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Everything The Republican Party Did Wrong 2005-2008

Stacy knows, and lists ’em fairly comprehensively. For my money, a big part of it is this:

A basic problem with conservative punditry is that too often it admits the premises of liberal arguments and yet expects to reach different conclusions. This is a fatal rhetorical trap. If one accepts the premise that the objects of government are to achieve liberal goals — “world peace,” “social justice,” “economic equality,” etc. — then trying to find “conservative” answers to those problems is a snipe hunt. So it is with the will-o’-th’-wisp pursuit of “bipartisan civility,” a euphemism employed by Democrats to mean, “Republicans lose and shut up.”

Indeed. Why would anyone get fired up about voting for a supposed alternative to liberalism that does little if anything to resist…liberalism? And then there’s this bit, wherein he — aww, just read all of it, whydon’tcha.

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  1. Interestingly enough, Anglo-socialism was born from a variant of that mechanism. English socialists approached the Tories by expressing agreement with the necessity of a powerful central government. Then they approached the liberals (classical variety, not the “progressive” sort) with the proposition that the powerful central government could be used to attain the liberals’ goals. They called socialism “a middle way.”

    Have they arrived where they said they would by taking that road? Your Curmudgeon reports; you decide.

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