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Federalism Could be the Solution to GOP Branding Problem

para_dimz Wrote: Dec 14, 2012 8:48 AM
Electing about 4 Libertarians to the Senate, most easily from small states, positions us thus: It denies either party a majroity on today's Senate. It corralls the least desireable impulses of the liberals and the crony capitalists in the Republicans side. They don't have to be leaders. They will be deal makers and breakers. Both parties require a check against thier excesses and a very small contingent of Libertarians is the right solution, doable, inexpensive.
Joseph64 Wrote: Dec 14, 2012 9:19 AM
I have always said that we need more than 2 political parties in this country that actually have a chance of being elected. To say that two parties can adequately represent the full spectrum of political thought in this country is foolhardy. In other countries with parliamentary systems you might have over a dozen parties with seats. That makes coalition building a necessity. How can you build a coalition when you have only two parties who are polar opposites of each other?
Charles SWVA Wrote: Dec 14, 2012 1:58 PM
A two party system drags the two parties closer and closer to each other in and attempt to capture more of the middle. It results in 1.0010 parties.

There should be a mininum of 3, left, center, right and any others that have broad enough appeal.
Henry VIII Wrote: Dec 14, 2012 8:55 AM
Just following the Constitution is enough....our founders were not libertarians.
Joseph64 Wrote: Dec 14, 2012 9:20 AM
They actually were. They believed in giving the people as much control over their own lives as possible with only minimal government.
jmonaco Wrote: Dec 14, 2012 9:44 AM
Henry --

Not sure which biographies and history books you've read, but all of my research confirms the majority of the Founders would be libertarians today - including the slave holders who would not hold slaves or indentured servants because of the moral and legal implications.
rk58 Wrote: Dec 14, 2012 5:52 PM
Someone is having a comprehension problem..

From the Bill of Rights, 10th Amendment:

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

This is a libertarian principle, whether you like it or not.

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...