David Frum’s editor, Noah Kristula-Green, writes a farewell post that is a masterpiece of moderate conservative thinking. You owe it to yourself to read the whole thing.
Noah ponders about what the Republican party could be:
Why couldn’t the Republicans and conservatives…
-Embrace gay marriage with the same enthusiasm as David Cameron? (“I don’t support gay marriage in spite of being a conservative. I support gay marriage because I am a conservative.”)
-Have a Values Voter Summit be about all voters of faith and not merely be an Evangelical Christian convention?
-Would it really be so hard for the GOP to renounce Austrian economics and support monetary stimulus in an emergency? (As Milton Friedman would have done.)
-Could the pro-life movement change priorities from criminalizing abortion to working to find effective ways to disincentivize it?
-Can Republicans acknowledge that a Tax Credit is just as bad a subsidy?
-Can Republicans learn how to do the effective ethnic outreach needed to win minority groups in elections? If even Canadians could learn how to do this…
-And is it so hard to admit that Fox News is clearly produced with an eye towards the geriatric population and that it doesn’t do a good job of speaking to Americans who are not yet 50?
He also focuses fixing the party from the inside, as opposed to abandoning it, as many moderate Republicans have done.
I’ve always thought it was absurdly short-sighted to argue that since Republicans had gotten more radical since 2008, it was time for “Reasonable Republicans” to leave the party and either become Democrats or Independents. To which I answer: do you want to make is easier for Jim DeMint to run the Senate? If there is a vacuum of power and leadership, then the more radical and passionate members will take over.
Wishing for America’s two-party system to end and for someone else, whether it is Americans Elect, Michael Bloomberg, or for a magical third party that doesn’t exist yet to swoop in and save the system is a pipe dream. Wishing for either Party to achieve a permanent majority that will never lose an election is equally foolish.
I can understand if the average voter feels disaffected, and everyone has a right to vote their conscience. But I can’t understand why there is less interest in working to change the GOP from within.
I find these ideas remarkable given how our political discourse has become so radical and frankly, stupid. I cannot recommend enough reading David Frum’s posts as often as you can. No matter what your political leanings he will challenge your assumptions.