The Proper Role for Republicans


I am not a Republican so everything I write here should be tainted with that understanding. And to taint myself even more, at least in th...

I am not a Republican so everything I write here should be tainted with that understanding. And to taint myself even more, at least in the eyes of some, my only regret about President Obama is I can't vote for him a third time.

With that understood, I will offer my opinion on how the Republican party went astray and how the Republican party should be to be a force of good for our country.

Republicans have a perverse sense of freedom. It is perverse because it cannot exist in nature. Republicans have a sense of freedom that can only exist as a slogan, but not in the real world. Republicans have a sense of freedom that works to the benefit of those who already have a lot of freedom, but not much so for everyone else. Mostly, the freedom Republican want is the freedom for everyone, meaning them, to do as they want.

Freedom is a wonderful thing. I love it. Most people who live in a country with freedoms love it. It is so much better, I would imagine, than living in a country where a few people can create any law they want or do as they wish.

However, there is a contradiction with freedom. The more free a population is, the more likely it will fall into conflict and eventually into a dictatorship with no freedoms. That is because one person's freedom is a restriction for everyone else. If I have complete and total freedom to do as I please, your freedom will have to be restricted to ensure your freedom does not conflict with my freedom (otherwise I cannot be completely free). One person's freedom is another person's restriction. With all rights, there are duties.

For a society of people, or two individual people, who are equal to have freedoms they must also have many compromises. You should be free to drive to the store and buy whatever you want, but you must obey the traffic laws while driving, if a road is being repaired you must take a detour, if the store does not have what you want you must go look elsewhere, and you can't just take the item from the shelf and leave, you must pay for it. You have freedoms, but you must obey rules while using that freedom.

Why must there be rules? To prevent social chaos and violence. Laws, rules, and regulations are all necessary for a well-ordered society.

Ignoring this fact about freedom has turned the Republican Party into the party of clowns. They have used the freedom card so much and have perverted freedom into a wish that cannot work in a real society. Absolute individual freedom has become a religion to them which is unworkable in the real world.

In the real world compromise is necessary, with no possibility of absolute freedom. There will always be laws, rules, and regulations which must be followed. This is the nature of the game of life.

Democrats understand this all too well. Democrats in our well-intentioned desire to help the poor, hungry and powerless are very willing to pass laws and regulations. Sometimes there are better ways. Such as using incentives and business to solve our social problems. And this is one area where Republicans excel. They can find those incentives and business opportunities.

So here is my version of a respectable Republican Party. First, it is a party that respects freedom and seeks the most freedom possible for individuals who are equal, but they understand complete and absolute freedom is not a possibility. They understand government and laws have a role in ensuring a well-ordered society, and they try to find laws and regulations that will do this and maximize personal freedoms. There would be nothing wrong with such a Republican Party having a business centric point of view. Businesses are important to any society.

First, Republicans, and other conservatives, must get over the myth of unlimited personal freedoms.

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I'm a moderate. I hang out in the middle. I vote against my party with some regularity and try to compromise. It doesn't appear right now that the Republican Party is welcoming moderates any more. Claire McCaskill



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