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
With the legalization of recreational marijuana use in Colorado and Washington State, the U.S. has once again extended individual liberty. But yet again it feels as if we have deferred the conversation on individual responsibility. We enjoy amazing individual liberty … Continue reading
I know the Republican Party has forced the government shutdown and potential default on our debt. And I know that a sub-set of the Republicans, Tea Party Republicans, are responsible for the madness going on in Washington. But I can’t … Continue reading
Several commentators have suggested that Conservatives are against the Affordable Care Act (ACA) because they are afraid that it might work and in doing so disprove their small government philosophy. But this misses the point – It is how the … Continue reading
New commentary article in the Post-Dispatch… Sometime on Saturday, Grover Norquist, the founder of Americans for Tax Reform, will take the stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference meeting here in St. Louis. He will very likely receive a standing … Continue reading
More than twenty years ago, as a researcher for the Missouri House Republican Caucus and State Rep. Jim Talent, I prepared a study on how to wind down the St. Louis School Desegregation program. The one option the report didn’t … Continue reading
A recent Forbes commentary by Harry Binswanger suggests that instead of asking for more from the very wealthy, we should reward them by waiving their taxes, with a nod to Ayn Rand. But Harry… interesting choice of Goldman Sachs, but … Continue reading
Late last week the Missouri Legislature failed to overturn Governor Nixon’s veto of a controversial tax cut bill, with fifteen Republicans supporting the Governor’s veto. The fifteen were promptly dubbed “the Flimsy Fifteen”, and area conservative radio talk show host … Continue reading
The Republican Party seems to be slowly moving back to rational, pragmatic Republicanism. But until the Republican Party acknowledges that global warming is real and that there is a need for the federal government to help ensure clean air and … Continue reading
Something the Republican Party used to be known for was its hard-nosed realism. Republicans used to be skeptical of abstract theories. We believed that we could use the power of reason to think through how a theory would work in … Continue reading