Posts Tagged ‘Republican Party’

The Republican debate

I didn’t watch last night’s Republican debate in Iowa since it sounded about as much fun as, well, listening to Rick Santorum and Herman Cain and Michelle Bachmann wax political. The highlights were more than enough for me, and even those few minutes had me utterly confused and depressed.

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The stupid! It burns!

I’m having a hard time deciding if this is satire. Sadly, I don’t think it is.

Confusing the means with the ends

I was reading the David Brooks column today (don’t judge me too harshly), and it got me thinking. Don’t get me wrong: David Brooks is usually off in never-never land as far as I am concerned, and he had a couple of roll-your-eyes doozies today, such as starting right off the bat with “Republicans generally like Westerns. They generally admire John Wayne-style heroes who are rugged, individualistic and brave.” and then segueing to “Republicans are so much the party of individualism and freedom these days that they are no longer the party of community and order.” Right. Individualism and freedom indeed; tell the former to all of those anti-war protesters circa 2002 and the latter to all those people, Jane Harman included, who have had their phone calls or other private correspondence surveilled in the name of national security.

But even a blind squirrel finds a nut now and then, and the gem to be taken from this column is this: “They celebrate capitalism, which is a means, and are inarticulate about the good life, which is the end. They take things like tax cuts, which are tactics that are good in some circumstances, and elevate them to holy principle, to be pursued in all circumstances.”

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Jack Kemp dies

I read today that former Republican Congressman, presidential candidate, and vice-presidential nominee Jack Kemp died today. Although I am certainly no Republican, I did respect him as a person. He was wrong about supply-side economics, but unlike many Republicans today he was genuinely concerned about the plight of the poor and sought to bring everybody in this country into the debate. Instead of marginalizing and attacking groups like immigrants, for example, he sought solutions to the issues surrounding immigration.

With the national Republican party in complete disarray these days, they would be well-advised to take a look at people like Jack Kemp.

Edit: I just found (via Balloon Juice) this letter from Jack Kemp to his grandchildren after the election of Barack Obama. Can you imagine any other Republican in power writing this kind of letter?