How We Can Win Next Time
- How We Can Win Next Time
by Daniel Quintiliani
The Republican Party is obviously made up of four main ideological sects:
1. Neoconservatism: Keynesian, pro-business economic policies and wars
2. Paleoconservatism: Quasi-capitalist economic policies and complete
isolation of America from the world. Also includes "Religious Right"
3. Libertarianism: "Capitalism and freedom," the war issue is an issue
of debate with these people.
4. Religious Right: Support moral prohibitions, e.g. pro-life, anti-gay
However, Republicans must realize that most Americans are not fond of
ideology. While they may have ideological leanings, they do not take it
to the extremes listed above.
So, I will now redefine the sects that make up Republicanism in terms of
the majority of Americans, and not the "political gurus:"
1. Neoconservative-leaning: Support moderate Keynesianism, pro-business
economic policies, and "policing the world" in favor of democracy, e.g.
trade agreements, some wars.
2. Paleoconservative-leaning: Support preservation of traditional
American culture, favor an English-speaking society, restrictions on
immigrations for security, economic, and cultural reasons, and moral
3. Libertarian-leaning: Support more personal freedoms, more limited
government, low taxes, etc.
4. Religious Right-leaning: Support a balance of freedom with order.
This would include restrictions on abortion, gay marriage, and
indecency, but would not want to outlaw Internet pornography or online
Republicans tried to win votes using "big-tent" ideology, i.e. that they
tried (and failed) to combine all the major right-wing ideologies
together in an attempt to win the most votes. However, Republicans
should have instead applied the "big-tent" strategy to the ideologies of
the American people and not the ideologies of the extremist political
A suggestion for such an ideology would include the following:
1 & 3. Trade agreements and some wars. "Indirect" pro-business policies
(e.g., removal of unnecessary regulations), but not "direct"
pro-business policies (e.g. subsidies, bailing out the airlines).
2. Traditional American culture. Rejection of multiculturalism, "Happy
Holidays;" support English-speaking culture, some restrictions on
1, 3, & 4. Personal freedoms, without getting into "dirty" issues such
as drugs, prostitution, etc. For example, no warrantless wiretapping, no
bans on Internet gambling, but do protect children from indecent content
and use government to keep society generally clean. More emphasis on
welfare programs provided through the States rather than the federal
government. Leave issues related to the definition of a human being,
such as abortion, up to the candidate rather than take an official party
This would be an example of "big-tent" ideology that is not "extreme"
big-tent ideology. A strategy such as this would likely get the most votes.
IMPORTANT NOTE: It should be noted that the "pure" libertarians of Lew
Rockwell and the pre-"Portland Purge" Libertarian Party do not count as
"libertarian" under the words used in this article, since they fall
closer to the Democratic Party anyway. We are wasting our time trying to
bring in those people, as they have made up their minds and are stuck in
their extreme ideology.