Eric Florack on September 2nd, 2012

Paul Ryan destroys Obamacare in about 6 minutes:

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Justin Arnold on July 22nd, 2010

So it is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you can win a hundred battles without a single loss.

—Sun Tzu, The Art of War

The two major forms of Republicanism each have a doctrine that is tied to actual documents.  Religious social conservatives have The Bible, while fiscal and Constitutional conservatives have the Constitution.  It is safe to say that the vast majority of Republicans have their political tenants supplied by one, if not both, of these documents.  This type of textual anchor is a positive philosophically and morally but in a strictly political sense can be a liability.  The resulting positives are what tend to be deep, time-tested convictions, stability, certainty and, when used, an effective measuring stick for candidates in primaries.  However, in our current event driven and largely politically uninformed society the negative is that this rigidness makes it nearly impossible to adapt positions to individual situations and use current events for maximum political gain.

This is a problem that the modern day liberal Democrat will not have anytime soon.  They indeed stand in the starkest of contrast.  Having left the Constitution behind decades ago, they move forward with no defined doctrine.  No set of black and white documents that create, inform, or guide their ideology (and don\’t even try to give me the party platform).  This creates a situation in which changing party leadership sets an evolving standard as to what defines a Democrat.  This not only allows them to easily tailor their political message to what they perceive to be popular at the moment, but grants them the option of playing the role of “lifeguard” and coming to the citizenry’s rescue with politically crafted legislation.

This, in tandem with the current perception that this is indeed the role of government, is extremely effective but thankfully also comes with disadvantages.  First, the […]

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