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The Problem With The Right Part 2
Townhall, by Derek Hunter

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Posted By:SpeedMaster, 8/17/2014 11:38:16 AM

On Thursday, I started a column about the problems of the political right, but there are too many to cover in one column, so here we are again. Again, this qualifier: I recognize there are major differences between the various factions of the political right – social conservatives, fiscal conservatives, national security conservatives, Tea Partiers, etc. – and all bleed into each other to varying degrees. Each has its problems and strengths. But for purposes of brevity I will just refer to them all nebulously as “Republicans.” It may irritate some, but tough. This is about politics, not pandering. Now

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Reply 1 - Posted by: tisHimself, 8/17/2014 11:49:29 AM     (No. 9969109)

So a guy who makes his livelihood sharing his beltway opinions with others in the beltway has now endorsed another check by telling those outside the beltway that their values and principles aren´t welcome.....in the beltway.

But the ruling class stares dumbfounded by the concept that one size fits all government solutions are only popular.... in the beltway.

Government isn´t the solution to the problem...

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Reply 2 - Posted by: preciosodrogas, 8/17/2014 11:55:04 AM     (No. 9969120)

Much of it makes sense, but horse before the cart, please. First we need to start with candidates that hold those values he mentions that are suppose to be Republican ones. If we agree on those then we can focus on the winning points, setting the others aside for after the win. That´s not happening, instead we were getting Democrat lite all too often.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: StormCnter, 8/17/2014 12:15:30 PM     (No. 9969142)

Ok, I read the piece and a whole bunch of cliches jump to mind about this writer´s analysis: navel-gazing, how many angels, etc. Maybe I simply disagree with much of it. I am with him, however, with the statement at the end of the article:

"But if you can’t convey a clear, easy-to-digest conservative message, and stick to the issues on the top of voters’ concerns, you will lose."



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Reply 4 - Posted by: horacer, 8/17/2014 12:31:29 PM     (No. 9969181)

Social issues should be left to the states. Republicans main problem is an inability to support limited government or explain how it benefits everyone. Even minorities, single mothers, gays, gender confused ...

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Reply 5 - Posted by: mc squared, 8/17/2014 1:10:16 PM     (No. 9969235)

Presidents can´t change abortion, gay marriage nor any of a hundred other things. It should be left to the states.

The POTUS is responsible for protesting our borders, our citizens (even the soldier stuck in a Mexican jail) and otherwise enforcing the written Constitution.

I don´t see any of that happening today.




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Reply 6 - Posted by: Burger, 8/17/2014 1:11:00 PM     (No. 9969237)

I can put this to bed right now. Every ninety days before an election the media trots out a number of articles on the problem with the Republicans. Derek Hunter drew the short straw at Journolist. Need Proof? Where or when will Derek Hunter honor us with a two article screed on the problems with the Democrat Party?

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Reply 7 - Posted by: GreatPlains, 8/17/2014 1:39:42 PM     (No. 9969269)

A good read by a long time conservative who makes excellent observations.
The majority of voters want to hear about the economy and jobs, not abortion and gay marriage.
The media and the far right like Limbaugh ,
want Republicans to stress social issues .
This causes candidates to get mired in
self defeating controversy , ala Aiken.
While the Democrats wisely focus on the economic issues voters really care about.
FTA- " But if you can’t convey a clear, easy-to-digest conservative message, and stick to the issues
on the top of voters’ concerns, you will lose.
We will lose. The country will lose.
And, as we’ve seen in recent months,
the whole world will lose. "


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Reply 8 - Posted by: EQKimball, 8/17/2014 2:12:06 PM     (No. 9969309)

He is right. Smart red state Democratic candidates stay away from the issues that hurt them, regardless of their views, e.g. death penalty, guns, welfare rights, higher taxes, military disarmament and Obama. Too often we are in it to debate. They are in it to win.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Penney, 8/17/2014 2:22:22 PM     (No. 9969321)

Voters do need to know where the candidates stand on those national issues but, at the same time, we need to know the candidates & thus their own expressed views can be trusted. Ethics certainly factor in regarding how trustworthy any candidate is. Voters must sort out who merits that trust based upon their accomplishments AND actions leading up to their candidacy, ...actions which do matter as much or more than their words.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Iraengneer, 8/17/2014 4:03:50 PM     (No. 9969418)

To previous comments that "social issues" belong with the states, may I remind you that the states is where they were. It has been the repeated and to my mind hideously wrong intrusions by unaccountable FEDERAL judges the have made these issues federal ones. Not the other way around. It was the despicable clowns on SCOTUS who foisted abortion on the whole nation. It is federal courts attacking traditional marriage and raft of other matters thst have brought us to this state of affairs. Not disgruntled voters and officeholders with American values. Until we tell government, most especially the federal courts, to stay the heck out, then we the people are going to be seeking redress. And we ain´t barely begun.

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