Skip to comments.Sowell: 'Me Too' Republicans
Posted on 03/25/2013 10:12:07 AM PDT by jazusamo
Many ideas presented as "new" are just rehashes of old ideas that have been tried before and have failed before. So it is no surprise that the recent "Growth and Opportunity Project" report to the Republican National Committee is a classic example of what previous generations called "Me too" Republicanism.
These are Republicans who think that the key to winning elections is to do more of what the Democrats are doing. In effect, they say "me too" on issues such as immigration, in hopes of gaining more new votes than they lose by betraying their existing supporters.
In the wake of last year's presidential election debacle for the Republicans, the explanation preferred by "moderate" Republicans has been that the GOP has been too narrowly ideological, and needs to reach out to minorities, women and young people, rather than just to conservatives.
In the words of the "Growth and Opportunity Project," the problem is that conservative Republican candidates have been "driving around in circles on an ideological cul-de-sac."
But the report itself says that the Republicans' election problems have been at the national level, not at the state level, where a majority of the governors are Republicans. Are the Republican moderates suggesting that the reason Mitt Romney lost in 2012 is that he was driving around in a conservative cul-de-sac? Romney was as mushy a moderate as Senator John McCain was before him and as many other Republican losers in presidential elections have been, going all the way back to the 1940s. The only Republican candidate who might fit the charge of being a complete conservative was Ronald Reagan, who won two landslide elections.
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Reading Thomas Sowell makes you smarter
I wish HE would run for president
Tom Sowell and I agree completely on all this!
Polls and focus groups are not a substitute for thought.
You make a very good point. At times I think to myself that the column starts off a lttle slow but the further into it the better it gets.
I wrote a paper in graduate school about “the demise of journalistic storytelling.”
Everything needs to be encapsulated in a title, subtitle, by-line, or the first sentence of an essay anymore. It’s tragic how short everyone’s attention span has become.
I think back to Tolstoy and Solzhenitsyn and the absolute walls of text, page to page, very few page breaks, but you are so engrossed in the narrative that you don’t notice.
Nowadays kids stop reading if there are more than 3 lines of text.
The Wisdom of Thomas Sowell
1 - “It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong.”
2 - I have never understood why it is “greed” to want to keep the money you have earned but not greed to want to take somebody else’s” money.
3 - “Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it.”
4 - “One of the common failings among honorable people is a failure to appreciate how thoroughly dishonorable some other people can be, and how dangerous it is to trust them.”
5 - “The next time some academics tell you how important diversity is, ask how many Republicans there are in their sociology department.”
6 - “The problem isn’t that Johnny can’t read. The problem isn’t even that Johnny can’t think. The problem is that Johnny doesn’t know what thinking is; he confuses it with feeling.”
7 - “The most fundamental fact about the ideas of the political left is that they do not work. Therefore we should not be surprised to find the left concentrated in institutions where ideas do not have to work in order to survive.”
8 - “I think this man (Obama) really does believe he can change the world, and people like that are infinitely more dangerous than mere crooked politicians.”
9 - “If you have always believed that everyone should play by the same rules and be judged by the same standards, that would have gotten you labeled a radical 60 years ago, a liberal 30 years ago and a racist today.”
10 - “Life in general has never been even close to fair, so the pretense that the government can make it fair is a valuable and inexhaustible asset to politicians who want to expand government.”
11 - “Actually lowering the cost of insurance would be accomplished by such things as making it harder for lawyers to win frivolous lawsuits against insurance companies.”
12 - “It is amazing that people who think we cannot afford to pay for doctors, hospitals, and medication somehow think that we can afford to pay for doctors, hospitals, medication and a government bureaucracy to administer it.”
It gets worse even at the university level.
You’re telling me! I spent several years slogging through the Liberal swamps. I was docked grades in many classes for ardently disagreeing and discrediting professors who viewed me as a threat for proving them wrong. I was force fed so much Liberal, Progressive, queer ideology that it’s a miracle I came out unscathed.
Those are classics...Thanks, IM.
Sowell always nails it. I really hate the GOP sometimes because to some extent it is the rich detatched idiots and their consultants that are screwing us in the grassroots. Id think they’d know something about marketing ideas but they don’t and that is the problem. Reagan and Newt Gingrich to a lesser degree understood how to sell ideas. People like Lee Atwater knew how to drive people into our camp and if they couldn’t drive them into our camp they alienated them from the other camp which is often just as important. Thankfully we have a few dozen Tea Party minded folks who are changing the game. Hopefully it will be soon enough.
