Exploring the Republican ParadoxSubmitted by DeMolay on Sat, 05/21/2011 - 15:53
Written by Jack Kerwick, Ph.D.
Saturday, 21 May 2011 13:45
The Republican conceives of his party as the party of conservatism, the Constitution, and “limited government.” For this reason, he loathes the so-called “RINO” (Republican In Name Only), the faux conservative who comes like a wolf in sheep’s clothing. At the same time, however, on those all too rare occasions when a genuine conservative, Constitutionalist comes along, the “conservative” Republican refuses to support that for which he claimed to ardently wish.
There are two current, mutually reinforcing illustrations of this paradox. The first is the response on the part of Republicans to Newt Gingrich’s latest remarks. The second is the response of those same Republicans to Ron Paul’s presidential candidacy. We shall look at them in this order.