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  • Daniel Quintiliani
    How We Can Win Next Time by Daniel Quintiliani The Republican Party is obviously made up of four main ideological sects: 1. Neoconservatism: Keynesian,
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      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
      for democracy.
      2. Paleoconservatism: Quasi-capitalist economic policies and complete
      isolation of America from the world. Also includes "Religious Right"
      prohibitionist policies.
      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
      marriage, etc.

      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
      gambling completely.

      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.

      -Dan Q
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