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A Leisurely Drive Down The Wrong Road
Townhall, by Jonah Goldberg

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 3/17/2017 5:24:14 AM

"We all want progress," C.S. Lewis wrote, "but if you´re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive." This has always been one of my favorite distillations of conservatism. In principle, I still believe it, passionately. Of course, whenever you read a sentence that begins "In principle," you should consider it a kind of magical conjuring, a rain dance that calls forth a thunderclapping "but" ... But politics doesn´t work this way. For starters, we don´t walk down this road as individuals, but

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Yes, Jonah! We are plagued with ´back-seat drivers´.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Staunch Repub, 3/17/2017 6:06:19 AM     (No. 11192181)

Opening para itself tells me that obviously, facing deadline, Johan had a thousand monkeys on keyboards ‘creating’ this drivel…

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Janjan, 3/17/2017 6:17:20 AM     (No. 11192184)

And Jonah knows well (unless he really believes in comic book politics) that running on a platform of eliminating all entitlements and telling people that if you can´t pay for health care that´s your problem would be rather pointless. That candidate wouldn´t get as far as the White House lawn. No politician tells the real truth. People can´t handle it.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: TexaTucky, 3/17/2017 7:29:40 AM     (No. 11192217)

Irony is . . . the usual suspects kvetching from the back of the limousine about backseat drivers (code for "voters").

Oy vey.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: skedaddle, 3/17/2017 8:00:33 AM     (No. 11192246)

If I was still in my old corporate workplace, I´d replace all the corporate "Change is Good" posters with the C.S. Lewis quote, especially in the elevators where people have a little time to ponder and absorb.

After reading the first few comments, I saved myself the trouble of reading the rest of the article. I´ll assume OP got the best.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: turninggrey, 3/17/2017 8:24:32 AM     (No. 11192285)

The only notice Jonah gets is here on Lucianne´s paragraph headline. The man is a whining caged poo thrower that I simply walk further from to avoid the smell. In all reality, the press is more like the "Monkey House" at the zoo that I rarely enter. The biggest crowds are when one of the monkeys pleasure themselves anyway, and I don´t care to watch that--I leave it for the Democrats.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Clinger, 3/17/2017 8:33:32 AM     (No. 11192305)

A great quote not so great article.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Wizard of IS, 3/17/2017 8:56:26 AM     (No. 11192349)

"In principle" Ryan is Jonah´s faithful warrior while Trump continues to be an obstacle to "conservatism." Those of us outside the beltway see Jonah alternating between ankle biting and digging that hole of his. Jonah it´s you that´s on the wrong road. MAGA!

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Reply 8 - Posted by: citizen, 3/17/2017 10:03:00 AM     (No. 11192478)

Ah, from Paul Ryan´s most ardent supporter.
But conservatives aren´t back seat drivers, for we are being stuffed into the trunk...again.


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Reply 9 - Posted by: Mickturn, 3/17/2017 10:05:47 AM     (No. 11192484)

Jonah It is obvious to all of us except you that when you bend over for Libs the results are always the same...NO THANKS!

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Reply 10 - Posted by: jackburton, 3/17/2017 11:27:18 AM     (No. 11192587)

Jonah, Jonah, Jonah. SMH.

Trump won by flipping many Obama voters to the GOP column. Obamacare is popular with this constituency.

Yes and NO. NOOOOOO!

If you learned anything from the elections in ´10, ´14 and ´16... OBAMACARE WAS NOT POPULAR. Deliver a repeal is what the voters who drove majorities in both Houses and change in WH wanted.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: jeffkinnh, 3/17/2017 1:24:05 PM     (No. 11192753)

Are we supposed to feel sorry for Ryan? The Health Care Obamination was created by the Congress and it must be the Congress that undoes it. This is Ryan´s JOB. That the dems would obstruct, the media will howl, the entitled will weep, etc is a universal given. Trump has given his outline for what he would like to see. He has endorsed Ryan´s work and they ALL agree that changes and tuning may be needed.

Stop whining and GET IT DONE!

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Reply 12 - Posted by: BigGeorgeTX, 3/17/2017 4:22:01 PM     (No. 11192946)

Saw the author, saw the poster. Pass...

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