That’s what Republican primary voters seem to be doing. They just keep going back to the pile but still coming up with only vowels that spell nothing.Tommy, those are some of the great challenges America faces today, and those ideological bases are called "constituents" in our representative government. I am a little confused how pro-life advocates and advocates of rule of law, and opponents of government re-definition of marriage would be in conflict with each other, or in conflict with the ideals of limited government. Our government was instituted, if I remember correctly, primarily to protect life, liberty, and property. Pro-life advocates want the government to protect life, people who are against the government re-defining marriage for everyone want it to protect liberty, and people who are against the government confiscating money from them to do things outside of its charter are all united (and very often one and the same people) in those original founding principles. There is no inconsistency.
There’s a reason for that: Their pile is out of date. The party has let itself become the captive of conflicting ideological bases: anti-abortion advocates, anti-immigration activists, social conservatives worried about the sanctity of marriage, libertarians who want to shrink government, and anti-tax advocates who want to drown government in a bathtub.
Sorry, but you can’t address the great challenges America faces today with that incoherent mix of hardened positions.
This is putting the cart before the horse. The Constitution does not say that political parties will dictate "up-to-date" policy. It is up to We the People. But the arguments made by the left are all a matter of choosing the semantics. Since the media has an immense influence on the semantics that get used, it is up to us to counter with the proper semantics. It's another way ... an important way ... to stop echoes.
I saw a headline today -- a Rachel Maddow column entitled "War on Birth Control" is a good illustration of what's going on here. There's no "war on birth control". That is, nobody is using force, outside of an infinitesimally small number of extremists ... and by extremists I mean people who actually do use force - to make their argument against birth control. And even that tiny, tiny, fraction of individuals who do aren't doing it over condoms. The Church does not condone it. No remotely mainstream Pro-Life organization condones it. The war is largely a war of verbal persuasion.
Where there is much more like a war being waged is a war to force people who believe it is wrong ... to pay for it. Because when the government forces you to pay into an insurance plan that provides coverage for it -- whether it directly requires the employer to buy insurance that covers it or if it requires insurance companies to provide the coverage so that the employer has no choice ... the sanctioned, coercive force of government is indeed behind it whether or not anybody actually gets shot over it. People will comply because the implied force is there, and that implied force will send people to jail if they refuse to comply (or shoot them if they resist going to jail).
Libertarians don't want government to overstep its bounds. "Anti-Tax" people don't want government to overstep its bounds. And Pro Life people ... don't want Government to overstep its bounds... in fact, one of their arguments is that government isn't doing enough to protect the first of those inalienable rights.
And even if you disagree on their entirely defensible definition of "life", there's that whole first amendment to deal with. This is not trivial stuff.
The second of our great long-term challenges are our huge debt and entitlement obligations. They can’t be fixed without raising and reforming taxes and trimming entitlements and defense. We absolutely cannot just cut entitlements and defense. That would imperil the personal security and national security of every American. We must also reform taxes to raise more revenues.So one of our, as Tommy says, three great challenges are huge debt and entitlement obligations, but the GOP balking on increasing the size of government ... and that is what raising taxes effectively does ... cuts the GOP off from reality? Reality is, that for every dollar government decides to spend, we are spending, what, $1.40? Pardon me, but anything to nip that bullshit in the bud sounds like sense to me! Rather than take more property from people to fund things the government was not instituted to do, I think a big slap in the face and a "STOP IT" is entirely appropriate.
But when all the Republican candidates last year said they would not accept a deal with Democrats that involved even $1 in tax increases in return for $10 in spending cuts, the G.O.P. cut itself off from reality.
Our third great challenge is how we power our future — without dangerously polluting and warming the earth.Stop right there, Tommy. You've entered the realm of religious belief, and if you don't want people refusing to pay for things that go against their religious beliefs, then please don't insist that they pay for the implementation of yours.
I and most conservatives are all for keeping our water and air clean and preserving some wilderness for posterity. But the Reverend Al Gore has failed to provide any scientific basis for the Chicken Little cry of Anthropogenic Glowobal Warmaning and it's claimed devastating effects, so pardon me if I don't worship at the altar. It is clear that Al's "scientists" will willingly circumvent science to keep its government funding spigot wide open and feed their self-important egos. If your prerequisite for another party is another one that follows the Democratic party line .... then you're just blowing CO2 up all of our collective arses.