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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Republicans Now a Moral Minority

Based on this article citing the RNC's vehement criticism of bailouts and other socialist policies, it appears that Republicans have taken their familiar place as the vocal moral minority, i.e., they say the right things when they have no ability to act on them. If they could ever comprehend and articulate why capitalism is not only practical but moral as I explained in a previous post [1], they could rightly capture and maintain a majority forever.


Burgess Laughlin said...

Thank you for spotlighting this article. If the content is representative of the Republican Party, then they are hopeless as far as any principled opposition goes.

If I have understood the content correctly, the best that the RP offers is "fiscal responsibility." That means we will have statism that meets accounting rules.

They speak of "small government," when the target should be proper government--one that serves only to protect individual rights to life, liberty, and property. Size is a nonessential, an effect. Rights-protecting should be the essential, causal characteristic.

The Rat Cap said...

Thanks Burgess as always.

That's a great point. You often hear Obama-types advocate for "smaller" government which they mean to be more "efficient" meaning trying to save nickel's and dime's in a multi-trillion dollar abyss. The Republicans accept this premise implicitly by advocating for "smaller" government and "fiscal responsibility" while not addressing the more fundamental issue of what constitutes "proper" government function. The magnitude of the budget is really a secondary point (although highly related of course).

This is all a consequence of the Republicans accepting the moral premises of their supposed enemies, i.e., they accept that sacrifice is moral but disagree on magnitude. So, the Democrats propose giving away 500 billion to the homeless and the Republicans come back with the need for "fiscal responsibility" and vote for 495 billion.