January 29, 2013

Challenging Republican Orthodoxy

On the heels of today's Pragmatic Republican Politics post I'll excerpt from the latest challenge to GOP orthodoxy, this time from Clifford Asness in The American: The GOP Must Lead (Again) on Civil Rights Clifford makes a well reasoned argument in support of three reform initiatives for the GOP - immigration, education and the failed war on drugs, then concludes:

And then, again, there’s the politics. Political stances should always follow truth not expediency. I do not recommend these things for political advantage. But, when embracing liberty and helping the disadvantaged and the economy happens to be great politics, I say make the most of it! Individually these policies make sense, but together they are more than the sum of their parts. Together they show our party’s avowed belief in equality of opportunity, not outcome, to be part of our true quest for justice and prosperity, not a rhetorical device attempting to preserve unearned privilege.
Politics Posted by JohnGalt at January 29, 2013 2:46 PM

The whole piece is a good read, including a Les Miserables reference in his immigration reform argument.

Posted by: johngalt at January 29, 2013 5:09 PM

Thank you. I was going to post, but as he takes a very jk-ish stance on all our internecine debates, I was bashful. This is awesome on stilts, actually!

Posted by: jk at January 29, 2013 5:42 PM

Well then, we'll see if any of the other Three Sources troglodytes are still unconvinced. As for me, I've seen the light.

Only the paternalistic soft bigotry of the Left's nanny state, claiming that the downtrodden in particular would make poor choices in a freer world, would argue otherwise.

The paternalistic hard bigotry of the Right's morality state has long argued otherwise also, but for a number of reasons, it is time for that to end.

Posted by: johngalt at January 30, 2013 11:59 AM

Can't talk now, I got some email from Ann Coulter. Let me see..."Rubio's amnesty a path to oblivion for GOP"

Posted by: jk at January 30, 2013 6:07 PM | What do you think? [4]