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Federalism Could be the Solution to GOP Branding Problem

Lance73 Wrote: Dec 14, 2012 10:48 AM
"progressives erected a system and culture where the government in Washington is the agency of first and last resort for all of our problems" Aye, the crux of the matter. Long ago, we conservatives relinquished the idea that our faith (whatever that involves) matters in day-to-day life. The statists went about their quiet way, building, investing, and leavening the culture around them. The tree they planted 150 years ago (Dewey, Mann, et al) has flourished and grown under or very noses. For 100 years we conservatives have wistfully gazed upon this tree and self-deceived ourselves into believing that it was an olive tree. Now that it has borne it fruit of apples, we don't understand from whence cometh such fruit. And we continue to in
Lance73 Wrote: Dec 14, 2012 10:48 AM
And we continue to insist that the ROOT we planted 6 weeks ago will one day grow to bear some insidious fruit if we don't exhume and replant it. We still refuse to believe that King BaHO is the FRUIT of our garden.

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...