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  •  The country has historically thrived (4+ / 0-)

    only when both parties have hewed fairly close to the center and been led by smart, decent, responsible, tough, reality-based people. E.g. the early republic, Reconstruction, the Progressive era, the New Deal era, the post-WWI era. It's when one or both parties have moved too far from the center that things have fallen apart (read: when the more conservative party has gone too far right).

    Look at when one party has gotten too radical:

    --The Jeffersonians before the War of 1812 on economic policy and war
    --The Democratic party before the Civil War on slavery
    --The Republican party after Reconstruction on deregulation
    --The Republican party in the 20's on deregulation
    --The Republican party in the modern era on, well, everything

    When the more conservative party has been allowed to get too radical, bad things invariably happen. Conservatism is most effective as a counter to excessive liberalism, not as a political style of government by itself.

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 05:57:20 AM PST

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