Will The Republican Party Return to Its Roots?
Why write a blog about the Republican Party? Because the Republican Party, at the national level, is in danger of slipping into irrelevance, and that would be bad for our country. Our two party system has served us well for over a century, helping our democracy steer a course that has helped the United States grow to be one of the greatest nations in history. But a two party system only works if there are two viable parties, each offering solutions, each competing for votes. This tugging and pulling brings both parties towards the middle and generally has led to be the best policy decisions. If there is only one party offering credible solutions and the other party cursing the very existence of government, we often wind up with weak legislation and sometimes even bad legislation. Our country suffers without the counter-weight of a second party, a second view of how best to proceed. The Republican Party, for all of its recent challenges, used to be that party, used to be the counter weight. And hopefully, it can be again – hopefully, the Republican Party can return to its roots and again be the party of rational, efficient government.
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Author Archives: Blake Ashby
I know it has to be have been a frustrating election cycle for the Tea Party, and there is a natural human desire to find something good in bad news. But if the Tea Party went away today I’m having … Continue reading
Via email (shortened just a bit) Me: I have to say, very intriguing, lots of well written stuff. But also the paradox that I think is the main challenge to the Tea Party movement. There is this idea that absence … Continue reading
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A St. Louis Missouri House Member has introduced an amendment to the Missouri Constitution to allow gay marriage. The amendment is unlikely to be voted upon because of opposition from Conservative lawmakers. But at some point Conservatives are going to … Continue reading
Conservatives have typically been skeptical of the United Nations. But the Russian annexation of Crimea has shown yet again the need for a United Nations Agency on Democracy. Yes, an expansion of the role of the United Nations would be … Continue reading
At some point conservatives are going to have to accept legalized abortion. Moral character is important to the success of our nation, and in some ways the moral character of the United States has declined. But I cannot be convinced … Continue reading
Last week AOL chairman Tim Armstrong caused an uproar by linking a change in the company’s 401K plan to increased healthcare costs due to two premature births. The company has since reversed the 401K change and Armstrong apologized for his … Continue reading
The recent waves of articles on our growing income inequality have compared the United States of today to the United States of the 1930s. But the comparison we need to be making, and worrying about, is to Ancient Rome. The … Continue reading
The fate of the Normandy School District is very much in question. But for all of the uncertainty and upheaval the district is going through, School Choice is working as intended. Proponents of School Choice talk of applying “free market … Continue reading
The 50th anniversary of Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty is generating numerous conversations about poverty and the government’s role in social change. But we are avoiding the one conversation we need to have: the impact of changing social norms around … Continue reading