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Is Ideology Dead?

I can’t find the quote, but I think somebody once observed, “Conservatism is a hard sell,” and that person is right. Conservatism is sit up straight, eat your peas, save your money for a rainy day. Having said that, I don’t think that’s what today’s Republican Party is selling…

Meanwhile, voting Democrat makes you feel like a good person, generous, open, welcoming, friendly and helpful. Liberals harken to their own chosen subset of traditional American values, even as some of their policies swerve to the opposite extremes of wild libertinism and scolding censoriousness.

Perfume comercial politics: “I don’t know where I end and you begin”

Both parties have strayed from their traditional values and beliefs, each evolving instead as a reactionary force against the other, so that a distortion in one produces contradictory (and often irrational) distortions in the other: A vicious cycle.

I want a conservative Republican party that stands for: Tradition, fiscal responsibility, limited government, local control, law and order, sensible immigration policy, business-friendly laws and policies, serious foreign policy, strong national defense (peace through strength).

I want a liberal Democrat party to stand for: Free speech (even when deemed dangerous), personal liberty to live ones life in violation of societal norms, workers rights, safety nets, no more endless wars.

I doubt we’ll ever get back to that.

What say you?

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