Thursday, October 3, 2013

Ross Douthat - Why The Right Fights

Excellent commentary on why "some" small-government conservatives are hell-bent on making a point despite the consequences. And SURPRISE – it's not because they hate this Black president – but because they genuinely oppose the growth of government on principle.

New York Times columnist Ross Douthat speaks at Union Forum Sept. 20. (Photo by Morris Abernathy) -

To understand how we ended up in this strange political moment, with the federal government shuttered in pursuit of a political goal that most elected Republicans concede is well-nigh-impossible to achieve, it’s worth talking not only about polarization and redistricting and the conservative media landscape and anti-Obama sentiment and the weakening of institutional party power, but also about a more basic, often-underappreciated element in how many movement conservatives regard the history of the last forty years.

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