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Time to Grow Up, GOP

sahlberg Wrote: Jan 17, 2013 1:28 PM
What nonsense. For many Republicans, politics is a game and victory is achieved whenever a Republican is elected. Others care about what happens after the election. We want the government to stop growing or, better yet, shrink. For us, nothing has ever been won by electing Republicans. I am over 60 years old and, during my lifetime, there has never been a time when the government was not larger than it was a year earlier. Those of us who want smaller government must either get the Republican Party to stop nominating big-government candidates for office or else start a new party. The current Republican Party is a totally useless.
jcm Virginia Wrote: Jan 17, 2013 2:30 PM
So true. One thing you can say about the Democrats: When they are in power, they act like they are in power. GOP wins a majority and they practically apologize for it with their compromsing and "across the aisle" reaching.

It's hard for a lot of people, particularly on the right, to recognize that the conservative movement's problems are mostly problems of success. The Republican Party's problems are much more recognizable as the problems of failure, including the failure to recognize the limits of that movement's success.

American conservatism began as a kind of intellectual hobbyist's group with little hope of changing the broader society. Albert Jay Nock, the cape-wearing libertarian intellectual -- he called himself a "philosophical anarchist" -- who inspired a very young William F. Buckley Jr., argued that political change was impossible because the masses were rubes,...