More emphatically, he adds “The next time a Republican says that the GOP is better than the DNC, I’m tempted to punch him in the nose.”
All right: the GOP is better than the DNC. Swing away.
First, is the GOP the same as the Democrats? Not even close—nor is this a recent argument. Stop thinking of Democrats as those blue collar guys and uptight city liberals who want to see government take a bigger role in our civic lives. Those guys vanished in the 1960s, as candidate Jim Webb is somehow only now discovering.
The modern Democrat is an overt socialist who wants to implement every failed Euro-sleaze program they ever heard of. The modern Democrat is a fascistic post-Wilsonian of the first order who thinks it’s 1932 and a little national socialism is good for blood and honor. These are the folks who applauded when God was stricken from their platform in 2012. They are modern humanists—that is, shallow, over-educated-but-under-intelligent narcissists.
If you’ve missed the last few weeks, they’re no longer denying this.
Now, here’s the problem with the GOP: it’s really two different parties mixed together.
Ideally, the American bicameral structure would look like this:
Democrats have been voted out of public office and except for a few oddballs with sideburns around college campuses, are not a factor in the average American’s life. Given that Democrats hold so few national and state offices, we could be marching on this road, but it will take a couple of generations more. Yes, by rights, these folks should have vanished by the 1980s, but they somehow got louder and were reasonably organized until recently.
Republicans would be one remaining political party, advocating a strong military, decentralized government agencies, and a tax structure that was differentiated based on income levels, with corporations paying the least and wealthy folks paying quite a bit. Much of this would be going to pay down debts. Make no mistake: tax rates would still be an itch for many Americans.
The other party would be overtly libertarian, advocating a more defensive military, elimination of government agencies (with the expectation that the individual be without many lifelines), with a fairly flat tax rate with stagnating debt (but no deficit) because debt would still exceed revenues for many, many years.
If you think about it that way, there’s a certain political logic to this. Viewpoints are more balanced and bipartisanship is much more effective. You might find yourself leaning this way during certain international crises or leaning the other way during national tensions. The two systems are different enough to produce real motion, but not so binary that there’s an automatic contradiction to every measure put forward.
Today, alas, we inexplicably still have Democrats advocating disastrous policies that were exposed decades ago, and the other two parties are forced into one collective: the GOP. As a result, the GOP can sometimes get things done—what C.C.W. Cooke calls a Conservatarian solution—but most often nothing gets done because there’s too significant a cost.
So step one is for the two wings of the GOP (you can call them the Establishment and the Conservatives if you like; the Czar does) to work together to exposed and eliminate the Democrats until they are the size of the Green party. But until that happens—and it’ll take a while (even Reagan couldn’t do it)—the GOP will be a coalition of competing elements fighting for internal control.
It’s not that the GOP is the Stupid Party: it’s that the GOP is two different parties sharing a foxhole against the Destructive Party.
*For example, it’s not that the GOP doesn’t want to defund Obamacare—they do, but to avoid a collapse of the insurance industry which is now over-leveraged because of it, we need to position something better to take its place. And there are too many solutions to contemplate right now. That’s a lot of work just to see it vetoed.