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    Rebuplicans are not the party of small government. Republicans managed in the 60s through 90s to forge a coalition between conservatives and libertarians. The libertarians are the small government people. Conservatives don't mind a strong government - they just have a totally different idea from liberals of what that strong government is supposed to do. Conservatives want government to provide law and order and uphold "traditional values". Conservatives are all about authority, so they like a government that plays by the "strict father" script. There is nothing inherently conservative about the idea of small government. (As for Grover Norquist - he's a fraud.)

    The coalition of conservatives and libertarians was based, naturally, on the smallest common denominator - the pro-business agenda the two movements share. After 9/11, this coalition has fallen apart. True libertarians - as opposed to Norquist-type frauds - are horrified by the DHS, the Patriot Act, NCLB, and the imperial adventure in Iraq. Libertarians are now moving towards a new coalition, this time with progressives. Progressives have become the people who embrace state rights, local government, an independent judiciary, fiscal responsibility, and a healthy attitude against the government overstepping its boundaries.

    Make no mistake - the new coalition between libertarians and progressives will be just as volatile as the previous coalition between libertarians and conservatives was. But libertarians are always a minority - albeit a politically attractive one - so they have to form a coalition one way or the other to get things done.

    If you cannot convince them, confuse them. Harry S. Truman

    by brainwave on Mon Sep 12, 2005 at 09:38:47 PM PDT

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