After seven years of saying they want to repeal and replace Obamacare, congressional Republicans have been forced to confront the fact that many of them, perhaps most, actually don’t quite want to do that.
Ronald Reagan’s conservatism actually fit squarely within Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal consensus, not the anti-New Deal conservatism that forms the heart of “Reaganism” in today’s GOP.
Hillary Clinton missed an opportunity to share with young women what it is like to win the popular vote but still lose the election, and nevertheless get up in the morning to fight another day. In one way or another, this sort of thing happens to all of us (although in a less public and spectacular way).
By adopting the liberal caricature of President Reagan as an anti-government zealot, Republicans have hurt their ability to win elections and hindered their ability to govern when they did. The current debacle over health-care reform is simply the latest example of this three-decade trend.
We are living in the midst of a rage for sexual mutability and rising numbers of children are reporting cross-sex identification. Before resorting to dire and irreversible “treatments” on otherwise healthy children, we ought to remove our own cultural blinders.
The 2016 election results have swelled the ranks of those convinced that our democracy is a sham, particularly on the left. But what if our constitution-bound democratic republicanism is not the problem but the solution—not a romantic delusion but the epitome of realism?
The jollying-up-by-dumbing-down of the liturgy bespeaks a clericalism that doesn’t trust the lay faithful to “get it” without bells and whistles. That lack of trust is offensive.
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