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I'm trying to wind down my (some would say excessive) election ranting, but I still have to say a couple things:

To my way of thinking the GOP lost not just because of some demographic miscalculation, or because of an act of god. They lost because their ideas are suspect. Their ideas are not going to be more appealing just because they're coming out of Marco Rubio's mouth.

The GOP is Pro-Birth, but not really Pro-Life.
The GOP is Pro-Military, but not Pro-Soldier.
The GOP is Pro-Dogma, but not Pro-Fact.
The GOP believes in conservation of a way of life, not conservation of the planet we live on.
The GOP believes in beliefs, not in logic.
The GOP is a plutocracy in everyman's clothing. Luckily people looked beneath the garb to see the underlying truth.

In many ways Obama is to the right of Eisenhower, yet they call Obama a socialist, communist, fascist, etc. They have gone over the edge in painting Obama as "other." The GOP has been dragged into the "reality" of the Tea Party, Religious Right, John Birch Society, Ayn Rand, white power, and other extremist fringe elements. Xenophobia, racism, and fear seem to be the driving forces. They view themselves as a righteous, persecuted minority. At least the "minority" part is fact-based.

I'm not anti-conservative. A "loyal opposition" is crucial. The parties exist in dynamic tension. The problem is that the GOP has been loyal to their party first, the country second, resulting in terrible governance. Politics is the art of the compromise, and Tea Party ideologues won't compromise. The current GOP suffers from a demographic shortfall (not making angry white guys fast enough), and from being beholden to too many disparate ideologies in their base. The big tent doesn't cover enough of America, so some of the ideas will have to change in order for the GOP to gain any relevance. They've driven most of the thinkers out of the party, leaving what, exactly? They deserve to keep failing until they can re-invent themselves. I'm all for a third party to absorb the crazies, so that the GOP can get back to being a party that is interested in governing a diverse country instead of defending an ideology at all costs.

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  •  It is a perpetual struggle for vs against freedoms (0+ / 0-)

    as Chris Matthews has said, profoundly.   Over the long run, the movement for more rights has tended to win out over the attempt to limit rights.

    What would it mean to be anti-conservative, really?  To be against conserving the best parts of our past?  Probably not, because liberals and progressives treasure the best things from the past as much as "conservatives" do.

    The word "conservative" has become almost meaningless, and it is not the same thing as "right-wing."

    Liberals and progessives want to conserve the environment, which is why we are "conservationists."  We want to conserve a lot of traditional values, too, such as love for humanity, care, compassion, community, and the traditions of the arts and sciences.

    It is not clear whether the right wing and tea party are worried that we liberals and progressives want to have no Republican opposition at all.  They know we don't want to eliminate the two party system.   I'm not sure that they take us seriously when we say we want to have "sane" conservatives as our opponents - do they even care?

    No - they don't give a rat's @$$ what we think about it, to be frank about it.

    It is interesting to really go deeper and think about what the two political parties would be, if we could set it up in an ideal way.

    First of all, we might avoid the labels liberal and conservative, if we possibly can in the future.   "Liberal" has so many meanings (Donald Trump would be considered an economic "liberal" in most of the world, where "liberal" just means capitalistic).

    If we say that we are liberals, does that mean that we are in favor of letting people do whatever they want, whenever they want?   No, because we know that there needs to be a balance between individual freedoms and the legitimate needs of the community.   We are not "libertines," and we are not "licentious."

    We could make the argument that it is we who are the more conservative, in that we treasure so much in our heritage that is being trashed by the right wing.   We treasure and conserve our humanity, and the right wing is opposed to the very idea of "humanity" itself, because it reminds them of "humanism" and the word "humane."

  •  A New Era? (0+ / 0-)

    It was the first test on the impact of Citizens United.  It was the first time a Presidential candidate lied w/ such impunity, lifted a snippet of his opponents comment & wasted the entire first day of his convention on that lie.

    It was the first time a candidate's wife insulted "you people" & said "we've told you all you need to know".  It was the first time a Presidential candidate refused to release his tax records & got away with it.  

    This election had a lot of firsts.  They were all batted down.  Some people stood in line for up to 9 hours to make sure that batting down happened.  

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