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Myths To Ditch In 2014
Los Angeles Times, by Jonah Goldberg

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Posted By:drive, 12/31/2013 7:44:43 AM

The Beltway consensus seems to be that 2013 was a bad year for the same reason nearly every other recent year was bad: polarization and partisanship. Personally, I can think of plenty of more important things to worry about than partisanship. Democracy is about disagreements, and partisanship is often a sign of healthy disagreement. But polarization is a bit different. It speaks not just to a lack of basic agreement about what kind of society we should live in, but a breakdown in understanding and respect among Americans. There´s a lot of them-vs.-us talk these days on the left and the

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Sunhan65, 12/31/2013 8:05:09 AM     (No. 9673835)

Ditch Mitch in 2014!

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Periwinkel, 12/31/2013 8:18:21 AM     (No. 9673857)

Good, interesting article. Jonah is mostly right; however the fact remains the Tea Party/Conservatives brought the House back into Republican hands. The Low Ts sometimes forget that and should remember they need the Tea Party/Conservatives to bring home the Senate in 2014.

Instead of crushing the Tea Party, Elite Republicans should be asking what they can do to help to win the Senate. (As always the Elite Republicans see the Tea Party as their only enemy... and that attitude is shameful.)

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Reply 3 - Posted by: kar120c, 12/31/2013 8:22:10 AM     (No. 9673864)

"Conservatives have become far too insular, too often rejecting the need to persuade those who don´t already agree with them. Liberals have become far too content with the myth of their uniqueness and the pretense that they are brave iconoclasts who know what´s best for you better than you do.

Maybe, just maybe, if both sides resolved not to take their most flattering myths for granted, America would be just a bit less polarized."

Smart fellow, that Jonah Goldberg.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Clinger, 12/31/2013 9:04:49 AM     (No. 9673945)

I suspect there is more truth to this than I wish were true. Our conservative message should stand for itself, we are right history demonstrates we are right, logic shows we are right so therefore there must be more people who agree, a vast silent majority. Well as time marches on less and less people learn history, or the inconvenient history that doesn´t fit the radical activist propaganda PC drivel. We have zero tolerance minds replacing judgment and logic. We must succeeded as teachers or face the possibility of serious strife.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: kayjaymac, 12/31/2013 9:05:57 AM     (No. 9673949)

So liberalism is NOT a mental disorder?



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Reply 6 - Posted by: jasmine, 12/31/2013 9:15:12 AM     (No. 9673961)

When it comes to persuasion, I think Jonah has overlooked one big difference between the right and the left. I´m all for conservatives improving their arguments, but they deserve credit for presenting their arguments with far more respect and far fewer personal attacks (including name calling) than their liberal opponents.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Redneck In NY, 12/31/2013 9:27:33 AM     (No. 9673972)

Meh, I like Joah´s columns, but this just seemed like a "can´t everyone get along" holiday hug. I don´t believe conservatives should give an inch, because we allllll know what happens next.

Here´s an idea, lets try some hard conservative ideas, both fiscal and social. Just once. We have tried (over and over) the Liberal/Socialist/Marxist/Communist/Progressive idea. Look where we are...

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Reply 8 - Posted by: jeffkinnh, 12/31/2013 9:35:46 AM     (No. 9673989)

Sorry Jonah, this is a huge swing and a miss as far as I am concerned.

There is a simple reason we are polarized; all decisions are being pushed to the federal level where the decision is either A or B. All decisions, even compromises are either A or B. Some things get included and others excluded. And federal decisions are imposed on all of us.

Consider that I cannot eat lamb. The taste makes me gag. It´s a perfectly good food, just NOT for me. Now if my family wanted to eat lamb once every 2 weeks I could skip out to a restaurant. If a town wanted to impose lamb dinners (to support the lamb ranchers) I could move to another town. If it reached the state level, I could move to another state.

But when it reaches the federal level, there is no where else to run. I would fight strongly to resist such legislation because it takes away what I consider to be my necessary choice. I would be polarized.

I really don´t care too much about the psychobabble analysis. Maybe you are right. But the problem is vastly reduced by removing issues from the federal stage and allowing more individual choice. The founding fathers KNEW this.

Why should we work to seek compromise with liberals when many issues should not even come to the point where an A or B decision needs to be made?

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Salt5792, 12/31/2013 10:20:49 AM     (No. 9674046)

2010 was a worse year. The unstoppable Democrat majority in Congress did a lot of damage.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: OdinsAcolyte, 12/31/2013 10:59:23 AM     (No. 9674113)

Please retire the word ´consensus´.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: bluehouse, 12/31/2013 12:31:56 PM     (No. 9674252)

A majority of Americans in a majority of states voted to define marriage as a union of one man and one woman. But a supreme court justice basically said we were bigots and had no right to define marriage as it had been defined throughout human history in virtually all societies.

Many on the right felt they had no right to tell others how to live, but were very concerned about a continued breakdown of family structure. Looking at inner city pathologies caused by the devaluing of marriage is frightening. And many people actually believe it is wrong to purposely deprive a child of a father and a mother because you want a child.

How do you persuade those who will not listen and insist your motivation is bigotry? All those who thought Phil Robertson´s bible paraphrase was bigoted miss the big picture. If you cannot trust the bible´s teaching on homosexuality, how can you trust the bible´s teaching on salvation? What other mistakes are in the bible?

Obama fought against the born alive infants act. When your most fundamental values are polar opposites, polarization is natural. Why is that bad?

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