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May 27, 2008 / compassioninpolitics

Huckabee on the next Republican Revolution

Probably a third of US voters self-identifies as Republican, which seems to beg a big question. A political elephant in the room, if you will: What does it mean to be a Republican? Huckabee in an interview with the Huffington Post points out:

The greatest threat to classic Republicanism is not liberalism; it’s this new brand of libertarianism, which is social liberalism and economic conservatism, but it’s a heartless, callous, soulless type of economic conservatism because it says “look, we want to cut taxes and eliminate government. If it means that elderly people don’t get their Medicare drugs, so be it. If it means little kids go without education and healthcare, so be it.” Well, that might be a quote pure economic conservative message, but it’s not an American message. It doesn’t fly. People aren’t going to buy that, because that’s not the way we are as a people. That’s not historic Republicanism.

Huckabee says the Republicans should get out of the game of being “callous” libertarians which ignore the ideological and historical roots of Republicanism….Hmmm.

Is that even an important question? Thoughts?

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  1. leanna jackson / May 29 2008 7:08 pm

    i’m no political expert, but it seems cutting & raising taxes rival in the level of evils they present. one will bankrupt us and fund asinine government projects, as well as the necessary things like medicaid/care (which is currently saving my life), while the other may very well render us helpless if we go too far. i think our concern should not be to hate this or that party’s tax system, but to fix it/them.

  2. compassioninpolitics / May 30 2008 8:42 am

    leanna,

    interesting and well articulated. i might disagree for a couple reasons….

    initially, subsidizing our global empire (aka militarism) is already bankrupting us.

    second, i agree fixing the corruption in the system is certainly a priority. (ie check out the latest post about lawrence lessig on compassion in politics)

    third, education and helping the poor is far, far cheaper than our prison-industrial complex, which costs us about as much as a college education per person inside. thats a net savings for the economic outlays we are making.

  3. nobody / May 31 2008 2:26 am

    just making up for the fact that he is a big government, big taxing, big spending democrat rino

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