: "An insult from the Soviet Union is a compliment to Israel!"
I'm a little mystified by your latest article. Mr. Saverin owes exactly zero loyalty to the United States, as do none of us today since it ceased to be a free country years ago. He's perfectly within his moral rights to do anything peaceful to renounce his citizenship for whatever motive may be driving him. I do believe the U.S. is still worth defending, because of its glorious past and potential future Renaissance. That, and until there appears some better place, it's our best hope for leading any sort of decent life of semi-freedom. Even so, that's a prudential calculation, not one based on any loyalty this country's citizens have coming - and certainly not its Federal government, which is about a generation away from undiluted fascism.
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