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The Republican Identity Crisis
Newsweek ^ | Dec. 25, 2006 | Michael Gerson

Posted on 12/21/2006 2:57:12 PM PST by Small-L

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To: TeenagedConservative

spoken like a true teenager


51 posted on 12/22/2006 3:32:34 PM PST by woofie (For some people self hatred may be justified)
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To: Small-L
The combination of disdain for government, a reflexive preference for markets and an unbalanced emphasis on individual choice is usually called libertarianism.

Let's restate that for a little more clarity and strip away a little editorial bias. Not much, just a little.

"The combination of disdain for government, a preference for markets and an emphasis on individual choice is usually called libertarianism."

52 posted on 12/22/2006 5:38:11 PM PST by William Terrell (Individuals can exist without government but government can't exist without individuals.)
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To: woofie

And I'm glad that as the next batch of voters, teenagers, for all their crazy liberalism, are at least motivated to break away from the two-party dualopoly.


53 posted on 12/22/2006 9:06:51 PM PST by TeenagedConservative
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To: TeenagedConservative

like some of us voted for Ross Perot?


That worked out well


54 posted on 12/22/2006 9:09:32 PM PST by woofie (For some people self hatred may be justified)
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To: monday

Having a government and societal structure is a good thing, so I'm not an anarchist; however, just because I want a government that works - that doesn't make me a socialist either.

Ideally, I'd love the 18th century model to prevail; however, when we elect people (who are supposed to represent us) who have no interest in solving actual problems and doing the business of government - on top of either throwing money at problems or creating new government programs - something is terribly wrong with our government.

And as a side note: if we want to stop tax collection then we'd need to repeal the 16th amendment to the constitution.


55 posted on 12/23/2006 9:11:31 AM PST by kcbc2001
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To: woofie
Ross Perot didn't give Clinton the election, Bob Dole did. Third Party candidates do what the Republicrats fail to do. If Dole had brought a good message, Perot would have had nowhere to attack from.

Third party candidates, and elections they tip, are a symptom of the problem, not the problem. Disgruntled GOP loyalists like to blame Libertarians for their defeats, but Libertarians only exist because Republicans allow them to. Blame your party, not voters like me who actually are willing not to vote for the GOP when it doesn't measure up to our principles.
56 posted on 12/23/2006 10:37:43 AM PST by TeenagedConservative
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To: TeenagedConservative

I think you are wrong but sense you are a teenager I wont argue


57 posted on 12/23/2006 2:22:27 PM PST by woofie (For some people self hatred may be justified)
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58 posted on 12/23/2006 2:47:10 PM PST by Gritty (Republicans are bad at sex. They're pasty, unattractive white people. - Bill Maher)
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To: samm1148
"Why don't the compassionate conservatives just go to the so-called party of helping--the democrat party. Us "extremists" will do just fine."

And never win another election. But, you'll be just fine. Elections are won through coalitions. The phrase "politics makes strange bedfellows" has a lot of meaning for winning elections.

59 posted on 12/23/2006 2:51:04 PM PST by DaGman
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To: kcbc2001
"And as a side note: if we want to stop tax collection then we'd need to repeal the 16th amendment to the constitution."

I know. The sixteenth amendment was passed during the early 20th century along with prohibition and FDR's great society. Apparently our ancestors were especially stupid then.
60 posted on 12/26/2006 6:22:20 AM PST by monday
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