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Federalism Could be the Solution to GOP Branding Problem

rbartlett Wrote: Dec 14, 2012 10:21 AM
Very few have ever gotten to political power on the backs of Laissez-faire Capitalism. Almost everyone else has gotten and retained political power using some form of socialism. That's what your up against.

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...