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  •  The problem with the GOP (8+ / 0-)

    is that their candidates aren't conservative enough.

    Let's let them keep thinking that for as many election cycles as possible.

    In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; but in practice, there always is a difference. - Yogi Berra

    by blue aardvark on Thu Jun 03, 2010 at 10:37:27 AM PDT

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    •  There's some truth to that statement (5+ / 0-)

      Actually, there's some truth to the idea that the problem with the GOPers these days is that their candidates actually AREN'T conservative enough.

      Small-c conservative.  You know, the kind of conservative that says "hold on let's not be too hasty about things".  Rather than the crazy conservatives we have these days who spout off about how they would vote against the Civil Rights Act if it were up for a vote today.  That's not really "conservative" except in the American political dictionary sense of the word - as I recall my High School Civics classes, that might be better termed "reactionary".

      And that's actually the problem with today's GOP.  Not enough conservatives who want to slow down our movement into the 21st century and too many reactionaries who want to drag us kicking and screaming into the 19th century.  The former can be compromised with to keep momentum moving forward - if a bit more slowly than I might like.  The latter are impossible to deal with because their worldview is screwy.  (And that's been the problem with the Democrats' approach to dealing with the GOP for years - they still think that the party has a lot of guys in the first camp in positions of power, when really the party is being run by the reactionaries - the conservatives have almost all become Democrats at this point).

      •  Right (5+ / 0-)
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        If you want to choose one word descriptions of political philosophies:
        liberal = "progress".
        conservative = "stability".

        Both are good and necessary. Conservatives (old school) make liberals prove that their change is actually progress. Liberals (old school) make conservatives defend the status quo and examine whether or not it still works in light of a changing world.

        Nowadays, "liberal" normally means "more government" and "conservative" means "deny reality". I find myself siding with the liberals.

        In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; but in practice, there always is a difference. - Yogi Berra

        by blue aardvark on Thu Jun 03, 2010 at 10:52:02 AM PDT

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