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Federalism Could be the Solution to GOP Branding Problem

Mack30 Wrote: Dec 14, 2012 10:49 AM
Jeff: I think you're wrong on the pot thing. Just because there is no federal law about it doesn't mean individual states won't address the issue. We know they will. That's the beauty of it. If decriminalized or legalized pot creates huge, unforeseen headaches, states will change course on it, and likely far more quickly than the feds. We'll have the various states' differing laws on display and the ones that function best should win out. The current situation is a disaster that puts huge sums of money into the hands of some very violent law breakers while we spend huge amounts of law enforcement resources playing cat and mouse with smugglers.

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...