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5.0 out of 5 stars Really Good Analysis and Advice the Republicans Won't Take, November 9, 2012
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I'm interested in David Frum's thinking--which, in an intelligent way, can challenge my own preconceptions as a progressive. So I bought his new ebook, read it, and was not disappointed. A good analysis of what happened in the last election. Then I happened to watch Frum on Morning Joe pointing out among other things that everyone sitting there on the panel had health insurance. He seemed rather uncomfortable with the fact that a lot of other people don't. I think Frum is a nice guy, in addition to being smart. I also think he is addressing a party that doesn't exist. The Republican party, as far as I can see, seems to be about 1) imposing fundamentalist religious views on people and 2) giving greater tax cuts to the rich (comforting the comfortable). What else does it have to offer? I'm not being snide. I really don't know. Oh yeah, there was a moderate Republican governor of Massachusetts who had this neat way of getting all the people in his state health insurance. I might have considered voting for that guy. Whatever happened to him? (As Frum describes it, he became a pretzel.)

This book is an interesting analysis of the ills of the Republican party. Frum suggests ways the party can come back from their latest defeat. But I think he has constructed a fantasy Republican party, and he loves it or at least gives it allegiance. His party does not bow to the Tea Party or Limbaugh. It doesn't rally around an atrocity like the Ryan Budget. It's pro-science. It's about freedom and individual responsibility and intelligent responses to America's problems. It's really a great party and it is open to Frum's advice. Only trouble is, it doesn't exist.
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Initial post: Nov 9, 2012 12:24:31 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 9, 2012 12:25:59 PM PST
Tom Ewall says:
In response to your question about what the Republican party offers, I'd like to respond. First of all, the fact that you need to ask such a question parts out that there is much work to be done by the Republican party to explain what its message is.

Fundamentally, to my way of thinking, the big difference between the two parties is in regards to the role of the Federal Government. The Republican party generally wants to see a larger role by the Federal Government in regards to the military, and a smaller role in regards to pretty much everything else ("larger" and "smaller" here are in comparison to Democrats). The (Republican) idea is the more the Federal Government is involved, the worse for the Economy (by hurting Free Market Capitalism, because of higher taxes, regulations, etc.).

The Republican idea is one of a rising tide. For example, the poor are helped by a strong economy because then there is more money for everybody, including the poor.

Obviously this is a simplistic answer, by necessity, because of its shortness, but I think your answer is a good one, so have attempted a brief response. In short, (one thing) the Republican Party offers an alternative view to the role of the Federal Government, which (it believes) would result in a stronger economy, which will, in turn, benefit all citizens of the country.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 11, 2012 8:58:45 AM PST
Photos says:
Well, don't forget that the GOP wants that 'smaller government' to be involved in our private lives, to monitor and control sex between consenting adults, and to be in the room with a woman and her physician to control their discussion and decisions, when it comes to reproductive issues. I don't think a 'smaller government' can accomplish that, nor do I think that's the role of government at all. I use the term advisedly: it's sexual and medical fascism. And so far it's a non-negotiable part of the present Republican party.
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