Saturday, May 02, 2009

"... the only demographic group that grew in all 50 states in the last 18 years."

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Can you guess?

(h/t: Steve Benen)

1 comment:

Adam said...

This is good news from the view of this Republican; if we can actually restore principles of limited government (and not just as a talking point when we're out of power) as the main theme that defines the planks of our platform then we may gain relevance when... sorry to inform you of this... we can't afford to pay for Obama's expensive Utopia (These are numbers from the Congressional Budget Office.)

If the evangelicals still are running things, and for instance, Mike Huckabee or Sarah Palin are considered viable candidates at all in '12 then we're screwed. We (as in the atheist/agnostic/secular Republicans) need to tell the evangelicals to shut the f' up and sit the f' down... you're going to vote for us because you have nowhere else to go but you're not going to make our party have an agenda that's more concerned about enforcing rules written by stone-age schizophrenics than determining the fate of our nation's continuing commitment to individualism.

As an aside I think the criticisms of socialism are misguided (although when the Obama Administration does explicitly socialist things like convert preferred shares w/o voting rights to common shares w/ voting rights and assumes control of private companies in part it's somewhat valid) but in main I think the ideological schism is between an emphasis on individualism and individual rights and the good of the collective.

Americans are schizophrenic philosophically because as long as the good times are rolling (e.g. the Clinton years) and everybody's getting rich nobody has any probably with Randian individualism (and while income inequality might have grown more in the Bush years--I'm just not sure--it's not like it wasn't growing a lot during the tech bubble of Clinton) but when things aren't going so good Americans briefly abandon that philosophy for Keynsianism, populism, etc. The only problem is 10 years from now when the country is back on its feet there's no way to take away the power we give to the government back, which we should all remember will at some point in the future belong to the party we dislike.