While on Fox News Sunday, commentator George Will uttered an underappreciated truth about the internal politics of the GOP. More specifically, he pointed out that the rift between conservative and liberal factions of the Republican Party is nothing to worry about. . . Unless you are a Democrat.
The Republicans now have what liberals are supposed to admire, which is diversity, except liberals don't want diversity in thought, and that's what the Republicans now have.
More truthful words are rarely uttered on national television. In their typical, hyper-inflammatory nature, Democrats simultaneously demonize the Republican Party as being “at war with itself”, and of being monolithically radical. C’mon Dems. . . Most of you are products of public universities: Weren’t you ever taught the definition of “oxymoron”?
Truth be told, Republicans have long been the “Big Tent” party. There is more intellectual diversity in the GOP than on most public Universities, Labor Union leadership panels, or environmental think tanks. For as much as I despise the liberal progressive bent of some GOP members, they do serve as a counterpoint in the conversation over the appropriate role of government. Within the current GOP is the debate that, at one time, consumed members of both parties. On one side there are limited government conservatives, opposed by bigger government technocrats.
Between the wing of Olympia Snowe, and the wing of Rand Paul, the Republican Party is having the exact conversation that should be occurring on a national level between the GOP and Democrats: The choice between efficient government (arguably another oxymoron), and less government. The problem is that Democrats have largely abandoned this discussion in favor of more government. . . As if efficiency, effectiveness, and purpose (not to mention Constitutional limitations) have no place in the conversation.
And while I certainly do not relish the thought of more Chris Christies in the GOP, the truth is they are welcome (as are more Marco Rubios) because they serve as a more amicable alternative to the increasingly government-obsessed Democrat Party. Even Mitt Romney wouldn’t have allowed the monstrosity-that-is-Obamacare to roll out with such potential for financial, technological, and implemental troubles. (And, let’s face it: The Governor that brought Romneycare into existence isn’t exactly a radical right-wing Republican.)
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