Peggy Noonan writes an excellent piece that I think is worth discussing on this board. Lately I have noticed that Dems in particular seem to care less about America and more about power for their party. Of course some of this has always existed on both sides, but now I honestly believe that Republicans believe in the things that they support as being the best positions for the country, while the Democrats seem to be more interested in counting how many special interest groups they can garner votes from. Yes, I am a conservative but I still think that I look objectively at the political landscape. Please, before commenting that “Republicans are evil liars” or “Democrats are anti-American”, at least read the article. There is much that can be discussed in it, and I believe can be used as a basis for progress in our thinking. Below is one of the many points that she offers.
"The first is what seems to me a lack of a constructive spirit within your party. Great parties exist in part to give us markers for the future. They offer a rough map that will get us to a better and higher destination. In the Democratic Party now, and for some time, I have not perceived that they are trying to get us to a good place. They seem interested only in thwarting the trek of the current president and his party, who are, to the Democrats, “the other.” When the president is a Democrat you now support him no matter what. You support him if he doesn’t have a map, and isn’t interested in markers, and is only interested in his own day-to-day survival.
I am not saying you are too partisan. Partisanship is fine. But Republicans by and large don’t suffer from blind loyalty or blind antagonism. They would think it irresponsible to the country. They will bolt on one of their own if he insists on a route they think is seriously wrong (the first Bush on taxes). They will kill his presidency if they conclude he is essentially destructive (it was his Republican base in Congress that ended Richard Nixon’s career). Recently it was Republicans who did in their own Senate majority leader because they would not accept a certain kind of nonsense. If George W. Bush begins to seriously compromise conservative political philosophy, or to behave in a manner grossly offensive in a leader, they will turn on him too.
The Democratic Party will now stick with its guy forever, no matter how harmful he is. Perhaps you call that loyalty, and perhaps there’s something to it, but a bigger part, I believe, is that you have come to think that winning is everything–that victory is the purpose of politics.
If the purpose is just winning, you can do anything to win. And you can do anything to stay. You never give an inch. But people who never give an inch sometimes wind up occupying tired and barren terrain. "