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The Silver Lining from a Fractured Tea Party

From Erick Erickson at The Resurgent, The Tea Party is Dead. Good Riddance The tea party began through common cause and it died because too many of its members failed at discernment and, as a result, were betrayed from within and…

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When the Revolution Goes Astray

  From Erick Erickson at The Resurgent, The Tea Party is Dead. Good Riddance As the anger grew within the tea party activists, something vital to their cause never did — discernment. Some activists decided they could make a quick…

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When the Revolution Strays

Erick Erickson with a very good summary of the brief rise and fall of the Tea Party on his site, The Resurgent- The Tea Party is Dead. Good Riddance. The national tea party groups started fighting internally and with each…

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Political Nihilism

From The Atlantic, How American Politics Went Insane by Jonathan Rauch Of course, Congress’s incompetence makes the electorate even more disgusted, which leads to even greater political volatility. In a Republican presidential debate in March, Ohio Governor John Kasich described the cycle…

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Fighting the Wrong Enemy

from John McCain’s Wacko “Ethnic Cleansing” of Tea Party in Investor’s Business Daily McCain apparently has forgotten that, two years after he snatched defeat from the jaws of victory when his “next in line” establishment candidacy sputtered into oblivion (like…

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The Politics of Nostalgia

William Galston writes Populism Rises on a Wave of Frustration in The Wall Street Journal excerpts: Populism offers many satisfactions. Its narrative is clear and easy to understand. It identifies villains—corrupt officials, unresponsive bureaucracies, arrogant elites, large corporations, giant banks,…

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Political Thoughts 2012 07 03

There are simplistic voices in the GOP- not just the religious ones, but the ones that think a balanced budget amendment will solve all of our problems, that the Fed should be abolished and that we should return to a…

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The Tea Party Meets Zuccotti Park

The recent exposure of how Congressmen benefit from inside trading information that is illegal for anyone else  should be a common theme for everyone who is upset with the current state of affairs.  It should be a common thread that…

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Which Rich?

It is just when you hear the words that “this is not a war on the wealthy” that you can expect exactly that. During the Clinton years they put a cap on the wages of corporate executives. Only the first…

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It’s the ideas that are failing, not the labels.

Some Random thoughts: Home prices are falling. Is this a bad thing? Hasn’t the misguided federal housing policy sought to expand home ownership?  Could they be more successful in their failure than they thought they were when they were ‘successful’? …

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Top Down vs Bottom Up Politics

There was once an effort to counter the effect of conservative talk radio by launching a liberal talk radio net work, Air America. It failed. Now there is an effort to counter the Tea Party movement with the progressive alternative-…

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Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven, but Nobody Wants to Die

The real test of the Tea Party and the new conservative majority in Congress is how committed they are to cutting the expenses of government. It is foolish to think it can be cut by a meaningful amount without cutting…

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Intellectual Ignorance

The difference between academic credentialsim and real intelligence is understanding and knowing the limits of certainty.  It isn’t what you don’t know that gets you. It is what you think you know that isn’t so. It is curious that the…

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The Tea Party Faces Limits

In Americans Vote for Maturity (Wall Street Journal- Opinion Journal), Peggy Noonan noted that quality still mattered in the final election: Excerpt: What the tea party, by which I mean members and sympathizers, has to learn from 2010 is this:…

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Who are the Independents?

In the wake of the elections  of November 3, 2008 we noted the dramatic swing of the independent voter.  Who are these voters and why do they refuse to ally themselves with one of the two major parties?  I confess…

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Post Partisan Politics

The Senate election in Massachusetts may signal much more that dissatisfaction with the current administration; it may signal and end to partisan politics as we have known it. Given the euphoria and high expectations at Obama’s election in the midst…

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