Reminded me of this:
Reminded me of this:
- Colonel Paul YinglingNobody who wins a war indulges in a bifurcated definition of victory. War is a political act; victory and defeat have meaning only in political terms. A country incapable of achieving its political objectives at an acceptable cost is losing the war, regardless of battlefield events.
Bifurcating victory (e.g. winning militarily, losing politically) is a useful salve for defeated armies. The "stab in the back" narrative helped take the sting out of failure for German generals after WWI and their American counterparts after Vietnam.
All the same, it's nonsense. To paraphrase Vince Lombardi, show me a political loser, and I'll show you a loser.
The ghost of Jack Kevorkian for President's Physician: 2016
Is there a good argument for not dismantling the electoral system?
In other words, if the Senate goes Republican this year I am sure we will see Reid reinstating the filibuster before he steps down...
Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish and he stops voting for the Free Fish party.
The Senate, of course, is elected state-wide so there's no way to Gerrymander. My concern with Gerrymandering is that it almost guarantees that one party will win a particular election, and kind of means that there's no election needed. Technically they have to have it, but like a lot of city mayoral races, the "real" election is the primary.
One of the problems that the Republicans have on a national level right now is the ability to answer a simple question: Whether the party wants to lead and govern, or whether they want to continually be the loyal opposition as an outlier minority party that never holds the White House again.
To lead and govern a diverse country such as the US, the party that leads must be able to make compromises. Or at least say they open to compromise. The Democrats at least have the rhetoric of compromise down. Although all they are doing is lying about it, since the facts show that they are holding a hard left and uncompromising position. We saw that during the government shut down. What they have that the Republicans do not, is the cooperation of the media in promoting the lie of compromise, and the empirical evidence of this is again shown by looking back at the government shut down (although the failure of the Republicans was in the very first position they took by demanding a total de-funding of Obamacare which was ill conceived and failed from it's inception).
The Republicans have to get back to the true Conservative values that made them a strong and widely supported political party. That does not include the religious right's version of what some could rightly define as religious extremism, and began gaining its hold on the party in the late '80's.