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Federalism Could be the Solution to GOP Branding Problem

samswede Wrote: Dec 14, 2012 11:03 AM
Jonah, you are dead on. I have heard people of all persuasions lamenting the fact that we are so polarized as a nation- and why can't there be more compromise. Unfortunately, that's precisely what got us where we are. Hayak was correct in that we have been dragged further and further from our core principles in an effort to bring peace through compromise. We need more Republicans who will, rather than fight, just agree with Dems there is a problem but that it is a fight the states need to address. The one size fits all solutions that the federal government imposes do not work on minimum wage, schools, energy, social security or health care- just to name a few.

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...