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Thursday, July 01, 2004
Andrew Sullivan is predicting Republican civil war. Whether this election is won or lost by the GOP, he claims there will be strife. I think he's on to something. Naturally he's concerned with the social right, but I think any discontent on that point is simply a break between those who feel passionately about gay marriage, with others in the GOP taking a more ambivalent, "we've got bigger fish to fry" attitude. On the economy and the war on terror, it's time for the true conservatives to start playing hardball. I'm not talking about cheap Coulter-like rhetoric that paints every moderate as a Communist or appeaser. I'm talking about a concerted effort to demonstrate the necessity of a vicious war against terror and a return to small government.
That should mean, as National Review demonstrated, outing men like Arlen Specter as slaves to big government and weak on defense. If a realignment is to come, and rest assured it is, the conservative wing of the party should fight tooth and nail to ensure that the GOP solidly establishes itself as the party of Reagan; strong on defense, strong on tax cuts and small government. I don't suggest that the GOP abandon a social conservatism, but at a time when the nation is threaten by Islamic fundamentalism and a small but growing anti-free trade, pro-welfare agenda, free markets and free peoples must remain at the top of the list of party positions.
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