So, it was a normal university experience for ya. ;-)
For the most part, yep. I went in a Republican and came out a conservative.
Another great article from Dr. Sowell. Thanks for the ping jaz.
Have I told anyone lately how much I admire and respect Dr. Sowell?
We all do no end of feeling and we mistake it for thinking. And out of it we get an aggregation which we consider a boon. It's name is public opinion. It is held in reverence. It settles everything. Some think it is the voice of God." -- Mark Twain
The term RINOs no longer fits since these idiots are in control of the party. Maybe we should call them unicorns instead because only in a fantasy world will their ideas get them the results they think they will.
You know I hate to bring up the Whigs but it took the death of a failed party to produce a revitilized one. I like to think we can rebuild the GOP from the inside but it is looking dimmer now. I think 2016 is the make or break year. If we don’t have a real conservative nominee the party is going to die.
He’s correct for the most part, but the Kodak analogy is not an exact one. Kodak’s competitors did not invent digital photography, but they did a better job of adapting to the outside develpoments, hence no Kodak no mo.
Great amalgamation of Sowell’s wisdom. I copy and pasted it to my Facebook page. Thanks.
Use the historically accurate nomenclature, Red or Trotsky or Roosevelt Republicans. They are the worse sort of scum except for 90%+ of the Drats!
Actually I like my acronym better
It’s pretty accurate considering these self labeled conservatives have screwed us.
Add my tagline to your list
The way for the Republicans to look like they are trying to win IS to promise more and better goodies seized from other Republicans. The reason people should vote for us is that we will bring Socialism, but of a much better kind, since we are nicer people. Our slogan? "Hey, We're Not as bad as the other party and have family values, too."
Who said we are supposed to win? The role of the GOP is not to win national elections, but to protect safe seats in carefully constructed Republican districts so that the establishment RINO group maintains a good seat at the table where the swag is divided up. Running the government is the Democrats' job. We make sure they keep it and they take care of us and our corporate constituents. Very good care indeed.
There is another crucial role that must be played by the GOP in elections. In primaries, the GOP must savage Conservative Extremists; rip them to shreds, outspend them 20-1, withold party funds from them; and make sure they go down to ignominious defeat. Furthermore the GOP must then ensure that those who voted for them stay home on election day.
Sowell's sort of thinking is preposterously out of line. Ask Karl Rove.
Yep, Dr. Sowell’s line of thinking is definitely out of line with Tokyo Rove’s. ;-)
Wow, Jaz! He hit the nail on the head this time. He went to the heart of what bothers me about the GOPe dopes, and articulated it perfectly. Thanks for the ping, my friend.
I see what you did there.
Big Bump, TOL! My pleasure as always.
No, they do know .... I think the real problem is, their actual motives they cannot talk about, and so they put up this other stuff instead, which if it is silly and fatuous, at least keeps the Main Street Republicans looking the wrong way.
They're doing something completely different from what you think they are, is my best answer.
I love how Sowell points out that Republicans are doing well at the state level. It’s the national level where the problems lay. For sure, at the national level, too many Republicans break the way of the Democrats when push comes to a vote.
Ironically, I think there may be an odd effect of the success of talk radio at the national level for Republicans. Basically, national-level Republicans have become lazy and rely on conservative celebrities like Rush, Hannity, Coulter, Ingraham, and Buchanan, to preach to the choir and secure the party base at crunch time.
This allows national-level Republican candidates to stand apart from conservatives when it becomes convenient (”I’m not like _that!”_), pursue liberal-leaning policies, and even govern in ways that they hope will bring over Democratic voters.
“Bipartisan government,” “reaching across the aisle,” “sharing power.” These are all buzzwords that mean Republicans doing what Democrats want in the face of the constituents that put them up in office.
It never works. All that happens is that Republican Senators and Congressman do the bidding of Democrats with nothing of substance returned, while Democrats receive all the credit for getting laws passed and take none of the blamebecause it was all done through “bipartisanship!”
This and everything else in your post may not be what the GOPe says. But it sure sounds like what they do!
"Polls and focus groups are not a substitute for thought."
SO FUNNY you pinged me on this...I just finished reading Sowell's piece on RCP before coming over to FR. And yes, the line about polls and focus groups was the key quote.