Thursday, February 27, 2014

GOP: The Anti-Dale Carnege

It's a battle of ideas, and the GOP has lost. Every time they talk about issues they supposedly believe in (morality, capitalism) they worsen their case, most often through their contradictory actions. Even when they say the right things, they manage to say them in the worst possible way. The best thing they could do to help themselves would be to shut up.

Here's how to argue your point:
why go wandering into the psychology of female sexuality in the first place? It’s ridiculous. This is politics. Stick to policy. And there’s a good policy question to be asked about the contraceptive mandate (even apart from its challenge to religious freedom).
It’s about priorities. By what moral logic does the state provide one woman with co-pay-free contraceptives while denying the same subvention to another woman when she urgently needs antibiotics for her sick child? (WaPo - Krauthammer)
Also from Krauthammer:
Yet there is a very simple, straightforward strategy for seizing the high ground on abortion in a way that transcends the normal divisions and commands wide popular support: Focus on the horror of late-term abortion — and get it banned.  (WaPo - Krauthammer)

Here is the sublime statement that all ideological factions, eager to swing the power of the state like Thor swinging a hammer and smiting his enemies, should adhere to concerning any issue near and dear to them, including 'free' government healthcare...
But regarding early abortions, the objective should be persuasion — creating some future majority — rather than legislative coercion in the absence of a current majority. These are the constraints of a democratic system.  (WaPo - Krauthammer)
Victor Davis Hanson on immigration:
So how hard is it for a Republican simply to say, “I oppose illegal immigration because (1) it is illegal. It undermines the sanctity of the law and discriminates against the law-abiding waiting in line to enter the U.S. legally. (2) It benefits corporate grandees at the expense of working people. (3) It is driven by self-serving elites of the ethnic-grievance industry to enhance their own advantage, rather than to help poor folks struggling to find decent wages and schools. 
 Illegal immigration, in short, is the most illiberal issue of our time. (PJ Media - VDH)
My prediction

The GOP will become a minor party, and the democrat party, in its decadent dominance, will split in two: The rich progressive, and the workaday populists. Obama can talk out of both sides of his mouth, but most politicians are not so gifted. Leftwing progressives were onto his game from the start: Spout OWS rhetoric, but keep the fatcats happy while collecting their campaign contributions. It takes great skill to pull that off, and I predict at some point the jig will be up for the Democrats.

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