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Donít Fear Partisanship
Principles & Policy ^ | July 30th, 2012

Posted on 07/30/2012 7:04:36 PM PDT by Sark

The left absolutely loves to call conservatives hopelessly “partisan.” It’s their favorite label to attach to us, bar none. Make no mistake, it’s an effective attack. The word itself sounds harsh, even angry. Partisan. Most people would agree that the word has extremely negative connotations in modern American political culture. Consider the backlash Senate hopeful Richard Mourdock (R-IN) endured in May for the following comments:

“I certainly think bipartisanship ought to consist of Democrats coming to the Republican point of view. We entered this campaign wanting to be a voice, and hoping to give more of a national voice to the idea that Republicans and more specifically conservatives would be a majority of the United States Senate…

…If we do that, bipartisanship means they have to come our way, and if we’re successful in getting the numbers, we’ll work toward that. You know, I would want to confront, not so much people, but the issues that are really out there that are really causing us to be in the economic crisis that we’re in.”

I understand the reflexive backlash over Mourdock’s statement, I honestly do. Bipartisanship has become a sacred word in America. We love bipartisanship. We want more of it. If forced to define partisanship, most Americans would say something along the lines of “Republicans and Democrats working together.” Doesn’t Mourdock want that? Don’t we have real problems that we need to address? Why is he being so partisan?

I would argue that “partisan” shouldn’t be a dirty word in American politics. If you think about it, being partisan over something just means that you actually believe in the argument you’re making and in your political philosophy.

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TOPICS: Government; Politics
KEYWORDS: conservative; partisan; progressive; richardmourdock

1 posted on 07/30/2012 7:04:48 PM PDT by Sark
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To: Sark
The left absolutely loves to call conservatives hopelessly “partisan.”

I've always though the left likes "radical right-winger." And I'm as hopelessly a conservative partisan as you'll ever find. Proud of it, too.

2 posted on 07/30/2012 7:20:03 PM PDT by upchuck ("Definition of 'racist:' someone that is winning an argument with a liberal." ~ Peter Brimelow)
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To: Sark
It’s their favorite label to attach to us, bar none.

Not true. The Left's favorite word is...

"RACIST!!!"

3 posted on 07/30/2012 7:58:16 PM PDT by Old Sarge (We are now officially over the precipice, we just havent struck the ground yet)
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