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Federalism Could be the Solution to GOP Branding Problem

Rammbo Wrote: Dec 14, 2012 8:27 PM
The GOP has sold conservatives a bill of goods. The fact of our $16T national debt lays bare the bankruptcy of their "principles." Lowering taxes, without doing the heavy lifting of real spending reductions, has brought us to the brink of national bankruptcy, and created a permanent political culture of crisis. The half-baked "philosophies"of the GOP are no longer "good enough." I urge all conservatives to stop living in the GOP fantasy world.
Hard Thought Wrote: Dec 15, 2012 12:07 AM
And go where?

What is the alternative? Can't for Democrats because they are so wrong, won't vote Republicans because they are not conservative enough. So where do you go?

Libertarians don't do we'll, nationally, because of voter ignorance though their principles are closer to conservatives.

So, where do we take our votes?
Hard Thought Wrote: Dec 15, 2012 12:07 AM
And go where?

What is the alternative? Can't for Democrats because they are so wrong, won't vote Republicans because they are not conservative enough. So where do you go?

Libertarians don't do we'll, nationally, because of voter ignorance though their principles are closer to conservatives.

So, where do we take our votes?
Stuart95 Wrote: Dec 15, 2012 11:29 AM
You have just under two years to co-opt the GOP with a mixture of conservative and libertarian views that will attract a majority of voters.

The RINO leadership will have to be replaced with angry young people.

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...