Wednesday, June 11, 2003
What's good about republicans?
I believe both conservatives and liberals are blinding themselves to certain realities. Conservatives do not seem to want to acknowledge that racism (including subconscious racists in denial) make up a LARGE portion of the Republican Party base, and without these votes, particularly in the South, the American political spectrum would look a lot like, well, not Europe, but Canada certainly.
On the other hand, the vast majority of independents who vote to put the Republicans in power are not racists, and to believe that Republicans win their votes solely by skilled lying is dangerously self-delusional. Even if does explain our success with Clinton.
I believe that Americans are attracted to the Republican ideas of self-reliance, enterprise, and opportunity for advancement. One problem is that too many liberals seem to agree that those ARE Republican ideas, and liberalism is framed as the government taking care of people and helping to equalize the outcomes of market forces. This is because most of our intellectuals are watered-down socialists. As a result, we seem to have conceded that Republican capitalism is the true capitalism.
It does not have to be this way. Rather than only taking care of the masses, the government could empower them. Rather than equalize outcomes, we can redistribute wealth to equalize opportunities. Successful past wealth redistribution plans, such as the Homestead Act, the G.I. Bill, and subsidized home mortgages, have given the poor opportunity and capital in form of land, homes, and education.
Liberals should not fight capitalism, we should reclaim it for the masses.